Fantasy football trade index and rest-of-season rankings: Is Sam Darnold for real?

Sam Darnold's strong play for the Carolina Panthers has been a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

October football is here and while we still have plenty of time to make trades, it hardly means you should wait too long to make those trades. Make those deals now! We hope our weekly end-of-season rankings help you in that respect, along with our positional trade index.

With the NFL season heading into Week 5, it is quite amazing how quickly things can change in fantasy football. One month in and look at all the new names that suddenly matter in fantasy football ... and the many names that might not.


Rankings changes: It remains completely unrealistic to expect Panthers newcomer Sam Darnold to continue scoring rushing touchdowns at a rate of more than one per game, but still, it is fun to point out he is fifth in QB scoring. He has solid players around him. The Giants' Daniel Jones is sixth in scoring, with both ahead of the Bills' Josh Allen. No, we still take Allen every single time, but Jones and Darnold move into safer QB2 territory. Jones comes first because his rushing prowess might stick.