Fantasy Football Buy/Sell Picks (Week 4)
Whether you’re buying or selling, here’s a list of players to consider making a move on before it’s too late.
Players to Buy
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
Wait, buy Mixon? You mean the guy who has 157 total yards without a touchdown through three games? Yep. He’s a three-down back who was a similar buy-low early last year, only to finish as a top-eight running back over the second half of the season. As teams start to respect Joe Burrow through the air, lanes will open for Mixon. If you’re able to flip someone like James Robinson for Mixon, I’d consider that a phenomenal buy-low.
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC)
Not only did Chark start the year out slow, he missed Week 3, and now has his managers in a panic. Not only are they concerned with him, but they’re now concerned with his quarterback who looked horrible on Thursday night. This is where you step in and make a low-ball offer. Part of the reason Minshew looked poor was due to not having Chark in the lineup, as well as missing his starting center. Chark should deliver low-end WR2 numbers the rest of the season but can likely be had for WR3/4 prices.
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
Judging from the questions I received from a lot of Johnson managers last week, they still weren’t convinced Johnson was a must-start. Now, after a two-target, zero-reception performance, they’re surely going to be questioning him, though it wasn’t his fault, as he suffered a concussion. He should have time to get through the protocol and be ready for next week’s matchup. Reach out to see what it would take to acquire what might be the Steelers No. 1 receiver.
Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR)
Some may be thinking it’s time to sell on Henderson with the pending return of Cam Akers, but if you’ve watched the last two weeks, Henderson has been the best running back on the team, and it hasn’t even been close. He’s running with purpose and has done well in two less-than-ideal matchups. If he continues to hold onto this job, he’s going to help win fantasy titles.
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG)
The bad news is that Slayton finished with just three catches for 53 yards. The good news is that it allows you to swoop in and buy him cheaper than he should be. He was targeted a team-high seven times, and the matchups will get better as the weeks go on. With Sterling Shepard out maybe a month, Slayton is the clear-cut top receiver for the Giants.
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN)
No one wants to play Tannehill. It’s really odd if you ask me. Since he took over in Week 7 last year, he’s posted 282.9 fantasy points. That’s now over a span of 13 games, almost a full season. Do you know how many quarterbacks have posted more points in that span? Four of them. Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Ryan Fitzpatrick (I’m not kidding), and Dak Prescott. He might be coming off a bad game, but he’s also going to be getting his No. 1 receiver back very soon.
Players to Sell
James Robinson (RB – JAC)
Last week, I had Robinson in the “buy” column because not many realized what they had. This week, however, I’m suggesting you field offers for him. I’ve heard some suggest he’s a rock-solid RB2 for the remainder of the season, though I’m not completely sold on that. He hasn’t had to share any of the workload with both Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo out of the lineup. That will change, and while Robinson should still be the lead back, he’s not going to be worth more than he is right now. Great performances on national television performances will get you great return in trades.
Todd Gurley (RB – ATL)
Take advantage of Gurley’s touchdown in Week 3 and sell high. I’m not sure he’s the best running back on his team at this point, and that’s not even saying much, as Brian Hill isn’t uber-talented or anything. He’s only getting what’s blocked and isn’t contributing in the passing game. He’s nothing more than a touchdown-dependent low-end RB2/high-end RB3.
Deebo Samuel (WR – SF)
You should be using the rumors to your advantage if you’ve been holding onto Samuel. There have been whispers that he’s expected to return in Week 5, which is odd to say the least. If they know he won’t be ready in Week 4, then they can’t say with any certainty that he’ll be out there in Week 5. On top of that, receivers coming off foot surgeries in the same calendar year almost always end in disappointment.
Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB – SF)
I was a proponent of snagging Wilson off the wire last week and said he could have more value than Jerick McKinnon. While that turned out to be true in Week 3, it’s a bit misleading. He didn’t get much playing time until the game was well out of reach, which is when both of his touchdowns took place. If you can cash in right now, maybe adding him in with someone else as a 2-for-1 trade, you should explore those possibilities.
Rex Burkhead (RB – NE)
Some may be rolling their eyes thinking, “How am I going to sell high on Burkhead?” The same reason that fantasy managers unloaded their budget on Malcolm Brown, Nyheim Hines, and Dion Lewis. They crave those running backs, and Burkhead just had one of the best running back performances of 2020. It’s not going to continue, as James White is likely to be back next week. Unload him while you can.
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