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!
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee (Owned in 81 percent of leagues)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay (Owned in 97 percent of leagues)
Yes, everyone loves Tom Brady, and while I would sure use him if I had him, I would be even more open to trading him for the king’s ransom that he could go for and get someone like Tannehill back in return. Brady is hot and cold some weeks, and I am seeing a lot of the cold coming for him when he has to go up against New Orleans, the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City defenses.
Tevin Coleman, San Francisco (Owned in 21 percent of leagues)
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
I hate to put Elliott on my list because I am a diehard Dallas fan, and have had him on my team since his rookie year in at least one of my leagues each year, but it’s time to call it. The Dallas offense is going to be getting killed now that its first- and second-string quarterbacks are down, so teams are not going to have to fear the pass and are therefore going to concentrate on shutting Elliott down. Trade him before this week starts and every other manager gets the info that you should already have. Dallas is done for the year.
Terry McLaurin, Washington (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
Scott Miller, Tampa Bay (Owned in 9 percent of leagues)
Look at Tom Brady making these little guys superstars. Miller went for over 100 yards and a touchdown this week, but this is an irregularity, and if you happen to have him on your bench (because there was no way he was really in your lineup) trade him to someone else in your league, if not for any other reason than Brady is about to have Antonio Brown hogging all the targets.
Evan Engram, New York Giants (Owned in 86 percent of leagues)
Mike Gesicki, Miami (Owned in 61 percent of leagues)
Gesicki has had some good games. There’s no arguing that, but he’s also had some really bad ones and now that he’s going to be dealing with a new starting quarterback, it’s tough to predict where he’s going to land. If he’s built up the rapport with Tua Tagovailoa, then he will be fine, but I would much rather shop him around and see if there is someone who is really interested in him.