The Bartering System: Week 4

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)


Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): Ryan had a career year last season. He has started this year a bit slower, but with his upcoming schedule, I like investing him now.

Running Backs:

Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals): I told you to invest in Mixon last week and I hope you did. He was the clear lead back in that Cincinnati offense. If you didn’t this might be the last chance to do it before his price skyrockets.

LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills): After gaining just thirty yards in the last two weeks on the ground, it is easy to be scared off by McCoy. The reality is though, that McCoy is one of the few options that Bills have that they can rely on and my bet is that he bounces back this week against Atlanta.

Wide Receivers:

Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys): Dez faced a gauntlet of stud corner backs through the first three weeks of the season and he was still somewhat productive. His schedule will lighten up and in the wake of the Zeke story, they may have to rely on him more than ever.

Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks): We talked Baldwin in last weeks article and he had a great outing against the Titans. He was injured during the second half of that game, which could cause his buying price to be lower.

Tight Ends:

Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills): The only pass catcher on the Bills who is constantly targeted is Charles Clay, especially in the redzone. He will finish the year as a top tight end in a year where it is hard to find any consistancy.


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


Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins): I am not sure what it is, but something just doesn’t seem right with the Washington offense. Kirk had a big week this past weekend, but I am betting that the trend does not continue and we see more weeks like the first two.

Running Backs:

Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins): He has been really special so far this year. There is no denying that. Yet, he is still a primarily third down running back who has tons of use in PPR leagues, but it will be impossible to keep up the efficient numbers he has put up so far this season. If you can sell him as a package for any larger piece, do it now.

Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers): Back to back weeks Carlos Hyde has had good games but you know my feelings. Trade while you can.

Wide Receivers:

Jeremy Maclin (Baltimore Ravens): Hope you were able to make a move on Maclin this past week before the London flop game.

Brandin Cooks (New England Patriots): This one may be surprising, but he obviously laid an egg the first two weeks before putting together a stellar performance last week. I just don’t see him continuing at the pace he put forth last week, so if you can sell him now for a top RB or something close, 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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