If you have a playoff spot all but locked up, congratulations.
Now that we are beyond the halfway point in the fantasy football regular season you are in an interesting situation.
At 7-0 or 6-1 it could be time to trade away your valuable depth in order to upgrade your starting lineup.
If you have four great receivers and can only start three, do a two for one trade to get a better receiver.
Find that team in a bye week crunch and trade them Allen Hurns and Donte Moncrief for Amari Cooper. You would be surprised what a desperate owner will do in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
You might have to overpay to get a trade done. Don’t be afraid to overpay. If your starting lineup gets better for the long haul do the deal. As long as you have one player on your bench that you can plug into your lineup if an injury occurs, your team should be ok. Holding onto Allen Robinson as a fourth receiver doesn’t help your team if you aren’t playing him.
I have said it before and will say it again, keep trying to make your team better. Just because you are sitting pretty or almost eliminated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying to improve your team.
Just like every other week, ask any questions you may have in the comment section below, or if you need a quick answer ask me on Twitter @TheSportsGuy40.
Good luck in your matchups, and happy trading!
RB – Dion Lewis
Lewis played through an injury last week and sat out this week with the same injury. James White took over the passing downs role and played the majority of the snaps; White was on the field for 44 snaps compared to Blount’s eight. White did very little with his snaps, only getting one carry and three receptions. The Patriots may have kept Lewis out to give him extra time to recover for a Thursday night game against the Dolphins.
Potential buy low offer: Allen Hurns For Lewis
RB – LeGarrette Blount
The Patriots didn’t have a lead to milk the clock late, and they played a team with a great front seven; a recipe for disaster for Blount. He will be up and down all season, but the Patriots aren’t going to have too many games where they don’t even try to run the ball. They also might not have many games where they don’t win by 20. He is a must play in games the Patriots are big favorites or playing a bad run defense.
Potential buy low offer: Ryan Mathews and Kendall Wright for Blount
WR – Julian Edelman
I am including him as a buy low, but I am worried about Edelman. He has struggled ever since he hurt his finger early last Sunday night and Danny Amendola has gotten a lot of work. I am not sure if today’s below average output was due to New England’s knowledge of the injury or if the Jets just took him away. Either way I think Edelman can be bought at second receiver value. Danny Amendola is a must add at this point with the concern over Edelman’s finger.
Potential buy low offer: Jonathan Stewart and Donte Moncrief for Edelman
WR – DeAndre Hopkins
An obvious stud, Hopkins only managed 50 yards in a game that the Texans threw 49 times. The game turned into garbage time in the second quarter so an owner would hope Hopkins could do more with his extended garbage time, but I wouldn’t worry. It looks like Foster is done for the year and Hopkins will go back to the only weapon in the Houston offense.
Potential buy low offer: Emmanuel Sanders and DeMarco Murray for Hopkins
WR – Brandon Marshall
Marshall’s streak of 100-yard games ended against the Patriots. Marshall had a big drop in the game that turned the tide and gave New England a chance to win. Marshall is still the go to guy in this offense, some of the better defenses in the league might be able to take him away, but his next two opponents (at Oakland and at home against the Jaguars) shouldn’t be able to.
Potential buy low offer: Latavius Murray for Marshall
WR – Odell Beckham Jr.
I am just throwing him in here because he is still an obvious stud. If someone is willing to trade him away for anything less than top five receiver value jump on it.
Potential buy low offer: Andrew Luck for Beckham Jr.
QB – Ryan Tannehill
I think it is easy to say that the Miami won’t be putting up 42 points per week. The Dolphins play New England on Thursday night and should come crashing down to Earth. I am not sure if owners can get great value for Tannehill, but as a throw in to an owner who needs a quarterback, or a bye week fill in, he could be a little sweetener to get the deal done.
Potential sell high offer: Tannehill and Lamar Miller for Todd Gurley
RB – Mark Ingram
If you have been following my week-to-week writing you should know how I feel about Ingram. This was his first really good all around game and he was taken out for goal line work, losing two touchdowns to Khiry Robinson. This was Ingram’s first 100-yard game of the season and he lost some of his goal line work to Robinson. Ingram still has his bye week coming in week 11 so you won’t have him for at least that week. Ingram does have a nice playoff schedule, but you have to get there in order to capitalize on it.
Potential sell high offer: Ingram for Beckham Jr.
RB – Lamar Miller
Miller was fantastic this week. This week will be one of the best fantasy point games of any player in the league this season. At this point I see Miller as a borderline top 10 back. The coaching change has given him a bigger workload. A cause of concern is who these huge games have come against. He ran all over a Titans defense that has only been able to stop an injured Boobie Dixon and a Texans defense that has just been awful all season. I think after this two-week stretch you can sell Miller as an elite back, around the top five value.
Potential sell high offer: Miller for Hopkins
RB – Charcandrick West
West had a big game against the Steelers, but I don’t see the Chiefs getting too many chances to give West 20 plus carries. The Chiefs play the Lions and then have a bye week before getting Denver. Selling a player during his bye week is typically difficult, and West is almost guaranteed to get shut down against the Broncos.
Potential sell high offer: West for Allen Robinson
RB – Darren McFadden
The oft injured “Run DMC” got a lot of work when Joseph Randle left the game early with a lower-back injury. McFadden isn’t built to handle a big workload every week. If Randle is out for any amount of time, McFadden looks like he will serve as the primary back until he inevitably gets injured. Sell him while he is still healthy.
Potential sell high offer: McFadden for Martavis Bryant
RB – T.J. Yeldon
This was the first time I got an extended look against Yeldon, and I came away really impressed. Yeldon ran all over a strong Bills front seven. It was disappointing to see Toby Gerhart get four, yes four, chances from the one yard line and not score while Yeldon sat on the sidelines. The Jaguars had a really interesting (I guess you could call it interesting) offense in short yardage situations. Hopefully the short yardage struggles will make it so they decide to use Yeldon more in those situations.
I would take him over: Jeremy hill, Carlos Hyde, Eddie Lacy, Latavius Murray, Frank Gore.
QB – Russell Wilson
This one is a tough call. It feels as though Wilson isn’t running that much this year, but he is on pace for roughly 250 less yards on the ground, about 1.5 points per game. The big difference for Wilson is the lack of rushing touchdowns. He hasn’t found the end zone on the ground this season after doing it six times last season. Wilson still carries value so I think if you can sell him as a top 10 quarterback you should do it. He isn’t good enough to get by on passing numbers alone; he needs to do more on the ground to be a useful quarterback on a weekly basis.
I would take over him: Tyrod Taylor, Philip Rivers, Blake Bortles, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton.
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