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!
Tom Brady, New England (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Sell the GOAT. It may seem I’m just performing a kamikaze on my credibility as a writer, but I firmly believe the time has come where the value that you paid for Tom Brady in your drafts (or trades) far outweighs the production you are going to see from him. Brady’s outing this week was atrocious, I guarantee a lot of people lost game because of him and while you could say “He was playing the No. 1 ranked defense in the league” you would be right, so I took a look at his past and future schedule. Brady has played two other Top-5 defenses against quarterbacks and in both of those games he went for less than 20 fantasy points, and he has to go against one ON TOP of having a bye week. Now is the time where you can offer him for a quarterback who may be a bit of a downgrade but has a more favorable schedule such as Ben Roethlisberger, Russell Wilson or Drew Brees.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee (Owned in 52 percent of leagues)
If you have been actively watching Tennessee’s games, you will notice that Dion Lewis is taking the reigns as the top running back in the backfield and Henry is relegated to the No. 2. At the beginning of the year, I could have sworn this would be backwards, but here it is. Henry had a great game this week which means he should be pretty easy to sell and you could possibly use him to get Lewis, especially in a points per reception (PPR) league.
Donte Moncrief, Jacksonville (Owned in 15 percent of leagues)
In all reality, I would hate to own any Jacksonville receiver at the moment, but by the numbers, some people out there do. Moncrief had a solid game this week going for 98 yards and a touchdown, but this was against a crappy Indianapolis defense. Jacksonville and most of its fantasy players have been way too up-and-down to count on, especially going into the stretch for playoffs and I can’t endorse putting my trust (and yours) in their hands. Trade Moncrief for essentially anything else that you think can help you so that you can sleep easy on Saturday nights.
Eric Ebron, Indianapolis (Owned in 85 percent of leagues)
Wow, I really hoped some of you sold Jimmy Graham last week before he burned you. This week, we are going to go with Ebron. I honestly didn’t have a tight end that I wanted to sell this week, but Ebron’s fluke of a performance was WAAAAAAY to good to pass up. Ebron will NEVER get you these type of points ever again, especially with Jack Doyle around. Find that first-year fantasy football player and feed him this guy as if he’s gold and get you something more consistent.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP)
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati (Owned in 18 percent of leagues)
Geno Atkins used to be the pinnacle of defensive tackles in fantasy leagues and a pretty solid scorer at the defensive lineman position. Alas, those were better days. Now he seems to be marred by injury or just overshadowed in general. With how much New Orleans was on the field last week, I felt like he would be able to get a good amount of points but he didn’t. The Cincinnati defense as a whole kinda just sucked (as you know from the scoreboard). I would trade him now while his name might still carry value before all owners realize what you and I know.