This week will be a big week for trading. A lot of teams trying to cover for the six-team bye week, and a lot of teams trying to take advantage of others that need the help.
Just remember, don’t kill your season long hopes even if you are hurting from the byes. If you are 5-2 or better you can afford to take a loss, but if you are 2-5 or worse you need to do everything you can to prevent another loss.
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RB – Todd Gurley
The Rams have a favorable rest of season schedule, including games against the Saints and 49ers, and at this point just about everyone who drafted Gordon is fed up with him. Gurley isn’t much different than a guy you will find on the sell-high portion of the list, except Gurley has the talent. The bad news for Gurley is he is not playing the snaps you want to see from someone with his ability. Benny Cunningham really cuts into his passing downs work, which is insane.
Potential buy-low offer: Brandin Cooks for Gurley
WR – Dez Bryant
It might not be a real buy low anymore. Bryant is about to return and Dak Prescott has looked great even without Bryant. The worry with him early in the season was he couldn’t do anything without Romo because other quarterbacks haven’t been good. Bryant might not get force-fed like in the past with Romo, and the Cowboys are a run first offense, but Bryant is the no questioned number one. With Prescott improving with each and every game, Bryant should be back on the wide receiver one radar.
Potential buy-low offer: Frank Gore for Bryant
WR – Alshon Jeffery
Don’t be surprised when Jay Cutler is miraculously healthy this week. Jay “I have never seen a pass I won’t try to complete” Cutler has force-fed Jeffery plenty in the past and probably will again once he returns. Jeffery is one of the unluckiest receivers this year in terms of catches and yards and not scoring a touchdown. You might be able to wait another week to buy Jeffery has a matchup against the Vikings coming up and then a bye. He will almost always be a headache week-to-week as you watch the practice reports, but when he and Cutler are on the field together he is a top-15 receiver.
Potential buy-low offer: Jonathan Stewart for Jeffery
WR – Amari Cooper
You wouldn’t believe how quickly people forget about back-to-back 100-yard games. Cooper might not score 10 touchdowns, but let’s be honest; how many receivers do. He is on pace for 1,300 yards. I would be surprised if he continued at that pace and didn’t score at least five touchdowns by the end of the season. Trust yards when evaluating players, not touchdowns.
Potential buy-low offer: Matt Forte for Cooper
RB – Jeremy Hill
Hill had a huge day, his biggest since his breakout rookie season. He missed some time again with another injury. We haven’t seen this Hill often in the past year and a half. I would use this great game against a really bad Browns defense as a chance to sell.
Potential sell-high offer: Hill for Marvin Jones
RB – Melvin Gordon
He has been listed here too many times to count. Gordon is a top-10 running back, there is no doubt about it, so don’t just go selling him for anything. But the touchdown rate does not go with the yardage totals. Gordon is a 50/50 bet to score every week and he will have decent yardage totals, but those touchdowns will dry up. Right now you can probably sell him at near top-five value. Do it, but like I said before, if you can’t get that kind of value hang on to him.
Potential sell-high offer: Gordon for Mike Evans
WR – Marvin Jones
Jones has been the poster child for consistency, at least seven points in every game this season. Sure there have been some extreme booms, but that is what you get with a receiver. The Lions are nearing a bad stretch in the schedule. They get the Texans, the Vikings twice and have a bye over the next five weeks. If you are 6-1 or 5-2 and can deal with Jones struggling, hang on to him as he has some nice matchups after this rough stretch.
Potential sell-high offer: Jones for C.J. Anderson
WR – Ty Montgomery
What we saw Thursday night was great. Montgomery was used as a running back and totaled over 100 yards. It is nice as a one week thing, but running an offense like this won’t continue. Knile Davis wasn’t able to play because he only had two days with the team and no chance to learn any of the playbook or blitz pickups. Don’t forget James Starks isn’t out for the year. He has a couple more weeks on the sidelines, and once he returns he is more than likely going to be the primary running back. The best, and worst, part of the Thursday night games are everyone has their eyes on it, and in Montgomery’s case that should boost his trade value.
Potential sell-high offer: Montgomery for Isaiah Crowell
RB – Spencer Ware
You will see a little more on this down below. Ware has been great the past two weeks and shows no signs of slowing down. This is Ware’s backfield right now – as long as he does not start fumbling, and even if he does he could be a top-10, possibly top-five, running back for the rest of the year. The Chiefs are always are going to be a run first team, and even if the game calls for it Ware has been great in the passing game this season. For what it is worth, the following offer is how high I would be willing to go, I would obviously try to start lower.
Potential buy-high offer: T.Y. Hilton for Ware
RB – Jamaal Charles
I am sorry. If any of you out there took him or traded for him because of me, my apologies. The injury took a lot longer to heal than expected, and in the meantime Spencer Ware has dominated turning the once all-pro into a change of pace back. Once the knee swelled up again Friday it became real that Charles’ hope for 2016 was just that, hope. You most likely won’t get the third round value from draft day or anything close to it. Maybe you have a Charles dreamer in your league or you can sell him to the Ware owner. Just get out while you still can.
Potential sell-low offer: Charles and Cole Beasley for Julian Edelman
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