Week 6 was an eye-opener around the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens thumped quality opponents, the Buffalo Bills showed they are fallible, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs took steps back toward respectability.

And hey, the Jacksonville Jaguars got their first win of the campaign while snapping a 20-game losing streak.

With 12 weeks left in the 2021 season, we're looking at a handful of elite teams, a wide swath of could-be contenders and a few franchises gunning for the No. 1 pick. In short, we're finally starting to get a solid idea of who the buyers and sellers will be at the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

Each week until then, we'll examine the NFL's top 10 trade targets based on each team's on-field and salary-cap situations, players' roles, any relevant trade buzz and a little common sense.

The Selection Process

To reach our top 10, we've gathered 15 players who are likely to be on the trade block based on prior reports and logic.

Off the list is tight end Zach Ertz, who was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals late last week. Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson also departs. With Kareem Hunt (expected to miss "several weeks" with a calf injury) on injured reserve and Nick Chubb nursing a calf injury, the Browns need Johnson.

Joining the list are Denver Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller and New York Jets safety Marcus Maye, and we'll dive into their situations further below.

Once the top 15 was established, we ranked players on talent level, positional value and their likelihood of being dealt.

These five just missed the cut, in no particular order:

Andre Dillard, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Allen Robinson II, WR, Chicago Bears

Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets

 

10. N'Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots

New England Patriots wideout N'Keal Harry formally requested a trade in the offseason, and the team is probably wishing it had granted the request. Harry opened the season on IR with a shoulder injury, and in his three appearances, he has just two catches for 19 yards.

During Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Harry was visibly lost on a critical fourth-quarter play. It's becoming clear the 23-year-old still doesn't grasp or have a place in New England's offense.

Still, there should be a team out there willing to take a flier on a young, physically gifted pass-catcher. Harry, after all, did rack up 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns during his final season at Arizona State.

The Pittsburgh Steelers could make for one logical landing spot. They have lost wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season to a shoulder injury and have an excellent track record of developing young receivers.

If a team is interested in developing Harry, it sure feels like the Patriots would be happy to give him up.

 

9. Ty'Son Williams, RB, Baltimore Ravens

While the Baltimore Ravens' top running backs to start the season—J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill and Gus Edwards—are all out for the year, the team's rushing attack has been rolling. With quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way, Baltimore ranks fourth in rushing yards and sixth in yards per attempt.

Baltimore's running backs are also drawing trade interest.

"[The Ravens] have received trade inquiries from teams interested in their current group of running backs, league sources told ESPN," Adam Schefter wrote.