Even the good teams are put in tough spots. There might be teams that are sitting pretty record wise, but the team is in shambles with injuries and changing situations. Other teams might have had early season struggles but hit big getting guys like Booker and Ajayi recently.
The teams with a good record but injuries or changing situations are in a really tough spot. Maybe you’re 6-2 but lost C.J. Anderson, Doug Martin, Tevin Coleman, and were counting on Jordan Howard. Just like that you have nothing and you are looking at starting Zach Zenner and Charcandrick West next week.
Do you go for the regular glory and a bye by trading away some of the healthy bodies you do have? Or, do you ride out the injuries, most likely losing the next few weeks, kissing the bye and regular season prize away to set yourself up for a playoff run.
It is hard to put a finger on what to do. If you go for the trades maybe it leads to a bye and the first overall seed prize money, but in the playoffs you lose because you traded your studs away. Maybe you make the trades and still lose while you wait for your injured players to return.
But what if it works out? What if you make the deals and get the byem and because of the bye you go all the way and win a title.
That decision is up to you. And no matter what you decide I don’t think you’re wrong.
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RB – Mark Ingram
After today’s three carry, negative points, and benching you might be able to get Ingram for a Pepsi, heck maybe even diet. Ingram has been frustrating owners all season. Between losing touchdowns and just not doing what he did last season people are willing to ship him for next to nothing. I would assume this benching was a one week thing. If anyone out there really thinks Tim Hightower is better than Ingram and gives them a better chance to win I have a lot of game film and stats to show you. Also, I hope you own Ingram so I can trade you a bench player for him.
Potential buy-low offer: Jamison Crowder for Ingram
WR – Brandon Marshall
He is still a great player. He might not be the top-10 receiver people hoped for on draft day but he isn’t as far off as it might seem. Right now people are panicking about the quarterback situation and that is understandable. The quarterback play hasn’t been good, but he is still averaging north of eight targets per game. I would expect him to be the focal point of the passing game every week, because who else could be.
Potential buy-low offer: Jeremy Hill for Marshall
WR – DeAndre Hopkins
I was pretty worried about him, but at this point there is no place to go but up. He is heading into his bye week now. Odds are his owners aren’t doing too hot. Their first round pick has done very little. I would think, hope, that the Texans go into the bye and find a way to get the ball to their best player more often. The targets have been there most weeks, but they are ugly targets. His receiving ability is among the best in the NFL. He just needs catchable passes thrown to him down the field. Trade for him and hope it gets resolved in the bye week. Just don’t trade for him as a top-20 receiver.
Potential buy-low offer: Frank Gore for Hopkins
WR – Tyrell Williams
He might even be on the waiver wire in some leagues after this week. I think he is the Chargers best receiver that is healthy right now. San Diego seems to just go with a bit of a revolving door number one receiver. With no real top option, all the guys get their turn being the top option. The Chargers have a really nice schedule down the stretch and I would bet on Williams to be the guy that benefits the most. It wouldn’t hurt to check in on the Philip Rivers owner as well.
Potential buy-low offer: Jerick McKinnon for Williams
WR – Alshon Jeffery
Putting here on the assumption that he has a bad game Monday night in a tough matchup before heading into the buy. With Cutler back I think Jeffery gets a significant boost.
Potential buy-low offer: Rob Kelley and Allen Robinson for Jeffery
RB – Matt Forte
His good games are pretty predictable at this point. When the Jets are going to be in games, or winning games, he is going to get near 30 touches. The thing is the Jets just aren’t good. There are going to be far more games they are trailing and don’t use Forte much and he finishes with a bad game. If Forte is just a flex for you, or you have great receivers and are playing a revolving door at your second running back spot keep him and start him when the Jets are favored or slight underdogs.
Potential sell-high offer: Forte for Jordan Reed
RB – Christine Michael
Thomas Rawls will be back soon. Michael hasn’t done anything to take the job from Rawls. He has been a fine option for fantasy, but mostly because of the touchdowns. Michael actually split snaps evenly with C.J. Prosise in a game the Seahawks were never out of. Sell him before the Rawls return in order to get some good value. If you wait until Rawls is actually back the value is going to fall a lot.
Potential sell-high offer: Michael for Dez Bryant
WR – Jordy Nelson
He had a nice game with a few big plays and found the end zone. He just isn’t a focal point of the offense. Other receivers are getting tons of targets and catches and it took the Packers not having Cobb or Montgomery to get him to have 100 yards and a touchdown. Someone out there will be buying Nelson assuming he has regained his old form, I don’t think he has.
Potential sell-high offer: Nelson for LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee
TE – Travis Kelce
This is the easiest call for me ever. I try to avoid the obvious ones like “sell this borderline ownable guy because he had one random big game”, but this is really close in my eyes. I will never doubt his ability. I think if you put him in a better, more pass friendly offense he is in the class with Gronk, Reed, and Olsen. Unfortunately, he is on a team that would rather run 40 times than pass 30. Spencer Ware left the game with a concussion and Charcandrick West was the only other running back active, and he later left the game. Like I said, love the talent, but I hate the situation. Sell if anyone can buy in that Kelce is back to what people thought preseason.
Potential sell-high offer: Kelce and Melvin Gordon for Le’Veon Bell
TE – Tyler Eifert
He is back and he is healthy. The offense finally has a proven number two option behind Green and a real red zone threat. Odds are the owner who has him isn’t going to sell; he probably hung on to him since the draft, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Eifert was an elite tight end option last season and should be close to that again this year.
Side note: my buy-high calls have been horrible this year. Buy at your own risk because he might get hurt or see his production fall off a cliff in the coming weeks.
Potential buy-high offer: C.J. Fiedorowicz and Julian Edelman for Eifert
WR – Jeremy Maclin
I hate to list him here because the sell-low window has been closed for a while and he had a semi-decent game this week, but there wasn’t anyone else out there I liked for this spot. Like Kelce, Maclin is just not in a good situation to succeed as anything more than a low-ceiling flex.
Potential sell-low offer: Maclin for Alfred Morris
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