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: Sam Bradford, Minnesota (Owned in 20.2 percent of leagues)
Bradford didn’t play in Week 2 after suffering a bone bruise and his Week 3 availability is up in the air. For owners of Bradford, this could spell trouble depending on how many managers are in your league or how many quarterbacks you start. If you are one of the teams that has a decent enough quarterback to play for the next few weeks, this is the guy you should target. While Bradford has never been the picture of health, his Week 1 performance working with what is easily his best offensive line and offensive weapons was an easy sell that this guy can put the numbers up when needed. If you can stash him, he has some pretty solid matchups that should go in his favor down the road.
SELL HIGH: Deshaun Watson, Houston (Owned in 10.1 percent of leagues)
Watson gave a great performance Thursday night against Cincinnati, coming up with his first win. Living in Houston, I have heard all the hype, and playing fantasy football with so many homers, I also have seen the mad rush to the waiver wire for him. Don’t be one of these guys. The Houston offensive line is atrocious and isn’t going to be getting better anytime soon. Watson has a rough schedule ahead of him, a lot tougher than Cincinnati, and he is going to struggle. If you currently own him, try to trade him for someone like Bradford or another injured player to stash.
BUY LOW: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
An underwhelming Week 1 performance and going down with in an injury in Week 2 is the perfect formula for someone like Murray. Owners who get stir crazy and try to move him are crazy, even with how well Derrick Henry preformed. Murray is still an elite running back and when he comes back from the injury, he’s going to continue to be. If there are owners who are scared and trying to trade him, take them up by offering them your mid-level scraps and send this guy to the bottom of your bench. His playoff schedule is incredible.
SELL HIGH: Chris Carson, Seattle (Owned in 7.9 percent of leagues)
This is going to be my dark horse candidate, because I know every other source on the internet is saying to go to the waivers and grab him. I’m just not sold on him. Seattle employs Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Carson. Three out of the four have been starters either here or on another team. I really have to believe that Seattle is going to trend towards a committee once all the dust settles and I hate having a running back who is part of a timeshare. I say go to the waiver, grab him, and trade him for gold!
BUY LOW: Michael Thomas, New Orleans (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Thomas is coming off of one awful and one mediocre performance and it’s right around now, his owners may be open to hearing offers for him. If you really break down his numbers, he went up against two of the league’s most elite secondaries and personally, I think he came off pretty well for it. So while, you may not be able to buy him “low,” he’s worth giving up something decent to get once he gets on the field against those mid-level corners and starts torching them.
SELL HIGH: Emmanuel Sanders, Denver (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
If there was ever a week to trade someone coming off of a big performance, this is it. Sanders went for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Now as we come back to Earth, you have to realize he did that against the Dallas secondary. Dallas’ corners and safeties are decimated by injury and Denver took advantage of that all day. Sanders came out of Sunday looking like an Elite WR1, when he is really a steady WR2. Use these numbers to your advantage and find that owner who needs a wide receiver and trade this guy for a running back or quarterback.