Buy Low, Sell High: Week 10
We’ve reached the point of the season where it is time to take action. You’ve been working all season to accumulated depth on your rosters and it is time to cash in. Moving players in 2-for-1 deals or trading assets for players with better playoff matchups is what its all about come playoff time.
At Gridiron Experts our “Buy Low, Sell High” column will allow you to make educated decisions, whatever situation your team is currently in. These are players I am buying and selling as we close in on many league’s trade deadlines. I also suggest checking out our Fantasy Trade Advice column (coming soon) as well.
Buy Low: Demaryius Thomas
If there is an elite WR option out there you can safely say is due, his name is Demaryius Thomas. He has just one touchdown so far on the year but is still on pace for a ridiculous 182 targets this season. Thomas will continue to do the majority of his work after the catch for this Broncos offense as he faces a cupcake schedule down the stretch including KC, CHI, NE, and PIT. Big games are coming and this may be your last chance to buy low.
Buy Low: Tevin Coleman
Your weekly reminder to buy low on Tevin Coleman. He is strictly a handcuff as he played just 4 snaps in Week 9 behind Devonta Freeman. This is the time of the year you are looking for viable options on the waiver wire to fill out your bench and the ATL schedule is great for running backs facing CAR twice and JAX in the fantasy playoffs. If Freeman goes down Coleman is a league winner this year and should not be on any waiver wires. You should be able to acquire him for relatively cheap. I want upside on my bench, I would rather use the waiver wire to fill out a WR3 spot if need be and hold onto a player with elite RB1 potential an injury away.
Buy Low: Latavius Murray
Coach Del Rio confirmed that Murray is indeed undergoing the leagues concussion protocol and in the past this has caused him to miss time. His last concussion occurred last year in a breakout performance but he only missed one game. If you can afford to sit on Murray a week or two he could have great value for fantasy teams down the stretch. Look for an owner who is in dire need of wins and you may be able to get him at a discount. Murray will face Denver, Green Bay, and the leagues worst rush defense San Diego in Week 16. He could be this year’s championship hammer in an offense that is firing on all cylinders as of late.
Buy Low: Mark Ingram
Don’t kid yourself. Mark Ingram’s near 100 total yards is his floor down the stretch. If his owner is not treating him as a top-5 option the rest of the way, pounce. Ingram failed to convert on both of his goal-line carries and also had a touchdown stolen by Drew Brees against the Titans. With Khiry Robinson on IR, Ingram is the clear lead back in a very productive offense.
CJ Spiller played just six snaps in Week 9 so Ingram will continue to retain value in the passing game as well as faces DET and JAX in Week 15 and 16 this year. He will be one of, if not the, most valuable backs in fantasy come fantasy playoff time.
Sell High: Julio Jones
He will continue to be the centerpiece of this offense along with Devonta Freeman and I am not worried about volume. He is on a ridiculous pace this season and should be treated as an elite option. I’m terrified of his matchup with Josh Norman in Week 14 and 16. Terrified enough that I am looking to move Julio for another Elite WR if I can. If you can move him for Hopkins, Brown, Beckham, or Jeffery I am absolutely pulling the trigger. It only takes one dud for your season to be over and Norman has shut down some of the best WR in the game this year on a consistent basis. I realize it is a new offensive coordinator but Norman held Julio to stat lines of 6-59-0 and 4-58-0 last season. It would be bad process to not at least consider selling high.
Sell High: Marcus Mariota
His return has a lot of people very excited but the reality is there are not a lot of consistent weapons for Marcus Mariota in the Titans offense. He has truly only had two games all season you can be really excited about and he doesn’t get to play the Tampa Bay and New Orleans every week. He still will face CAR, NYJ, and NE this year and I don’t see any of those matchups going well in some of the most important weeks for your fantasy team all year. He has shown he can be dangerous when given time but this offensive line has given up at least one sack in every game this season.
Sell High: Demarco Murray
His touches and snaps are trending up but Ryan Mathews is still the more effective running back in this system. Mathews will be a threat week-to-week to vulture touchdowns and that type of volatility is not something I look for with fantasy playoffs looming. The Eagles face both Arizona and Washington in the fantasy playoffs, two of the leagues strongest rushing defenses. I don’t trust Sam Bradford to move this offense consistently enough for the volume of scoring opportunities to outweigh the variance involved in this backfield. After this huge game, Murray is a sell for me.
Sell High: Mike Evans
His workload with injuries to Jackson and Seferian-Jenkins was insane as Evans collected a whopping 19 targets in Week 9. It was a disappointing performance as he had six drops in this game. He is not making the plays he should but somehow is making all the difficult ones. A good portion of his yardage in this game came off of one 68-yard catch. With how inefficient he has been with his targets I can’t see an argument where his value will trend upwards with the Bucs getting healthier. On the shoulders of a few big games, selling high is the play for me in favor of a more efficient option I can trust.