Almost a third of the teams in the NFL have had their bye week to this point.
If you are struggling at 0-6, 1-5 and potentially 2-4 you might have to start exploring the opportunity of trading players on their bye weeks for a slight downgrade in order to not play without one of your better players. This does not mean trading Aaron Rodgers for Cam Newton just because Rodgers is about to hit his bye week and Newton has already had it. However, trading away Matt Forte for Chris Ivory this week at 1-5 is something that you might have to do.
If you can try to get a week ahead and sell a player for someone who has already had his bye week. Look to trade players who have byes coming up in weeks 8 and 9 for players who have already had a bye and you can ride every week through the end of the season.
As a team in control at 6-0, 5-1 and 4-2 you can target struggling teams who can’t afford to have their star players on a bye. Also as one of the teams in the driver’s seat you can use your place in the standings to trade your depth to upgrade your roster for the playoffs or buy injured players from owners who can’t take another week of Dez Bryant sitting on the bench.
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Good luck in your matchups, and happy trading!
QB – Aaron Rodgers – Packers
Included him last week, but I think he needs to be here again. Rodgers still provided owners with 19 plus fantasy points this week but he hasn’t been “Aaron Rodgers” the past two weeks. Rodgers is missing his deep threat in Jordy Nelson and I think that has been hurting him to this point, but this is still Aaron Rodgers. If you own Rodgers, he said it best himself “R-E-L-A-X” don’t sell him low.
Potential buy low offer: Philip Rivers and Allen Robinson for Rodgers
QB – Carson Palmer – Cardinals
Potential buy low offer: Palmer has been providing average fantasy numbers the past few weeks so his owners shouldn’t be looking to sell for pennies on the dollar. Palmer is in one of the better offenses in the NFL and has plenty of weapons at his disposal. Palmer gets the Ravens and Browns the next two weeks before his bye. Buy him now and get ready for some huge production.
Potential buy low offer: Joseph Randle for Palmer
RB – Eddie Lacy – Packers
I know, another guy who was on last week’s list. The big worry with Lacy this week is that he only managed to get four carries. I just can’t buy Lacy being this bad. As the weather gets colder in Green Bay Lacy should continue to get more work. If you take a peek at Twitter you can see how fed up a lot of his owners are. Depending on the owner, you might be able to get him for next to nothing.
Potential buy low offer: Lacy for Eric Decker and Danny Woodhead
WR – A.J. Green – Bengals
He has only had one game where he played like the true stud he is. Green may not get consistent targets like he did in the past but his talent is still there and when the Bengals need to pass he can do damage. The Bengals are on a bye this week so Green might even come cheaper than normal.
Potential buy low offer: Mark Ingram for Green
WR – Antonio Brown – Steelers
Big Ben will be back soon. Brown has been killing his owners the past few weeks and they might be ready to give up on him. I am not sure if Roethlisberger will be back this week but you need to jump on a chance to trade for Brown before Roethlisberger comes back. Once Brown has a good quarterback throwing him the ball he slides safely back into the number one spot for fantasy receivers.
Potential buy low offer: Chris Ivory and Allen Hurns for Brown
RB – Jonathan Stewart – Panthers
I mentioned him as a sell low last week. If you didn’t sell him lsat week I would do everything possible to trade him this week. Cam Newton normally gets the goal line work leaving Stewart with very little big game upside. Someone might buy into Stewart as the guy of people expected he could be on draft day, a high-end running back two when healthy. If you can snag a guy who can be an every week flex that is a great deal to make.
Potential sell high offer: Stewart for Travis Benjamin
RB – Ronnie Hillman – Broncos
He broke out with 111 yards on 20 carries against one of the worst run defenses in the league. Even with the big game it was C.J. Anderson who got the touches in overtime. I don’t think the Broncos will ever settle on one running back and I don’t expect either back to do this on a regular basis. If you can get someone to think Hillman is going to be the guy in Denver You might be able to get a solid receiver in return from a running back needy team, or the Anderson owner.
Potential sell high offer: Hillman for T.Y. Hilton
RB – LeSean McCoy – Bills
He played great in his first game back, even at less than 100 percent. McCoy noted himself that we wasn’t 100 percent yet so his hamstring issue is still lingering. I would use this as a time to sell him and not risk another injury or setback with that hamstring. McCoy is a top 10 back when healthy so you should be able to sell him at a top 10 running back level.
Potential sell high offer: McCoy for Julian Edelman
WR – Demaryius Thomas – Broncos
I have said it on this site a few times, this isn’t the Broncos of 2013. The offense is really struggling and this is your chance to sell Demaryius as an elite receiver. The Broncos are happy to win games 3-0 if they have to. Putting up points isn’t a priority for this team. If you can, wait to see how serious Emmanuel Sanders is injured. If he is out for a while Demaryius should put up some solid numbers as the no doubt go to target in the offense.
Potential sell high offer: Demaryius Thomas for Arian Foster
TE – Gary Barnidge – Browns
I am not convinced he can keep this up. I think he can be a top 10 tight end this season but he won’t be an elite option week after week. He was pretty quiet the whole game other than the touchdowns.
Potential sell high offer: Barnidge and Pierre Garcon for Mike Evans
WR – Brandon Marshall – Jets
The offense has been great this season after what it was under Rex Ryan. Marshall won’t be putting up 100 yards every week but I think he will be a borderline top 10 receiver rest of season but I don’t think people value him that way.
I would take him over: Emmanuel Sanders, T.Y. Hilton, Randall Cobb.
QB – Peyton Manning – Broncos
It is over for Manning as a fantasy quarterback. Sell his name value for whatever you can and roll with Blake Bortles instead.
I would sell him for: Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor, Blake Bortles.
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