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)
Tom Brady (New England Patriots): What we learned on Sunday night is that even Tom Brady isn’t Seattle proof. The Patriots signal-caller threw his first interception of the season and failed to throw a TD pass in a game that he has completed for the first time since week 7 of 2013. We talked about during his suspension that his stock may not dip this low against, and so far we have been right. Well, this is as close as you will ever get to acquiring Brady for a decent price, and he’s worth it.
Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore Ravens): We have been waiting all year for Dixon to come storming out and take control of the backfield in Baltimore. We also said that after the Thursday night game in Cleveland that we would have a much clearer picture of what the Ravens intended to do going forward at the running back position. That statement appears true. The Ravens want to use Dixon. He had 11 total touches on Thursday night and averaged close to 8 yards per touch. His backfield mate Terrence West barely averaged over 3 yards per touch. Dixon, who is maybe fully healthy for the first time all season, looks like he should be the back to own in that backfield going forward. Let’s just hope the coaches see it the same way.
Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs): Ware may have one of the best remaining schedules for any running back. Owners also don’t have to worry about Jamaal Charles stepping in and stealing carries from him now either. It is pretty clear that he has separated himself from Charcanderick West. Even this past week, when returning from a concussion, he played 41 snaps and had 16 touches compared to West’s 20 snaps and 5 touches. It is clear that Ware is the man in Kansas City, a team that likes to run the ball.
Lamar Miller (Houston Texans): Miller could rival Ware as far as ease of schedule going forward. The last time Miller was on this list he went off the next week for 149 yards and a touchdown. Miller did give up 15 carries to Akeem Hunt and Alfred Blue last week, but if he has a strong game against a weak Oakland defense on Monday night, it is likely he will move back in the neighborhood of 20+ touches a game. If there is a running back touching the ball that much late in the season, I want a piece of the pie.
Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): Thomas has been the best rookie wide receiver in the NFL this season. He is also the most talented Saint’s receiver as well. Last week he had a down week, only 4 receptions for 40 yards. Since week 3 he has 41 receptions for 499 yards and 5 touchdowns. That would make him the #11 ranked WR in the NFL. He isn’t getting a ton of targets but he is extremely productive with the ones he gets. He also actually has more targets and receptions than Brandin Cooks. Grab Thomas after his slow game!
Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks): It looks like the Seahawks may have finally given Russell Wilson some time to throw the football and it is paying dividends. After his best week of the season, Graham fell silent against a good New England defense. If you need help at tight end and you can get Graham for a good price, now is the time to strike.
Ladarius Green (Pittsburgh Steelers): Green was able to get 3 receptions for just over 30 yards in his first game back. They even showed trust in him early in the game targeting him on a two-point conversion. He plays perhaps the two worst defenses against tight ends in the next two weeks in Cleveland and Indianapolis. Those two teams should help him build a rapport with Big Ben and he could be crucial down the stretch.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles): The goal in fantasy football is consistency, and Ryan Mathews is far from that. Just a week ago Doug Pederson said that Mathews was no longer the lead back, then last week he gets nearly 20 carries. That does you no good as a fantasy owner. If you can move him on account of his good week last week, then do it now!
James Starks (Green Bay Packers): Starks is not an every down back. Coming into this week’s game he was averaging less than 2 yards per carry. He is not the answer the Packers are looking for at running back. He will eventually only bog down your lineup with disappointment. However, many think he will be the savior and missing piece to the Packers offense, find one of those guys in your league and move him! Especially now with Christine Michael signed.
Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints): Willie Sneads stats this season have basically come on the back of two games. His first and his last. If you were waiting on production from Snead since week 1, you finally got it last week. I now suggest you try to trade him. He has scored all 4 of his TDs in 3 games. He serves as more of a protection guy for Brees while Cooks is the deep threat and Thomas is the RedZone target. The offense spreads it around, but the truth is that his the third option. Maybe even the fourth behind the running backs.
Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans): Rishard Matthews has been on a hot streak. Since week 4 Matthews has been the #8 wide receiver in fantasy football. He has scored 6 touchdowns in the last 6 games. He is doing all that on just over 3 receptions a game. By the logic of the numbers, I don’t see his trend continuing. So, trade him before you get burned by him.
Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars): Julius Thomas has been the definition of being touchdown reliant. Over the past 4 weeks, he has 3 touchdowns and not more than 28 yards in any of those games. That, obviously, makes his fantasy numbers look good. If you can trade him for any value it would be worth doing.
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