by Chris Foster
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 are 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 their 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)
Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers): Cam was on here last week. He once again struggled and threw only 1 touchdown. I still think that Cam is someone to invest in down the stretch. The schedule sets up well for him to score a ton of points outside of a week 13 matchup against Seattle.
Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts): Luck has had back to back tough weeks. He has thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns over the last 2 weeks. Luck is on bye this week, which may make it the perfect opportunity to snatch him away from the owner who desperately needs a QB this week. Luck has a great schedule down the stretch and can be gotten as cheap as possible now.
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders): Carr has been dominant most of the season. The last two weeks running back Latavius Murray has been very good. He has scored 5 touchdowns and run for over 200 yards in those 3 weeks. I don’t think his hot streak continues, which is why I have him as a running back to dispose in this column. I do, however, think that Derek Carr will pick back up his play that has made him a top 5 QB this season. Like Luck, he is on bye this week, which could be the perfect time to snatch him from his owner.
Theo Riddick (Detroit Lions): Riddick is basically the only running back in the Lions backfield, and he has quietly had a very good year, especially in PPR leagues. He had a very slow week in week 9 rushing for 70 yards and only 1 reception. Riddick, like Luck and Carr, is on bye this week. That means that if you are in a good place, and you can afford to take on a running back who is on bye this week, now is the time to grab Riddick.
Chris Ivory (Jacksonville Jaguars): The Jags are finally figuring out. Chris Ivory is a good running back. He was very good during his time in New York, you just have to use him! Well, the Jags are finally using more of him, and less of TJ Yeldon. Ivory should get most of the early-down and goal-line work the rest of the season. He is someone that has become a legitimate flex play with upside each week.
Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos): I really like the schedule that the Broncos have left. I could have easily put Demaryius Thomas here, but I think when they play Kansas City in week 12 and week 16 that it is likely Marcus Peters will be on Thomas. If that is the case, then Sanders has very favorable matchups the rest of the season. Siemian will continue to grow as a QB and I think Sanders has a chance to finish the season as a WR2.
Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins): If you are in a PPR league I continue to like Landry the rest of the season. Landry has only had less than 8 targets in 2 games this season. 1 of those 2 games came on Sunday. This is a prime opportunity to get Landry for a lower price than his value. Unfortunately, he has only found the endzone 1 time this season. In his first year in the NFL he had 4 touchdowns and had 5 in his second season, so I believe he will find the end zone more regularly over the second half of the season.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): Personally, I still believe in Russell Wilson. Yet, there is clearly not a better time to sell him than right now. He finally had a good week, and if you can dispose of him now, it is the time to do so if you are ready to part ways with Wilson.
Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders): Latavius Murray has over 200 yards and 5 touchdowns in his last 3 games. He is arguably the hottest running back in the NFL. I have never been a fan of the Raiders backfield this season due it often operating as a committee. I think it is only a matter of time before the Raiders move back to their passing game as their primary mode of transportation, and Murray gets stuck back in a committee. If I can sell Murray for anything else useful in my starting lineup, then I am doing so.
Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): I predicted in Friday’s Four Corner Debate that Mark Ingram was likely to have a huge game against the San Francisco 49ers. Now, go sell him. Ingram had a huge game on Sunday carrying the ball 15 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown through the air as well. The issue is that Tim Hightower had more carries than Ingram in that game and the two will continue to split carries going forward.
Mike Wallace (Baltimore Ravens), Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans), Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills): If you have any of these receivers and can move them for something in return it would be a good idea to do so. These players will often not have strong trade value on their own, but they can be packaged together as a part of a bigger trade.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. (Cleveland Browns): Pryor has been one of the best stories of the season. His value in the trade market is being boosted by his story, which is a good thing for his owners. In reality, Pryor is probably a flex week in and out with upside. You can likely sell him higher than that. If you can get a strong RB2 or even low RB1 for him, then make the move.
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles): Most Ertz owners have been waiting on Ertz to have a big game so they can sell him. Well, you got your wish. Ertz finished last week with 8 catches for 90+ yards. For whatever reason, people have thought Ertz is a solid TE1 for years now, and maybe you can trade him to someone who thinks along those lines.
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