We made it. The back-to-back six-team bye weeks are behind us and we now only have three bye weeks left. I think now is the time to start dealing away depth you don’t need if you are a playoff bound team.
When you wait until week 11 or 12 everyone is looking to deal depth for an upgrade to the starting lineup right before the playoffs.
Make two for ones and trade unnecessary depth while adding your running back’s handcuffs.
If you are in trouble, throw some hail Mary’s. Throw something out there hoping past studs like DeAndre Hopkins and Todd Gurley turn it around.
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QB – Ben Roethlisberger
It might be a little hard to buy low because by the time the game was over his stats were fine, including a completely unexpected rushing touchdown. I think there will be a decent bit of talk radio type talk this week that says he wasn’t healthy enough to play or wasn’t ready or something in that area. This was a great first game for him in terms of how little time he missed and how, it appears, he came out fine.
Potential buy-low offer: Marcus Mariota and Ty Montgomery for Roethlisberger
RB – Le’Veon Bell
I don’t think people are viewing him as the top level running back that he is. He still hasn’t scored a touchdown, but this was his first bad game. It was bad and he still totaled 70 yards. The floor is about that every week because he is so involved in the passing game. Bell will start finding the end zone. I think you can steal him at a low-end running back one value from a frustrated owner.
Potential buy-low offer: Devonta Freeman and Corey Coleman for Bell
RB – Jonathan Stewart
He had a rough game against a pretty tough Rams front seven. Take a look at the upcoming schedule. He gets nice matchups with the Saints and Raiders and then in the fantasy playoffs the Redskins and Falcons. Don’t fear Stewart. Many don’t like him because they think Cam scores all the touchdowns, he will steal some, but will get his yards and find the end zone every once in a while.
Potential buy-low offer: Donte Moncrief and Isaiah Crowell for Stewart
RB – Tevin Coleman/Doug Martin
It is always a risk to buy injured players, Martin showed why already this year. I think both of these guys come back relatively soon. At this point in the year I don’t mind buying injured players because depth becomes less and less important. Weeks 10 and 11 have four teams on bye and then week 13 only sees the Browns and Titans on bye. If you can buy and wait on one, or both, of these guys I think they can help down the stretch. Coleman was averaging 13 points per game when he got hurt and Martin has a great fantasy schedule down the stretch.
Potential buy-low offer (Coleman): Marvin Jones and T.J. Yeldon for Coleman
Potential buy-low offer (Martin): Cole Beasley and Terrance West for Martin
WR – Dez Bryant
Oh how quickly our minds change on a player. Last week he was back and everyone was really excited. One week of low yards and he is immediately dead to a lot of people. If you look around the league at receiver there are maybe three that are studs week in and week out. Receivers have always been volatile on a week-to-week basis.
Potential buy-low offer: Brandin Cooks and J.J. Nelson for Bryant
WR – Kelvin Benjamin
Like Stewart, Benjamin has some nice matchups coming up. He has had at least 70 yards or a touchdown in all but one game this season. The hype might have gotten a little out of control after week two, but this is still a solid receiver that is flying under the radar. He won’t have many week winning type weeks but those Saints, Raiders, and Falcons game could be pretty great.
Potential buy-low offer: Jarvis Landry and Darren Sproles for Benjamin
RB – Mark Ingram
Confused? After last week I had him as a buy low because people were freaking out about his benching. This week he broke out, helped by a 75-yard touchdown run. He is a sell is because he played second fiddle to Tim Hightower. Ingram did get more work after he got the hot hand, but we saw how short his leash is and this was the first time he did this all season. Don’t sell just to sell, sell if you can get about his draft day value of a borderline running back one or two.
Potential sell-high offer: Ingram and DeAndre Hopkins and for A.J. Green
WR – Allen Robinson
If you can use today’s outing as a glimmer of hope that he returns to 2015 form. The matchups are about to get a little rough. The Texans pop up on the schedule twice as well as Denver and Minnesota. If Darius Slay is healthy in week 11, that one could be rough as well.
Potential sell-high offer: Robinson and Christine Michael for Spencer Ware
WR – Michael Thomas
The breakout is real. He is on pace to have one of the best rookie receiver season in fantasy history. He has been the most consistent option in the offense; five of his last six games have been in the double digits, and should be an easy wide receiver two the rest of the way.
Potential buy-high offer: Jeremy Hill for Thomas
RB – Ryan Mathews
I believe he landed here once before, but after another eight snap performances, I should never have to write out in a word instead of a number for a players snap count; he needs to be off your team. Mathews has been faking fantasy success by punching in some short touchdowns on extremely limited carries. He is a less exciting option than Matt Asiata right now.
Potential sell-low offer: Mathews for just about anything you can get at this point
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