BUY ! BUY ! BUY ! SELL! SELL! SELL! This is the time in the fantasy football season that can either make or break your team. If you’re sitting at 3-4 or even 2-5 in your leagues don’t give up! There is still hope! You just have to find the right players to look for. In this article, we will look at some of the players in the NFL that you should either target in a trade (Buy Low players) or look to trade away to get something in return (Sell High players).
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Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons - Fantasy owners drafted Roddy White with high expectations after his phenomenal 2010-2011 season. A slow start after seven weeks has fantasy owners worrying: only 19th in the league in receiving yards, first in the league in drops, and just three touchdowns. The Falcons identity crisis has added to White’s struggles. However, as the Falcons are returning back to their ’10-’11 form, so will Roddy White. Six out of the last nine games on the Falcons schedule feature defenses, including the Colts, Panthers, Texans, Saints (twice) and Bucs, who have allowed at least one touchdown a game to opposing wide receivers. Buy Low on Roddy White now! The price you will have to pay will absolutely be worth the reward you will get with White finishing out the season on your team.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers - Crabtree is a guy that fantasy owners might be willing to give up relatively easily. Only 20 receptions on the season and 203 yards, but he has tremendous upside. He was the featured wide receiver in the 49ers game against the Lions. Expect that trend to continue and expect Crabtree to finally live up to draft expectations. Crabtree is one of those receivers that can break out at any time and you want him on your team when that happens.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans - A top ten pick in almost every fantasy draft and Johnson is only averaging 44.5 yards per game. The Titans have also played the Jaguars, Ravens and Steelers who are excellent in terms of run defense. This is a player with way too much talent not to break out at some point. Johnson’s second half will completely make up for the pathetic first half of the season he has had. The Titans not only play the Colts twice who have allowed close to 22 points a game to opposing running backs, but they also play the Saints, Bucs, Texans and Bills who are all allowing over 15 fantasy points a game to opposing running backs. Buy Low on Chris Johnson and save your fantasy season.
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers - Rivers was on the verge of becoming an elite quarterback in terms of fantasy and reality as the season began. All Rivers has done this season is continue to disappoint fantasy owners by throwing nine interceptions and only seven touchdown passes. However, the Chargers have always been a team that starts extremely slow and then gets going at around the halfway point. Rivers will definitely go back to playing like the elite quarterback we are used to. Expect top-ten quarterback play from Rivers the rest of the season as six of the last ten defenses he plays are in the top ten in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks.
Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers - Sell Steve Smith. You never know when Smith will get injured and Cam Newton will hit the rookie wall at some point. Once that happens, Steve Smith’s fantasy numbers will take a huge hit. It is better to have consistency rather than a volatile scorer like Smith. Smith is putting up ridiculous fantasy numbers right now. Numbers that he will not be able to match every single week for the rest of the season. His value is so high right now that you will be able to get back a much better fantasy return.
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons - Gonzalez really is one of the feel good stories in the NFL this season in fantasy and reality. People called him old and washed up but he has proven that he still has some of that Hall of Fame ability left in him. However, this is a long NFL season and it will wear down even the most in-shape athletes. Gonzalez will start to wear down as the season goes on and his targets will start to drop as Julio Jones becomes more comfortable in this offense. There are plenty of tight ends this season that will match the numbers Gonzalez will put up. Trade Gonzalez for a second tier running back or wide receiver.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills - Jackson is currently third in the NFL in touches per game. He has proven that he can contribute rushing and receiving. But the back end of the Bills schedule will be detrimental to Jackson’s fantasy numbers. Not only will the Bills schedule hurt Jackson, but so will the amount of touches he has gotten early on in the season. The biggest workload Jackson has received was in 2009 when he had 237 rushing attempts and 47 receptions. This season he is on pace for close to 300 carries and 64 receptions. The kind of beating Jackson will take each week will diminish his playing ability later on in the season. Trade Jackson now to get a better return because he will not finish in the top five in fantasy points scored by a running back.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints - It is tough to sell a player who is as high as Graham is right now. There is absolutely no doubting how good he has been and how much potential he has. He is athletic and uses his background in basketball to his advantage. But teams have to start covering him at some point. Graham will not continue to dominate defenses the way he has started to this season. There is no way. The Saints still have to play the Falcons twice, the Giants, and the Rams who are in the top ten in defending opposing tight ends. You need to sell very high on Graham right now and get high-end fantasy value in return.
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