In a fantasy football league, the most valuable asset is the team owner’s ability to know when to buy players who are on the cusp of breaking out and knowing when to cut loose a player who is about to go into decline. Much like the real world stock market, making the wrong decisions sometime can lead to cataclysmic consequences. If you are in a league where you can unload or load up on some of these players, do so!
BUY LOW: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
Everywhere I look, it seems like people are ready to start calling the Browns the Browns of 2017 and below, but that is just crazy. You can’t base everything on one game, granted it was a very bad game but Baker did enough last year to show that he has what it takes to be the guy there, and with the addition of Odell, I can’t say I’m ready to see Baker yet. For those people in your league who are ready to jump shift after 1 game, take Baker from them for their low ball offers.
SELL HIGH: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (Owned in 81 percent of leagues)
While I might not be able to sell Mayfield after one game, I can absolutely sell Lamar Jackson after one. Lamar had probably the craziest game of his life this Sunday, and not even I am going to take that from him. What I will say, is that he went against the team that is more than likely going to end up with the #1 overall draft pick for the next 2 years. The Dolphins are completely hopeless, and ANY QB is going to carve them up this year. Jackson may still be a Top 15 QB, but you could sell him as a Top 5 right now and upgrade other areas of your team.
BUY LOW: RB David Montgomery, Chicago (Owned in 96 percent of leagues)
A lot of people were looking to buy in to David Montgomery as the immediate replacement to Jordan Howard on the Bear’s offense this year, and I happen to be one of those. This past game against Green Bay was not what we were looking for but I have to believe Chicago is still in the process of figuring it out and will get the running game up and going in the next few weeks. While I wouldn’t give up a ton of resources for Montgomery, if he is on your waivers or someone is desperate, trade for him.
SELL HIGH: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis (Owned in 96 percent of leagues)
I’m sorry but for my sell highs for RB and WR, I have to pick both the Colt’s players. As soon as Andrew Luck retired, I moved almost all the Colts’ players to the bottoms of my lists because I simply just don’t think Jacoby Brissett is going to be the answer. Mack is obviously going to be the focal point of the offense with Luck gone, as they are going to lean on the run more but I think it’s only a matter of time before Mack starts seeing stacked boxes or even worse, goes down with an injury due to overusage. Sell him now while he’s up.
BUY LOW: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota (Owned in 99 percent of leagues)
If you’re a Diggs owner, you’re probably pretty frustrated and for good reason. However, there is a bright side. Cousins only threw 10 passes due to how much they were able to dominate the Falcons early and how prominent the running game was. This will not be the case for the rest of the season, and it’s safe to bet that this is going to be Diggs’ worst game of the season. So if there is someone who is willing to trade him, take it pronto.
SELL HIGH: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
Continuing on from my Marlon Mack point, Jacoby Brissett just isn’t the guy who is going to win you your league so it’s hard to put stock into the players that he will be throwing the ball to. Hilton managed to put up some great numbers against the Chargers, but for him to be taken off this list I am going to need to see him do that a couple more times.
BUY LOW: Darren Waller, Oakland (Owned in 26 percent of leagues)
The whole Antonio Brown meltdown and release situation has created a void in Oakland that will need to be filled. I feel like Darren Waller is going to be a big recipient of these targets due to his chemistry with Derek Carr. Waller is not owned in many leagues and is worth a waiver claim or even a low trade offer in case that he becomes the breakout player of the year.
SELL HIGH: Mark Andrews, Baltimore (Owned in 51 percent of leagues)
I really struggled to find a sell high candidate for the tight end position for this week due to how they either all performed how I imagine they would, or they outperformed what I thought they would do and they might continue to do so (we’re looking at you T.J. Hockenson). Mark Andrews has the unfortunate benefit of like Lamar Jackson, being on a team that were fortunate enough to play the Dolphins. So while there is a chance that Andrews puts up numbers like he did this week, I think that we should all temper the expectations as we should seem him seeing maybe half of what he got this week. For those who are rich at the tight end position, sell Andrews to help the other parts of your team.