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

Nov 19, 2020

It is now the absolute last chance for you to upgrade your roster in an impactful way via the trade market. If you’re in the playoff picture, it’s crucial that you optimize your squad for domination throughout the fantasy postseason. You need to prioritize acquiring productive players who have great matchups from Weeks 14-16. At this point, the art of trading is more about fielding the best squad when it’s needed the most and less about “winning” the deal in the traditional sense. Ample opportunity and soft matchups now outweigh talent and strong past production.

Travis Fulgham is inconsistent, but appears to be locked into a starting role in Philadelphia and has a nice stretch against NO, ARI, and DAL during the fantasy playoffs. This is just one example of the type of player you should be targeting, but our featured analysts have more options for you below. Check out who their favorite last-minute, buy-low recommendations are along with who they’re looking to send away for maximum value.

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Expert Buy Low Sell High
Kevin Tompkins (Fighting Chance Fantasy) Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG) Ronald Jones (RB – TB)
Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros) Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
Kyle Yates (FantasyPros) Michael Thomas (WR – NO) Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
Dan Clasgens (Get Sports Info) Jared Goff (QB – LAR) Brandin Cooks (WR – HOU)
Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts) Jalen Reagor (WR – PHI) D.J. Moore (WR – CAR)

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?

Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG) 
“The New York Giants are currently on bye for Week 11, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still pry one of their ascending pass catchers for your stretch run. Shepard has been remarkably consistent since coming back from a turf toe injury early on in 2020. He’s posted four consecutive 10+ PPR-point outings and is averaging eight targets per game as well. The Giants’ upcoming schedule is beautiful after the bye with matchups on the road at Cincinnati and Seattle before returning home to host Arizona and Cleveland in what shapes up to be an optimal four-game stretch for the Giants’ pass catchers. Use Shepard’s lower perceived value to your advantage like others have done, trading away names such as Kalen Ballage, J.K. Dobbins, Nyheim Hines, and Hunter Henry.”
– Kevin Tompkins (Fighting Chance Fantasy)

Michael Thomas (WR – NO) 
There are fantasy managers out there that are done with Thomas. Some people may have spent a top-three pick on him in their draft and they waited with bated breath for his return from injury … only to have him finish as the WR55 and the WR70 each of the two weeks he’s been back in the lineup. However, Thomas now gets Jameis Winston behind center and he is not afraid to trust his receivers and lean on them. Winston and Brees aren’t on the same planet right now when it comes to arm strength, which could create some more opportunities for Thomas at all levels of the field. You can get MT pretty cheap right now and I’m willing to go acquire him if I’m a team that’s looking to make a deep playoff run. If you can sell someone like Adam Thielen right now, I’d make that move.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Jalen Reagor (WR – PHI) 
“I don’t know if he’s my ‘favorite’ buy candidate, but I love what’s on the horizon for Reagor. He and Travis Fulgham are clearly the future of that receiving corps. Despite Alston Jeffery’s return, Reagor played on a season-high 87% of the snaps. His upcoming opponents include the Browns, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Cowboys — the last two he faces during the fantasy playoffs. See if you can send one of your better flex players or a WR3 for Reagor.”
– Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts)

Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL) 
“If you’re looking like a playoff team, a trade for Jackson makes a ton of sense. From Weeks 11 through 16, he’ll play the Titans, Cowboys, Browns, Jaguars, and Giants. The lone bad matchup in those weeks is against the Steelers in Week 12, which is before the fantasy playoffs begin. Jackson is a prime buy-low quarterback. You can probably land him for some sort of WR3 like DeVante Parker right now.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Jared Goff (QB – LAR) 
“After being a huge disappointment last week, Goff has worked his way into the doghouse for many of his owners and in some cases was even dropped. However, he would make for a nice December addition to most fantasy squads. After a pair of tough games against the Bucs and 49ers, Goff gets to face-off versus the Cardinals, Jets, and Seahawks in three of his last four contests. Expect a big finish for the Rams’ signal-caller. Players I would give up are Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Ryan Tannehill, or Teddy Bridgewater.”
– Dan Clasgens (Get Sports Info)

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

Ronald Jones (RB – TB) 
“With an RB5 finish in Week 10 fresh on every fantasy football player’s mind, especially with that electric 98-yard touchdown run, Tampa Bay’s Ronald Jones is somebody I’m shipping off in multiple leagues where I have him. The fumbling issues for him are well-documented and it seems like each week we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop with head coach Bruce Arians looking to pull him at any sign of trouble. That’s not a feeling I want with an RB2, even if Jones is third in the NFL in rushing yards. His value could crater if Arians does decide to roll with Leonard Fournette, so now is the best time to ship him off. If you’re looking to trade for a pass catcher, you can trade Jones for names like Jerry Jeudy, Cooper Kupp, or Tyler Boyd.”
– Kevin Tompkins (Fighting Chance Fantasy)

Brandin Cooks (WR – HOU) 
“Cooks has been offering solid WR2 production over the last five weeks, but his best stretch of the season has likely already passed. The Texans have a brutal slate of games ahead with only one favorable matchup between now and the end of the fantasy season and that doesn’t come until Week 16 versus the Bengals. Before that, Houston faces New England this week, followed by matchups with the Lions, Bears, and Colts twice. Cooks is likely to still offer some production down the stretch, but his value is at its peak right now. Players I would try to get in return are Justin Jefferson, Mike Evans, Christian Kirk, or Michael Pittman.”
– Dan Clasgens (Get Sports Info)

Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN) 
“It pains me to say, but Cook is my choice. Look, this doesn’t mean sell him no matter what, but if you’re able to get a combination of Derrick Henry and a receiver like Tyler Boyd in exchange for Cook, you may want to consider it. The playoff schedule is brutal for him, as he’ll have to play the Bucs, Bears, and Saints run defenses in Weeks 14-16. Those are all bottom-five matchups for running backs, so while Cook will still have value, he won’t be the most valuable running back when it matters most.”
– Mike Tagliere (FantasyPros)

Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)
“Thielen’s coming off a huge game, but he’s been relatively quiet recently. This offense runs through Dalvin Cook and it now appears that it might be running through Justin Jefferson next. Thielen’s going to be a volatile fantasy asset week-in and week-out down the stretch here and it might be the right time to move off of him. If you can acquire someone like Michael Thomas, plus another mid-tier RB asset, I’d absolutely make that move right now.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR) 
“I hate to say this as a D.J. Moore stan … nonetheless, those in redraft leagues should consider shipping him to a WR-needy team. He’s coming off one of his best games of the season, but faces Green Bay and Washington in the fantasy playoffs and has largely been inconsistent in 2020. I’d look for someone like D’Andre Swift in exchange for Moore.”
– Zach Greubel (Gridiron Experts)

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