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

Oct 14, 2021

Injuries are decimating fantasy squads in every league at this point. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Russell Wilson are just a couple of the latest players to get sidelined by ailments this season. Considering that both athletes are looking at multi-week absences and are likely cornerstones for their fantasy teams, these are the types of injuries that force fantasy managers to get on the horn and make a deal. The bye weeks complicate things further with some fantasy managers trying to squeeze out as much production by shooting for players who have already had a bye in exchange for those who haven’t had a bye yet. Don’t get fooled by this tactic and if you’re bitten by the injury bug, try to stay measured and not give up too much for a healthy body.

No matter your record, knowing which players are prime trade candidates can help you solidify your status as a contender or boost your shot at a playoff berth in a couple months. Read on to see who our featured experts think you should trade for this week.

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Q1. Who is your favorite buy-low trade candidate at this point in the season and why? 

Javonte Williams (RB – DEN) 
“This may be the perfect time to go out and buy Williams. He is currently playing at least 40% of the snaps and splitting the carries with Melvin Gordon. I’d expect that to increase as the season goes on right now as the Broncos’ run game has a favorable schedule down the stretch. If you can take advantage of some guys like Leonard Fournette and James Conner, who are both producing right now, then you may be able to get Williams on the low.”
– Steven Pintado (The Fantasy Coaches)

“Now is the time to buy low on Javonte Williams. The Broncos have kept him in a timeshare with Melvin Gordon to start the year to no one’s surprise. The stats are close, but the eye test is clear, Williams is the more explosive back. As the season wears on, injury risk increases for Gordon (who has a track record in that regard). Talent typically wins out over time and the better talent right now in the Broncos’ backfield is Williams.”
– Joe Pisapia (FantasyPros)

Trey Lance (QB – SF) 
“The lack of enthusiasm for Lance has surprised me. His running ability makes him immediately valuable even though his passing skills are unrefined. Lamar Jackson was impactful when the Ravens finally inserted him as a starter in the final two months of his rookie season in 2018, and Jalen Hurts was QB6 in his four starts late last year. Neither Jackson nor Hurts were effective passers as rookies, but their production as runners more than made up for it. That’s what we’ll get with Lance this year, too, even if the 49ers briefly turn back to Jimmy Garoppolo to be their starter. Lance is cheap right now, so you might be able to get him for as little as a J.D. McKissic or a Cole Beasley in return.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

David Montgomery (RB – CHI) 
“When buying low, you have to look at what your leaguemate needs and their record. If they have a losing record, and you have a winning record, I would be targeting Montgomery. When he comes back after the Bears’ bye week, his schedule is very conducive to fantasy scoring (Ravens, Lions, Cardinals, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Giants). You could probably trade a flex or bench stash that your leaguemate may need right now to manufacture a win, like Devontae Booker, who’s fresh off the waiver wire, or Myles Gaskin, who just had a high scoring week.”
– Tal Malachovsky (The Fantasy Scout)

Michael Thomas (WR – NO) 
“If you’ve started the season off with a winning record and can afford to leave him on your IR or bench a couple more weeks, I’d recommend buying low on Thomas. We have seen him be THE WR1 before, and Jameis Winston has shown the potential to put up big numbers from his days in Tampa. If the Michael Thomas manager can’t afford to wait around any longer and is dealing with injuries/byes, you might be able to get him for a short term starting running back like Damien Williams or Darrel Williams. If the Thomas manager is struggling at the TE position and you have an injured George Kittle doing nothing on your bench while you’ve been starting Dawson Knox or Dalton Schultz, Kittle for Thomas would be a nice one-for-one deal.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

A.J. Brown (WR – TEN) 
“As of right now, I believe that the player that you can get dirt cheap off of another roster in your league is Brown. He has been a complete disappointment up to this point of the season for fantasy managers that had high hopes for him, but injury certainly has played a big role in that. However, fantasy managers are now starting to panic and if they have Brown on their team, there’s a good chance that they’re sitting with a record below .500 currently. I believe that you can trade away someone like Jakobi Meyers, Kadarius Toney, Tim Patrick, etc. for Brown and there’s a strong possibility that that deal gets done. Acquire him now before his price tag skyrockets after he has a big game.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Q2. Who is your favorite sell-high candidate at this point in the season and why? 

CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL) 
“Lamb is at the top of my list. This has nothing to do with the talent level of Lamb, but it has more to do with the surrounding situation. Dak Prescott is certainly not throwing nearly as much as we saw from him in 2020 and the target volume for Lamb has not been as high as we were all anticipating coming into the year as a result. Additionally, Lamb now has to worry about Michael Gallup coming back into the lineup shortly and he’s certainly an upgrade over Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson, who have been battling for that WR3 spot on this roster. With limited opportunities already, plus the fact that another talented WR is going to be added back into the mix, it’s hard to see how Lamb consistently returns high-end WR2 value. If you can flip him for an asset like Terry McLaurin or A.J. Brown plus a solid RB, that’s a move I’d definitely consider making.”
– Kyle Yates (FantasyPros)

Marquise Brown (WR – BAL) 
“Brown had five touchdowns on 28 receptions and is averaging 11.9 yards per target. There’s bound to be some regression ahead. Brown has thus far been able to thrive on 7.6 targets per game, but that modest target count could take a hit when first-round rookie WR Rashod Bateman rejoins the team in Week 6 after spending the early part of the season on IR. If you can spare Hollywood Brown and need RB help, try cashing him in for a low-end RB2 such as Josh Jacobs or Leonard Fournette.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (FantasyPros)

Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE) 
“I’m a big fan of Hunt, but sitting at RB4 seems a bit high for a backup running back. He is averaging about 14 touches per game and has scored in four of the first five games. Since Jarvis Landry went down, he sees more targets in the passing game, but eventually, Landry will be back in the fold. The Browns won’t sustain the heavy rushing scheme all season; eventually, the passing game will get going for them. I’d look to cash in big time and acquire a pairing like Darrell Henderson and Jaylen Waddle.”
– Steven Pintado (The Fantasy Coaches)

DeAndre Hopkins (WR – ARI) 
“Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league. He has one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Yet, I’d try to get rid of him after a high-scoring week. He’s been hit or miss because there are too many other receiving options on the team that are very skilled: A.J. Green, Rondale Moore, Christian Kirk, Chase Edmonds, and James Conner. All that is beside the fact that Kyler Murray could just run in a touchdown himself, bypassing all of his receiving options. You could get a decently high-value player with Hopkins because of his skills, namesake, and him being on a high-scoring team. Since wide receivers are easier to come by in free agency, I would target the scarcest position and get a running back like Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, or Darrell Henderson.”
– Tal Malachovsky (The Fantasy Scout)

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN) 
“Sutton has been solid in his return this year. However, despite being a top-30 WR in fantasy, he has only one TD. Also, Jerry Jeudy will be returning in the weeks ahead. That means target share will become more spread out away from Sutton. Now is a great time to sell Sutton off on strong overall stats because he lacks ‘week-winning’ upside, especially once Jeudy returns.”
– Joe Pisapia (FantasyPros)

Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL) 
“You’re not going to like this, but I think you could sell high on Pitts after he finally had his big breakout in London. Calvin Ridley wasn’t in the lineup for that game, and after the bye, you have to think the Falcons will be back to full strength with him and Russell Gage. I’m not saying Pitts will be bad the rest of the season, but rookie tight ends rarely produce at such a high level and someone in your league probably wants him … a lot. If you need a running back, I think you could get someone like D’Andre Swift for him. If it’s wide receiver help you need, you just might be able to deal Pitts for an underperforming DeAndre Hopkins.”
– Bart Wheeler (Hail to Fantasy Football)

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