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

Oct 1, 2020

Joe Mixon may be poised for a second-half rebound, making him a strong buy-low candidate

Once the waiver wire dries up, trading is the only way to bolster your team’s ceiling. As we approach the season’s quarter mark, there’s no better time than now to make a deal. You can sell one of your overachievers to upgrade your season-long outlook after benefitting from three weeks of positive ROI. The three-week sample size is also large enough to determine which buy-low targets have ample opportunity to produce and just haven’t stepped up yet. With all the notable injuries we’ve seen, fantasy managers are rushing to fill the holes in their roster, so it’s time for the savviest fake football GMs to capitalize!

Our featured experts have already put in the legwork in identifying which athletes are the top trade candidates heading into Week 4. Without further ado, here’s who you should be looking to buy low and sell high.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed) Joe Mixon (RB – CIN) Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR)
Jacob Gibbs (SportsLine) D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR)
Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros) Joe Mixon (RB – CIN) Todd Gurley (RB – ATL)
Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football) Marquise Brown (WR – BAL) Allen Lazard (WR – GB)
Kyle Yates (FantasyPros) Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI) James Robinson (RB – JAC)

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?

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN) 
“We drafted Mixon as an RB1 and so far he has not lived up to that draft capital. He currently sits as the RB38 in half-PPR leagues and those that roster him might be getting a little on edge. Granted, Giovani Bernard’s usage is frustrating, but this would be a good time to make the Mixon GM an offer. Joe Burrow is looking better each week and defenses are going to have to respect the passing game more. We also can’t forget what happened last season when Mixon was the RB32 through the first eight weeks of the season, only to finish in the top five the rest of the way. Getting a player that sees 20+ touches a game is always a good thing and you could probably get him for a WR2/lower-end RB package, such as Cooper Kupp and Myles Gaskin.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

“There’s panic through the fantasy world when it comes to Joe Mixon, which is something similar to what happened in 2019 when he was the RB34 through the first seven weeks of the season. Did you know he only had one touchdown through those seven games? Well, for the remainder of the season, he was the RB5 in fantasy and scored six touchdowns in the last nine games. As Joe Burrow continues to improve and force defenses to be honest, Mixon will get better. If you can get him in a trade for someone like James Robinson or Kareem Hunt, you really should. I’ve seen people get him for less.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) 
“It has been a disappointing start for Moore, but the volume is there for him. His 25.5 percent target share and 49 percent air yard share are both above his marks for 2019. The problem is that not many of those targets have been catchable. Teddy Bridgewater’s catchable target rate is down from 88 percent when targeting other receivers to 62 percent when targeting Moore. I’d be fine trading away any of Keenan Allen, Cooper Kupp, or Odell Beckham for Moore.”
– Jacob Gibbs (SportsLine)

Marquise Brown (WR – BAL) 
“After losing in a big way on Monday Night Football, I’m trying to buy low on multiple Ravens if I can, but my favorite has to be Brown. If you watched that game, things could’ve been a lot different for Brown if Lamar Jackson hits him on even just one of the two deep balls he missed him on. The Hollywood Brown owner may not care that he has seen six targets in each game this season and only sees the low production through three weeks. I’d recommend trying to trade someone like A.J. Green or T.Y. Hilton for Brown because his manager may perceive those names as safer options. I’d much rather have a big-time playmaker in Brown who will start going off in games that aren’t against the Chiefs.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI)
“Drake has to be my answer here before he faces off against the Carolina Panthers defense. Fantasy managers are panicking over Drake and this is a “get right” game for him. If you can take somebody like a David Montgomery and flip him for Drake at this point, I would make that deal.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

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

Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR) 
“The Rams rank 30th in situation neutral pass rate. They want to control games on the ground and they should have no problem doing so as 13-point favorites against the Giants. Higbee is being used as a blocker more every week and he ran just 16 routes on 50 snaps in Week 3. On the year, Higbee ranks 30th among tight ends in routes run and 22nd in targets. He has just three red zone targets, but he’s scored on all three. That’s impossibly unsustainable production. Give me Hunter Henry, Noah Fant, Hayden Hurst, Jonnu Smith, Mike Gesicki, and T.J. Hockenson over Higbee from this point on.”
– Jacob Gibbs (SportsLine)

Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR) 
“Coming off of two good games would be a good time to sell Henderson. While it could be possible that he produces enough to continue seeing the majority of touches in the Rams’ backfield, his success has been with second-round rookie Cam Akers being sidelined with an injury. Even with Henderson being efficient with his 21 touches in Week 3, Malcolm Brown was still on the field for 50% of the snaps and things could get even more complicated when Akers comes back. Find that team desperate for running backs and target a wide receiver that hasn’t lived up to his hype yet such as someone in the mold of D.J. Moore or DeVante Parker.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

Allen Lazard (WR – GB) 
“I have way more players as buy-low candidates than I do for sell-high, but I’d try to capitalize on Lazard’s big performance against the Saints if you can flip him for someone like Will Fuller or even D.J. Chark. If those names are out of reach, a less exciting name like Jamison Crowder would be a fine trade target for Lazard. While I see his Week 3 performance as an outlier with Davante Adams sidelined, some may look at Lazard as the clear No. 2 option for Rodgers and a guy who could have WR2 numbers all year. I’ll be shocked if that wasn’t his biggest game of the year, and Adams will likely be back this week against the Falcons. I think your sell-high window is extremely small for Lazard, so see what you can get for him this week before the Packers hit their Week 5 bye.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

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 or high-end RB3. Maybe you’re able to put something together to get a player like Joe Mixon or Kenyan Drake, who are both buy lows. I’d be willing to lose Gurley for even James Robinson.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

James Robinson (RB – JAC)
“Robinson would be very difficult to let go off my fantasy team right now, but there are people panicking on Joe Mixon and Kenyan Drake and I think you can easily flip Robinson for either of them. It’s hard to ignore what Robinson’s doing on the field, but those two backs are too involved in their respective offenses and are clearly better talents to not sell Robinson high for…”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

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