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!
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis (Owned in 95 percent of leagues)
Andrew Luck has been on a crazy streak of having at least three touchdowns in his last 8 games. There’s no possible way he can keep up that consistency, but shhhhhhh, don’t tell the other people in your league! To them, he’s become the Andrew Luck of old and they would love to have him on their team, so oblige them and trade him away for their mid level QB and a RB or WR.
Gus Edwards, Baltimore (Owned in 31 percent of leagues)
Gus Edwards has been a great fantasy asset in the past few weeks as he busted onto the scene, but I have to wonder how long this trend can continue. In the past 2 games in which Lamar Jackson has started, the running game has taken over and the receivers are getting no love. I have to think that defensive coordinators are going to catch on to this and start playing more against the run. When that happens, Edwards and probably Jackson to some extent will lose value, and being so late in the season, it might be during fantasy playoffs. Don’t take the chance. Trade him for a different RB that is in a consistent offense.
Amari Cooper, Dallas (Owned in 95 percent of leagues)
Dallas has seemingly found their new Dez Bryant and after the Thanksgiving game, I couldn’t disagree. But what I can’t agree on with anyone is that he will repeat that stat line the rest of this year. Dallas doesn’t have that solid of an offense at the moment so I find it hard to believe that a team like the Saints are going to let this happen, and if you are fighting for playoffs, you can take no chances. Sell him for a receiver with a better matchup,
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay (Owned in 31 percent of leagues)
With OJ Howard on IR, everyone (including me) assumed Brate would take over as the main TE and have a season similar to what he had last year, and while he posted decent stats this week there is something that worries/intrigues me. Anthony Auclair, the now 2nd string TE played almost EXACTLY as many snaps as Howard. This is shaping up to seem like the Bucs want to have both of these TEs involved and that is not what I want to hear when trying to have a high scoring TE. Move away from Brate to a bona fide starter.
Individual Defensive Player (IDP)
Shaq Thompson, Carolina (Owned in 3 percent of leagues)
It was rather difficult to find an IDP to sell this week because I feel like a lot of the good IDPs had good weeks, and a lot of the bad IDPs had bad weeks (kinda how fantasy should go), but Shaq Thompson was a rather interesting find. I have always valued Thompson as kind of a mid level LB, but this week he performed like a top LB. To me, if I have the depth and have Thompson on my roster, I would love to trade him to a team that needs an LB for something I need.