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 Stafford (Detroit Lions): Stafford had a very decent week last week. He wasn’t great, but he was still a QB1. As I look at Stafford’s schedule going forward, I believe he is a must buy for a team in need of a QB. He gets the Saints this week, and then after their bye, he gets Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Cleveland, and Chicago. He could put up dominant numbers in any of those games.
Mike Gillislee (New England Patriots): Gillislee hasn’t found the end zone in the last three weeks, but he has received double-digit carries every week. Not only has he gotten carries but he has averaged over 4 yards per carry. He is the Patriots best back, in the best offense in the game, he will find the end zone again soon and often.
Ameer Abdullah (Detroit Lions): Abdullah is having one of his best years and to this point, he has stayed healthy. He struggled some last week which gives us a great opportunity to buy low on him. Look at the schedule I talked about when looking at Matthew Stafford and you will know that now is the time to buy.
Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers): Allen has been solid most of the year but last week he saw his lowest target and yard totals of the season. He gets Oakland this week and a tough Denver defense the week after that. Once he gets past that matchup though he has favorable matchups almost every week. Allen is a WR1 and I think you can purchase him for less than that.
Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders): I don’t get it. I don’t know. Yet, I do know that he is super talented and in week 1 it looked like the Raiders were determined to use him as often as they could. I think once Derek Carr comes back from injury he should be in for a great second half, and you can’t ever get him cheaper.
David Njoku (Cleveland Browns): The tight end position this season has been so frustrating. There has been zero consistency outside of Gronk, Ertz, and Kelce. I am not saying Njoku is your answer next week, but if you can get him in a package I think he could make a difference by the end of the year. He is only getting better and they are beginning to trust him more in the Clevland offense, and he is clearly their top red zone target.
Dispose High: (Players to dispose of while their stock is higher)
DeShaun Watson (Houston Texans): Watson finds himself here for the second week in a row. His numbers can only trend down from what he has done the last two weeks. I have been trying to trade him in a dynasty league this past week because I know his value will likely never be higher.
Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers): Aaron Jones actually looked really good against the Cowboys on Sunday. He looked like the RB that the Packers have been looking for, but Ty Montgomery will be back. Montgomery was playing over 90% of the snaps before his injury and he will give way to Jones some, but this is likely to become a timeshare. Sell Jones on the back of what he did last week to an unsuspecting owner.
Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders): Well, if you are the Lynch owner in your league you have been waiting for the last few weeks for him to find the end zone and have a decent game so you can sell him on his name value. If you can get a WR2 or RB2 back in return or package him in a bigger deal, now is the time to move.
Will Fuller (Houston Texans): Much like DeShaun Watson, Will Fuller finds himself back here again this week. If you have picked him up trade him as quickly as you can. His production level is unsustainable. He has scored 4 touchdowns on 6 catches on only 9 targets. I am moving him as quickly as I can.
Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs): One week good, one week bad. Last week was a good week thanks to his punt return touchdown. He is ranked in the top 10 at his position and if you can sell him as a WR1 you need to do it. He isn’t getting the target volume of a WR1 and he has only seen 1 target in the red zone through the first 5 weeks of the year. I just traded him in a league in a package deal with Randall Cobb, Andrew Luck, and Carlos Hyde for Melvin Gordon and Aaron Rodgers. If you can package something like that together I suggest you do so.
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