By: Zack Patraw @ffdynasty_ztp
Updated: 11/1/2017

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Trade Deadline Reaction

The NFL trade deadline has typically been a deadzone throughout the years. Not many high profile guys change teams halfway through the season. This year, the deadline was headlined with lots of speculation, and big names headed to new destinations. There’s one thing to note after this active trade deadline…Clearly the teams that are looking at the number one overall pick next year (Cleveland and San Francisco) aren’t too confident about the 2018 QB class, as they both went out pursuing a QB. Let’s take a look at some of the big names that are on the move.

Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills- 3rd & 7th round picks:
This trade came as a bit of a surprise to some people, as the trade happened just minutes before the 4pm ET deadline. It’s turning out to look like a great trade for the Buffalo Bills. Tyrod Taylor has lacked that big play WR this year since Sammy Watkins was traded to the LA Rams before the start of the season. Kelvin is among the league’s top average yards per reception leaders (14.8) with at least 30 catches this year. He is going to open up the field for McCoy and relieve some pressure off of Taylor, and hopefully allow the other receivers to make some plays. On the other end, this isn’t the news Cam Newton wanted to receive. He loses his number 1 receiver that he has enjoyed throwing to, which has shown more in the last 3 games, throwing to him 26 times in that span. Look for Benjamin to take over the number 1 spot in Buffalo, and for Funchess to be the go to guy in Carolina, along with Samuel.

Jay Ajayi to the Eagles- 4th round pick:
Ajayi has found him in a much better situation than the one he was in last week. The Miami Dolphins offensive line has not allowed Ajayi to get any room to run, allowing him to average just 2 yards per carry in the last 2 games. None of the Miami Dolphins RBs have been able to find the endzone as well. Part of this has to do with Ajayi’s knees not being able to hold up as well, which is a major concern for me as a dynasty owner. The Eagles VP did say that Blount would still be the starting RB going forward, but look for Ajayi to push for more playing time as the season goes on. Not playing the majority of snaps like he has been doing in Miami (71%) might be good for Ajayi to give his knees somewhat of a break.

Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers- 2nd round pick:
It looks like San Francisco has finally found their franchise QB. Being able to acquire Garoppolo for a 2nd round pick this year, and keeping their 1st round pick is a huge prize for the 49ers who are clearly trying to rebuild for the future. Jimmy looked good taking over for Brady in the 2 games he started last year, throwing for 496 yards, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions, and completing 71% of his passes. He was considered to be the predecessor to the throne in New England once Tom Brady retired, but his path to stardom may have come sooner than even he thought it would. It’s not a matter of if he starts this year, it’s a matter of when. The 49ers offensive line has been around the middle of the pact this year, but if they can provide some time for Garoppolo, he should be able to find the 49ers top targets, Garçon and Kittle, while also taking pressure off of Carlos Hyde. Dynasty owners that have been stashing Garoppolo can celebrate a little bit with the chance of having the starting QB in that Kyle Shanahan offense. Let’s see if the 49ers can turn things around with Jimmy G.