Your buy low and sell high targets as the Fantasy trade deadline approaches
Trade vetoes: If you’re looking for a subject that is sure to get the ire of your fellow Fantasy owners, this is it. Personally, I don’t like playing in a league with any kind of trade vetoes. The only reason a trade should ever be overturned or vetoed is if collusion is involved. Other than that, Fantasy owners must be allowed to make their own mistakes. How else will they get better? Live and learn. Plus, I have been playing Fantasy since the late 80s. There have been plenty of trades in which I have thought, “WTF was that person thinking?” only to find out weeks or months later, that they ended winning the deal. It happens.
My other problem with trade vetoes is that Fantasy owners will veto a deal not because the deal is unfair, but because it hurts their chances of winning. It’s just human nature. Your chances go down, so you veto. Maybe you’re just upset that you couldn’t make that deal or maybe you just don’t like one of the other owners involved in the trade. It happens all the time.
I’ve been the commissioner of my football league since 1988. I’ve only vetoed two trades in 30 years, and both were obvious collusion attempts. The owners didn’t even put up much of a fight (one owner was banned for trying twice).
Have I shaken my head at trades? Of course. Have I talked to owners in a trade that I thought was lopsided to hear their side of the story? Yes, and in the end, I’ve let the trade go down as long as they have a legitimate explanation.
One rule you might want to instate in your league is that once a team is eliminated from playoff contention, they can no longer make trades. This will stop dumping, but this rule also goes out the window should you play in any kind of keeper or dynasty league. Assuming your trade deadline is this week, good luck in your wheeling and dealing.
In this column we will take a quick look at three players who are buy lows, three that are sell highs, three that you’d like to deal but can’t get equal value for, and three you should hold.
- Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers: Funchess is a tough WR to trust. He really doesn’t have the speed to get deep. His best asset is his wing span. Cam Newton doesn’t have to be perfect with his passes to get the ball to Funchess, but that’s not the reason I’m recommending him. It’s the Panthers’ remaining schedule: Sea, @TB, @Cle, NOS and ATL. That’s not exactly a murderer’s row of pass defenses.
- Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have lost two straight and Wentz had an awful game against the Saints on Sunday. His owner might be antsy to cut bait, but now may be the time to buy Wentz. The Eagles are only two games out of the division lead; their season is far from over. The Eagles’ secondary will force the team to get into shootouts and Wentz will have to throw and throw and throw to keep up.
- Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings: Cook has been one of the biggest draft busts so far this season, mainly due to injury. Sunday night in Chicago he ran into that buzz saw of a defense, but life is about to get better. The next few opponents for the Vikings are GB, NE, Sea, Mia and Det. There isn’t a strong run defense in the bunch.
- Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: The amount of hype LJax received Sunday was off the charts. I was actually asked if he should be started over Jared Goff. I mean, wow. He’s a RB learning to play QB in the NFL right now. If someone wants to believe he will be the next Cam Newton or Michael Vick, so be it, but right now he looks a whole lot like Tim Tebow.
- Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints: We have been waiting and waiting for the big game from Smith and that came Sunday versus the Eagles. Can he do it again? Possibly, but this could also be an aberration. The Saints have one of if not the best offenses in the NFL, but not every game is going to be a colossal blowout and Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram are likely to get fed first. This being said, I’m only dealing Smith if I get the price I want.
- Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles: Adams is the best RB on the roster for the Eagles and one would think would get the most carries from here on out. While that’s probably true, Doug Pederson’s history is that he believes in a RBBC, plus as much as we may like Adams, he’s not a Todd Gurley or Ezekiel Elliott type of back. Throw in that the Eagles will likely be forced to pass more than run thanks to a porous secondary and the time may be right to move Adams.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Finally, the Bucs have realized that Fitzpatrick just really isn’t all that good. The Bucs need to start Jameis Winston from here on out, as they need to find out if he is or isn’t their QB of the future. We have likely seen the last of Fitzpatrick unless Winston were to suffer an injury.
- Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have won two straight games and may actually have a share of first place should they defeat Washington on Thanksgiving. However, they seem to be doing this in spite of Prescott, not because of him. It’s not that he’s terrible, he just doesn’t seem to add much to the passing offense. Prescott does not attack the middle of the field with his passing. His throws are either to the sideline or within five yards of the LOS. Dak isn’t very good at anticipating receivers getting open in the secondary and when he does spot them, his deep ball accuracy is so-so at best. The schedule may be kind, but Dak still won’t be a Fantasy QB1. There just is no upside here.
- John Brown, Baltimore Ravens: It was fun to watch LJax on Sunday. He’s an incredible athlete, but as stated above, he has a long way to go to become a true NFL QB. If LJax remains as starting QB, this will kill the value of Brown and Michael Crabtree. There just won’t be many targets coming their way and the ones that do come, aren’t likely to be extremely accurate.
- Golden Tate, Philadelphia Eagles: The biggest Fantasy fear when a player is traded mid-season in the NFL is that it could take them some time to become a part of the offense. Tate only played 18 snaps against Dallas last week, despite having two weeks to prepare. Tate was a bigger part of the offense Sunday, but still nowhere near the player we loved in Detroit. You can’t trade him. You will just have to be patient and hope Tate and Wentz develop some chemistry sooner rather than later.
- Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks: It’s been a long and trying season for Baldwin and his owners, but life is starting to look better. Baldwin was targeted several times in the end zone against the Packers last Thursday.
- Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: All the best to Alex Smith and the devastating injury he suffered Sunday. As for Fantasy, maybe this isn’t the worst thing for Reed. He wasn’t clicking with Smith but immediately caught a TD from Colt McCoy, who will probably start for the rest of the season. It’s not like life can get any worse.