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9 Players to Buy Low/Sell High (Fantasy Football)

Oct 16, 2019

Once Travis Kelce starts scoring touchdowns, his buy-low window will close shut

The fantasy football season has almost reached its midpoint. If you’re still reading this, you’re probably still in the hunt (or at least haven’t thrown in the towel yet). There is still plenty of time for you to buy low on a big-name stud or sell high on a breakout performer who is likely to regress. We’re at the point of the year where trading solid depth or overachievers to acquire potential league-winners is the difference between a championship and a first-round exit. With that being said, our featured analysts have got the skinny on who you should be targeting or looking to deal away this week.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Mike TagliereFantasyPros Travis Kelce (TE – KC) Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN)
Zach BrunnerFantasyPros Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN)
Frank StampflRotoExperts Devin Singletary (RB – BUF) Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS)
Jeff PaurRTSports David Montgomery (RB – CHI) Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU)
John HalpinCarolina Panthers Radio Network Robert Woods (WR – LAR) Aaron Jones (RB – GB)


Q1. Who is your favorite buy-low trade candidate at this point in the season and who are you willing to give up for him?

Travis Kelce (TE – KC) 
“Similar to Sammy Watkins, Kelce’s production wasn’t what everyone expected without Tyreek Hill in the lineup. Many expected a higher ceiling, but what we saw was more attention. Kelce is on pace for 1,325 yards right now, which is just 11 yards off his pace from 2018. He’s scored just one touchdown to this point, which will keep his price down. Once he has a two-touchdown game, there will be no more discount. You should be checking in with the Kelce owner to see what it’d take to acquire him. If you can land him for someone like Adam Thielen or Mike Evans, you should jump on that deal.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Devin Singletary (RB – BUF) 
“It’s hard to argue with Singletary’s explosiveness, evidenced by his 12.7 yards per carry (albeit on 10 carries). He played 50 percent of the Bills’ snaps in the first two weeks and flashed his receiving chops against the Jets with five receptions for 28 yards. Outside of facing the Eagles in Week 8, Singletary’s upcoming schedule is a great one that includes facing the Redskins, Browns, and the Dolphins twice. Frank Gore will still have a role, but Singletary could make the most of his 10-12 touches. You can likely acquire him right now for a low-end WR3 or flex running back.”
– Frank Stampfl (RotoExperts)

David Montgomery (RB – CHI) 
“I would consider buying low ob Montgomery. He is finally emerging as the lead back in this offense, having double-digit carries in four straight games. The Bears are coming out of a bye week and I expect Montgomery to be a bigger part of the offense the rest of the way. He should be had at a value since he ranks just 30th overall at running back. I think you can give up a guy like Matt Breida or Sony Michel to get him.”
– Jeff Paur (RTSports)

Robert Woods (WR – LAR) 
“Woods, for sure. He’s WR44 (half-point PPR), but 12th at his position in targets. As long as the touchdowns start to come at a reasonable rate, he should be a top-20 wide receiver for the rest of the season. I wonder if you could deal a low-ceiling running back like Carlos Hyde or Jordan Howard for him.”
– John Halpin (Carolina Panthers Radio Network)

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) 
“After he plays the Patriots this week, where he likely will get shut down, make a play for Bell. If not for the volume alone, at least look ahead at the man’s schedule. The Jets go on a stretch of Jaguars, Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Raiders, Bengals, and Dolphins again starting in Week 8. Between the schedule and the return of Sam Darnold, the offense for the Jets is going to be much better.”
– Zach Brunner (FantasyPros)

Q2. Who is your favorite sell-high candidate at this point in the season and what would you try to get in return?

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN) 
“It has to be Diggs after his mammoth performance last week. He saw a season-high 11 targets while dominating the Eagles’ secondary last week for 167 yards and three touchdowns. That helps make his overall target numbers seem respectable, but we cannot forget he’s finished three-of-six games with four or fewer targets. On a team that’s run the ball 53 percent of the time (second-highest percentage in football), he’s going to be maddeningly inconsistent. You can probably land someone like D.J. Chark for him, though I’d be looking to package him in a deal to get one of Odell Beckham or DeAndre Hopkins.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Stefon Diggs had a three-touchdown performance the week after Kirk Cousins feeds Adam Thielen. Cousins and this offense must be back, right? Wrong. They just played the Giants and Eagles, who are two of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Sell Diggs to anyone buying into the thought that he is an every-week starter again. I would try to trade for a player who has been similar but has more upside, like Odell Beckham Jr., or a running back that has been solid, but not flashy, like Josh Jacobs.”
– Zach Brunner (FantasyPros)

Carlos Hyde (RB – HOU) 
“I would sell high on Hyde. He is coming off a season-best game and has scored in three of his last four games. He has just six receptions all season, though, which really holds back his fantasy value, and he has 60 or fewer rushing yards in three of his last four games as well. This is still a pass-first team that has issues running the ball. Hyde is not going to keep playing at his current level, especially if you consider his play the last few seasons. I would try to get a No. 2 fantasy receiver in return, a guy like Courtland Sutton or Allen Robinson.”
– Jeff Paur (RTSports)

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS) 
“STEFON DIGGS! Just kidding. McLaurin fans, please forgive me. This has nothing to do with his talent. McLaurin has been a godsend, currently sitting as the WR10 overall. There are a few issues with his value, however. Two of his next three matchups are against the 49ers and Bills, plus we know Bill Callahan wants to run the football. On top of that, we have to worry about the team turning it over to Dwayne Haskins at some point. McLaurin is uber-talented, but I’m not sure he’ll be able to overcome the bad matchups coupled with the quarterback play. Considering he just scored two touchdowns against the Dolphins, now is the time to sell for a low-end WR2 or RB2.”
– Frank Stampfl (RotoExperts)

Aaron Jones (RB – GB) 
“Jones is the RB5, but in games when he and Jamaal Williams have both been healthy, they’ve basically split snaps. His stock is probably down a bit after Williams’ strong return in Week 6, but you might still have the chance to offer Jones to a frustrated OBJ owner. DeAndre Hopkins could be worth an ask, too. You never know…”
– John Halpin (Carolina Panthers Radio Network)

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