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!
BUY LOW: Cam Newton, Carolina (Owned in 95.6 percent of leagues)
As anyone could have predicted after losing one of your best targets, Newton had one of his worst games of his career struggling for only 137 yards (fourth-lowest of his career). But don’t fret Newton owners, he is going to bounce back. And for those who are still looking for serviceable options since Aaron Rodgers went down, this could be the time to get one. While he has a bye coming up, three of his next six games have favorable matchups and he will have plenty of time now to adjust the offense to Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel being his top options. Plus Greg Olsen is targeting a week 12 return.
SELL HIGH: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (Owned in 48.7 percent of leagues)
Goff is going to be a hot add this week after he had a very successful week tearing apart the New York Giants, but we need to keep in mind … it was the Giants. Almost every quarterback has make a joke of them this season. Goff may have an enticing matchup this week against Houston, but his playoff schedule is bad. You don’t want to be stuck with him as your starting quarterback during that time. Trade him for Cam Newton possibly.
BUY LOW: Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia (Owned in 97.6 percent of leagues)
The trade of Ajayi to Philadelphia made for an interesting conversation around the fantasy football water cooler and I landed on the side that he is going to be phenomenal, so you may not be able to get him “low,” especially since he is going to be going on a bye in Week 11. That is probably going to be around the trade deadline in most leagues and owners won’t want to go without a running back. But if you can, do it. Go out and trade for him, giving up maybe a running back who has a consistent high average because Ajayi is going to do a lot more damage behind a decent Philadelphia offensive line.
SELL HIGH: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland (Owned in 91.8 percent of leagues)
I was torn here between Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson so I’m going to write a paragraph that can apply to both. Both of these guys are past their prime but coming off a big game. In Weeks 10-16 each of these running backs have one spectacular matchup and two matchups they’re likely going to be stuck in place. It’s hard to put faith that these guys have much left in the tank, so coming off these performances move them for younger running backs, maybe even for Ajayi with his new team!
BUY LOW: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota (Owned in 94.8 percent of leagues)
Diggs hasn’t performed like the WR1 he was supposed to be since Week 4. He has been working his way back from injuries so he’s more than likely to be gotten for a low price. I expect a huge uptick in his value once Teddy Bridgewater is back, so give up some low hanging fruit to those disappointed owners.
SELL HIGH: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (Owned in 96.4 percent of leagues)
Hilton just had the best performance of his season against Houston. The Houston secondary is garbage, we covered this last week. But for those people who just look at numbers will be salivating. I can’t trust the Jacoby Brissett/Hilton combo going into playoffs, so trade him while he’s hot for someone with more consistent week-to-week points