Your Prime Buy Low and Sell High Targets for Week 10
The trade deadline in your league is likely coming up within the next two weeks. My favorite type of format is some kind of keeper or dynasty league. I just enjoy the extra levels of strategy it imposes, especially at the trade deadline, because in these leagues you can usually deal next year’s draft picks. The big question then becomes, how do you go about trading those picks? Well, assuming your league is not brand new, you should have a history. You should be able to look up what draft picks were traded in prior seasons and the players they were traded for. This will give you an idea of what kind of pick you will have to give up. You will also need to figure out, is it a seller’s or a buyer’s market? The easy way to do this is just to look at the standings and figure out who is likely to trade in, who is likely to trade out, and who will probably stand pat. If there are more sellers than buyers, than the draft pick price should be lower and vice versa.
Remember, if you do believe there are more buyers than sellers, it’s best to strike early, even if you have to pay a premium price. As long as you truly believe a trade will put you over the top, then go for it. When it comes to making draft pick trades there is a saying that goes through my head. “Worry about this year, this year, and next year, next year.” I want to win now. I’ll figure out how to compete next season, next season and is there really that much of a difference in giving up a 2nd round pick instead of a 3rd? Not if that bump up in round gets you first place. One last piece of advice: When giving up draft picks, don’t forget to ask for picks in return. At the very least you should be able to get their last pick(s) as they won’t need them anyway due to the extra picks they received in the trade with you.
In this column we will take a quick look at three players who are buy lows, three that are sell highs, two that you’d like to deal but can’t get equal or much value for, and three you should hold.
- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes, the Bucs are a dumpster fire. They don’t know who their franchise quarterback is. They don’t even know who their coach is, as one has to believe Dirk Koetter is as good as gone. Evans only had one catch on 10 targets Sunday. You might be able to get him cheaply from an owner who just wants to divest themselves from his situation.
- Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: Even though Andrew Luck seems to be throwing TD pass after TD pass, Hilton has only 14 receptions in his last four games. Well Hilton has been bothered by a hamstring injury. Hopefully the bye week will have allowed him to completely recover from that injury and he will go back to being the dynamic player we have come to expect. Jack Doyle should also be on this list.
- Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars: This may be your last chance to buy low on Fournette. He has missed five of the past six games due to a hamstring injury, but it finally looks like he has recovered and will play in Week 10. Fournette is practiced in full Monday and his price is only going to get higher as the days go by.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Fitzpatrick is not a good starting NFL QB, but he is a very good backup. Fantasy wise, he is a very good starting QB in his system. The problem is the Bucs will have to go back to Jameis Winston eventually. With another loss or two, the season will be lost and the only thing that will be left to determine is the fate of the head coach and Winston. The final judgment may already be in on Koetter, but the Bucs will need to know if they should pick up the $20-plus million owed on Winston’s contract next season.
- Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers: Williams would seem to be hot with four touchdowns in his last three games, but in those contests, he only has five other receptions and seven other targets. On the year he only has more than three receptions in a game once (4) and no more than five targets in a game. Once those TDs dry up, so does his Fantasy value.
- Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears: What I just wrote about Williams can also be written about Howard. Yes, he has four TDs in his las three games but has done little else since Week 1. Howard has only rushed for 70-plus yards once and seems to have ceded a lot of work to Tarik Cohen. Once again, it’s hard to rely on TDs week in and week out.
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- Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings: It may have been in a limited role, but Dalvin Cook returned Sunday and had a solid game with 89 yards rushing and four receptions for 20 yards. The Vikings are on bye this week and Cook should be back as the starting RB in Week 11. As well as Murray played, his days as the starting QB in Minnesota are over.
- Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints: Ingram had a great outing in his first game back from suspension, but that does just seem to be because coach Sean Peyton wanted to make a statement and force defenses to account for him. Ingram is still a useful Fantasy RB, but you’re not going to get the return for him that you would’ve several week ago. This is Alvin Kamara’s team.
- Isaiah Crowell, New York Jets: The Jets offense is a bit of a mess and the run game hasn’t done much over the past three games. Still, all RBs who get quality work have value and Crowell is still the starting RB here even though the Jets activated Elijah McGuire prior to Sunday’s game. Maybe you don’t want to start Crowell this Sunday, but you’re not releasing him either.
- Sony Michel, New England Patriots: Michel may be annoying Fantasy owners. He never seems to be healthy and yeah, it’s frustrating. Still, this is a player who could return to the lineup next week and could lead you to a Fantasy championship. The Patriots run game looks good even without Michel as James White and Cordarrelle Patterson have been successful carrying the rock, but neither is as talented as Michel. Try and be patient here.
- Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers: Jones had a key fumble Sunday night that could cause him to lose some touches to Jamaal Williams once again. Jones is the better back and just seemed to get the starting job, so let’s hope head coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t punish Jones for that fumble. The Packers, especially after the trades they made last week, look like they’re playing for the future, so getting Jones back in there would be the prudent thing to do.