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

Nov 13, 2019

An easy schedule down the stretch makes Le’Veon Bell a nice buy-low target

With trade deadlines upon us, this may be your last chance to make a deal and heavily improve your squad as we gear up for the playoffs. Perhaps you’re struggling and need a jolt to make it to the fantasy postseason or you’re at the top and desire to separate yourself from the competition further. Either way, our featured pundits have got you covered by identifying some golden buy-low opportunities coupled with several sell-high players you might be wise to deal away. D.J. Chark, in particular, has two interesting conflicting takes from different experts.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Mike TagliereFantasyPros Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR) Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
Kyle RichardsonThe Fantasy Headliners Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ) Amari Cooper (WR – DAL)
Donald GibsonFantasyPros Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) D.J. Chark (WR – JAC)
Jared SmolaDraft Sharks Odell Beckham (WR – CLE) Aaron Jones (RB – GB)
Mauricio GutierrezEstadio Fantasy D.J. Chark (WR – JAC) Kareem Hunt (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 – PIT) 
“Call me crazy, but I am still trying to get Bell from owners right now. Three of his next four matchups come against teams allowing more than 21 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and of his last six matchups of the season, five teams are allowing more than 17 FPPG to opposing running backs. The best part is, you can more than likely trade a WR2-type player to the Bell owner, who is probably frustrated at this point. I would even be willing to give up a guy like Keenan Allen, who has a tough schedule to end the season, as long as you have solid wide receivers in place.”
– Kyle Richardson (The Fantasy Headliners)

Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) 
“Most ‘who should I target before my trade deadline’ questions have the same answer for me — Keenan Allen. He’s still the PPR WR10, but he has four games out of his last seven with seven or fewer PPR points. Over his last four games, however, he has at least 10 targets in three of them and he has a bunch of potential shootouts on the horizon, particularly against Kansas City, Minnesota, and Oakland. You might be able to land Allen with a mid-range WR2 (think Courtland Sutton, Allen Robinson, or Jarvis Landry) plus a decent RB2 (someone like Phillip Lindsay or Marlon Mack).”
– Donald Gibson (FantasyPros)

Curtis Samuel (WR – CAR) 
“While I believe D.J. Moore is the better receiver of the Panthers’ duo, Samuel has been getting massive opportunity and it’s only a matter of time until he has a massive game. He’s seen at least six targets in every game since Week 2 and has now totaled at least 112 air yards in each of the last four games. What does that mean? Is it really that good? Well, considering there are just 10 receivers who’ve averaged that mark since Week 5, you can say it’s elite. It would likely be best to snag him before he has that massive game. If you can land him for someone like JuJu Smith-Schuster, you should.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Odell Beckham (WR – CLE) 
“Beckham just faced a murderers’ row of cornerbacks: New England’s Stephon Gilmore, Denver’s Chris Harris, and Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White. The schedule lightens up going forward. The next five weeks bring two neutral matchups versus the Steelers and plus draws against the Dolphins, Bengals, and Cardinals. Quarterback Baker Mayfield said he’d focus on getting Beckham the ball last week and he ended up setting season highs in targets (12) and air yards (168). Usage combined with schedule and talent should mean a productive finish to the season for Beckham. Try selling high on someone like Christian Kirk or Mark Ingram for OBJ.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

D.J. Chark (WR – JAC) 
“My favorite target at this point is Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark. I know he has slowed down a lot after an electric start to the season, largely due to Gardner Minshew’s own downturn. The Jaguars decided to name Nick Foles as the starter for Week 12 and beyond. The uncertainty that comes with that is why you could get him relatively cheap. I am betting that Chark remains as the go-to receiver in this offense with a favorable calendar, especially for Weeks 15 and 16 (Raiders and Falcons). Try to trade for him giving up Darius Slayton, Mohamed Sanu, Jarvis Landry, Tyrell Williams, or Tyler Boyd.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

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

Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC) 
“It would seem that Melvin Gordon is back to being…Melvin Gordon. That’s the reason Ekeler has seen six or fewer carries in five of the last six games. He’s involved in the passing game, but he’s caught four or fewer passes in four of the last five games. So when you add everything up, he’s getting 10 or fewer touches per week, which is not enough to consistently produce RB2 numbers. Go and talk to the David Montgomery owner to see if you can make something happen. As a backup plan, I’d move him for Sony Michel, who has a great fantasy playoff schedule.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Aaron Jones (RB – GB) 
“Jones is a committee back who’s producing as a high-end RB1 thanks to touchdown production. He’s tied for the league lead among running backs with 14 scores, despite ranking 11th in total touches and ninth in total yards. Even that’s misleading because Jones has averaged just 14.6 touches per game alongside a healthy Jamaal Williams over the past five weeks. Consider him a low-end RB1 going forward and see if you can swap him for someone like Leonard Fournette or Mike Evans.”
– Jared Smola (Draft Sharks)

Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE) 
“Hunt is back and finished with slightly more fantasy points in PPR formats than Nick Chubb. Some people expect Hunt to return to the level he had with the Chiefs and that is not going to happen. First of all, the Browns’ offense doesn’t have the same upside. Second, Hunt will be relegated to a secondary role, mainly to passing situations. Just as he did in Week 10, he played in 54% of the snaps and had 33% of the touches (four carries and seven receptions). That’s the same role Dontrell Hilliard was having two weeks prior to Hunt’s return.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

Amari Cooper (WR – DAL) 
“As much as it pains me to say this, I would be willing to move on from Cooper right now. Coming off a huge game in Week 10, you can probably get a tremendous haul. Cooper has been banged up a little, but it doesn’t seem to have slowed him down. However, with matchups in Weeks 12 through 14 against three of the four teams allowing the fewest fantasy points against wide receivers, you may be playing for Cooper’s floor instead of his ceiling to end the season. If I could move him to upgrade my running back position and maybe get a toss in like D.J. Chark with Nick Foles coming back, it may allow for more upside heading into the playoffs.”
– Kyle Richardson (The Fantasy Headliners)

D.J. Chark (WR – JAC) 
“Chark is currently the WR12 in PPR leagues and I view him as more of a WR25-30 for the rest of the season. A lot of his scoring came in two massive games in Weeks 1 and 5, and he has 53 yards or fewer in four of his last six games. If you can move Chark and a solid RB2 like Mark Ingram or Le’Veon Bell for a top six-or-so running back or wide receiver, I’d be all over that.”
– Donald Gibson (FantasyPros)

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