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: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 7.2% of leagues)
While the Browns are still the Browns, Kizer had a great start. Kizer stood up to a great defense (featuring awesome IDP, TJ Watt) but still managed to throw for over 200 yards with a touchdown. While Kizer is not going to be anyone’s starting QB, he can make a solid bye week filler.
SELL HIGH: Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (Owned in 28.2% of leagues)
If you really think Alex Smith is going to repeat the performance that he had on Thursday, I got a spot in my fantasy league for you. I’m not saying Alex Smith isn’t a great QB, but he’s nowhere near the conversation of elite after one performance. I personally know 3 fantasy football players who are going to be on the edge of their seats when waivers open to get him, don’t be one of them.
BUY LOW: Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (Owned in 0.4% of leagues)
Let me start this part of the article with yes, you should be going to pick up Tarik Cohen, Marlon Mack, Kerwynn Williams, all those obvious picks, but this article isn’t about the OBVIOUS picks. Ivory had a quiet game racking up 53 yards. Ivory is not the starter but he has firmly entrenched himself as the backup to Leonard Fournette, and here’s the problem I have. Living in Houston, I obviously watched the entirety of the Jags-Texans monstrosity, and Jacksonville is grossly overusing Fournette which could lead to him getting injured very soon. If that happens, you want to be the man holding Ivory.
SELL HIGH: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots (Owned in 100% of leagues)
As a general fantasy football rule, I can’t trust any Patriots running back. Knowing Bill Belichick, he is going to keep people guessing on which running back will be the featured back of the week. Instead of being that guy who has the unfortunate pleasure of starting the wrong one, why not try to trade him for something else? Of course, if you really are a fan of Russian Roulette, this guy is the perfect guy for you.
BUY LOW: Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (Owned in 26.4% of leagues)
Can we all just stop to appreciate that awesome catch Beasley made? While he didn’t make a dent in fantasy points this week, I believe this is going to change in the coming weeks. Last year, Beasley was Dak’s go to option and as the season goes on, I feel Dak is going to lean more heavily on him, especially in weeks where they go against some weak secondaries.
SELL HIGH: Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins (Owned in 100% of leagues)
If you drafted Pryor high in your draft, I’m sorry. Pryor seemed like he was heading into a great situation working with Kirk Cousins after leaving Cleveland and a 1,000 yard season. Pryor sadly, caught six targets for 66 yards. While he could potentially bounce back in the coming weeks, I wouldn’t be one of the people to hold him and take the chance. Trade him away while you can still fall back on the excuse that it was just one week.