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!
BUY LOW: Sam Darnold, New York Jets (Owned in 20 percent of leagues)
For this week, I am really trying to get all of the people who still follow this article to buy in on the Jets. Don’t get me wrong, the Jets aren’t going to do anything of any real football relevance, but boy are they going to be a fantasy footballer’s best friends in the coming weeks. The next two weeks the Jets get to face Cincinnati and Miami, two of the worst teams in the NFL. Sam Darnold is going to have a field day, much like he did against Oakland. If trading is still allowed in your league, go out and grab him and use him to secure your playoff spot!
SELL HIGH: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
I know I said to sell him in an earlier article this year, and I am doubling down on it. You saw how poorly he did against the San Francisco defense and I can’t help but think he will turn in similar performances in some of the other upcoming matchups that he has, because he is simply going up against some really good defenses and he could be that big flashy name that screws you in playoffs. Trade him now, while all people see is the “famous quarterback who won a Super Bowl and now does funny insurance commercials.”
BUY LOW: David Johnson, Arizona (Owned in 93 percent of leagues)
I said to buy Johnson last week, and I’m going to say it again for all those who didn’t hear it. Johnson is going to bounce back soon and you want him on your team for when he does. You should be able to get him for dirt cheap for how bad he has been of late, so do it now.
SELL HIGH: Derrick Henry, Tennessee (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Derrick Henry is coming off of a monster performance this week and while he has been a pretty solid back all season, I would like to trade him for someone who has either a better quarterback or a better schedule in playoffs because Derrick Henry just has too big of a chance to bust you when you most need it. You should be able to trade him for some pretty stellar starting players so do it now.
BUY LOW: Robby Anderson, New York Jets (Owned in 45 percent of leagues)
Similar to how I said to buy in on Sam Darnold, I am going to say to go out and buy his top guy, Robby Anderson. Recent projections have Anderson finishing as the No. 40 overall wide receiver in non-points per reception (PPR) leagues, which considering how low you could probably buy him for, it’s a great deal. I would consider trading one of my starting running backs or wide receivers for him if I am in a 10- or more team league simply due to how his schedule stacks up and how many points he will generate to hover around that No. 40 prediction.
SELL HIGH: Jarvis Landry, Cleveland (Owned in 91 percent of leagues)
Jarvis Landry had a monster game but I am still not sold on him. Baker Mayfield and the dog pound have been wishy-washy at best, and if I am going to have a Cleveland wide receiver on my roster, I would want to have Odell Beckham Jr. Considering how much Landry outshined Beckham this week, I would consider finding the Beckham owner and offering him a trade straight up for Landry and he might bite. Otherwise I would just consider trading Landry for a different starting receiver.
BUY LOW: Ryan Griffin, New York Jets (Owned in 26 percent of leagues)
J-E-T-S. That’s all we are about today on the buy lows. Ryan Griffin isn’t the next Rob Gronkowski or anything, but he’s got the matchups to let me go to sleep peacefully on Saturday nights knowing he is in my active lineup. I wouldn’t break the bank trading for him, but if he’s on the waiver wire or someone wants a player that is just going to ride your bench for the last part of the season, go ahead and get him.
SELL HIGH: Logan Thomas, Detroit (Owned in 0 percent of leagues)
First of all, WHO? Logan Thomas is apparently the tight end for Detroit, and to make matters worse, he is the No. 3 tight end behind Hockenson and Jesse James. Hockenson is nursing a shoulder injury so that’s going to account for Thomas’ decent fantasy production this week but he played less than James and just frankly, isn’t a great option. But if you have him, or can grab him off the waiver to dangle over one of your less savvy fantasy league mates, do it.