In a fantasy football league, the most valuable asset is the team manager’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 sometimes 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!
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (Owned in 99 percent of leagues)
For me this one is a no-brainer. Jackson has been one of the hottest fantasy quarterbacks, and if you already have your playoff spot locked and the Jackson manager is still fighting for one, trade for him. Jackson is missing this week and PROBABLY will miss next week against Dallas, but he could be back in time for your fantasy championship and that’s enough for me.
Taysom Hill, New Orleans (Owned in 65 percent of leagues)
The definition of a stopgap quarterback, I can’t believe he is owned in so many leagues. Yes, he was able to pick apart the terrible Denver defense, but this is not the guy you want to roll with in your fantasy playoffs. Trade him now while he’s coming off a big game and actually take a quarterback who has played quarterback all year.
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Jacobs only managed to get 27 yards last week before getting injured against Atlanta, and while that is concerning to me, I feel like I have watched Jacobs enough to know that he is prime for a bounce back. He gets to face the New York Jets this week which is going to be such a good matchup for him, that I will trade almost any of my spare running backs to get him if his current manager is scared of starting him again. Give me Jacobs for the playoffs.
Adrian Peterson, Detroit (Owned in 35 percent of leagues)
TWO TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST HOUSTON!?!?!?!? I don’t know how this old warhorse managed to swing that, but I really don’t think that anyone in that 35 percent is going to get that lucky again. Trade him while he’s coming off of that big game and get a more consistent player for your money’s worth.
Keke Coutee, Houston (Owned in 0.3 percent of leagues)
Everyone needs to be grabbing Coutee. With Will Fuller out due to his suspension, I am fully in on saying that Coutee is going to be in line for a big part of the offense and will give up some stuff (if I have to) to get him, though you should be able to just grab him off the waiver wire. I might not put him in my lineup this week, because he might take a week to get adjusted, but he could be a great secret weapon for your fantasy playoff team.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (Owned in 45 percent of leagues)
T.Y. Hilton has been the perfect picture of inconsistency this season, and now after his big game, if you haven’t managed to unload him yet, you should be able to find a really wide receiver-needy team to take him off your hands. I think Hilton is going downhill and I am putting my stamp of approval on NOT drafting him next year. See if you can turn Hilton and something else into trading for Michael Pittman Jr., the REAL future of the Indianapolis receivers.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay (Owned in 92 percent of leagues)
Gronkowski has now gone two weeks without finding the end zone, but I think the famine is going to be over and he is going to feast in the fantasy playoffs, so that’s why I am full steam ahead on giving up a lot to get him if needed (even though I know it says “Buy Low”). You need Gronkowski. Yes he has a bye this week, so the manager should be pretty open to moving him, but when he comes back, I have to believe he and Tom Brady are going to gel, that’s just how they have always been, ESPECIALLY if they have a bye week to work things out.
Richard Rodgers, Philadelphia (Owned in 7 percent of leagues)
It would appear that Philadelphia is going to be a team that can support two relevant fantasy tight ends. I don’t buy it for a second, and if I own the lesser of the two Philadelphia tight ends, I would trade him off before he burns me. Goedert is the tight end I would feel comfortable having. Any other one this season just seems like a ticking time bomb.