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!
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (Owned in 22 percent of leagues)
I can’t remember the last time I have seen so much hype for a backup quarterback. Maybe Johnny Manziel, and we all know how that turned out. I get that he had a good game against Cincinnati, but this is the same defense that let New Orleans score 50 on it, so I’m not buying into the hype. If you have someone whose willing to give up a lot for him, take them up on that!
Josh Adams, Philadelphia (Owned in 28 percent of leagues)
Last week, I was big on Josh Adams but after this week, I have to admit that I am not so sure. While he is easily the best running back on the roster, it seems pretty clear that coach Doug Pederson is going to go with a committee which severely hinders Adams’ value overall. If you didn’t buy him, that’s fine. If you did, try to trade him now.
Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans (Owned in 13 percent of leagues)
The numbers show that Smith isn’t owned by many at the moment, so this is probably more for you that are in 16-team leagues. Smith has been waiting to break onto the scene and he finally did against Philadelphia, but let’s be real, who didn’t? The Philadelphia defense was atrocious and allowed Smith to put on this performance. I don’t see this trend continuing and would trade him now before the other members of the league lose any interest.
Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers (Owned in 13 percent of leagues)
Gates has been awful in his season filling in for Hunter Henry, but yesterday made all those people who were stashing him happy. He went for 80 yards and a touchdown, pretty good stats for a tight end. However, this was probably his only good game for the season, and probably his last one for his career. If you have him, trade him for the likes of Trey Burton.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP)
Jaylon Smith, Dallas (Owned in 75 percent of leagues)
While I love Jaylon Smith, I more write this section as a warning to all owners. Smith is not the top guy to have on this defense, that now goes to Leighton Vander Esch. Vander Esch has proven he will now be the focal point of the Dallas defense and will generate A LOT of points for tackles. While Smith will still garner some looks, you would be best to find some way to trade Smith and something for Vander Esch.