The Bartering System: Week 3

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)

Quarterbacks:

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): Russell Wilson has been very shaky to start the 2016 campaign. It is reminiscent of the way he started a year ago. He has only thrown for 512 yards this season and one touchdown. That’s right, one touchdown! Yet, at the end of last fantasy season, Russell Wilson was helping people secure fantasy championships. If you are struggling at QB and want to make a leap for one of the leagues best, this is the time to invest.

Jamies Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Winston looked like he had arrived to an elite level after Week 1 of the NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for him, he ran in to the buzz-saw that is the Arizona Cardinals Defense last week and looked atrocious. I believe Winston will finish the season as a solid QB1 and you could go snatch him from an owner that was scared off by his Week 2 performance.

Running Backs:

Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks): I mentioned Rawls last week as a potential guy to snag from an impatient owner. That statement is even more true this week. Rawls played a week ago, received a good portion of the carries, but got hampered with an injury late in the game. This caused Pete Carroll to turn to Christine Michael once again. Rawls looked good while he was on the field, and his injury is only a minor setback. Invest in Rawls now to have a solid RB1 by the end of the season.

Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams): Look, the Todd Gurley owner might not give away their prized possession that they used a first round pick on, but it’s worth a shot. Gurley struggled against a decent 49ers defense in Week 1 and actually performed better against a stingy Seahawks defense in Week 2. The Rams aren’t that much worse than they were a year ago on offense and Gurley finished as a top 5 NFL rusher. His schedule does let it up, but week in and week out he plays a brutal slate of games. Yet, if you believe in his talent this week is the time to try and snatch him.

Wide Receivers:

Josh Doctson (Washington Redskins): Doctson may be available on your waiver wire. Check their first. If not, he is a prime candidate to steal from an owner who doesn’t watch the games on Sunday. The first round draft pick just fully recovered from an achilles injury before the first week of the season and spent basically no time gaining chemistry with Kirk Cousins. Yet, he has seen the field more and more each week, and even received three targets in the redzone on Sunday. It will only be a matter of time before those are cashed in and he puts Pierre Garcon in the backseat.

Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis Colts): Dorsett has five catches through the first two games and only had one catch last week against Denver. Word out of Indy is that Donte Moncrief is expected to miss somewhere between 4 and 6 weeks. That automatically vaults Dorsett into the WR3 category with great upside. He is now the #2 WR in a pass heavy offense. Grab him before his stock rises.

Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars): Allen Robinson is probably in the same discussion as Todd Gurley. The Robinson owner in your league spent a pretty high draft pick on him and may not be willing to give up on him just yet. If they are however, you want to be the first person to stop by with an offer. So far this season, Robinson stats look like those that he was posting in a single game in 2015. It doesn’t hurt to stop by and offer the Robinson owner in your league a deal just to see what they think.

Tight Ends:

Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots): See Allen Robinson and Todd Gurley. Doesn’t hurt to ask an impatient owner what their thoughts of Gronkowski are at this point. He is likely to miss Thursday night and the buying time may not get better.

Trey Burton (Philadelphia Eagles): Our staff has been really high on Trey Burton since he got the nod in replacement of Zach Ertz. On Monday night he came through with five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. He will likely see more playing time and targets as long as Ertz is injured, and may even eventually pass him on the depth chart. This would be a move to make in dynasty or deep leagues. He may even be available on your waiver wire.

 

Dispose High: (Players to dispose while their stock is higher)

 

Running Backs:

Matt Asiata or Jerrick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings): One of the best things that you can do is snatch a player off the waiver wire and then turn right around and trade them. Many owners are probably sour that they didn’t get the guy they wanted and needed off the waiver wire and you can profit off of that. You can use this practice with anyone picked up off the wire, but these two guys are prime candidates to trade and gain value much higher than they’re actually worth.

Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns): My theory is that anytime a Cleveland Browns player does really well, sell them. The offense is just not going to continue to be productive over a sustained period. Their game on Sunday was like a microcosm of a single player who does well for them. Score 20 points in the first quarter and then do nothing else the rest of the game. That is exactly what Crowell did Sunday. He finished the game with 18 carries for 133 yards and a score. What isn’t listed is that the one touchdown and 85 yards came on one scamper. Sure, I have to give him some credit for that play, but the rest of his day he carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards. That is less than three yards a carry. Sell him now while someone sees that 133 by his name.

Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs): If you own Spencer Ware he has been great for you. It may make you not want to trade him, but the truth is coming, Jamaal Charles is coming back. He may not be back this week, but in the next couple of weeks he will be back. No matter how good Spencer Ware has been, he will eat into his workload. You may be able to hold Ware through this week and get good production out of him, but just know it is going to slow down. Sell him now while you can get good value for him, particularly to the Charles owner.

Wide Receivers:

Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns): When I started writing this article I was going to tell you to sell Coleman. Unfortunately, between the time I started writing and the time you are reading this, he broke his hand at practice. The time to sell has passed. Let that be a lesson to all of us on how quickly we need to move. Speedy recovery Corey!

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): You may not want to sell Diggs. If you don’t, I can’t blame you. He has put up phenomenal numbers in the first two games that has him ranked as the #2 wide receiver in fantasy football. If you believe in Diggs, then ride it out and have fun. If you look to last years tape however, it looks very similar. Diggs exploded onto the scene the first four games of his career and was a top ten receiver. The rest of the season combined, he finished outside of the top 50 wide receivers and he didn’t even miss a single game. Is he really that different? If you think he is the same player, sell him now and get a handsome return.

Quincy Enunwa (New York Jets): Enunwa has been a pleasant surprise for Jets fans this season. He has seen two really good slot matchups in the first two weeks of the season and has made it pay off. If Brandon Marshall were to miss time this weekend and Enunwa performs well, sell him before Marshall comes back.

Tight Ends:

Martellus Bennett (New England Patriots): This is in the ball park with the Spencer Ware excerpt from above. I think Bennett will have value when Gronkowski comes back, but his use may be more sporadic than it already is. The best place to sell Bennett will be to the owner of Gronk.

Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens) and Jacob Tamme (Atlanta Falcons): If you need a tight end this week then these two have very good matchups. If you were able to snag one of these guys off the waiver wire but have a better tight end option this week, sell one to someone in your league who is desperate at the position.

As always, please feel free to give us a shout on Twitter @No_HuddleFFB if you have any questions or concerns regarding your lineup or just want to chat about fantasy football. Best of luck this week!

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