The Bartering System: Week 4

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): I mentioned Russell Wilson last week and that he was off to a shaky start for the 2016 campaign. He had a better game a week ago, but still only threw for one touchdown. It is evident that he is still battling the ankle injury that he suffered in week 1 and now is dealing with a knee injury that caused him to miss the second half of this Sunday’s game. I expect him to play this week, and  if he can make it through the game without another injury I like his status going forward. He will get a week off in week 5 to rest and recover those injuries. I think there is a good chance that Wilson emerges from his bye week as a QB who will once again help owners secure fantasy championships. If you are struggling at QB and want to make a leap for one of the leagues best, you still have time to invest.

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): After scoring 3 points against the Eagles defense, you won’t find a better time to grab Big Ben. If you are in need of a QB this might not be a bad place to turn. If you are worried about the return of LeVeon Bell, don’t be, that will actually help Ben in the passing game. Go grab him.

 

Running Backs:

Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): Mark Ingram has been a solid running back over the past two seasons. He finished the last two seasons ranked inside the top 15 which would make him a solid RB2. His game on Monday night will have helped his stock, but with very little competition for carries, Ingram is the guy in New Orleans. If you believe in his talent and his results of the past two years, now is the time to invest.

Eddie Lacy (Green Bay Packers): Lacy has been very pedestrian this season. Of the three weeks though, last week was his best. Unfortunately for owners, he is on bye this week. If an owner in your league that’s sitting at 0-3 or 1-2 owns Lacy, see if you can get them to make a trade. They probably need a running back that they know is playing this week to secure a win. If you can use that leverage to squeeze Lacy away, then do it! When the Packers offense is playing at full tilt like it did this weekend, Eddie Lacy is a top 10 back!

Wide Receivers:

Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears): Jeffery has probably been disappointing to most of his owners thus far this season. They probably spent a second round pick on the Bears WR and have very little to show for it. Now may be the best time to grab Jeffery. He has great matchups the next three weeks starting with the Lions on Sunday.

Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers): It’s almost unimaginable that the Packers could score 34 points, Aaron Rodgers throw for four touchdowns, and Randall Cobb only have one catch for 33 yards. Randall Cobb will have to be more involved in this offense if they want to make it far into the playoffs and I think Sunday’s game was more of a fluke than a trend. If the Packers offense stays hot, Randall Cobb will eventually too.

 

Tight Ends:

Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots):  Doesn’t hurt to ask an impatient owner what their thoughts of Gronkowski are at this point. It is possible he could miss Sunday’s game with the hamstring injury and was quoted this week saying that it just wasn’t something that you could rush. Some owners may be in a rush, and if the are growing impatient, now is the time to strike.

Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars): Thomas just had two catches for 13 yards on Sunday despite having 5 targets. It was clear from weeks one and two that Bortles wants to get Thomas involved. Tight Ends have been very volatile this season, but I think Thomas will end up being a steady play by the end of the year and possibly a top 5 TE. Grab an owner that was spurned by his one point week and make them a deal.

 

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

Quarterbacks:

Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): Matt Ryan is the #2 QB in all of fantasy football. People have waited a long time for that to be true. He has had high expectations and great weapons his whole career and has never seemed to put it together until now. With that said I tell you to sell, sell now. He has faced Tampa Bay, Oakland, and New Orleans which are three of the worst secondaries in all of the NFL. His upcoming slate includes Carolina, Seattle, and Denver the next three weeks. If you can dispose of him now for a solid return, do so!

Running Backs:

 

LeGarratte Blount (New England Patriots): Blount has been a machine the last three weeks. He has had over 20 carries in every game, averaged 100 yards rushing every game, and at least one touchdown in every game. It doesn’t get much better than that for a Patriots running back. They have relied on him a great deal with Jimmy Garropolo and Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, and they will again this week. Yet, when Brady comes back, the air assault will commence. Blount will still be apart of the game plan but will no longer be the central part of the attack. If you want your greatest return, sell him this week.

DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers): If you own DeAngelo Williams you have cashed in pretty good on the LeVeon Bell handcuff. Now it is time to sell him to the Bell owner for a piece that you need. The Bell owner would be making a mistake not to take the trade because we have all seen what Williams does when Bell is out. Cash in on that now.

Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons): Coleman’s carries have decreased over the last three games. He also won’t have another three touchdown game this season. It reminds me of a year ago when his backfield mate Devonta Freeman broke out, and then slowly re-entered the earths atmosphere the rest of the season posting below average numbers. Freeman will still continue to get a majority of the workload, and he honestly looked better on Monday night. Coleman’s stock will never be higher.

Wide Receivers:

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): I added this last week. Re-read it. 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.

Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns): The Browns used Pryor as a wide receiver, running back, and quarterback on Sunday. Hats off to them for getting really creative and finding a way to use their best athlete. Pryor had  a rushing touchdown and looked great as wide receiver hauling in eight catches for 144 yards. As long as Cody Kessler is QB, I expect the Browns to continue to use him in a similar manner. Yet, next week Josh Gordon returns, Pryor’s targets and receiving numbers will take a hit. When Josh McCown comes back he won’t be used in as many gimmicks, and will become the #2 wide receiver for the Browns. No thanks. Sell Pryor now to get a solid return if you snatched him off the waiver wire.

Tight Ends:

Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts): I just don’t want any part of the tight end rotation in Indianapolis. I have seen it for far to long. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen did this for years. I am trying to stay away from choosing between these two. Sell now while he is a top 5 tight end.

 

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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