Trade Deadline Fallout: Fantasy Winners & Losers
Trade Deadline Fallout: Fantasy Winners & Losers

For once, the NFL trade deadline came close to matching the flurry of deals that accompanies deadline day in other sports. Players with real fantasy significance swapped uniforms, as well as a key defender or two, and the ripples have major implications both for your lineups and for potential waiver claims this week. Let's look at the fallout.

Broncos trade Demarius Thomas to the Texans for a 2019 fourth-round pick and a swap of 2019 seventh-round picks

Broncos:Courtland Sutton is the obvious big winner. While Denver's passing game isn't among the league's elite aerial attacks, Thomas was still averaging seven targets a game from Case Keenum, a big step up from the 4-5 a game Sutton was averaging. The veteran had also seen eight red-zone targets this year, including three from inside the 5, a role the 6-foot-3 Sutton can easily fill. Emmanuel Sanders might see a slight bump in targets if Sutton has any trouble handling a bigger workload, but for the most part it should be a smooth transition and his role as the Broncos' No. 1 option shouldn't change. The big question is who takes over Sutton's No. 3 spot. Tim Patrick, a 2017 UDFA now on his third organization, caught his first NFL touchdown last week and should handle the assignment in the short term, but once fourth-round pick DaeSean Hamilton recovers from a knee injury, he'll probably get a long look.

Texans:
Thomas is a clear replacement for Will Fuller, who

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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