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  •  The Detroit Lions made a pretty significant move on Thursday Womens Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , trading for 49ers linebacker Eli Harold. With just over two weeks left to solidify their roster, the move has drastically changed the landscape of the Lions’ depth chart. While Harold is not necessarily a lock to make the final roster, considering he was a potential starter in San Francisco, it’s fair to assume he’ll immediately jump ahead of a few players and bump some defenders into the roster bubble or off the roster completely. EdgeLet’s start with the edge, since Harold’s versatility there will likely make him an asset where the Lions may be the weakest. Though I doubt Devon Kennard’s starting job is in danger, Harold could very well be the team’s Kennard 2.0. That could spell trouble for a couple of edge guys in the rotation. Namely, both 2017 undrafted free agents Jeremiah Valoaga and Alex Barrett. Valoaga has been a consensus “IN” for our weekly Bubble Watch, but Barrett’s spot has been much more uncertain. Adding a guy like Harold could spell doom for Barrett, but the young defender does still have practice squad eligibility. LinebackerHarold doesn’t necessarily bring the solid coverage the Lions may be seeking from this unit, so it’s unlikely that Jalen Reeves-Maybin or Miles Killebrew will be affected much by this move. I think Christian Jones and Jonathan Freeny are also likely still safe.However , this makes it a lot more unlikely for an underdog like Chad Meredith, Trevor Bates or Freddie Bishop to make the 53. At 6-foot-3, 257 pounds Harold is built almost exactly like these three players, and we’ve seen each play a little on the edge, as well. Bishop, specifically, was just climbing the ranks after some impressive performances in training camp and the preseason, but this move could really hurt his chances to make the roster. Bishop, too, has practice squad eligibility , so he could still stick around if he doesn’t make the 53. This has been one of the more active NFL trade deadlines for fantasy purposes.Fans of Houston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are assuredly excited by their new players, picking up Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate and Ty Montgomery. However, it's the teams that traded those players that will likely provide the most opportunity for fantasy value.DENVER BRONCOSThe Broncos shipped Thomas to the Texans, which will condense the target share within this offense. The primary beneficiaries are Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton, as the Thomas departing removes 20 percent of the team's targets this season and one of its top red zone threats.Sanders' role won't change much. According to Pro Football Focus, Sanders has taken 64.5 percent of his snaps in the slot. He's been very successful there, averaging 10 yards per target and catching 76 percent of his targets. Look for similar production for Sanders moving forward but with a better floor/ceiling combination on volume.On the other hand Womens Kenny Golladay Jersey , Sutton gets a huge boost. Despite being Denver's third receiver, Sutton already accounted for 22 percent of the team's air yards, just behind 25 percent for Thomas. With his target share likely moving from the low teens to around 20 percent and much of that volume coming down the field, the ceiling here has expanded significantly for the rookie out of SMU.DETROIT LIONSThe Lions sent their most targeted wideout in Tate to the Eagles, removing a whopping 27 percent of the team's targets from their offense. The clear beneficiaries here are Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. Neither will take Tate's role out of the slot, but they should each receive a boost in volume. Given the efficiency and profile of each wide receiver, that boost is going to have a meaningful impact.Jones is averaging 8.2 yards per target and historically has a TD rate well above the league average for wide receivers. He's the big play receiver with a 15.5 average depth of target (aDOT), which measures how far downfield players are when they are thrown the ball.While the second year receiver Golladay also has big play ability down the field, his 12.3 aDOT indicates he runs more shorter routes than Jones, which accounts for the much higher catch rate. At 6-4 with speed Womens Graham Glasgow Jersey , Golladay sees the larger jump in ceiling in this offense.Tate's direct role in the offense may be filled by T.J. Jones or undrafted free agent Brandon Powell. That will be an interesting situation to monitor moving forward, and both players are worth stashing in dynasty leagues.GREEN BAY PACKERSIt's finally going to be the Aaron Jones show in Green Bay. The second year back has the most athletic upside of the team's options. He has burst and agility and produce well in college, both in terms of yards per carry and percentage of team yards and touchdowns.Out of the bye week, Jones already looked like the primary back for Green Bay, playing 32 snaps to 13 for Jamaal Williams and six for Montgomery. With Montgomery sent to the Ravens, there's one less competitor for touches in the Green Bay offense.