The trade deadline is approaching fast in essentially every fantasy football league. In fact, some have already come and gone. There are plenty of players whose value is on the rise, and there are some that have fallen off the fantasy cliff.
With trading time in most leagues coming down to the wire, it will be important to identify some of these buy-low, sell-high opportunities in order to offload and add potential stars to your team. If you can’t do it now, then the rest of your moves this season will have to be made on the waiver wire. Let’s dive into some buy-low, sell-high options and a mini-stock report on a couple of players.
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Fantasy Trade Value: Buy low
Dion Lewis, RB, Titans. I’m sure many people have begun to realize, but this isn’t Derrick Henry’s backfield any longer thanks to Lewis. Lewis has seen 42 touches to Henry’s 22 over the past two games and Lewis. Henry was supposed to be the between-the-tackles guys while Lewis was the pass catching/third-down back, yet Henry saw six carries against the Cowboys while Lewis saw 19 carries. I’m willing to go as far as saying Lewis is a strong RB2 even in standard leagues at this point, especially if we’re going to get 100-plus all-purpose yards on a week-to-week basis. He’s a must-own in PPR formats and you should throw together a package to acquire him now.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks. Should we be bobbing while everyone is weaving here? The hot waiver wire pickup of the week for Week 10 is none other than Mike Davis, and deservedly so. That said, when Carson is healthy, or able to play through a full game, he’s the man in Seattle, and the man in Seattle gets 20-plus touches each and every week as they’ve made it clear they want to establish the run. Yes, the hip is somewhat concerning, but if it was a massive deal, no way the Seahawks would come out and deem him just “day-to-day”, right? Right. Oh and by the way, this hip injury has been an ongoing issue since Week 4. If you look at the game logs following Week 4, he has two 100-plus yard games on the ground and was well on his way to a third before leaving Week 9’s contest. This is your best chance to get him cheap, but I suggest you only do something like this if you have depth at the RB position, not if you expect to plug him in this coming week, as he may not play this week.
Fantasy Football Trade Value: Sell high
Jordan Howard, RB, Bears. I’m not denying that he’s looked better over the past couple weeks, but what if he doesn’t score in any of the three games? He wouldn’t have eclipsed eight fantasy points in all three and twice, he would have been below five in a standard format. He’s so touchdown dependent right now and before this recent three-game stretch in which he’s scored four times, he had one touchdown over his first six contests. I’m not denying this is the type of production we were hoping for, but he’s providing us absolutely nothing in the passing game as all of that works goes to Tarik Cohen and Howard just doesn’t look explosive enough to break a big play for us at this point in the season. What better time to pitch him to your opponents after four touchdowns over the past three weeks?
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos. Before jumping on my back here for this, hear me out. Everyone was in love with Sutton coming into the season and that love only expanded once Demaryius Thomas was shipped out of town. He barely saw an uptick in targets this week (five) as Jeff Heuerman was actually the primary beneficiary to the Thomas departure. I’m not doubting Sutton’s ability and upside, but Case Keenum is having a very difficult time delivering the ball effectively this season. Pitching the upside of Sutton to someone looking for a WR3 or weekly FLEX play is your best bet. I expect a lot of Emmanuel Sanders, more Heuerman, and more Lindsay in the passing game going forward while Sutton’s target shares pretty much remain the same.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Stock Watch: Moving up
George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle is showing time and time again that it really doesn’t matter who’s throwing him the ball. He’s going to catch it and make a play. After his big Week 9, he’s moved into third among all tight ends in PPR leagues for fantasy points. In PPR formats, Kittle has scored more points than guys like Cooper Kupp, Jarvis Landry, Keenan Allen and David Johnson. The tight-end position is already so weak, there is no reason not to look to acquire him if you have a surplus of skill position players at running back or wide receiver.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Moving down
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. When Golden Tate was first traded, my initial thoughts was how much this helps Golladay’s upside. But does it really? The Lions are making a more concerted effort to feature Kerryon Johnson each and every week, which obviously cuts into Matt Stafford’s production and that of his receiving corps. Stafford still threw the ball 36 times against Minnesota — their first game without Golden Tate — but Golladay only saw four passes come his way. The defenses can now game plan more for both Golladay and Marvin Jones knowing there isn’t an elite slot receiver on the field with them anymore, which is another downside to Golladay’s potential. He’s only surpassed four targets once over his last five games and before your trade deadline passes you by, it’s time to start shopping him if you haven’t already.
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