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

Oct 9, 2019

There may be nowhere else for Stefon Diggs’ production to go but up

We witnessed a plethora of big-time performances that bolstered the trade of value of guys like Matt Breida, Aaron Jones, Allen Robinson, D.J. Chark, and Will Fuller. At the same time, we also experienced further disappointment from well-known names such as Mike Evans, Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., and Stefon Diggs.

As we inch closer to the fantasy regular season’s midway point, we finally have a good pulse on what fantasy owners should expect the rest of the way, which is the key to determining which players are the best buy-low and sell-high options. Whether you need to turn around your season and make a playoff push or create some breathing room for yourself at or near the top of the standings, our featured pundits are here with their thoughts on who you should pursue or cash in on.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Mike TagliereFantasyPros Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)
Pierre CamusRotoBaller Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN) George Kittle (TE – SF)
Wayne BretskyBretskyBall Damien Williams (RB – KC) Keenan Allen (WR – LAC)
Kevin RobertsBreaking Football Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) Matt Breida (RB – SF)
Dominick PetrilloFantasy Hot Read Carson Wentz (QB – PHI) Nick Chubb (RB – CLE)


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?

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) 
“Despite playing alongside second- and third-string quarterbacks, Bell has managed to post 20.9, 10.3, and 15.8 PPR points over the last three games. Keep in mind that’s while the Jets as a team scored a grand total of 23 points, with some coming from special teams. With Darnold returning, they’ll have many more scoring opportunities, making Bell much more appealing. He’s usable no matter what, but we could see him enter the top-six running back rankings with Darnold returning. His owners could be frustrated at this point, allowing you to sneak in and get him for someone like Leonard Fournette or Tyler Lockett ”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Le’Veon Bell has been a disaster, but he’s been without his starting quarterback and has had a really tough schedule. The workload and talent is still there and his schedule lightens up from here. I’d give up another struggling stud that has a dicey situation, perhaps guys like JuJu Smith-Schuster or Stefon Diggs, and one or two other fringe players for Bell.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN) 
“Maybe it’s overly optimistic to think that Diggs will start producing like he did last year when he averaged 6.8 receptions and 68 yards per game, but he’s got to get better. The Vikings finally figured out that they need to pass the ball to succeed and he only has one other receiver who is a legitimate threat to his target share. He isn’t getting traded and is still part of a strong offense, so I’d try to trade a rookie like Terry McLaurin or Marquise Brown if possible or a riskier wide receiver like Josh Gordon or Will Fuller.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI) 
“Many people feel Wentz is having a subpar season, but he is not. Coming into this past weekend, he was fourth in touchdowns in the NFL. With Alshon Jeffery healthy and DeSean Jackson coming back, this should only improve over the second half, especially now that they have a solid run game behind Jordan Howard. If you can trade him for a quarterback who has gotten off to a hot start like Winston, then this is a move that should be done as Wentz will provide better value going forward with the Eagles in the playoff hunt.”
– Dominick Petrillo (Fantasy Hot Read)

Damien Williams (RB – KC) 
“Though his value was all over the place in the preseason following the late addition of LeSean McCoy, Williams makes for a very interesting buy-low target right now. Following a two-week absence due to injury, Williams returned to lead the Chiefs’ backfield in snaps and should remain the primary pass-catching back for the league’s top offense. He should be valued as a top-15 running back in PPR formats and I would be willing to flip the likes of Devonta Freeman, Frank Gore, David Montgomery, or Phillip Lindsay to acquire his services.”
– Wayne Bretsky (BretskyBall)

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

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA) 
“Lockett is someone I’d be willing to gauge the market on. He’s now seen four or fewer targets in three-of-five games, which is far from ideal for a wide receiver most are relying on for WR2 production. The good news is that he’s been able to snag touchdowns in two of those games, as Wilson has been ultra-efficient. Selling while the iron is hot may be the best-case scenario, as there will be some down weeks with how little this team throws the ball. Maybe you can package him in a deal for DeAndre Hopkins, who’s among the best buy lows in all of football. Who knows, someone might be willing to trade Odell Beckham for him straight-up.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) 
“Allen is by no means a “must-sell” player, but we’ve got a sniff of his downside over the past two weeks when he combined for nine catches and 66 yards on 11 targets. Allen started the year off red hot and remains a top-10 scorer on the season, but Mike Williams‘ return, coupled with a difficult upcoming schedule (PIT, @TEN, @CHI, GB) has me willing to cash in my Keenan Allen chips for the right return. If another owner offered me a separate “struggling” stud like Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, or a top-tier running back, I’d certainly be willing to make the move.”
– Wayne Bretsky (BretskyBall)

George Kittle (TE – SF) 
“If I can get a high-end RB2 or low-end WR1 for Kittle, I’m doing it. He just scored his first touchdown of the season and ranks ninth in fantasy tight end scoring. I don’t expect that to change, as this 49ers offense now has three things it didn’t have last year during Kittle’s breakout: a strong running game, healthy receivers, and a quarterback who can make multiple reads. He isn’t going to finish better than Will Dissly or Austin Hooper and you could even stream the position this year. Shoot for a player like Brandin Cooks, Tyler Boyd, Larry Fitzgerald, or James Conner.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

Nick Chubb (RB – CLE) 
“The Browns have proven to be a bad football team. They are going to be down in a lot of games and Chubb is not a pass-catching back. When Kareem Hunt returns, this will limit Chubb even more than we may have anticipated. If I can trade him now for a player like Chris Carson and maybe a little extra, I would do this as Carson should have more value for the rest of the season.”
– Dominick Petrillo (Fantasy Hot Read)

Matt Breida (RB – SF) 
“Breida is so explosive and I love him, but he’s part of a committee. I’d rather flip him for someone with a more defined role if possible. His value will never be greater than now, following an amazing Monday Night Football performance.”
– Kevin Roberts (Breaking Football)

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