Russell Wilson and Jalen Hurts Are QBs To Buy Low On In Fantasy Before the Trade Deadline
Mike Comer/Getty Images. Pictured: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts
In need of a quarterback for the fantasy football playoff push? Our experts are here to help. Find out why they think it’s worth targeting Russell Wilson and Jalen Hurts ahead of fantasy football trade deadlines.
QBs To Buy Low In Fantasy Trades
Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Chris Raybon: Hurts is QB7 on the year but just QB16 in per-game scoring over the past three weeks.
Alas, according to 4for4’s schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA), Hurts plays the fifth-easiest slate of defenses over the rest of the season. Isolate the three-week fantasy playoff schedule (Weeks 15-17), and he has the second-easiest schedule (Washington, N.Y. Giants, at Washington) behind only Ben Roethlisberger — and nobody is starting Ben Roethlisberger in the fantasy playoffs.
The only downside with Hurts is a Week 14 bye.
Jalen Hurts, Eagles
Samantha Previte: Hurts outperformed expectations in Week 10 against a tough — albeit banged up — Denver defense. He completed 16 of 23 attempts for 178 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and tacked on 14 carries for 53 yards, which was good enough for 19 fantasy points. It’s only his third game all year with fewer than 22 fantasy points or fewer than two touchdowns.
His main appeal is on the ground, as the Philly signal-caller is averaging just shy of 55 rushing yards per game. This rushing prowess gives him an extremely high floor, as he has fallen short of the top-12 mark for fantasy in only one game all year.
Aside from a Week 11 matchup against the Saints and a Week 14 bye, he has a dreamy schedule down the stretch: The Eagles face the Giants, Jets, Washington, Giants again and Washington again over Weeks 12 through 17, and the Cowboys in Week 18 if you play that late into the season. Hurts should have mid- to high-end QB1 upside in each of those matchups.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Sean Koerner: Wilson is coming off of one of the worst games of his career as he returned from a finger injury that kept him out for four-plus games. If you have been streaming QBs all season and want to land a potential top-seven QB the rest of the way, I would see if you can pry Wilson away from a frustrated manager.
A silver lining from his Week 10 performance was his season highs in both rushing attempts (five) and rushing yards (32). If Wilson uses his legs more going forward, he will provide top-five upside. The market for Wilson will never be lower than it is right now.