Fantasy Football Buy/Sell/Hold Picks (Week 7)
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
Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE)
After the 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.
Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN)
He took a backseat to A.J. Green and Tee Higgins last week, which is fine, as it allows you an opportunity to slide in and buy Boyd at WR3 (and maybe even cheaper) prices. Looking ahead at his schedule, he’ll play the Browns and Titans before his bye in Week 9, which are both plus matchups. Looking ahead even further, he’ll play the Cowboys, Steelers (weakest in the slot), and Texans in the fantasy playoffs. He’s a borderline top-20 receiver for the rest of the season.
Mark Andrews (TE – BAL)
These are the moments you have to capitalize on as a fantasy player. Many were expecting a smash performance out of Andrews considering the matchup with the Eagles, who’d been extremely generous to tight ends coming into that game. Andrews has been extremely hit-or-miss and that can be frustrating to some fantasy managers. Try to take advantage of that because if you’ve been trying to stream tight ends, you know just how hard this year has been for the non-elite tight ends. With Andrews, at least you get top-three potential every single week.
D.J. Chark (WR – JAC)
I promise there are some fantasy managers out there who are contemplating dropping Chark. You need to find out if one of them are in your league. Chark has dealt with a few injuries over the first quarter of the season, but after seeing 14 targets against the Lions, we can feel good about his health. He’s still the No. 1 option for a team that’s going to be playing from behind in 90 percent of their games.
Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN)
Tannehill has now started 15 games in a Titans uniform. How many of those games do you think have netted 17.9 or more fantasy points? 13 of them. He’s been so consistent despite hitting 40 pass attempts just twice in that entire stretch. With the way Derrick Henry runs, it’s not like teams can focus their defensive gameplan on slowing Tannehill down. He’s a low-end QB1 for the remainder of the season.
Players to Sell
James Robinson (RB – JAC)
We may have passed that period where Robinson appeared to be much better than average. Over the last two weeks, in two phenomenal matchups against the Texans and Lions, he’s turned 25 carries into just 77 yards. Fortunately, he caught a touchdown last week to salvage his fantasy day, and maybe provide you with an opportunity to sell. You shouldn’t give him away considering how hard it is to find a running back who’s guaranteed 15-plus touches per game, but maybe include him in a package to upgrade at the position.
Le’Veon Bell (RB – KC)
Everyone is flocking to Bell now that he’s with the high-scoring Cheifs 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.
D’Andre Swift (RB – DET)
There will be a lot of people who think, “Hey, the Lions finally realized what they have in Swift during their bye week!” I said that would be a possibility last week, but I’m using this as an opportunity to sell high. Do you know how many touches the Lions running backs had last week? 38 of them. Swift saw 17 of them, or 44.7 percent. Do you know how many touches this Lions backfield averaged coming into this game? 26.5 of them. Applying Week 6’s touch share, Swift would project for 11.9 touches per game, which isn’t a whole lot. He’s fine as an RB3/flex option but if you can find someone to buy him off his big game for RB2 value, you should consider it.
Darius Slayton (WR – NYG)
He’s coming off two solid performances, but this is your time to sell, as Sterling Shepard will return to the lineup soon. That’s going to lower the target floor that Slayton has enjoyed over the last month, which has made him playable in fantasy. He’ll have some big performances here and there, but predicting when they’ll happen will be a nightmare.
Travis Fulgham (WR – PHI)
I know, I know. He’s now produced in two straight matchups that have been tough. He’s also seen 23 targets in those two games, something that’s highly unlikely to happen again with DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jalen Reagor due to come back to the lineup over the next few weeks. If you wait until they come back, it’ll be too late, so take advantage of this opportunity to sell high on the surprising performer.
Player to Hold
Ronald Jones (RB – TB)
Some might be thinking “it’s time to sell Jones before he screws up and gets benched again.” WIth the way he’s played over the last month, he’s earned himself a much longer leash going forward. Meanwhile, the best attribute a running back can have is availability, which is something Leonard Fournette has not been. With the lack of true workhorses in the NFL right now, Jones should be considered a somewhat stable RB2 right now.
Chase Claypool (WR – PIT)
Some might be thinking that this would be a good time to cash in on Claypool, and I would’ve been one of them last week because there were certainly playing-time concerns, as he was splitting snaps with James Washington as the No. 3 receiver. But after he’s performed at a high level in back-to-back games, he’s earned more playing time, even when Diontae Johnson comes back into the lineup. It’s up to the Steelers to figure out how to use him, and if the last few weeks are any indication, they know what to do.
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