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

Oct 22, 2020

Mark Andrews is an elite TE who can be had for a discount at the moment

Most fantasy managers are at the halfway point to their league’s trade deadline. Time is slowly ticking away for you to make the big adjustments necessary to either take the title or get yourself back into contention. At this point, you know your team’s weekly floor and upside along with its strengths and weaknesses. However, making a deal work for you also requires that you have a full understanding of which players are currently experiencing a peak in their value and which underperforming athletes are set to “right the ship” thanks to a string of plus matchups or a change in their situation. Taking a chance on a stud who is currently out with an injury for a discount can pay dividends as well. Knowing who to target and send off is half the battle, so let’s look at who our featured analysts chose as their favorite buy-low and sell-high targets entering Week 7.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football) Mark Andrews (TE – BAL) Mike Evans (WR – TB)
Kyle Yates (FantasyPros) JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT) D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros) Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE) Le’Veon Bell (RB – KC)
Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts) Justin Jackson (RB – LAC) Will Fuller (WR – HOU)
Jeff Paur (RTSports) Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) James Robinson (RB – JAC)
John Halpin (Carolina Panthers Radio Network) D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE)
Ryan Noonan (FTN) Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS) Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)

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?

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL) 
“Once again the tight end position feels like a wasteland, but there are about five guys at the top (and you want one of them). Andrews is coming off his worst game this season and his fantasy manager could be willing to make a deal in a week when he or she can’t even play him anyway (the Ravens are on a bye). Andrews is the TE3 on the season who is tied for first in touchdowns at the position and Baltimore will continue to feature him in the second half of the season. If you can get him for a player like Odell Beckham or JuJu Smith-Schuster on name alone, I’d absolutely want Andrews for one of them. If that’s not enough, you might be able to deal a running back-needy manager someone like Myles Gaskin straight up for the tight end.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
“The hate for Smith-Schuster has gone too far. There are people that are simply outright cutting him in their leagues, which is just insane. This is one of the better receivers in the entire NFL, boasting a 1,400-receiving yard season under his belt, and is in one of the league’s most dynamic offenses. Yes, he might not have as high of a ceiling now with Chase Claypool‘s emergence, but he’s being valued right now as a WR4 or worse. If you can sell high on someone like Darius Slayton coming off a game where he scored, I’d recommend flipping him for Smith-Schuster.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE) 
“After the mediocre game in Week 5 and a disappointing performance in Week 6, you might be able to get Hunt cheaper than you should. Look, he’s not going to come cheap, but remember you’d be buying what might be the No. 1 fantasy running back over the next two weeks when Hunt plays the Bengals and the Raiders, two teams that have been obliterated by running backs. There will be no ‘buy-low’ window for him after Week 7. If you can land him for someone like Allen Robinson or Jonathan Taylor, you should.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Justin Jackson (RB – LAC) 
“There’s a chance he’s still on a few waiver wires, but I think Jackson is a trade target if he has already been scooped up in your league since his value is likely lower now than it will be in a couple weeks. In the Chargers’ first game without Austin Ekeler, Jackson out-snapped and outperformed Joshua Kelley, rushing for 71 yards on 15 carries and adding five receptions for another 23 yards. Coach Anthony Lynn said this week that Ekeler will be back ‘later than sooner’ from his hamstring injury, so there should be some runway for Jackson to literally run with the lead-back role. There are several potential blow-up spots on the Chargers’ upcoming schedule, including this week versus Jacksonville and Week 9 against Las Vegas. Coming off a bye week and with Ekeler’s eventual return holding down his perceived value, now is a great time to acquire Jackson. I’m wondering if you could get Jackson for your WR3/4, maybe even a recent hot add like Chase Claypool or Travis Fulgham.”
– Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS)
“I don’t know if McLaurin qualifies as a traditional ‘buy low,’ but F1 is about to take off. Over the past three weeks, he’s faced the Ravens’ loaded secondary, then was shadowed by two of the best cover corners in the league, Jalen Ramsey (Rams) and James Bradberry (Giants). From here on out, McLaurin faces the fifth-easiest schedule in terms of pass defense efficiency and explosive pass rate allowed and he’ll kick off his ascension into top-10 wide receiver status this week against Dallas. Give me McLaurin over the likes of A.J. Brown, Justin Jefferson, and the Panthers’ duo of Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore.”
– Ryan Noonan (FTN)

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) 
“A lot of Jackson owners are disappointed, seeing him ranked 12th overall at quarterback right now. I don’t see him continuing to have many down games going forward, though. His lack of fantasy production early in the year was mainly because he couldn’t find the end zone running the ball. He is picking it up on the ground, though, having rushing scores in two of his last three games. I would be willing to give up someone like Allen Robinson to get him.”
– Jeff Paur (RTSports)

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) 
“Moore is on pace for 72 catches with 1,264 yards and the touchdowns should come. I think his current owners probably feel disappointed and you might get him for a low-ceiling RB2 like David Montgomery or Kenyan Drake.”
– John Halpin (Carolina Panthers Radio Network)

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

Mike Evans (WR – TB) 
“If you look at the top WRs in half-PPR formats through six weeks, Evans is sitting there at WR15. He has double-digit fantasy points in all but two games this season and his six receiving touchdowns are second only to Adam Thielen. Of course, that doesn’t tell the whole story because Evans is on a 16-game pace of 61 catches for 750 yards and 16 touchdowns. That 16-touchdown pace isn’t happening and now that Godwin is fully healthy, I fear Evans will be more in the WR20-25 range for the rest of the season. I’d look to move him for a WR like Tyler Lockett or A.J. Brown if you can, but if you need a running back, maybe just check with the Clyde Edwards-Helaire manager in case they’re nervous about Le’Veon Bell now in Kansas City. If you can’t get CEH for Evans and need a running back, someone in the David Montgomery range seems reasonable.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

D’Andre Swift (RB – DET) 
“Swift’s value shot through the roof after his performance last week, but last time I checked, Matt Patricia is still the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Also, I still think Adrian Peterson is on the roster. With those two things in mind, Swift is never going to see the amount of work that will push him up into the top 15 any given week, which is where he’s being valued right now. The Lions had never run the ball more than 29 times in a game up until last week, where they totaled 39 total rush attempts. That’s unlikely to ever happen again this season with this defense and Swift still didn’t receive the majority of the carries. If you can sell high on Swift and upgrade at the position for someone like Ronald Jones, I’d suggest doing so quickly.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Le’Veon Bell (RB – KC)
“Everyone is flocking to Bell now that he’s with the high-scoring Chiefs offense, but this could be your opportunity to cash in and sell high. The Chiefs’ offensive line hasn’t been good this year, as Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been a top-10 running back in terms of broken tackles, yet still hasn’t lived up to expectations. Bell is not one for breaking many tackles, especially this late in his career. He will likely steal some of the passing-down work and get some carries, but it’s hard seeing him have more value than Edwards-Helaire. Is there an opportunity? Sure, but the way everyone’s talking about Bell, they think it’s a guarantee. Use Bell’s name value to move him. From what I’ve heard, some were able to get Edwards-Helaire for him.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE) 
“Beckham Jr. is WR16 for the season (half-point PPR) because of one huge game that saw him score a long rushing touchdown. He’s averaging just 53 receiving yards and fewer than four receptions per game. I’d try to package OBJ for an RB2 since his name outweighs his real value. RBs in the same season-long results range include Miles Sanders, James Conner, and Jonathan Taylor. Your sales pitch is that you’d be dealing a WR2 for an RB2. If that doesn’t work, someone like Myles Gaskin is an underrated option to target in exchange for OBJ.”
– John Halpin (Carolina Panthers Radio Network)

James Robinson (RB – JAC) 
“I would sell high on Robinson. He has fewer than 50 rushing yards in two straight games and in just three of his six games this year. He has next to no competition for carries, but I just think he has a limited ceiling in this offense. I think his value is as high as it gets right now, so I might sell high and try to get something of big value in return. Maybe try and get a tight end like Darren Waller since the position is so top-heavy this year.”
– Jeff Paur (RTSports)

Will Fuller (WR – HOU) 
“I like Fuller, but he is a great sell candidate for me right now. Fuller has been a WR1 thus far in 2020, with much of that success predicated on being healthy, something he has struggled with in his career as he’s missed at least five games in each of the previous three seasons. Couple that with the fact that Fuller is rumored to be among the players Houston is willing to trade ahead of the NFL deadline and there is significant risk that his fantasy value could take a major hit before the end of the season. I’d be looking to pair Fuller with another lower-level asset to target an elite fantasy receiver like DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas, or Davante Adams.”
– Jason Willan (Gridiron Experts)

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)
“No running back faces a more difficult schedule from Week 7-17 than Jacobs. The Raiders’ remaining opponents present the fourth-most difficult matchup in terms of rushing efficiency allowed, while giving up the lowest rate, by far, of explosive runs. I’d happily flip Jacobs for Colts rookie Jonathan Taylor, whose snap rate is ascending, as is his work on passing downs, and his remaining schedule is as good as it gets.”
– Ryan Noonan (FTN)

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