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: Matt Ryan, Atlanta (Owned in 98 percent of leagues)
Matt Ryan may have been on a bye last week, but his value was moving nonetheless. In a list of quarterbacks, Ryan has been on the bottom end points wise, but you can expect that trend to go in a different direction soon. He is about to come back to a much easier schedule and during the Fantasy Football Playoff weeks he has some of the best match-ups.
SELL HIGH: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh (Owned in 84.5 percent of leagues)
There’s no easy way to say this but.. Big Ben doesn’t have it anymore. When he contemplated retiring this off-season, he should have done it. Jacksonville figured out that they could sit in coverage all day and have nothing to worry about from Roethlisberger’s passing attempts. While this one is going to be a hard sale, maybe there is a manager or two who still has respect for the name and would be willing to trade for him. Just hope they don’t realize he has some rough matchups with Kansas City and Cincinnati coming up.
BUY LOW: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina (Owned in 98.4 percent of leagues)
While McCaffrey has been serviceable, he has not really lived up to all the hype he received in preseason, which was a lot, so it’s fair to say people probably paid a pretty high draft pick for him. You, being the great capitalist that you are, should find these owners and offer someone like DeMarco Murray or Frank Gore to get him. Trading one of these older players who are going to get overtaken at some point in the season by their younger counterparts for a running back who is going to climb in value as the season progresses.
SELL HIGH: Lamar Miller, Houston (Owned in 99 percent of leagues)
Miller has been great up until now and there is no arguing that. This pick is going to mainly be because of the injuries that the Texans have sustained. With Watt & Mercilus gone (more than likely for the season), the opposing offenses are going to be able to put up a lot of points, which is going to focus on Watson having to throw more. This coupled with the fact that D’Onta Foreman is continually getting used, does not bode well for someone who was originally a 1st or 2nd round pick. Get yourself a big name wide receiver for him.
BUY LOW: Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh (Owned in 90.5 percent of leagues)
Martavis Bryant has struggled all year, but he’s just far too talented to not bounce back at some point, so if you can get him at a low point, it’s best to pull the trigger on it. It should be noted that if Big Ben can get his act together, Bryant has some of the most favorable secondary matchups for the playoff weeks, so a great stash upside.
SELL HIGH: Brandin Cooks, New England (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
This is the second time in three weeks that Cooks has made it to this list — and for good reason. His production is so inconsistent it makes me sick: 3 for 88 with 0 TD, 2 for 37 with 0 TD, 5 for 131 with 2 TD, 3 for 38 with 0 TD, and 5 for 85 with 0 TD. There is no way I can possibly endorse this guy when Chris Hogan is catching at least one touchdown every game (except the first game). Cooks was supposed to be the WR1 when Edelman went down but Hogan is the clear cut guy.