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This was one of the worst weeks for injuries that I can remember, and because of those injuries this will be a big week for trading as a fair amount of teams will be looking to the trade market in an attempt to fill the loss of a key player.
Not only was this a rough week for injuries, but a lot of players will be lost to byes this coming Sunday.
The Cardinals, Lions, Ravens, Texans, Chiefs and Seahawks will all be on bye for week nine.
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RB – Justin Forsett
Sadly Steve Smith tore his Achilles and is done for the year, and possibly for his career. Forsett is the best thing left in Baltimore. Forsett has struggled the past three weeks, but I would expect his workload to increase pretty significantly when the Ravens come out of the bye.
Potential buy low offer: Jarvis Landry for Forsett
RB – Giovani Bernard
He wasn’t used nearly enough this week. The worry is that this is what the Bengals want to do for the rest of the season. Bernard looked great with the few touches he got, and I think the Bengals will give him more work than he received this week. The running back landscape is changing; Bernard is a very solid running back two rest of season.
Potential buy low offer: Brandin Cooks for Bernard
RB – Chris Ivory
I am putting Ivory as a buy low, but I am a little hesitant in doing it. He appeared to be hurt last week and was in and out of the game, but he participated in practice and played a majority of snaps this week. My concern with Ivory is health, but with the rash of injuries to running backs this season (and this week) I think Ivory can be a nice buy low option as long as he stays healthy.
Potential buy low offer: Allen Robinson for Ivory
RB – Danny Woodhead
I am a big fan of his for his “usual” consistency. Woodhead is a great plug and play as a second running back with a nice floor. He only got five touches this week compared to Gordon’s 23. I don’t think the Chargers can keep giving Gordon this many touches if they want to win games. This team’s strength is in the passing game and the best passing downs back on the roster is Woodhead, and it isn’t close.
Potential buy low offer: Willie Snead for Woodhead
WR – Antonio Brown
His first game with Roethlisberger back at quarterback didn’t go well. Roethlisberger looked rusty in his first game back from injury and it definitely hurt Brown’s production. Brown was targeted a lot, and with Bell out Brown should have a huge second half of the season.
Potential buy low offer: Alshon Jeffery and Alfred Blue for Brown
WR – John Brown
Brown was active but was only going to play if there was an emergency. He will go into the bye week as one of the top receivers in one of the top offenses in the league. The bye week should get him healthy and returning to form. If you can afford to not have him next week, I would be buying.
Potential buy low offer: Charcandrick West for Brown
QB – Drew Brees
What happened in the Superdome was crazy. Most of what I saw in this game, for both teams, was really bad defense. The Saints aren’t going to score like this every week. This game had a lot of receivers running wide open. When the Saints get inside the 10 they are a running team. Brees is a in the bottom half of the top 10 quarterbacks for me rest of season. You might be able to sell him to someone thinking he is back in the top five.
Potential sell high offer: Brees and Jarvis Landry for Amari Cooper
QB – Eli Manning
The rollercoaster that is Eli Manning’s season continued. Manning struggled badly the past two weeks and was given a great matchup with the Saints horrible defense this week. Eli, like Brees, benefited from some terrible defense in this game. Odds are if you have Eli you weren’t relying on him as your every week starter. This is the week to pair him with a running back or a receiver for an upgrade.
Potential sell high offer: Manning and Charcandrick West for LeSean McCoy
RB – Latavius Murray
Murray has a tough upcoming schedule, but running backs are at a premium right now. If you have the depth at running back where you can afford to get rid of Murray, now is the time to do it. Target the Le’Veon Bell or Matt Forte owners who are probably panicking right now.
Potential sell high offer: Murray for Brandon Marshall
RB – C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman
I see the running success the Broncos had this week as more of an outlier rather than something that will continue. Both of the backs played well and rotated fairly evenly it seemed. I have them listed as a sell high here, but that is only if you can get around top 15-20 running back value. I am not sure you will be able to, but it is always something that is worth looking into.
Potential sell high offer: Anderson or Hillman for Martavis Bryant
WR – Brandin Cooks
The targets in the Saints offense are spread out far too much for Cooks to be anything more than a weekly flex. His six catches were fourth on the team and his 88 yards were third. I was a Cooks believer in the preseason, but after seeing some of the Saints games this season I don’t think he can be more than a boom or bust player.
Potential sell high offer: Cooks for DeAngelo Williams
QB – Philip Rivers
I think this is the perfect time to buy him. Rivers gets the Bears this week and then heads into his bye in week 10. Coming out of the bye his remaining schedule includes the Chiefs twice, the Raiders, Jaguars, Dolphins and Broncos. If you play through week 17 he will get the Broncos a second time. I am confident in Rivers putting up high-end numbers in all of those games except against the Broncos.
I would take him over: Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger
RB – Melvin Gordon
Gordon was force-fed the ball yet again, and as usual, he struggled. Gordon has been getting touches like he is an elite running back, but he hasn’t done anything with them. If you can sell him for anything I would do it. Even in a lost season I can’t see the Chargers continuing to give him the ball.
I would take over him: DeAngelo Williams, Danny Woodhead, Charcandrick West, Darren McFadden.
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