We’re heading into the last of the bye weeks, which means it’s your last chance to take advantage of an owner who is in possession of a desirable Steeler or Panther but desperately needs a win this week. If you’re feeling pretty confident about making the playoffs, or you just have the roster depth to absorb a player on a bye, now is the time to put in a low-ball offer for the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, Kelvin Benjamin, Greg Olsen and, uh, DeAngelo Williams, if you enjoy the finer things in thoroughly mediocre running backs.

Of course, you may be in a league in which the trade deadline just passed, to which I say: Why did you click on this article? Wait, no! You did the right thing clicking on this article, if only because reading anything about fantasy football beats reading most things about most other things. To get back to the trade deadline issue, I say this: Try to have the deadline moved back in your league, if not abolished altogether.

I don’t see much purpose in having a trade deadline before, say, Week 13, when the regular season ends (or is about to) in a lot of leagues. I don’t buy the argument that owners who have been mathematically eliminated from the fantasy playoffs shouldn’t be allowed to make trades — they paid their entry fees like everyone else and should enjoy the fun of rearranging their rosters just like everyone else. If there is a fear that some of those eliminated owners will just agree to any old trade out of sheer apathy or collusion, well, that’s what a vigilant commissioner with trade-veto power is for. And if you’re in a league with an early trade deadline, unscrupulous rivals and an asleep-at-the-wheel commish, then I say just find another league next year. Or better yet, start one of your own and institute all the rules you prefer!

Now onto some trade targets who will actually be playing next week, barring injury (which in one case, is a legitimate concern).

Julio Jones

A funny thing happened on the way to Jones returning to his status as one of the best fantasy WRs around, namely that, over the past month, he hasn’t even been the best fantasy WR on his own team. Jones hasn’t been a disaster, but he also hasn’t scored since Week 3, whereas Roddy White has touchdowns in three of the Falcons’ past four games and has also bested White in yardage in three of the past four. This tells me that Atlanta’s offense is still functioning reasonably effectively, and Jones is due for a breakout game. For the season, Jones still has many more of Matt Ryan’s targets than White does, and, of course, the former is younger and more talented at this stage. It probably won’t hurt that the Falcons play four of their next five in domes, three of those at home.

Drew Brees

The other dome game that the Falcons will play comes at New Orleans, which is one of the reasons to make a play for Brees, because Atlanta’s defense doesn’t scare anybody. In fact, that matchup comes in Week 16, the fantasy Super Bowl for many leagues, and it follows games against Carolina and at Chicago, giving the Saints QB a tasty playoff schedule indeed. Brees has been good but not great all season, and he is coming off his worst fantasy outing, so the time could be right to pry him from an owner who feels let down. This is a good way to “win” a fantasy trade more often than not: By betting that on a proven player who has been scoring less than in the past, but whose situation doesn’t appear to be drastically different. At age 35, Brees may be slipping a bit, or he may be about to break out, and one thing we do know is that he is still second in the NFL in pass attempts per game (41.7).

Calvin Johnson

Keep an eye on an elbow injury that had Johnson in the training room for some time after the Lions’ loss to the Cardinals, but also be ready to use that injury, plus a down game at Arizona, as an opening to potentially acquire him. Hey, a Megatron at, say, 90% is still better than over 90% of all other WRs. He is especially tempting for those who have already made the playoffs, or think they are likely to get in — after a tough matchup this week at New England (which might be used to further convince Johnson’s owner to give him up), he gets Chicago and Tampa Bay in three of the following four weeks, plus home games from Weeks 13 to 15.

Ahmad Bradshaw

This is an injury situation that really bears monitoring. Bradshaw was on crutches and in a walking boot after the loss to the Patriots. Obviously, if he is seriously hurt, then never mind, but if it turns out that those medical accoutrements were precautionary and the injury isn’t that bad, then the Colts RB could make for a great buy-low candidate. He is coming off a couple of scoreless games sandwiched around a bye week, which means his owners haven’t seen anything big from him in several weeks. Indy gets Jacksonville this week and while its schedule toughens up (at least on paper) after that, it doesn’t look particularly off-putting, either. Meanwhile, Trent Richardson continues to show absolutely no aptitude for this game you call “football.”

Update, Monday 2 p.m.: Indications are that Bradshaw has a broken ankle. If so, I’ll dispense a bit of obvious waiver-wire advice: Put in a claim for Dan Herron. Also, see watch for any other roster moves the Colts may make at the RB spot, because while Trent Richardson will likely get a chance to carry the load, well, see above.