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

Oct 29, 2020

It may be wise to sell high on a touchdown-dependent RB like Todd Gurley

We’ve now gone through half of the fantasy season. As such, season-long impact players are nearly impossible to find on waivers at this point. This means that if you need high-performance players who can fill in for your injured athletes or make an impact during the byes, trades are your best bet. At this point, you should understand what your squad lacks and where it is robust. Selling high on players at your strong positions to buy low on guys who can shore up your weaknesses is the best way to improve the strength and versatility of your roster, but it’s not easy to determine which athletes are optimal buy-low and sell-high options. That’s why our featured analysts are here again to give you the scoop on this week’s top trade candidates!

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy) Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) Todd Gurley (RB – ATL)
Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl) J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL) Todd Gurley (RB – ATL)
Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed) Josh Jacobs (RB – LV) Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL)
Kyle Yates (FantasyPros) David Montgomery (RB – CHI) Antonio Brown (WR – TB)
Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros) Latavius Murray (RB – NO) Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL)


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?

Keenan Allen (WR – LAC) 
“I believe that you can still try and buy low on Allen. I mean, besides his 22.5 points last week and the 30.2 in Week 3, he hasn’t gone over 16 points in four games. He is a target engine for QB Justin Herbert. ‘AIRbert’ and Allen have developed great chemistry and Allen has averaged 13.25 targets, 9.5 receptions, 103.75 yards, and 0.25 touchdowns in four full games with the rookie quarterback. He is a top-eight WR for the rest of the season. I am willing to give away RBs like Joe Mixon, Chris Carson, Josh Jacobs, or a TE like Mark Andrews.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL) 
“Rookies have been popping all around the league, but second-round Ravens pick J.K. Dobbins has been mired in a value-killing timeshare. Baltimore ranks 27th in yardage and 19th in yards per play, so it’s not hard to see Dobbins being granted a larger role in an effort to shake this underachieving offense out of its slumber. With 30-year-old Mark Ingram iffy due to an ankle injury, Dobbins could get double-digit carries for the first time this season when the Ravens face the Steelers this weekend, and if he can make hay against the best run defense in the league, an expanded role is inevitable. With his combination of vision, power, acceleration, and balance, Dobbins is too talented to be a mere cog in a three-man committee. If you have a good QB or TE riding your bench, or if you grabbed Antonio Brown and have the good sense to sell while expectations are unrealistic, reach out to the manager who has Dobbins.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

David Montgomery (RB – CHI) 
“Montgomery isn’t exactly someone that fantasy managers are clamoring to have on their team. However, there are only nine other players in the NFL that have more total touches than Montgomery. With all the injuries right now to RBs, the volume is simply too good to pass up on. Since Tarik Cohen’s season-ending injury, Montgomery is the RB16 in all of fantasy football. It doesn’t feel pretty if you watch the games, but he’s producing for your lineup as a steady RB2. If you have WR depth and wanted to send away someone like D.J. Moore for Montgomery, I think that deal would get done. You might be even able to get Montgomery plus another depth piece.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV)
“Things just haven’t been the same since Allen’s three-touchdown explosion in Week 1, and in fact, 63% of his total fantasy production is the product of just two performances (Weeks 1 & 5). Looking ahead, the Raiders have a decent schedule coming up, at least one that shouldn’t be an issue for a running back as talented as him. I’m willing to buy low on Jacobs with the hope that Jon Gruden stops playing around with Jalen Richard and Devontae Booker being used as much as they are. However, since we have no idea what is going through the minds of these head coaches, I’m only willing to buy Jacobs for a couple depth pieces or players involved in their own backfield headache, such as Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, Darrell Henderson, Justin Jackson, etc.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

Latavius Murray (RB – NO) 
“Murray is the type of player who can win fantasy championships. If you trade for him now, you’re trading for a player who can be plugged in as a flex option most weeks. Even if you’re expected to pay RB3 prices, that’s fine. We know he’ll be around that value with Kamara in the lineup, but if Kamara were to miss any time, Murray would likely be considered a top-three play every week. There are two values with him and most don’t understand the value he should carry. The best part is that you can likely get him for someone like Devin Singletary, who has no upside.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

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

Todd Gurley (RB – ATL) 
“37.80% of Gurley’s fantasy points this season have come through scoring touchdowns. This percentage is unsustainable. Last week he scored twice, had a season-high 25 touches, but a disappointing 82 total yards. He has scored seven touchdowns in seven games and he has the second-most carries (122). However, if we erase his best game by far this season against the Panthers, Gurley is averaging 3.55 yards per carry. If you can sell high on the RB60 in fantasy points per opportunity, do it now. You should try to get Terry McLaurin, Will Fuller, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jonathan Taylor, or even Miles Sanders.”
– Mauricio Gutierrez (Estadio Fantasy)

Todd Gurley’s rushing efficiency is replacement-level, he’s barely involved in the Atlanta passing game, and his left knee is the ticking briefcase in an old spy movie. Yet Gurley ranks RB6 in fantasy scoring because he’s fallen into the end zone seven times in seven games. Get out while the gettin’s good. High-volume RBs are always in demand. Cash out now for a stud WR like Kenny Golladay, Terry McLaurin, or Keenan Allen.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL) 
“You certainly aren’t selling high based on Elliott’s production the past two games, but he is still the RB4 on the season and carries an enormous name value. The entire situation is a mess in Dallas and they’ll be starting Ben DiNucci this week on top of a depleted offensive line. Elliott currently leads all running backs in fumbles and drops, and Tony Pollard is getting a lot more run with the offense lately because of that. If you were thinking of trading Elliott, do it now before he faces two of the top defensive lines the next couple of weeks. You would need to find that trade partner in your league that will bite on the Elliott name brand and get a WR/RB package such as Keenan Allen/Miles Gaskin or Robert Woods/Ronald Jones.”
– Rich Piazza (Fantasy Shed)

“There are going to be some who view this as a buy-low window for Ezekiel Elliott. I’m not one of them. The offense is struggling to put points on the board, and it doesn’t appear there’s an end in sight, as the offensive line lost stud left tackle Tyron Smith a few weeks back and then lost Zach Martin to a concussion. While we expect Martin to return, this team is in complete disarray and Elliott might be able to get you a much bigger return than he’s worth based on name-brand value. If you can get Kareem Hunt for him prior to this week’s game, I’d do it.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Antonio Brown (WR – TB)
“Brown’s value right now is all over the place, so you might not be able to trade him away for much in your league … or you might be able to get Michael Thomas for AB, like I’ve seen in a couple of places. If people are buying back into the hype on AB, I’d be looking to sell him for a proven WR1 or WR2 option. He could have some big games, but this is a crowded offense still and if you’re selling him for someone like Adam Thielen, I’d make that move in a heartbeat.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

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