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: Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago (Owned in 23.8 percent of leagues)
Before I get started on him, I’m not saying he is the next Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, but after watching him in the game last night, he is definitely going to be a fantasy relevant QB. Matt Nagy took the Trubisky of last season and completely turned him around. The first half of the game last night he tore the Packers apart, now granted, he did start to fall apart in the second half so there is still some developing to be done, but he is a must add off the waiver wire for those needing a backup QB.
I honestly couldn’t decide which of these to put in my article, so because I wish to caution everyone about both, I will put both. Neither of these quarterbacks are as good as yesterday’s game would lead you to believe. Joe Flacco had the luck of getting to play the purely awful Bills defense, which he won’t get again. Fitzpatrick, I got no words, but I suppose even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If you go out and get Fitzpatrick and play him these next two weeks, he will burn you. If you happen to be a Flacco owner, you could probably trade him for something, so do so and leave Shitzpatrick/Fitzmagic on the waiver wire.
BUY LOW: Kenyan Drake, Miami (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
Yesterday just did not seem to be Kenyan Drake‘s day for fantasy football rushing for only 48 yards. It does seem like Frank Gore is going to cut into his work load, but I’m just not sold on it as of yet. The Dolphins jettisoned Jay Ajayi during the season last year because of their belief in Drake and Drake will eventually get it moving, so if your Drake owner drops him or is panicking, take him off their hands.
SELL HIGH: Jay Ajayi, Philadelphia (Owned in 97 percent of leagues)
Speaking of Jay Ajayi, here’s a running back I am simply just not sold on. He had a big performance on Thursday but I think that may have simply been because Nick Foles couldn’t get much going. I believe once Carson Wentz comes back, the Eagles aerial attacks are going to increase and the rushes will take a hit, hard to see him having another 2 TD game. So hold him until Wentz gets back and then for sure sell him, or sell him now for something big.
BUY LOW: Brandon Marshall, Seattle (Owned in 5.7 percent of leagues)
Is this 2012? How did Brandon Marshall make his way into one of my articles? Short answer, Doug Baldwin‘s injury. While, there is no confirmation on how long Baldwin will be out, it could be weeks, and after seeing yesterday’s game, Tyler Lockett and Brandon Marshall are the direct beneficiaries. Marshall however is not owned in a vast majority of leagues, so he needs to be rostered in all leagues, because Wilson will need targets and Marshall is known for being a big red zone target.
SELL HIGH: Randall Cobb, Green Bay (Owned in 88 percent of leagues)
This Sell High will only work if there are owners in your league who WEREN’T watching Sunday Night Football. For those of us who did, we know that 75 of Cobb’s 142 yards and his touchdown came from one play that was not so much about how good Cobb is, but about how bad the defense played that whole play. So take those inflated stats and turn them into a reliable every week receiver.
BUY LOW: Trey Burton, Chicago (Owned in 85 percent of leagues)
Trey Burton is an interesting buy low candidate. During the 1st half of the Sunday night game, he was targeted 2nd most on the team but only hauled in one pass. The team then tried to play conservatively because of their 17-0 lead which ultimately failed. I don’t feel like Trey got a fair shake of things, and I am going to reserve judgement to see how it pans out in the next game.
SELL HIGH: Jordan Reed, Washington (Owned in 94 percent of leagues)
I honestly have no faith in Reed staying healthy, and since he had a pretty good week 1, I could 100% sign off on trading him for a more durable tight end that may score me a little less week-to-week, because once he gets injured, ain’t no one gonna take him.