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FANTASY STOCK EXCHANGE: Week 2

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 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!

QUARTERBACK

BUY LOW

Philip Rivers, Indianapolis (Owned in 20 percent of leagues)

I know he lost to Jacksonville, but I am all aboard the Indianapolis train and I think Rivers is going to bounce back and I would love to be the beneficiary of it. This past week, Rivers had multiple times where he had 5-10 seconds to throw the ball, something that he’s never had. The Indianapolis offensive line is so much better then what Rivers had to work with in Los Angeles. Last week was not a fluke – buy in on him.

SELL HIGH

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota (Owned in 21 percent of leagues)

Minnesota got destroyed by Green Bay and there’s no denying it. But if you look at Cousins’ numbers, he put up fantasy points that are respectable for your fantasy quarterback. I just don’t like that most of those points came from the garbage time when the game was already decided and he was just throwing the ball like a mad man as this is not a reliable strategy. Cousins is too wildly inconsistent and I would much rather have a quarterback who will get me the same amount of points each week than to have one that goes up and down.

RUNNING BACK

BUY LOW

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati (Owned in 99 percent of leagues)

Mixon was pretty awful this weekend, but to be fair, he was working with an inexperienced quarterback and facing a very good Los Angeles Chargers defense. Mixon is usually pretty reliable and has the good fortune of facing the Cleveland defense this week that Baltimore was able to run all over last week. I would love to be able to get Mixon for a cheap price for someone who is panicking after Week 1.

SELL HIGH

Cam Akers, Los Angeles (Owned in 93 percent of leagues)
While this COULD change. I want Malcolm Brown instead of Cam Akers in all leagues. Brown was on the field for 60 percent of the possible offensive snaps and made big plays with them while Cam Akers had 14 attempts and only managed 40 yards. I am not digging that for my running back, especially one competing for the starting job. Sell this guy for someone else.

WIDE RECEIVER

BUY LOW

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland (Owned in 99 percent of leagues)

If you just look at Beckham’s stats, you would probably not want to trade for him, but if you look beyond the stats and you actually watched the game, you would be more intrigued. Beckham drew three pass interference/hold calls that would have netted him more points, so his three receptions is really a false number. Factor in that Cleveland was playing a very good defense in Baltimore, I think Beckham has the potential to be much better, and now would be the week to take advantage of his owner.

SELL HIGH

Sammy Watkins, Kansas City (Owned in 50 percent of leagues)

Most people don’t own or start Watkins unless you’re in a super deep league, so there were a lot of points left on the waiver wire/bench and I’m sure a lot of people are going to be after him this week. Don’t fall for the trap. Every year, Watkins has an explosive game that make people think they should start him and every year he lets down after that.

TIGHT END

BUY LOW

Chris Herndon IV, New York Jets (Owned in 41 percent of leagues)
Herndon IV is a great steal right now. He put up six receptions for 40 yards this week against a phenomenal Buffalo defense and now with Le’Veon Bell dealing with a hamstring injury, I fully expect Herndon’s use to go way up. I’m trying to get him in all leagues as a solid TE1.

SELL HIGH

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit (Owned in 72 percent of leagues)

Déjà vu anyone? Last year, Hockenson set fantasy leagues on fire with an amazing Week 1 and then became a dud for the rest of the season. He’s not going to fool me again. He was the beneficiary of an extra amount of targets due to Kenny Golladay being out, but Golladay could be back as early as next week. I am not going to get fooled again like last year – stay away from him or try to trade him away before you get burned again.

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