The Fantasy Supermarket: Trade Targets Going Into Week 9

by Matt Babich · Trades Buy/Sell

There’s a sale going on at THE FANTASY SUPERMARKET! Every week, there are players whose prices are either slashed due to recent performance or not yet as high as you should be willing to pay for them.

These players are all primed for value increases in the near future. Using advanced stats and metrics, I’ll be walking you through this week’s supermarket sales and highlighting players you should be looking to buy before the next slate of contests. Act now, because this sale isn’t going to last long.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson has fallen short of his expectation so far, but he’s still balling. He comes into Week 9 with 43 (No. 12 among qualified wide receivers) receptions563 (No. 16) receiving yards and 3 (No. 22) touchdowns. Jefferson and Kirk Cousins have struggled to connect at times, explaining the low touchdown total and his 357 (No. 11) Unrealized Air Yards. He’s currently cemented in the WR2 category, but still has the upside to finish atop the overall rankings.

Justin Jefferson Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Jefferson has earned a significant share of opportunity, with a 24.6-percent (No. 20) Target Share and a 39.5-percent (No. 10) Air Yards Share. His recent dud against the Cowboys is of no concern. While he saw a season low Snap Share and target totals, he’s going to go right to his normal high target volume if they want to win games. The Vikings have a stretch of games against solid, but beatable, secondaries. Jefferson is a great target for a late season push.

Jerry Jeudy

In his first game returned from injury, Jerry Jeudy ran 20 routes, saw a 72-percent Snap Share, and led the team with 4 receptions. It didn’t take him long to get re-acclimated. Jeudy is a smooth route runner and an electric play-maker, one they’ll have to rely on to compete in their next stretch of games.

The Broncos only average 34.8 (No. 18) Team Pass Plays per Game, but nearly all of those targets are going to go to Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant. Jeudy fits Teddy Bridgewater‘s style of play, and will be targeted heavily going forward. You can take advantage of the small sample size and buy him at his near-lowest value.


And now for this week’s certified, locked and loaded, Fantasy Supermarket BUY OF THE WEEK…

Mike Williams

Mike Williams has fallen flat on his face two straight weeks now, and three out of the last four. With the recent struggle of Williams and the Chargers offense as a whole, now is the time to buy. The Chargers average 40.3 (No. 3) Team Pass Plays per Game and face a slew of average-at-best secondaries. Coming off two straight losses, the Bolts are primed for a bounce-back stretch. This is going to involve giving Williams the ball more often.

Mike Williams 2021 Gamelog

Williams has posted at least 20 fantasy points every time he’s received more than 5 targets, and has failed to score 5 fantasy points in all three games where he’s seen 5 or fewer targets. We all know what he has the capability to do when he’s fed, but his recent slump is the perfect time to pounce on managers who have lost faith in the fifth-year breakout receiver. Get him now.

You don’t win fantasy leagues through the draft. You win by taking advantage of the waiver wire and trade market. This year’s early season shenanigans present ample opportunity to push your team to the next level. Start by targeting these players. If you can’t manage to strike a deal, then there’s always next week at the fantasy supermarket.