The Bartering System: Week 7

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)


Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): I can’t believe I am even typing this. I think Ben Roethlisberger is about to have a huge second half of the season. He is dropped in most leagues so you may be able to find him off the waiver wire. If he is still owned you can acquire him by giving up next to nothing. We know how good Roethlisberger can be and he has a very manageable second half of the season.

Running Backs:

Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons): Get pieces in good offenses and that is exactly what Freeman is. He did not have a great week last week and Tevin Coleman got work down around the goal line and scored a touchdown. Freeman is still the best back and he will continue to produce.

Ameer Abdullah (Detroit Lions): I had Abdullah listed here last week and he didn’t produce. This week he is on bye. If you have a team in your league that needs a win now and you can afford to take him on and sit him this week, I think you will like the results you are going to get from him the rest of the year.

Wide Receivers:

Chris Hogan (New England Patriots): It is likely that your league mate who owns Hogan did not spend much draft capital on him so in a week where Hogan had his worst performance of the year is exactly the time when he could be bought cheaply. I want any part of this passing game, as it is one of the best in the NFL.

Micahel Thomas (New Orleans Saints): Drew Brees has always been able to spread the ball around and at times it can get frustrating for owners of Saints players. Thomas has produced pretty consistently this season until last week. He was also on bye the week before that, so his owners may be growing impatient and now may be a great time to hop on him.

Tight Ends:

George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers): Kittle is another one that you may be able to even find on your waiver wire, or if not trade for him without giving much up. He has been fed steadily in the passing offense for the Niners until last week. His college teammate C.J Beathard is about to take over at QB and I would be willing to gamble that the young rookie will enjoy a familiar face.


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


Running Backs:

Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans): This might be confusing that I have both Titans running back in my sell column but here is why…. I don’t trust either of them. They both had good games last week which means that the appeal to a buyer may be as good as it is going to get. Henry was actually worse than Murray in the game but he had the fluke run at the end of the game to bolster his stats. Coach Mularky also said that he hopes that the timeshare seen on Monday night stays close to the same going forward. That isn’t good for either back. Sell Henry while his perceived value is high and it looks like he is taking over the backfield. A friend of mine said he was offered Michael Crabtree for Henry. Take that now! Murray’s stats looked nice last week and I honestly think he finishes the year better than Henry but his lingering injury and possible timeshare are no good. Sell both why their numbers looked good.

DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans): Read Above^

Wide Receivers:

Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins): This honestly comes down to the fact that I don’t trust Jay Cutler at all. Jarvis Landry had a good week last week and it is possible that you could still pull some RB2 value out of him, or maybe better. I don’t see him as much more than a flex the rest of the year so take that opportunity if you get it.

Devantae Adams/Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers): This one is easy, without Aaron Rodgers these guys numbers will drop. I would drop them both down a tier. Meanaing Jordy will likely perform as a WR2 the rest of the season and Davantae as a flex play. The offense will just not sustain the numbers under Brett Hundley that it did under Aaron Rodgers. If you can get their value that they are now, then go ahead and make the sell.




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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