Trade ’em at their peak value

You may consider yourself a genius if you’re off to a 3-0 start. Otherwise, you’re probably in a situation where the next couple of weeks will be critical as far as where your team stacks up in your league.

The success of your team not only lies in who you start and who you sit — but how well you wheel and deal.

That said, now could be the time for your to make some blockbuster deals while some of your players are still hot — if need be.

Here are my top three players who should be considered great trade bait to help give your team a more-balanced attack — while they still have value:

» Randy Moss: I know — trading the best thing to ever happen to Tom Brady (other than his newborn son), would seem preposterous. But if you’re a betting man, you’d assume Moss can’t stay hot forever. He’s still injury-prone, the New England Patriots will continue to spread the ball around and there’s that whole “Randy will play whenever he wants to” thing.

» LaMont Jordan: For the first three weeks, Jordan has been playing like his job depended on it. And it does — newcomer Dominic Rhodes will soon be back after serving his four-game suspension. Rhodes will be involved in the offense in some way, shape or form. That means Jordan will have to sacrifice some of his touches.

» Kellen Winslow: All of a sudden, the Browns are an offensive juggernaut and Winslow is showing glimpses of the type of player Cleveland expected him to be. But we know that Derek Anderson is just a Band-Aid until the Browns are ready to start Brady Quinn. When that happens, it’s going to feel like that one time your Boston Terrier accidentally stepped on the reset button when he walked on your PlayStation while beating your buddy in “Madden.”

STONE-COLD LOCK: Darrell Jackson vs. Seahawks: Jackson’s first three games have been uninspiring (11 catches, 166 yards, no touchdowns). But he’s had this game circled since the day Seattle traded him. He’s still a solid possession receiver and matches up well against the Seahawks’ secondary. Plus, it’s not like he doesn’t know what he’s going up against. Also, Seattle has the third-worst pass defense in the league.

Start ’em

» QB: Steve McNair, Ravens

» RB: Thomas Jones, Jets

» WR: Vincent Jackson, Chargers

» TE: Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings

» K: Joe Nedney, 49ers

Sit ’em

» QB: Derek Anderson, Browns

» RB: Edgerrin James, Cardinals

» WR: Brandon Marshall, Broncos

» TE: Tony Scheffler, Broncos

» K: Jason Hanson, Lions

Pick ’em up

» QB: Brian Griese, Bears

» RB: Brian Leonard, Rams

» WR: Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs

» TE: Greg Olsen, Bears

» K: Nick Folk, Cowboys

Cut ’em

» QB: Josh McCown, Raiders

» RB: Deuce McAllister, Saints

» WR: Eddie Kennison, Chiefs

» TE: Bubba Franks, Packers

» K: Rian Lindell, Bills

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