Buy Low/Sell High: Week 10
November 10, 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. 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. As the trade deadline is probably approaching in your league, now is the time to consolidate some bench depth and try to pick up that final piece that will lead you on a championship run. Let’s get going with whom we should be looking to buy and sell for Week 10!
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Devontae Booker (RB) – Denver Broncos
Booker’s first two games as the Broncos’ lead back have been disappointing to say the least. The rookie running back totaled 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 8, but dinged up his shoulder and fumbled what could have been a second score. Last week he picked up just 22 yards on 10 carries against Oakland while losing some work to Kapri Bibbs. Keep in mind the Raiders dominated time of possession in that game, limiting the Denver offense. There have been some rumblings that Bibbs could out-snap Booker in Week 10, which makes this a perfect time to go after Booker. By all accounts, Bibbs is a marginal talent at best, and we know the Broncos like Booker a good deal considering just a few weeks ago they were using him to eat into previous starter C.J. Anderson’s workload. This is a good chance to pick up a player who could be a solid RB2 contributor at a discount.
Dez Bryant (WR) – Dallas Cowboys
Bryant surely burned a lot of fantasy teams last week, catching just one pass for 19 yards in what was a golden matchup against the burnable Cleveland Browns secondary. Even though the box score doesn’t show it, Bryant dropped what would have been a sure touchdown during the game, so he could have had a much better showing. The Cowboys were able to run at will against Cleveland and leaned on Jason Witten in the middle of the field to move the ball through the air, so Bryant wasn’t really needed in this contest. Don’t forget that Bryant saw 14 targets two weeks ago and should be leaned on more extensively when the Cowboys face more competitive teams. That should be the case this weekend when they face off against a Steelers offense that is explosive at home.
Kelvin Benjamin (WR) – Carolina Panthers
Benjamin has certainly slowed down since a blistering start to the year. The third-year receiver posted 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games of the season, but has just 23 grabs for 344 yards and one touchdown since. The Panthers offense has turned in an uneven season, mostly due to the up-and-down play of Cam Newton. That being said, Newton has done enough over the years to earn our trust and Benjamin remains one of his favorite options in the passing game and the red zone. Benjamin has seen 64 targets on the season, second on the team behind Greg Olsen, and eight red zone targets (also second to Olsen). Benjamin can be added to your team as a solid WR2 who could be acquired for flex player prices at this point.
Latavius Murray (RB) – Oakland Raiders
Murray is coming off his finest game of the season as he scored three touchdowns and added 110 rushing yards against the Broncos in Week 9. Most people will look at the elite Denver defense and assume that Murray’s performance was all the more impressive, but Denver has struggled against the run this season, ranking just 20th in DVOA according to Football Outsiders. Oakland clearly tried to take advantage of this fact while trying to avoid a tough Denver secondary, running the ball 43 times compared to just 31 pass attempts. That being said, Denver committed a few pass interference penalties in the end zone to set Murray up for short scores. The big scoring game masks the fact that Murray still only played on 48% of Oakland’s snaps and saw just under half of the Raiders’ running back carries. Now is the time to peddle Murray to a running back-desperate team in your league.
Rishard Matthews (WR) – Tennessee Titans
Matthews had a big game in Week 9, posting six catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Matthews has now scored in four of his past five games, but has done so on 28 targets over that span (5.6 targets per game). That puts Matthews on a touchdown scoring pace that is going to be hard to sustain, especially on a run-first Titans team in which he is the second option in the passing game behind tight end Delanie Walker. Now is the time to dangle Matthews in attempts to bring back a solid RB2 for the stretch run.
Dak Prescott (QB) – Dallas Cowboys
Prescott is coming off a fantastic Week 9 performance which saw him carve up the Browns for 247 passing yards and three touchdowns. Dak has been playing really well as of late, but we still can’t be completely convinced that he’s going to be able to hold off Tony Romo all season. Romo is now back and practicing fully. While this isn’t to say that Romo will definitely take over, but we do know that Jerry Jones is extremely loyal to Romo, so anything could happen here. If Prescott is sitting on your team as a reserve quarterback, now is the time to try to cash him in to strengthen your team at a different position. Target the quarterback streamer in your league and see what you can get from him or her at this point.
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