When is it time to panic? After one week? Two? Can we panic now?
I like to not completely panic until after week four. However when panic after week one, two, and three keep adding up, maybe now is the time to make the move and not wait until after that last week.
Bye weeks start in week four so the lineups that a lot of your league had are about to change. People are going to try to cover their bye weeks and anyone with any kind of running back depth is about to get great value.
Remember that when you are making your trades. Outside of the elite receivers, they are a dime a dozen. Finding a running back with a pulse is worth a borderline starting receiver. Any running back that can score 10 points is a top-20 back and going to net a solid return.
Don’t just trade your backs away for anything though. Make your trade partner pay up if they need the running back.
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WR – Kelvin Benjamin
He inexplicably got one target and didn’t haul it in. His first two weeks of success shouldn’t have his owners panicking like they could have been after a week one no-show. Benjamin is a prime buy low target because he came with preseason worry and he has also shown that he can be a lead receiver. He isn’t the top-10 receiver he was billed as by many before this week, but he also isn’t outside the top-20 and I think you might be able to buy him as a low-end second receiver when he should give high-end wide receiver two numbers.
Potential buy low offer: Isaiah Crowell and Randall Cobb for Benjamin
RB – Jerrick McKinnon
He didn’t have an eye-popping day, just 16 for 45 on the ground. He played the snaps that we were told he would, out snapped Asiata 36 to 19. If McKinnon continues to get 15-18 touches he will find better success. He wont get the Panthers every week.
Potential buy low offer: Jeremy Maclin for McKinnon
TE – Rob Gronkowski
Brady is about to come back and Gronk should be getting back to full health soon. His owner might be 0-3 right now after spending an early round pick on a complete zero through three weeks. This might be the last chance to buy low. After next weeks game, even if it’s a bad one, his owner knows Brady is coming back and fantasy goodness is on its way.
Potential buy low offer: Carlos Hyde for Gronkowski
RB – LeGarrette Blount
He has one more game in the role of the 25 carry per game back. Once Brady returns this offense will change. Don’t tell me the Patriots will continue to run Blount 25 times per game and limit Brady’s passing. Blount will return to what he was last year, but there is nothing wrong with what he was last season. Blount is going to be great in games the Patriots are winning, but there will be a lot of games where he is near non-existent. I think you might be able to get him for high-end running back two value.
Potential sell high offer: Blount for Amari Cooper
RB – Latavius Murray
He is in a running back by committee that no one really notices because he has been putting up points and finding the end zone. He had 10 carries while Washington and Richard had six each. Trade him before the game where people realize this is a full blow committee.
Potential sell high offer: Dez Bryant and Murray for Antonio Brown
RB – Christine Michael
In reality this one could blow up in your face if I am being completely honest. I think when Rawls is around Michael doesn’t get a full workload like today. While Michael had a great game almost all of it came in the first 10 minutes. If he does end up taking over as the full-time lead back this is a bad call, but I am betting against it.
Potential sell high offer: Michael for Eric Decker
RB – Jeremy Hill
This is his first truly great game in a while. The most surprising part is that it came against the Broncos. I just can’t see him doing it again after how many times over the past year he has struggled and split time with Bernard.
Potential sell high offer: Hill and T.Y. Hilton for Lamar Miller
WR – Emmanuel Sanders
I am running far away from Sanders. He is so boom or bust and there are not nearly enough booms to keep me interested. The quarterback situation can’t be trusted in Denver and more often than not CJ Anderson will get touchdowns.
Potential sell high offer: Sanders for Tevin Coleman
WR – Julio Jones
How is he a sell high? He hasn’t even played his game yet. Well Julio is one of the best players in fantasy. Probably a top-five pick again if we redid the draft, but after the easy matchup with the Saints he plays Carolina, Denver, and Seattle. Odds are he wont be completely shut down because he is one of the best talents in football, but he won’t be the top-three receiver you drafted.
Potential sell high offer: Jones for David Johnson
WR – Marvin Jones
I love Marvin Jones and could have easily touted him as a buy in previous weeks. I just don’t want people to see this week and think they need to deal him. Maybe trade for him. He is a borderline third/fourth round pick if we drafted again today. I have a feeling someone in your league will be looking to move him thinking this is a sell high opportunity. Don’t miss your chance.
Potential buy high offer: Theo Riddick and Michael Crabtree for Jones
RB – Ryan Mathews
Unless the price is literally the worst player off of someone’s bench I would want to get rid of Mathews. He barely played last week and I don’t remember seeing him on the field after the first quarter this week. The Eagles used three other running backs to run all over the Steelers at the end of the game.
Potential sell low: Ryan Mathews for Dwayne Washington
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