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 1.1 percent of league)
The Bears are going to start Trubisky Monday night against the Vikings! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am certainly excited to see this. The Bears liked this guy enough to trade up ONE spot in the draft to grab him and gave nothing but great comments all the way through camps and preseason. Unfortunately, I don’t know if going from Glennon to Trubisky in Week 5 is going to be enough to change the Bears’ season, but I’m willing to watch. This one is a flier, but you should be able to get him for next to nothing in most leagues, and he couldn’t hurt to be a bench-warmer for such a low price.
SELL HIGH: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee (Owned in 98.6 percent of leagues)
For anyone who wasn’t watching on Sunday, Mariota left the game and was replaced with Matt Cassel after suffering a hamstring strain. While the injury is not deemed serious and he could potentially start, I have to look at the stats of what he has had so far and honestly, I am disappointed. Mariota was a fringe Top-5 QB last year, and not one of his games this season has proved it. If I was a Mariota owner, I would consider offers from more quarterback desperate teams and move him for a good running back or wide receiver, you can find mid level quarterback numbers elsewhere.
BUY LOW: Jay Ajayi, Miami (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
First of all, I have no idea how the Saints defense held Ajayi to 46 yards. Ajayi is one of the most talented running backs in the league and should have ran all over that defense, but alas, any given Sunday. But this will be the perfect time to approach Ajayi owners and tell them you will take him off their hands but you won’t give up much in return. Ajayi will bounce back, that is certain.
SELL HIGH: Aaron Jones, Green Bay (Owned in 2.2 percent of leagues)
Now this one is not a traditional sell high, because I highly doubt many owners that read this actually play in leagues where he is owned, but he is going to be a popular waiver wire target this week. Don’t go for him. Jones took over after both Montgomery and Williams went down with an injury Thursday night and put up some really great stats and if by some minuscule chance you had him in your lineup, you were happy. But both Montgomery and Williams’ injuries do not seem as severe as originally thought, and will be coming back sooner than expected. Williams in fact has already declared himself game ready. It would be a waste to use valuable trade bait or waiver priority picking him up. If you do however pick him up, immediately find one of the Green Bay running back owners, and force a trade with them for something you want.
BUY LOW: Amari Cooper, Oakland (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
People are going to start their panicky trade routines after Cooper’s slow start and now with Derek Carr going out with an injury for at least 2 weeks, E.J. Manuel gets the start. While this is not an ideal situation, plenty of people are going to be open to accepting offers where you can essentially get Cooper for next to nothing. That’s okay, because if you are one such owner who is in good enough shape to not worry about 2 weeks, you can trade away a receiver and then reap the benefits when Carr comes back and Cooper can start getting back to his 2016 self.
SELL HIGH: Terrelle Pryor, Washington (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
For those Pryor owners waiting for a payoff, they finally got it on Monday night. He put up a pretty decent stat line, but do not be fooled, this is not something that is going to be a normal coincidence. What Pryor owners SHOULD be doing is using this outing as their jumping off point for trade talks. Pryor is simply not the WR that people thought he was in Cleveland. The Redskins are committed to running the ball and Kirk Cousins has been sporadic on who he targets because there are so many great receiving threats on the team. Trade Pryor high with confidence.