The Bartering System: Week 12

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)

Quarterbacks:

Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): The Home/Road thing with Ben Roethlisberger is real. He just can’t seem to get it going on the road they way he does at Heinz field. I will give him a pass on last week’s game, though, as he was playing in miserable conditions. He is also on the road in 3 of the next 4 weeks, which should be an immediate cause for concern. With that said, 2 of the 3 road matchups look pretty easy, starting with the Colts this weekend. If someone in your league is afraid of Roethlisberger’s schedule and play last week, snatch him up.

Running Backs:

Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks): With Christine Michael gone and CJ Prosise likely out for the remainder of the fantasy football season, Rawls should finish the year as an RB1. If you can get him for a price that is lower than that, you need to make that move now. Once his owner sees him back on the gridiron working as the bell cow back, they won’t give him up.

Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs): Ware had 19 touches for 85 yards while his backfield mate Charcandrick West only had 3 touches. West only played 10 snaps compared to Ware’s 41 snaps. We talked about last week that he has one of the easier schedules remaining. He has Denver this week, which may look scary, but Denver has given up 99+ yards in 5 of their last 6 games. They even gave up 3 TDs to Latavius Murray 2 weeks ago. It is clear that Ware is the bell cow back in a run-first offense, this one isn’t hard to figure out.

LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills): McCoy hasn’t been the same since his hamstring injury, and now he has suffered a hand injury. That may make you wonder why you should go buy him now then? Well, McCoy finishes with what is likely the easiest schedule for a RB in the league. He gets Jacksonville, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Miami. The hand injury shouldn’t hold him back very much, and I predict he will finish as a top 5 back from now until week 16.

Wide Receivers:

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): I have not really been a proponent of Diggs all season. I have actually had you sell Diggs at different points. The first time was after week 2, and that was the right call. Now, I am telling you to invest in Diggs, especially if you are in a PPR league. 4 of his 5 final matchups should be very friendly for the young wide receiver. Detroit, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Green Bay are what Diggs has remaining on his schedule. The most difficult of that being a mediocre Dallas defense. Without the presence of a real threat at RB, Sam Bradford will continue to feed Diggs.

DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans): Hopkins finished with 58 yards receiving on Monday, but he had a long touchdown run called back after it was ruled that he stepped out of bounds, which he did not. Osweiler is still a detriment for Hopkins, but he has still seen double-digit targets in 3 of his last 5 games. With a very easy schedule remaining against defenses all ranked in the bottom half of the league, I like Hopkins potential. Not to mention, that since he has had such a poor season you can get him way under his initial value. Maybe even at a flex or low WR2 level.

Tight Ends:

Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans): Walker has proven week in and week out to be as consistent as any tight end in the league. This week just happened to be slip up against a defense that is actually really bad against tight ends. He is averaging over 10 points a game for the season, and that is all that you can ask for out of the tight end position.


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

Quarterback:

Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins): Kirk Cousins is coming off of his best performance of the season on Sunday Night Football. He threw for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has only thrown for more than 2 touchdowns 1 other time this season. I don’t see this becoming a trend. Sell to someone in need of a QB. Maybe the Luck owner this week.

Running Backs:

Rob Kelley (Washington Redskins): There is nothing that I like about my running back calling himself “Fat Rob!” I don’t want “Fat” and my running back correlating with one another whatsoever. Well, Fat Rob had great numbers on Sunday night when he ran for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns. That looks really impressive until you realize that he was averaging just under 3 yards a carry until he broke a 60+ yard run late in the fourth quarter when the Packers were stacking the box. He found a little hole and had to be absolutely no one in the secondary until he was chased down from behind. If you take that run away then he had very pedestrian numbers outside of his touchdowns. Another issue I have with Kelley is the schedule going forward. He finishes with Dallas, Arizona, and Philly all on the road. Then he gets Carolina and Chicago if you are still alive in the playoffs. I want none of that.

Rashad Jennings (New York Giants): Jennings has somewhat taken over the Giants backfield after 2 good performances in which he combined for 172 yards and a touchdown. Granted Jennings missed 3 weeks earlier in the year, but he doesn’t have 172 yards combined for the rest of the season. There is a reason that the Giants have been working as a committee all season. It is only a matter of time before Jennings comes back to earth, and you don’t want him in your lineup when he does it. His remaining regular season games in week 12 and 13 are manageable, but his playoff schedule is pretty brutal. Move him now.

Wide Receivers:

Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins): Crowder has had explosive games throughout the season. Go look at his numbers and you will be blown away. In most leagues, he is a high WR2 averaging somewhere in the neighborhood of 12.5 points depending on your scoring system. The problem for Crowder, much like Cousins, is the difficulty of their remaining schedule. If I am fighting for a playoff spot, I do not want Crowder when he plays Dallas, Arizona, and Philly. I think you can move Crowder for another WR2 or RB2 if you convince your trade partner to really investigate Crowder’s numbers.

Devante Parker (Miami Dolphins): Parker has been maybe one of the most frustrating players in the league this season. There were a ton of expectations for him coming into this season after a promising finish to his rookie campaign. It looks as if Parker is going to finish this season the same way as last. He gets San Francisco this week, which could be a strong matchup, but after that, he finishes with a tough schedule. Knowing that, and that his QB is Ryan Tannehill, I am trying to move him to someone else that thinks he can help them.

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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