This article will feature players that are worth bartering or trading each week. One of the best things about fantasy football is making that perfect trade that sets you up for several wins down the road. Trading fantasy football players is no different than trying to trade stock on the actual stock market. The best way to execute that trade is to invest in a player when there stock is low, and dispose of players when their stock is high. The key element in this is recognizing what players tend to keep constant at their stock level, and rack up on the ones who hold an above average stock level constantly. The opposite is also true; try to limit the players that you have who hold a below average stock level constantly. The trick is to flip these below average players when they perform well for a few weeks, and collect the players who underperform their usual constant level over that same time. It’s easier than it sounds if you just follow the advice below.
Invest Low: (Players to invest in while their stock is lower)
Jamaal Charles: If you are a believer in Charles, you may not catch his stock this low again. Last season before the injury he was a top 3 running back. His owners may grow impatient waiting on the Chiefs to implement him into their lineup. Therefore, they may think now is the time to get something for him rather than nothing, and give him up for a cheaper price. There is a good chance that in a month Charles comes back and assumes his spot at the top of the leagues running backs. If you are a Charles believer, there is not a better time to go get him.
Devonta Freeman: When you average less than two yards per carry, your owner is going to be concerned. Not only that, but Tevin Coleman had nearly the same amount of touches as Freeman in Week 1. Freeman was the #1 running back in all of fantasy football last year, and his talent is undeniable. When it comes to Freeman, there are two strategies to take: Trade the Freeman owner Tevin Coleman or invest low on Freeman. Neither are bad strategies depending on your thoughts of Freeman.
Thomas Rawls: Rawls owners may have been discouraged in his lack of playing time during the first week. Pete Carroll has commented that he will continue to receive more work going forward. Rawls was a league winner at the end of the year last season and his stock will only rise over the next month. Now is the time to strike.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson hasn’t had many games in his career in which he has scored less than 5 points. The worst part is it came against a middle of the road Titans defense. I don’t think this will be indicative of Peterson’s season, but you may find an owner who is panicking.
Jeremy Hill & Giovanni Bernard: Typically the Bengals game script usually favors one of their two stud backs. This past week they both severely underperformed. In a game that the Bengals threw for over 350 yards, Bernard only had 2 catches for 5 yards. That is supposed to be his bread and butter. Hill only carried the ball 9 times for 31 yards and did nothing in the redzone. Week 1 could be the worst week that both runners have all season, and you may be able to pluck them away from a pessimistic owner.
Sammy Watkins: Watkins has all the talent in the world. He just can’t stay healthy. It appears, according to Rex Ryan, he will be battling a foot injury the rest of the season. If you trust Watkins to play through the pain, he can still produce at an elite level. I know that owners in several leagues that I am apart of are already trying to move him.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose while their stock is higher)
DeMarco Murray: Derrick Henry only carried the football 5 times for 3 yards on Sunday. It is only a matter of time before this backfield starts to operate more as a committee. Murray had 2 touchdowns on Sunday, and his stock will only begin to slip from there. Now may be the time to try to move Murray for a more reliable piece.
Melvin Gordon: Gordon had zero touchdowns all of 2015. He has already crushed that total with 2 touchdowns this past weekend. It was only a matter of time before the San Diego running back found the endzone. With Keenan Allen’s injury, Gordon’s stock should continue to rise. If you can flip him for a more consistent player then you may not find a better time.
Carlos Hyde: This is like 2015 all over again, Hyde dominates his Week 1 opponent. Owners hope that the rest of the year is not a repeat of 2015 though. After Week 1 last season Hyde fell apart, teams keyed on him and injuries eventually got the best of him. There isn’t much help in San Francisco again this year, good chance Hyde could be run to the ground once again.
Spencer Ware: Ware gives a reason for the Chiefs to slowly bring back Jamaal Charles. He looked really good Sunday as a centerpiece in the Chief’s offense. Make no bones about it though, Jamaal Charles is eventually coming back. When he does, Ware’s usage will drop. Sell him before that happens, maybe to the Charles owner.
Willie Snead: Snead had a massive a day against the Raiders secondary last week. The reality is that Snead will drop back down to earth. He has to many people that he has to compete with for receptions like Brandin Coooks, Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas, and eventually a tight end. Although Snead will likely continue to be efficient, he will not maintain WR1 levels.
Eli Rogers: Find the Keenan Allen owner in your league and try to trade them Eli Rogers. He looked really good in the first half against the Redskins on Monday night. His touchdown was a fluke, but Roethlisberger targeted him early and often, and Rogers looked really smooth after the catch. It is clear that Big Ben has trust in the young receiver early on, but Rogers has a lot of competition for receptions around him.
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