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!
Nick Mullens, San Francisco (Owned in 1 percent of leagues)
We all saw this Thursday night game where some undrafted quarterback who doesn’t even have his own Wikipedia page went out and torched Oakland. But we need to pump the brakes, it was Oakland. Whether or not Mullens gets the starting job over C.J. Beathard for the rest of the year, he is in no way going to put this kind of outing on a GOOD defensive team, but there are plenty of people in fantasy football who are willing to jump the shark and proclaim him a starter. Find those people and give Mullens away.
Ito Smith, Atlanta (Owned in 31 percent of leagues)
Ito Smith has now officially moved into the old Tevin Coleman role and Tevin Coleman has moved into the Devonta Freeman role. These are facts. What this comes down to is did you start Coleman as your starter consistently when Freeman was the RB1? I didn’t, he was a solid bye week replacement for me but that’s about it. With Smith now in this role, I would love to sell him to all the lemmings who are thinking after a few solid weeks that he can be an every week starter. Sell him for a real starter that’s on a bye.
Tyler Lockett, Seattle (Owned in 74 percent of leagues)
Doug Baldwin has finally returned and it looks like Wilson is starting to build his chemistry back with him, which can not spell any kind of good news for Lockett. I warned against Lockett earlier in the season and I am going to stick by it. He looked to have some receptions this week, but ultimately I think he will fade back into fantasy obscurity and it would be best to move on from him BEFORE his value plummets while in your ownership.
Jimmy Graham, Green Bay (Owned in 96 percent of leagues)
It was hard to find a tight end to sell this week in my opinion but if I had to settle on one, it’s Jimmy Graham. Graham is a phenomenal player but just doesn’t seem to get the volume of work to make him the player he was in New Orleans now that he is in Green Bay. This week would be a good week to sell him because he managed to get a touchdown against New England. Sell him for another position that you really need and go pick up a different average tight end.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP)
Danielle Hunter, Minnesota (Owned in 47 percent of leagues)
While so many of the Minnesota defensive players had great games, my eyes popped at the numbers for Danielle Hunter. He scored more than my quarterback did. That’s insane. If I am a Hunter owner, I would immediately put him on my trade block (if you’re trade deadline has not passed) and trade him for a blue chip linebacker or some other position because as we know, defensive linemen are not that big of commodities (usually).