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2023's Top Trade Deadline Targets for a Late-Season Playoff Push

Are you sitting comfortably at 7-3 or better (or at least in a spot where you essentially have a playoff berth locked up)? Yes? Check out our playoff-specific options to try and push your team from playoff-caliber to championship-winner.


Not in a comfortable spot? There are four weeks left before the majority of leagues' fantasy playoffs begin. Now is the time to invest in some short-term options to try and give you that final push to make the playoffs.


You can't win your championship if you don't make the playoffs. If you're not comfortable now, you need to make a few moves to ensure you make the playoffs - from there, it can be the luck of the draw. Looking for some immediate boosts to your lineup? Here are a few things to do:

1. Shorten your bench - having a deep bench won't help your starting lineup over the next few weeks.

2. Play the matchups when you can - it's easier to get big games against bad defenses.

3. Avoid bye weeks when you can - there are still a few teams with upcoming byes; it's best to avoid a player that won't be in your lineup while you are in a desperation push for a playoff spot.


Now by no means am I saying matchups are everything (actually the contrary), but positioning yourself to have your RB1 draw Carolina or Denver over the next few weeks immediately increases your odds from an RB playing Philly or Cleveland.


With that said, use some common sense - you shouldn't be trading Christian McCaffrey for Bijan Robinson, just because the Falcons have an easier short-term schedule. You should still be coming out on top (or at least close to even) in your trades as you try to position yourself for a potential playoff berth. If you don't know what the value of your players is, head over to our Trade Charts!


Here are my top short-term trade targets at each position:



Quarterbacks

  1. Brock Purdy (San Francisco 49ers) - Easiest SOS over Next 4: TB (5th), SEA (12th), PHI (3rd), SEA (12th)

  2. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) - 7th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CAR (28th), WAS (1st), SEA (12th), PHI (3rd)

  3. Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos) - 9th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: MIN (18th), CLE (31st), HOU (15th), LAC (2nd)

  4. Jared Goff (Detroit Lions) - 16th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CHI (9th), GB (29th), NO (20th), CHI (9th)

  5. Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) - 2nd-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CIN (17th), LAC (2nd), Bye, LAR (13th)

 

Running Backs

  1. Austin Ekeler (Los Angeles Chargers) - 2nd-Easiest SOS over Next 4: GB (7th), BAL (21st), NE (15th), DEN (1st)

  2. David Montgomery (Detroit Lions) - 4th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CHI (10th), GB (7th), NO (29th), CHI (10th)

  3. Rachaad White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - 7th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: SF (23rd), IND (5th), CAR (2nd), ATL (31st)

  4. Isiah Pacheco (Kansas City Chiefs) - 13th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: PHI (32nd), LV (8th), GB (7th), BUF (9th)

  5. Devin Singletary (Houston Texans) - 3rd-Easiest SOS over Next 4: ARI (3rd), JAX (17th), DEN (1st), NYJ (13th)

 

Wide Receivers

  1. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers) - Easiest SOS over Next 4: TB (4th), SEA (14th), PHI (1st), SEA (14th)

  2. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys) - 5th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CAR (29th), WAS (2nd), SEA (14th) PHI (1st)

  3. D.K. Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks) - 6th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: LAR (22nd), SF (8th), DAL (31st), SF (8th)

  4. Amari Cooper (Detroit Lions) - 14th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: PIT (5th), DEN (21st), LAR (22nd), JAX (13th)

  5. Michael Pittman Jr. (Baltimore Ravens) - 2nd-Easiest SOS over Next 4: Bye, TB (4th), TEN (7th), CIN (15th)

 

Tight Ends

  1. Sam LaPorta (Detroit Lions) - 3rd-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CHI (4th), GB (22nd), NO (11th), CHI (4th)

  2. David Njoku (Cleveland Browns) - 4th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: PIT (30th), DEN (2nd), LAR (8th), JAX (6th)

  3. Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) - 26th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: PHI (12th), LV (19th), GB (22nd), BUF (21st)

  4. Mark Andrews (Baltimore Ravens) - Easiest SOS over Next 4: CIN (3rd), LAC (5th), Bye, LAR (8th)

  5. Jake Ferguson (Dallas Cowboys) - 17th-Easiest SOS over Next 4: CAR (26th), WAS (18th), SEA (16th), PHI (12th)

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