Buy Low/Sell High: Week 2
September 15, 2016 | Matt Terelle
Welcome to our weekly edition of Buy Low/Sell High. The skilled fantasy owner should be using trades to his or her advantage on a weekly basis, treating the trade market like stocks on Wall Street. One way to do this is to acquire players coming off of slow performances who you think have a good chance at bouncing back. At the same time, you should be looking to deal away players coming off of big performances that you think were a fluke and unlikely to continue throughout the season. Generally, making trades after Week 1 is a bit of an overreaction as it would be better to wait for a three or four-week sample, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth listening to offers. Let’s get going with who we should be looking to buy and sell for Week 2!
Russell Wilson (QB) – Seattle Seahawks
I’m aware that Wilson sprained his ankle in Week 1, but most signs point to him being able to suit up for Week 2. That being said, this is more of a long-term add if you can get him on the cheap as Wilson showed what a dominant fantasy quarterback he can be in the second half of last season. Wilson’s slow Week 1 performance coupled with the injury could allow you to land him for less than he’s worth. If you took a late-round flyer on Tyrod Taylor, Kirk Cousins, or Robert Griffin III, picking up Wilson could be a sound decision.
Mark Ingram (RB) – New Orleans Saints
Ingram was left out of the fun as the Saints went off for 35 points, yet he finished with just 12 carries for 58 yards and two catches for 29 yards. Don’t be concerned about the slow game as Ingram is still the Saints’ lead back and will certainly be more involved in games that don’t turn into shootouts like what happened in Week 1. Ingram is still an RB1 in all formats and should see plenty of goal line opportunities in an explosive offense. His chops in the passing game, debuted in 2015, also help keep his value afloat in PPR formats. A date with the Giants should be all Ingram needs to get jump-started this year.
Brandon Marshall (WR) – New York Jets
Marshall came out flat in Week 1, posting a disappointing three catches for 32 yards. This is definitely not the time to overreact to one bad week as Marshall should still post WR1 numbers this season. He still saw eight targets on Sunday and the Jets’ heavy reliance on both Marshall and Eric Decker makes them two of the safest receivers to target in fantasy leagues. Marshall’s schedule is gold coming up with plus matchups in three of the next four weeks (@ Buffalo, @ Kansas City, vs. Seattle, @ Pittsburgh).
Latavius Murray (RB) – Oakland Raiders
Murray’s final line looks pretty as it was boosted by a six-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Make sure to point that out to the owner who you are trying to sell Murray to. The Raiders’ running back usage is what is most concerning coming out of Week 1 as Murray saw just 14 of the team’s 26 carries. With DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard working in, it’s clear the Raiders want more of a committee than when they handed Murray the rock 266 times in 2015. With the Raiders employing several options at the running back position, now’s the time to move Murray before his workload gets cut even more drastically.
Melvin Gordon (RB) – San Diego Chargers
Gordon started off Week 1 with a bang, punching in two first quarter touchdowns. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy owners, Gordon tailed off significantly after that. First, Danny Woodhead is again playing a significant role in the Chargers’ game plan, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. When Keenan Allen went down with an ACL tear, the whole look of San Diego’s offense changed, and that is a concern going forward. Travis Benjamin is a fine receiver, but he is miscast as a team’s number one option. That being said, Gordon has three plus matchups coming up in Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and New Orleans, so it may be wise to wait until after Week 4 before looking to ship him off.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – San Francisco 49ers
Watching the 49ers take it to the Rams in Monday night’s late game was like a rerun from last season when the Niners beat up on the Vikings, even though they were expected to lose. Carlos Hyde ran wild then, and he ran wild this past Monday as well, gashing the Rams for 88 yards and two touchdowns. If you remember the 2015 season, Hyde’s season went off the tracks soon after Week 1 as he got hurt and only ended up playing in seven games. Now, just because that happened last year we can’t just assume it will happen again, but we know that Hyde has shown to be injury-prone over his career. He already suffered a concussion in the preseason and was cleared just days before Week 1. Furthermore, Hyde’s schedule is brutal in the coming weeks. He will take on Carolina, Seattle, and Arizona in three of the next four weeks, all tough run defenses. Now is the time move Hyde while pointing to his big Week 1.