Buy Low/Sell High: Week 8
October 28, 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. At this point of the season, I usually like to try to consolidate some bench depth and go after a big time star who has been underperforming. Let’s get going with whom we should be looking to buy and sell for Week 8!
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Russell Wilson (QB) – Seattle Seahawks
It is hard to forget that this was around the time last year that Wilson went on his historic, fantasy league-winning run. After leading his team to a disappointing 6-6 tie against the Cardinals on national television, there’s a chance that his owner is ready to move on from the dynamic quarterback. While his ankle and MCL sprains have certainly limited his mobility this season, there’s hope that he’s getting better and should get back to being the dual threat we’ve come to know over the past few seasons. With a great matchup against the weak Saints pass defense on tap this weekend, there’s a good chance Wilson gets right in what should be a high-scoring game. If you have a solid quarterback, Wilson isn’t worth pursuing, but he would represent an upgrade for you if you are still streaming the position.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – Houston Texans
Hopkins’ value may be at an all-time low after a tough stretch of games, including dates against the shutdown defenses of the Vikings and Broncos. Add the general consensus online that Brock Osweiler is the world’s worst quarterback, and there’s a very good chance you could pry Hopkins aways from his owner for well below market value. Now, to be clear, Hopkins is extremely unlikely to return value on the lofty draft position that saw him come off the board as the fourth wide receiver overall, but he should still finish the year as a solid WR2 with WR1 upside. Another reason to be bullish on Hopkins is the fact that his schedule really opens up starting this weekend with Detroit. The Lions are expected to be without top cornerback Darius Slay and that bodes well for Hopkins’ outlook. Add in subsequent dates with Oakland, Green Bay, and San Diego, and Hopkins should be able to turn his slow season around in a hurry.
Alshon Jeffery (WR) – Chicago Bears
Jeffery has surely not impressed his fantasy owners this season. The veteran wideout is still looking for his first touchdown and has disappeared for large parts of games while dealing with the standard myriad of soft tissue injuries. That being said, Jeffery still has 520 receiving yards, which ranks him 13th in the league. Add in the fact that Jay Cutler will be returning to the field in Week 8 and there’s definite reason for optimism regarding Jeffery. Expect Cutler to pepper his top receiver with targets, something that fill-in quarterback Brian Hoyer was hesitant to do. Jeffery does have a tough matchup against Minnesota this Monday night and has his bye in Week 9, so it may be worth waiting one more week to see if his value dips a little more before sending out trade offers.
Matt Forte (RB) – New York Jets
Before Week 7, Forte had really tailed off after a strong start to the season. The veteran running back rolled up 196 yards and three touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season before going quiet for a stretch. He was a borderline flex play heading into a Week 7 game against the Ravens, yet he went on to rip off 100 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown while adding another score through the air. Forte owners should be using this opportunity to cash in on his value while it is up again. He does have another plus matchup against Cleveland this weekend, so if you want to bank on him having another big game against the Browns and wait one more week to sell, that is a possibility as well. Either way, Forte is 30, has been splitting work with Bilal Powell, and plays for a Jets team that has struggled to stay in games this season. Not exactly a recipe for success going forward.
Cameron Meredith (WR) – Chicago Bears
Meredith is coming off a slow Thursday night game against the Packers which saw him only make one catch for 12 yards. Of course, starting quarterback Brian Hoyer was injured and the team was forced to use Matt Barkley at the position. Barkley looked absolutely brutal, which submarined the entire offense. Meredith had turned in two big weeks before the Packers game, going over 100 yards in both contests and adding a touchdown. The concern with Meredith is that the slow weeks could continue with Jay Cutler ready to return following a thumb injury. As mentioned above, expect Cutler to focus on getting the ball to Alshon Jeffery instead of Meredith. Hopefully your trade partner will still be smitten enough with Meredith’s Weeks 5-6 to get a deal done.
Golden Tate (WR) – Detroit Lions
Over the past two weeks, Tate has finally started producing the way his fantasy owners expected when they drafted him at the end of the summer. In Weeks 6-7, Tate has gone off for 14 catches, 258 yards, and one touchdown. Before those two weeks, Tate had just 134 total receiving yards in his five previous games. Part of Tate’s success can certainly be attributed to the absence of pass-catching running back Theo Riddick in Weeks 6 and 7. With Riddick returning to limited practice on Wednesday, it appears he will be back this weekend, which could marginalize Tate’s role yet again. Now is the time to see if there’s anyone who needs a receiver, especially during a week with several teams on bye.
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