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: C.J. Beathard, San Francisco (Owned in 0.1 percent of leagues)
Now this one may seem a little foolhardy, but I am going to try to ride the Beathard train. Being an Aaron Rodgers owner, I am now in the market for a new quarterback and in a 16-team league, the picks are slim. For Beathard’s first NFL game, he did well throwing for 245 yards, a touchdown, and only one interception. If you are a Rodgers owner, or at even this point a Jay Cutler or Joe Flacco owner, this could be seen as a huge improvement.
SELL HIGH: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Now this one may seem a little like cheating, but as I am typing this no “official” timetable has been released on how many weeks Rodgers will miss or if he will indeed be out for the rest of the season. For teams that have solid backups behind Rodgers, this could be an opportunity to sell off an asset to someone who has a rough quarterback fantasy playoff matchup because Rodgers could make a return around that time. More so, if you are in a dynasty league and have a decent quarterback behind you, you could move Rodgers for some really good pieces or first-round draft picks to a broken down team and make a run for the championship this year.
BUY LOW: C.J. Anderson, Denver (Owned in 97 percent of leagues)
Anderson was essentially a ghost in the New York Giants game on Sunday night and fantasy owners are probably fuming over this. Let this be your opportunity to swoop in and offer to “take him off their hands.” While you still might have to give up more than a traditional buy-low candidate, the cost of acquiring Anderson is going to be worth it as he is a top option on an offense that is going to be running the ball a lot and has the added bonus of already having their bye week.
SELL HIGH: Tarik Cohen, Chicago (Owned in 71.7 percent of leagues)
I have been waiting weeks to use Cohen on my article, because I am just not a huge believer of this guy. Cohen may be fast and have the uncanny elusiveness and effective at returning kicks, but he is not the running back that Jordan Howard is. Howard is the primary back here and that’s not going to change. Since Mitchell Trubisky took over the offense Cohen has seen a drop in his targets and this is a trend that is going to continue. Move Cohen while you still can to a Ezekiel Elliott owner and get a solid wide receiver in exchange.
BUY LOW: Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (Owned in 12.4 percent of leagues)
Every year, I always contemplate adding Robert Woods because he has some good games, but this is truly the time to do so. Woods hasn’t had any games that were particular dazzling but he has put up some decent numbers against stellar defenses including Seattle and Jacksonville. Imagine having this guy in your lineup against a bad secondary and he projects points like a WR1. Grab him off your waiver wire or trade for him before he hits that big game.
SELL HIGH: Marvin Jones, Detroit (Owned in 100 percent of leagues)
Now a lot of fantasy articles and sites are going to be telling you to buy Marvin Jones, but I can’t stress this enough, DO NOT. While Jones has finally had the best week of his season, you have to break down how that happened. At halftime, Jones had 23 yards. Now as we go into Detroit’s possession in the third quarter, New Orleans was winning, 45-17. At this point we have GARBAGE TIME, and this is where Jones’ 73 yards and touchdown come from. If you have a player who can only succeed in a garbage time situation, you need to move on from them.