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FANTASY STOCK EXCHANGE: Week 12

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: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay  (Owned in 80 percent of leagues)

As we get closer and closer to the fantasy playoffs, our buys and sells much get more important. One quarterback I am looking at (purely for his schedule and not his actual skill) is Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay has the No. 1 easiest remaining passing schedule for the rest of the year and that simply can’t be ignored. Winston managed to show flashes against the New Orleans defense going for over 300-yards and two touchdowns, so I am a little excited to see what he can do for the rest of the season and it will probably cost next to nothing to buy him from his original owner.

SELL HIGH: Josh Allen, Buffalo (Owned in 88 percent of leagues)

This one hurts me as he is my fantasy quarterback right now in two of my leagues, but the time is now to sell him. He has had some phenomenal performances in the past few weeks going so far as not even having an interception in the past five weeks, and torching Miami for 250-plus yards and three touchdowns (which admittedly isn’t hard). He should get a rather high asking price due to how well he has been doing, but don’t hold him too long as he is about to come up against Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who have some of the best pass defenses in the league and could be the games that cost you your playoff chances.

RUNNING BACK

BUY LOW: David Johnson, Arizona (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)

Johnson hasn’t done anything in the past few weeks, simply ceding most duties to Kenyan Drake, but I simply can’t believe that this is going to be the case full time and am simply looking at this as a way of Arizona easing him back in since his injury, making him a sneaky late season/playoff running back. Johnson was once the No. 1 fantasy running back to own and if I can buy him for something relatively cheap due to his owner’s frustration, I am going to do it and hold him for that breakout game.

SELL HIGH: Todd Gurley II, Los Angeles Rams (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)

Gurley finally bounced back against Chicago (who has an awful run defense by the way) and gave his owners the type of game that they have been expecting him to have every week after drafting him so high — I am not sold. It just seems like the Rams are more committed to using a committee of backs with Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson and he just can’t be trusted as much as he was last year to be the monster running back that he was. It’s not that the skill isn’t there and he won’t have flashes of brilliance like he did Sunday. I just think the team is scared of him getting hurt again. Trade him now before he has to go up against the very stout Baltimore defense next week.

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