The Bartering System: Week 2

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)


Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): Aaron Rodgers has been a top 5 QB 7 times in the last 9 years, and one of the years he didn’t he only played 9 games. R-E-L-A-X. Aaron Rodgers will be one of the best QBs in the league, and if you can go out and acquire him now, it might be the best time do it.

Running Backs:

LeVeon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers): You can go back and read last weeks article. I have heard some crazy offers that have been taken for Leveon Bell this week. Strike while the iron isn’t hot!

Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals): A new offensive coordinator coming in, a team that is 0-2, it all sounds like a team on the brink of desperation. I could be wrong, but if I am on the Bengals coaching staff, I am trying to find ways to get the football into my best players hands and that is where Joe Mixon comes in. I expect an uptick in production from him.

Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland Browns): Crowell has been vocal that he would like to receive more touches. Well, the good news for him is that their schedule lightens up starting this week and they should be in more competitive ball games. Which means Crowell should be touching the ball more. Buy as a great RB2 candidate.

Wide Receivers:

Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): See last weeks article again to read more about Michael Thomas. I think he is at his low point on the season.

AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals): The same thing I said about Joe Mixon is true about Green as well. The difference is that we have seen Green produce. He is someone I am throwing offers at in every league.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks): Baldwin has started slow, but over the last two years he has been a consistent producer with essentially the same guys beside him in the WR corps in Seattle. I don’t see that changing this year. He has yet to find the end zone but that will change.

Tight Ends:

Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts): It was clear to me that Jacoby Brissett found comfort in Jack Doyle on Sunday. He peppered him with 8 targets, and Doyle caught them all. Doyle’s stock will only continue to rise, no matter who his under center.


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


Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs): I think Alex Smith will finish the year as a QB1, but I think there is no better time to package him together with some trade to help you put the trade over the top. Smith has a high floor, but we may never see a ceiling like last Thursday again.

Running Backs:

Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars):  I actually really believe in Fournette’s talent, but I am worried teams are going to begin to just stack the box on him and make Bortles beat them. Especially with the loss of Allen Robinson. I think Fournette can finish as an RB2, but you can sell him now for an RB1 value.

Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers): There is a lot of friction in mine and Carlos Hyde’s relationship. The funny thing is that I have never owned him in any league. This past weekend was the fourth time in his career that he has rushed for over 100 yards. That is hard to believe. I just feel like Hyde always underperforms and gets hurt, so when he has a big week, I am always looking to sell.

Wide Receivers:

Jeremy Maclin (Baltimore Ravens): Maclin has managed to find the end zone twice in the last two weeks. He did that on 4 targets in week 1 and 5 targets in week 2. I don’t see him sustaining those touchdown numbers with such few targets. I would sell Maclin now while his numbers look good.

Tight Ends:

Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys): Witten has been the man in Dallas the last two weeks. He has been targeted 17 times in the last two games. I am not sure that those target counts will change too drastically, to be honest with you, but I think his production will come down. He can be replaced on your roster, so sell him while his numbers say he is the number 1 tight end in the game.

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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