With many redraft leagues nearing their trade deadlines, this
is an excellent time to make a strategic trade and give your team
a boost for the stretch run. In addition, if you are in a dynasty
league, now is a great time to either to re-set for next season
if your team is struggling or get a boost for the playoff push.
Here are some buy low and sell high ideas after Week 8.
Owners are fed up with Wentz this year, as he has been inconsistent
and the Eagles have rarely aired it out like many thought they
would. But there are two reasons why Wentz is a great buy. First,
he should be getting DeSean Jackson back soon, which changes the
entire offense. The lack of a deep threat has hamstrung them in
many ways. Second, his schedule for the Weeks 13-16, during the
fantasy playoffs, is enticing: Dolphins, Giants, Redskins, Cowboys.
For all the talk about Kyle Allen remaining the starter for the
Panthers, I donít see that happening. Newton is far more
talented, and he has never had a group of skill-position players
around him like he does now, with McCaffrey, two talented young
wide receivers, and Greg Olsen. If you can get him for very cheap,
he could also be a nice buy for the stretch run if you are weak
Guice is eligible to return from the IR in Week 11, and he is
already practicing. The Redskinsí offensive line has been
performing better lately, and Guice is far more talented than
2019 Adrian Peterson. He may turn out to be a decent flex play
for a playoff team, and for dynasty he still has a bright future.
Many have been waiting for Miles Sanders to break out, and many
will assume that happened in Week 8. It did not. Sanders received
only 6 touches and played 18% of the snaps, as Howard remained
their workhorse. If someone wants to sell Howard because they
think they saw a changing of the guard, take advantage and ride
Howard for the rest of the season as an RB2.
The underlying metrics are still in place for Woods, who played
in virtually every snap in Week 8. Some may be scrambling to sell
him after he has disappointed in back-to-back weeks, but his big
games will come. He is a solid buy for the fantasy stretch run.
Hill only had an average game in Week 8 because Mahomes didnít
play, but sometimes owners only play with their emotions. If someone
is tired of waiting for the Hill explosion, itís a great
time to buy.
Andrews had his worst game of the season in Week 7 (2-39) and
then was on bye in Week 8. Sometimes this sort of gap between
good games will make owners willing to deal a player. Throw some
offers out for Andrews, as he has been a top-five option at tight
end this year and that should continue.
As mentioned above, his stats from Week 8 are misleading, as
he only played on 18% of snaps and simply hit on a big play. He
is not following his blocks consistently, looking for the big
play instead of taking what is there, which has led to Howard
getting the vast majority of playing time and touches.
Colemanís huge four-touchdown game will certainly get some
owners poking around to see if you will sell. While you should
not sell him unless you get a premium, if someone is willing to
pay as if he has broken out and is now a top end running back,
there may be some value you can extract there. While Coleman is
in a great offense and is very talented, he is still only playing
about half the snaps in a system that likes to spread the ball
around. Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey he is not.
Jones has struggled for much of the year, compared to what his
fantasy owners are used to. After a huge Week 8 where he had 10
receptions for 152 yards, it might be time to sell. The Falcons
are going nowhere and seem intent on limiting Julioís snap
count to around 75%. After his Week 9 bye, he faces the Panthers
twice, the Saints twice, and the 49ers Ė all excellent defensive
units. Although the Falcons will have to pass, Julio will typically
be matched up with the top corner, making his path much more difficult.
What a first half for Hooper! It seems that everything fell into
place for the young tight end, but I see the fun stopping in the
second half of the season. In Week 9 he has a bye, and then over
the final weeks he plays the Saints twice, the Panthers twice,
and the 49ers – all in the top 8 defenses against tight
ends this season. Sell now while his value is sky high.