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14 Players to Buy Low & Sell High (2022 Fantasy Football)

Sep 22, 2022

Winning the trade market is at least as important as nailing the draft. Aside from the waiver wire’s huge impact in the season’s first few weeks, trading is the best way to quickly improve your squad. Great buy-low moves can set you up for victory both in the short term and down the stretch. Solid sell-high deals can get you relatively big hauls for overachieving players who likely won’t sustain their production.

Let’s take a look at players to buy and sell this week. And be sure to check out our weekly trade value chart with updated values for all players.

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Players to Buy Low

Q. Which one player are you trying to buy low and why? Also, who are you willing to give up for him?

Javonte Williams (RB – DEN)
The box score suggests Melvin Gordon is a thorn in Javonte Williams’s side. Peeling back the orange, we see that Williams played 65% of the snaps and saw 6/6 snaps inside the 10-yard line in Week2. He is currently the RB14 in PPR leagues, but if he scores a touchdown in Week 1 instead of fumbling, he is the RB6. If you have Miles Sanders, try to package his volume-driven start for a stud RB1 in Williams.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

David Montgomery (RB – CHI)
After an awful Week 1 performance, averaging only 1.5 yards per rushing attempt, David Montgomery bounced back in Week 2. He averaged 8.1 yards per rushing attempt and scored 14.6 half-point PPR fantasy points despite not finding the end zone. More importantly, he played 80% of the snaps, out-snapping Khalil Herbert 33-8. The Chicago passing attack has struggled the first two games, meaning Montgomery could earn more work over the next few weeks. If you have Jeff Wilson, I would happily trade him away for Montgomery right now.
– Mike Fanelli (@Mike_NFL2)

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN)
Sutton is sitting at WR19 in PPR scoring through two weeks, having scored 3.9 less points than his expected points would indicate. You could say he’s underachieved, sure, but a more reasonable thought process would suggest that he has additional room to grow after looking good to start the season. On top of that, the offense has tons of room to grow and create additional opportunities for Sutton. There’s no doubt who the No. 1 wide receiver for this team is, but he may benefit even further from Jeudy’s rib injury. I would look to trade somebody like Rashod Bateman for Sutton. I like Bateman, but he’s leading the league with 27.8 yards per catch and will certainly see a dip in efficiency in the Ravens offense.
Chad Workman (@tweetsbychad)

Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
Johnson has been underwhelming so far, and the Steelers’ offense has not looked good. However, he’s in the top 10 in targets among wide receivers, and 31.4% of Trubisky’s passes have been intended for him. With that kind of volume, it’s only a matter of time before Johnson starts to produce, and he’s shown he can be a fantasy stud without a dominant QB the past few seasons with a declining Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him. Trade for him now before he starts scoring TDs and enjoy the consistent production.
– Scott Youngson (@jscottyoungson)

Garrett Wilson (WR – NYJ)
Right now, Garrett Wilson is a player on the cusp of a breakout. He had almost a 31% target share in Week 2 and has a target share over 26% so far this season. He is looking every bit the first-round WR we hoped he would be. The slight concern is what will happen when Zach Wilson comes back into this offense. However, looking at what the coaches are asking of Wilson, he is well on his way to being the star rookie wide receiver in 2022. I will be trying to get him now because I fear that in a few weeks, it might be too late. I would be looking to move someone like D.J. Moore or D.K Metcalf for Wilson right now for Wilson plus another piece.
– Adam “Murf” Murfet (@Murf_NFL)

CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
Plenty of fantasy managers were concerned with how CeeDee Lamb would perform without Dak Prescott. However, the target volume is still there with 26% and 34% target shares across the first two games, including being targeted 11 times in Week 2, when he caught seven passes for 75 yards. There is uncertainty about when Dak will return, but now is the ideal time to obtain a WR1 with a buy-low opportunity. When Dak does come back, he will have Michael Gallup back and enjoy the emergence of Noah Brown. Combine those factors with Lamb enjoying more open looks and take another step climbing the WR rankings as the schedule lightens up for the Cowboys toward the end of the season.
Dennis Sosic (Fantasy Six Pack)

J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL)
Some fantasy managers may be getting frustrated with the Ravens and the way they’ve been playing it safe with Dobbins thus far. However, the Ravens just had an ugly loss that saw them blow a huge fourth-quarter lead to the Dolphins, a game in which a good running back would have helped kill the clock in the fourth. I’d expect Dobbins to be back soon, so your buy window is shrinking, so I’d act quickly.
Geoff Lambert (@GeoffLambert77)

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Players to Sell High

Q. Which one player are you trying to sell high and why? Also, who are you willing to give up for him?

D.J. Moore (WR – CAR)
Trading Moore after he found paint in Week 2 should net you a reasonable return, and this might be one of the last chances to do so. Sure, he’s been as steady as they come over the last three seasons, but the Panthers look like a dumpster fire on offense, and Baker Mayfield isn’t going to magically turn it around. The upcoming schedule is brutal, with games against the Saints, 49ers, Rams and Bucs. It’s a bad week to trade for Amari Cooper, so you might have to set your sights on Jerry Jeudy, Tee Higgins or Diontae Johnson.
– Jason Kamlowsky (@JasonKamlowsky)

Curtis Samuel (WR – WAS)
The biggest surprise so far this season has arguably been Curtis Samuel. After barely playing last year, he is the WR9 in half-point PPR scoring, averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game this year. However, Samuel is still third on the team in snaps played with 121, as Jahan Dotson leads the way with 141 with Terry McLaurin right behind him at 135. Furthermore, the veteran struggled with injuries last season and has never finished higher than the WR25 in any year of his career. If you can swap Samuel for Dotson or DeAndre Hopkins, that’s a deal I would make. In his nine healthy games last year, Hopkins averaged 13.2 fantasy points per game, making him the WR9 over a 17-game pace in 2021.
– Mike Fanelli (@Mike_NFL2)

Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)
If you roster Ekeler, you must have drafted him early, but you can still do better. He’s RB13 as the second most targeted running back and although the target volume does provide a safe floor, the drastic change in his red zone usage no longer provides him with elite upside. Last season, he saw the second most redzone opportunities (carries + targets) with 61 and was tied for the second most rush attempts inside the five with 16. Through two weeks this season, he’s seen four opportunities in the redzone and zero inside the five. He accumulated 135.3 of his fantasy points from the redzone last season, the most of any player and good for nearly 40% of his total. Over 18% of his fantasy points came from inside the five, and those are now dust. I’d look to move him for Joe Mixon, Javonte Williams, Dalvin Cook or somebody like Fournette, plus an additional piece.
Chad Workman (@tweetsbychad)

Miles Sanders (RB – PHI)
Miles Sanders is very talented, and fantasy managers anticipate a breakout from him over and over again. It has yet to happen for any consistent duration. Either he gets hurt or becomes an afterthought in the offense. He’s in his fourth season now and has had back-to-back games with 10 or points (half-point ppr) only six times — including this season. The Eagles have had positive game scripts for Sanders all season, and that won’t always be the case. If you can find someone who thinks he’s a legit RB2 and will give you that kind of value in return, take the deal and don’t look back.
– Scott Youngson (@jscottyoungson)

Christian McCaffrey (RB – CAR)
2022 CMC is not what fantasy managers drafted. Nine targets and 25 rushing attempts in two games is not what fantasy managers signed up for when he was being taken as the first or second overall pick. Add into that some injury concerns already after the previous years, you now have a good time to sell before his value completely tanks. Carolina is 30th in plays per game, averaging just 52 plays from scrimmage per game. And, with Mayfield willing to find other targets, there just won’t be the volume for McCaffrey. If I could sell for someone like Derrick Henry, Najee Harris or Leonard Fournette, plus another piece like a WR, then I would be happy to part ways.
– Adam “Murf” Murfet (@Murf_NFL)

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
I am still not a believer in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Yes, CEH is currently the RB5 in fantasy points, but that is fool’s gold. The majority of his fantasy production came as a result of his two-touchdown performance in Week 1. However, he still only played 39% of snaps in Week 1 and has averaged only 11 touches per game through two games. The Chiefs’ offense also involves passing game back Jerrick McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco, who continue to see their snap counts and usage increase. If someone is willing to cough it up based on the first two weeks, I am running to hit accept and sell CEH at his peak value.
Dennis Sosic (Fantasy Six Pack)

Jahan Dotson (WR – WAS)
Dotson has been great so far this season, scoring three TDs through the first two weeks. However, his efficiency is not sustainable. He got those three TDs on a total of 10 targets, and with the weapons the Commanders have, I don’t see his target share increasing. With Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Logan Thomas, Antonio Gibson and JD Mckissic all demanding targets, Dotson will eventually see his TD production fall in line with his minimal target share. Sell while the iron’s hot.
Geoff Lambert (@GeoffLambert77)

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If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, be sure to check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup, based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant – that allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and by how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.

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