Trade Targets After Three Weeks

Posted: September 28, 2011 in Fantasy Football

So who are the buy low, sell high candidates right now? Who will be much more (or less) valuable a month from now?

BUY Jonathan Stewart– He simply looks better than Dengelo Williams and the Panthers need to run to win games. I wrote in my preseason bold predictions that Stewart would get 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. Looks good if he is the full-time guy in Carolina.

SELL Nate Washington– Just because he is the top receiver in Tennessee, doesn’t make him Kenny Britt. If you can get value for him equal to a top-15 WR, then go for it. In fact, you might try trading Washington for Stewart. I know guys who would do that deal.

BUY Ryan Fitzpatrick– Before all the doubters jump on board. He may not do BETTER than this, but should stay consistent. And consistency at this level is hard to come by.

SELL Peyton Hillis– If you can get the value of a top-12 or so RB in return, I think Montario Hardesty will have the majority of the carries from week 10 onward. If you own Hillis and can’t trade him, stash Hardesty.

BUY Chris Johnson, Rashard Mendenhall– Mendenhall I loved from the beginning. Johnson I didn’t because he was costing you a top-5 draft pick. Now I’m getting emails from people saying people are offering CJ for guys like Darren Sproles or Daniel Thomas. His value has crashed to the other side of the overrated/underrated scale.

SELL Fred Jackson IF IF IF you can get a top-10 back in return. I think Jackson is one of the best backs in the league for fantasy owners because he gets ALL his team’s touches to backs. He can catch as well. But he is on the wrong side of 29 years old and there is some wear and tear concerns that might leave a crack in the door for CJ Spiller later on. He might be a good offer to acquire one of the two guys above.

BUY Mark Sanchez– Not because I think he’s a great quarterback, but because they have had little success in the run game. They look to be leaning back towards Ladanian Tomlinson, and he’s useful as a pass catcher, so Sanchez could keep getting more passing attempts than he deserves. I wouldn’t want to start him every week, but as a bye-week filler, could do worse.

SELL Thomas Jones if people still think the Jamaal Charles injury makes him a top-15 RB. And…

BUY Dexter McCluster, not because he’s a great running back or wide receiver, but because he is explosive with the ball in his hands, and KC will find ways to get it there. Also, he’s now eligible at both RB/WR which makes the flexibility valuable. Among all rushers with 20+ carries, McCluster is #1 in yards per carry.

I don’t trade much with tight ends or defenses and never with kickers, so I didn’t include any of them, but Greg Olsen is one name I’d have interest in trading for if you are in a deep league with no options at tight end.



  1. I like McCluster as well, although I fear that he’ll either slow down as he gets more carries, or he’ll get injured.

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