by Chris Foster
If you have been a fan of the Bartering System over the course of the year you know that his article typically features players that owners should look to invest in and dispose of. Since most leagues have trade deadlines that have passed in the last couple of weeks, we are doing a special edition Bartering System on who has been so hot you have to start them this week! If you play in a league that has no trade deadline (You should probably get one), I will still give you a player or two that you can look to invest in or dispose of below the Playoff Tips!
If you play in a league that has no trade deadline (You should probably get one), I will still give you a player or two that you can look to invest in or dispose of below the Playoff Tips!
Starter or Not:
The following are surprise players who have been startable, or not, at their positions over the last 3 weeks that should strongly be considered moving forward in the playoffs.
Kirk Cousins: Cousins has been the #2 ranked QB over the last 3 weeks. He finishes with Carolina and Chicago. Start Cousins.
Ben Roethlisberger: Roethlisberger has been the 18th ranked QB over the last 3 weeks and he is on the road this week. If you know anything about Ben Roethlisberger, you should know that is not a good thing. He is at home against Baltimore in week 16, but they are the best defense in football. I would be hesitant to roll with Big Ben.
Kenneth Dixon: Believe it or not, but Dixon has actually been a top 12 RB over the last 3 weeks. Last week, it appeared that he finally supplanted Terrence West. Dixon should be the Raven that receives the bulk of the work going forward, and he is should be played.
Jeremy Hill: Hill has been a top 10 running back over the last three weeks since his backfield mate Giovanni Bernard went down. I think that trend continues for Hill as they continue to feed him the rock.
Jay Ajayi: Ajayi has struggled with production lately, and I don’t see it getting any better with the Bills and the Jets on the horizon. He has been the #24 RB over the last 3 weeks, and it won’t get any better.
Rob Kelley: I have let it be known here in the Bartering System that I am not a huge fan of Rob Kelley. Well, over the last 3 weeks he is outside the top 24 running backs, meaning he has not even been startable. I don’t see that trend changing over the next couple of weeks. Proceed with caution.
Dontrelle Inman: Inman has actually been the #6 wide receiver over the last 3 weeks. He gets pretty tempting matchups in Oakland and Cleveland in the next two as well. If I have Inman, I feel pretty comfortable rolling him out there.
JJ Nelson: Nelson has been ranked inside the top 24 the last 3 weeks and with Michael Floyd gone he will start and see more targets. Nelson gets a weak New Orleans secondary this week and Nelson could expose them.
Brandon Marshall: Marshall has been ranked #39 over the last 3 weeks and has basically fallen behind Robby Anderson. For whatever reason, maybe it is practice squad repetitions, Anderson has the eye of Bryce Petty which is a detriment to Marshall owners.
Kelvin Benjamin: Some people are still holding on to hope for Benjamin. He will face Josh Norman and the Redskins this week and the Falcons next week. For whatever reason, he can’t seem to find a rhythm anymore. He has been ranked outside the top 65 the last weeks. That is jaw dropping.
Kyle Rudolph: He is the #5 ranked tight end over the last 3 weeks and he gets two teams really poor against the tight end over the next two weeks in Indianapolis and Green Bay.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett has been so hot or cold all year. He had a good week last week, but he is the 14th best TE over the last 3 weeks. With matchups against the Broncos and the Jets on the horizon, I don’t like his prospects.
Good Luck this Week to Everyone!!
And now for those of you with no trade deadline, here is the Bartering System!
Invest Low: (Players to invest in while their stock is lower)
Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders): Derek Carr has been ranked outside of the top 20 the last 3 weeks of the season. He hasn’t been great! Yet, they get two pretty vulnerable secondaries in the next two weeks in San Diego and Indianapolis. I think Carr resumes his top 10 campaign this week.
Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles): I have said all year that I want to dodge this backfield because it was a huge RBBC. Now, Wendall Smallwood is on the IR and Darren Sproles is going through concussion protocol. That leaves Ryan Mathews. If he weren’t playing the Ravens this week I think he could be a RB2 or higher. However, I still think he is a solid play at the flex spot.
Tyrell Williams (San Diego Chargers): Williams has been good over the last 6 weeks or so. He struggled last week for the first time during that span. Yet, with Oakland and Cleveland on the schedule, I think he will bounce back to be solid for you down the stretch!
Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers): Antonio Gates is closing in on the record for most TD receptions by a tight end. Phillip Rivers promised at the beginning of the season that he was going to get him there. With Oakland and Cleveland left, there is a good chance he will get it. Invest in Gates!
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
Lamar Miller (Houston Texans): Miller finally had a big day in the sputtering Texans offense. He has scored double digits once over the last 5 weeks. He has Jacksonville and Cincinnati left, both are moderate matchups. I don’t think like Miller in either matchup.
Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos): Sanders is coming off a big game against Tennessee. Double digit receptions plus a touchdown. This week he gets a tough New England defense plus Kansas City to follow. He may not get Marcus Peters, which will help his productions, but if he does, sell, sell, sell!
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles): Ertz has been on fire, the 2nd best tight end over the last 3 weeks. Unfortunately, Ertz gets Baltimore this week and the Giants in week 16. I think his double-digit points over the last two weeks comes to an end against Baltimore, and likely New York as well.
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!