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  • March 19, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

    The holidays arent the only thing just around the corner. Josh Jackson Super Bowl Jersey . Next week also brings a critical date on the fantasy football calendar.The trade deadline in ESPN leagues arrives Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m. ET, roughly 24 hours before well all enjoy turkey, stuffing and football. Its your last chance to make a significant upgrade to your playoff-bound -- or playoff-hopeful -- roster, outside of free agency.That in mind, enjoy some metaphorical hors doeuvres in advance of Thanksgiving, by acquiring (those in the Buy list) or trading (Sell list) the recommended names below.BuyBen Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Hes one of the few high-end quarterbacks who might actually be affordable via trade, mainly because dealing for him means absorbing some risk in the injury department. Roethlisberger has missed five of the Steelers past 22 regular-season games and has averaged 1.7 games missed in his dozen seasons as the teams full-time starter. Still, those willing to take chances tend to score the bargains, and Roethlisbergers Week 10 outburst was extremely encouraging in the health department, as he heads into whats one of the most favorable remaining schedules: at Cleveland, at Indianapolis, vs. the New York Giants, at Buffalo, at Cincinnati, vs. Baltimore and vs. Cleveland (its the second-most favorable using Week 11 Matchups Map data). If not for the schedule that Drew Brees has remaining -- its the most-favorable using that measure -- Roethlisberger might be my choice to be fantasys top-scoring quarterback in the final seven weeks of the season. Also consider: Philip Rivers.Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans: Perhaps memories of the Dolphins inexplicably conservative usage of Miller are still too fresh, but his fantasy owners might be a tad panicky learning that he has played only 45 percent of the Texans offensive snaps in their past three games combined. Injuries, however, contributed, and once those are in his rear view, hell presumably have his workhorse role restored. After all, the Texans didnt invest $14 million in guaranteed money in Miller to have him languish in a committee, especially not when their $37 million (again, guaranteed money) quarterback is struggling this much. As with Roethlisberger, making a deal for Miller is absorbing some injury risk, but again, thats the point. Miller has RB1 skill, plus one of the better playoff schedules out there. Also consider: Jonathan Stewart.Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: As hinted above, the Saints passing game as a whole has an extremely favorable remaining schedule, but Thomas is an especially attractive target because his perceived value hasnt yet caught up with his true value. (If you dont believe that, check out his ranking relative to Brandin Cooks in some of the rest-of-year sets elsewhere.) Thomas has more catches (56) and has played more offensive snaps (552) than Cooks (51 and 540), plus he has only two fewer targets (73-75) and run only 24 fewer routes (359-383). Hes also no more likely than Cooks to draw his opponents best coverage in any remaining game, significant in that the Saints remaining opponents have been tougher on No. 1 wide receivers than the supporting cast. This is a great schedule for Brees spread-it-around tendencies. Also consider: Doug Baldwin.Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Among tight ends, hes first in routes run (316) and second in both targets (64) and receptions (46). If theres a knock on him, though, its that he has only five red zone targets, tied for 17th at the position, which helps explain how he hasnt yet caught a touchdown pass. Fortunately, Pittas remaining schedule includes a lot of games against defenses that have ceded volume in numbers to opposing tight ends, especially the Cincinnati Bengals (53 catches, 10.7 fantasy points per game, fourth-most), whom hell face twice. He has a TE1 ceiling, but since hes probably a backup on many fantasy teams, he might come at the cost of a nonstarting RB or WR. Also consider: Coby Fleener.SellAaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Its wise to play the quarterback matchups -- especially for smaller league -- and dealing Rodgers is more a matter of his perceived value perhaps netting a low-end RB1 or WR1. Rodgers has two significant obstacles standing in his way: Matchups with the Seattle Seahawks (Week 14) and Minnesota Vikings (Week 16), which come at inopportune times, and five of his final six matchups overall grade as below-average (at best). He hasnt looked quite as sharp this season as in the past -- though his fantasy production has been extremely good during the softest part of his schedule these past three weeks. Without much support from his backfield, hes more likely to be exposed against tighter defenses in the coming weeks. Also consider: Marcus Mariota.Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins: Hes one of the weeks hottest pickups, but hes a player to flip as quickly as you can, considering whats ahead. Kelley draws the Nos. 2 (at Arizona, Week 13), 4 (vs. Carolina, Week 15), 6 (at Dallas, Week 12) and 8 (at Philadelphia, Week 14) worst matchups for a running back, using seasonal Matchups Map data, in his final seven games. Not a single one of his seven remaining matchups ranks among the 10-most favorable for the position. Kelleys numbers this season look impressive on the surface, but hes not a big-play running back and is more likely to be exposed by some of the tougher defenses out there. If your leagues trade market is valuing him as an RB2, make the deal. Also consider: Jay Ajayi.T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Like Thomas, Donte Moncrief has played a much larger role than perceived since returning from injury. Montcrief has played more offensive snaps (120), run more routes (73) and garnered more targets (15) with as many catches (7) as Hilton (108, 69, 14 and 7) in Weeks 8-9 combined. While Hiltons hamstring injury did influence those numbers, some consideration must be given to the possibility that Moncriefs role is expanding in the Colts offense. Hiltons playoff schedule -- vs. Houston, at Minnesota, at Oakland, vs. Jacksonville -- is one of the most brutal (keep in mind that the Texans have owned him in their recent meetings), so see if you can use the fact that hes fresh off his bye week as reason to argue hes 100 percent and worthy of a top-five wide receiver trade return. A deal straight up for Miller, for example, might get it done. Also consider: Michael Crabtree.Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: As productive as he has been of late, Walkers value probably wont get any higher than it is today. His Titans are one of the two teams with a Week 13 bye, which is simply awful for fantasy scheduling, then he returns to easily the most brutal schedule of any tight end: vs. Denver, at Kansas City, at Jacksonville, vs. Houston. All four defenses rank among the bottom 10 in terms of fantasy points per game allowed to the position, and Walker totaled 10 fantasy points in his previous matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Texans this season. On raw talent, hes easily regarded a top-three tight end going forward, except that matchup quality (not to mention volume) isnt there. If you could get a high-end RB2 -- perhaps aim high for a player like the aforementioned Miller or a WR2, like Baldwin -- and have a solid backup tight end, make the deal. Also consider: Jack Doyle. Marcedes Lewis Super Bowl Jersey . 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Two minutes and 35 weeks after their devastating verdict, Paddy Ryder led the way as the AFLs banned players started returning.The Port Adelaide ruckman posted a Twitter photo of himself outside their Alberton Oval headquarters at 12.02am Wednesday - just two minutes after his suspension lifted.IM BACK, Ryder tweeted.Ryder is among 34 current and past players who were banned in January after a successful CAS appeal in relation to the Essendon supplements debacle.Of those banned players, 17 remain on AFL lists, with 12 of them still at Essendon.Bombers vice-captain Dyson Heppell returned to their club headquarters with a thumbs-up, a footy under his arm and a broad grin.Its certainly a step towards that closure and a very big step at that, Heppell said.So its fantastic that we are able to come back around the football club, get around the boys again, use the facilities and it makes it a lot easier on us for sure.I havent been here for a while so Im interested to see what it looks like now and if my lockers still clean.Of the returning players, Jobe Watson is the only one with an unclear future and whose ban has not ended.Watsons suspension continues until September 21 because he played in last years International Rules Series against Ireland.The former Bombers captain and 2012 Brownlow Medallist is also yet to announce whether he wants to stay at the club or even remain an AFL player.He will meet the club later this week.Further complicating Watsons situation, his doping ban could yet cost him the Brownlow from 2012.If, as expected, a Swiss court rules against a lastt-ditch appeal by the 34 banned players, the AFL Commission will then rule on whether Watson should be stripped of the honour. 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Under the terms of their suspension, the players are permitted to return to their clubs two months before their playing bans expire.Most, like Ryder and Heppell, were able to return from midnight.Ryder and teammate Angus Monfries were Port players suspended for the entire 2016 season - they were recruited by the Power after stints at Essendon.Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri, another banned former Bomber, returned to the Dogs about 8.45am on Wednesday.St Kildas ex-Essendon recruit Jake Carlisle came back to an added bonus.The club handed him a separate two-game ban last year, shortly after he joined the Saints, because he had accepted a strike under the AFL illicit drugs code.A social media post had showed Carlisle snorting a white substance.But as he returned to St Kildas Seaford training base on Wednesday, the club announced the extra ban no longer applied.Carlisles St Kilda-imposed two-game sanction has been served concurrently as part of his anti-doping suspension, allowing him to be eligible for selection for 2017 pre-season games, the club said.It means Carlisle will be able to make his St Kilda debut in round one next season.The returning players are able to return to training and use club facilities but cannot be used for media, marketing or promotional activities for another two months. 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