The Bartering System: Week 1

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:

Tom Brady (New England Patriots): This past week I have heard different members of the national media remark that Tom Brady looked done on Thursday night. (He has lost his accuracy, no more arm strength, etc.) I call hogwash. If you want a great buying time for Brady, it is now!

Running Backs:

LeVeon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers): I think his poor performance was more indicative of not being in training camp and not being around as much as anything else. I think Bell is attainable after this week. If I own Mike Gillislee I would try to pair him with something for Bell. Another option is for the Ezekiel Elliott owner to try to swap with the Bell owner. That would give you a piece of mine with the Elliott legal stuff running its course.

Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders): Lynch had 18 carries for 76 yards last week. That was nothing extraordinary for Marshawn Lynch. Yet, if you watched the game, you will have noticed that Lynch really just looked like his old self. It is likely that he is in for a big year. Buy on Lynch now.

Wide Receivers:

Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): An owner in one of my leagues made a comment Monday night saying that they were already tired of Michael Thomas. I have a feeling that other Thomas owners were disappointed in his performance as well. Keep in mind they were playing a great Vikings defense and go buy on Thomas now before he goes bonkers in the pass happy New Orleans offense.

Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos): Sanders was very disappointing on Monday night from a fantasy standpoint. The truth is that Benny Fowler will not be catching all those touchdowns in weeks to come and Sanders will only become more involved in this offense. Now is a good time to invest on Sanders for cheap.

Tight Ends:

Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots): Gronk was bad on Thursday night, but Gronk is the best Tight End in the game. You won’t get him for a much cheaper price.

Evan Engram (New York Giants): Engram put up decent numbers in his debut for the Giants on Sunday night. I have a feeling once OBJ returns, that his numbers will continue to get better and he will be the best rookie TE on the season. The Giants offense will pick up and Engram will become a cornerstone. Now is a good time to invest before he blows up!

 


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

Quarterbacks:

Sam Bradford (Minnesota Vikings): Sam Bradford looked really good on Monday night. I just don’t think that trend continues and I think that he is replaceable. If you have someone in your league that believes in Bradford, then sell him and replace him with someone off the waiver wire.

Running Backs:

Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers): I actually think Stewart is going to continue to be very useful in your fantasy lineups, but it is only a matter of time until McCaffery not only takes over his role but until Stewart gets hurt. Package him together and try to get a bigger fish.

Mike Gillislee (New England Patriots): Gillislee is probably the biggest “Trade Bait of the Week.” After his three touchdown performance, everyone sees the visions of LeGarrette Blount. He will continue to produce some at the goal line, but he will not ever do again what he did this week. Plus, there is still 3 other running backs that he will split tim with. You can package him together with another medicore piece and get a nice return!

Wide Receivers:

Danny Amendola (New England Patriots): Similar to Gillislee, everyone sees shades of Julian Edelman in Danny Amendola. He is likely not to produce at that level the rest of the season though. With the likes of Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, and Rob Gronkowski held in check, many of his targets will begin to go elsewhere. Sell him now while you can get a decent return.

Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): Look Diggs was awesome Monday night. I have been really hard on him over the last two season, but I have been right every time. He will have a streak of a few games where he looks undefendable, and then he will fall off the map. He will likely be back on this next week as well, but sell him while people think they are getting a WR1.

Tight Ends:

Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills): Clay is just a guy, you can stream tight ends off the waiver wire and get what you are going to get from Charles Clay. So, if you can trade him and get a return out of it, then do it!

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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