Buy Low/Sell High: Week 8 October 25, 2012  |  Asher Molk

Hello Fake Footballers! My name is Asher Molk, and I am really looking forward to helping you win your fake football leagues via smart and savvy trading. “Buying Low” and “Selling High” is quite a simple economic principal: give away commodities while their perceived value is greater than their actual value, and try to acquire commodities while their perceived value is lower than their actual value. In other words, trade bad players after good games for good players after bad games! Here are a few trends and nuggets of wisdom I encourage you to follow whilst trading:

-Smart owners look beyond the box score. The naïve owner will look at Shonn Greene’s Week One fantasy score and see 94 yards and a touchdown- a very solid 15.4 fantasy points! The smart owner is able to dig deeper and see that he averaged under 3.5 yards per carry, fumbled twice, didn’t catch a pass, and carried the ball 27 times because the Jets were up 20 at halftime and 27 by the 4th quarter. Are the Jets likely to be up by that many points most games to give enough carries to a below-averagely talented runner? The answer is no. Take a look at what he has done since then. If this sounds time-consuming, don’t fret- I am here to do the work for you and help you look beyond the box score!

-A major trend in my articles (and hopefully on your fantasy teams) will be getting rid of averagely-talented players: plodding running backs who don’t make anyone miss or contribute in the passing game (see Turner, Michael), or wide receivers who offer nothing after the catch (see Bess, Davone), etc. More importantly, you will be trying to acquire explosive, dynamic talents who are capable of changing the game every time they touch the ball (see Harvin, Percy). TALENT IS MOST IMPORTANT!

-Trading away two decent/good players for one great player is almost always a great idea. Usually, the person getting the one better player wins the deal.

-From Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL on Twitter, give him a follow) of Think in terms of draft value and ADP when you trade. If you are thinking of trading away Lesean McCoy for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Vernon Davis, think about if you would trade a top 5 pick for a 4th and 5th rounder. This practice should help give clarity to your trades!

-NEVER lead with your best or final trade offer! Instead, start small, even offer deals they probably won’t accept to start with. This doesn’t mean offer Mason Crosby for Lesean McCoy, but you never know what a person may say yes to, it’s often quite surprising. If you lead with your best offer, you have nowhere to go but down. Start by being a little optimistic…

-If there are quality players on your waiver wire that you want but you do not know whom to drop, let go of your kicker and/or defense for that player. You can always make a trade to make roster space, or make a game-time decision on whom you want to drop. A lot can happen in a week, and you don’t want to miss out on the next Victor Cruz or Antonio Brown just because you think Sebastian Janikowski will average 1 more point per game than Garrett Hartley.

-Target owners who are close to the bottom of the standings – they are probably the most willing to do a desperation move in order to shake up their team. Also, make sure to target players the owner is likely frustrated with.

The playoff pictures and standings are beginning to take some shape in your leagues. Teams near the bottom WILL be desperate to make moves. See if they are willing to make trades involving the following players:




Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR– Jonathan Stewart owners’ dreams finally came to fruition on Sunday. Well, kinda. Although he only touched the ball 13 times for 46 yards, he played a whopping 58 snaps compared to 5 for “timeshare” partner Deangelo Williams. Coach Ron Rivera confirmed that they gameplanned to make Jonathan Stewart the feature back, as they realize their offense needs a kick in the pants. Stewart is clearly the more talented runner, and the coaches finally realize that. As a feature back, Stewart has elite RB1 upside- this is evidenced by a 5 game stretch in 2009 when Deangelo Williams got injured. He averaged 20 carries for 118 yards per game with 5 touchdowns. Cam Newton has complained about the playcalling, and the coaches may be best off installing a more solid base offense with more power running plays instead of the shotgun option. I cannot stress this enough- get Jonathan Stewart on your team ASAP.

Calvin Johnson, WR, DET– If I were to tell you in August that through 7 weeks Stafford and Johnson were to connect on a total of 0 touchdowns, what would you have said to me? Sadly, that is exactly what has happened. I’ll make this blurb quite simple: Calvin is probably the best position player in the NFL. Stafford has elite arm talent. Calvin is still averaging over 6 catches and 99 yards per game- this is his absolute floor. Talent usually wins out in the end, and Calvin is still the top receiver in my book. Grab him from owners stupidly selling him.

Danny Amendola, WR, STL– After lighting up the league in the first five weeks of the season, Amendola went down with what turned out to be a very scary collarbone dislocation. Scheduled to be out for at least 6 weeks, Amendola actually made a return to limited practice this week, and is now scheduled to be back after the Ram’s Week Nine bye week. Sam Bradford is looking as confident as he ever has, and he targets Amendola relentlessly as shown by Amendola’s 48 targets over his first 4.5 games. He is going to be a PPR asset down the stretch, and you may be able to get him for cheap.

Reggie Bush, RB, MIA– I’ve been a Reggie Bush hater for a long, long time, but I’ve finally had no choice but to now consider him a fantasy asset. Proving last year was not a fluke, Bush is averaging 95 total yards per game with a 4.4 per carry average and nearly 3 receptions a game while playing through a gimpy knee sprain. Using the bye week to rest up, Bush has a pretty nice schedule going forward. With the scary exceptions of Seattle in Week 12 and San Francisco in Week 14, Bush is going to face some downright bad rushing defenses: Jets, Colts, Titans, Bills twice (!), and the Jaguars are all on the docket. With Lamar Miller inexperienced and Daniel Thomas sincerely awful, Reggie Bush is a lock for a minimum of RB2 production if he stays healthy.




Chris Johnson, RB, TEN– Ah, the allure of Chris Johnson. Puts up 3 games under 25 rush yards, and then turns in an 18/195/2 performance. Sorry to remind you, but we’ve seen this before. Johnson exploded against awful run defenses last year, only to somehow find a new low when the going actually got tough. This is the perfect time to get this once-great headache off of your team and find someone more consistent. Go find the Lesean McCoy owner and work out a deal. CJ?K is still a beast when holes open up for him, but he simply gives up on runs and looks for the big play when those holes aren’t there.

Kevin Walter, WR, HOU– Walter has had a couple of nice games this season, but it simply isn’t sustainable. I know that no one thinks Walter is a surefire WR2/3 starter, but there are people who think that he is a solid WR3 fill in/bye week option- I’m here to tell you he is waiver wire fodder. He is the 3rd or 4th passing option on a strictly run-first team who possesses no talent after the catch. Instead of rostering Kevin Walter, grab a lottery ticket with upside: Ryan Broyles or Titus Young would be much better owns. See if you can get either of them for Walter.

Josh Gordon, WR, CLE– I’m not here to deny that Josh Gordon is a playmaker- he is a long, fast wide receiver with (usually) good hands, and he has a pretty bright NFL future ahead of him. In fact, Cleveland sacrificed a second round draft pick to pluck him in the Supplemental Draft. However, he has been held to 40 yards or less in 4 of his 7 games so far, and has yet to catch more than 3 passes in a game. For now, Gordon is a pure deep threat with a rookie quarterback (who has admittedly played quite well)- a recipe for some ridiculous inconsistency. I recommend knocking on the door of a Kenny Britt owner and working out a trade.


37 Responses

  1. Blake says:

    hey guys could use some trade help. i have both RG3 and peyton manning and ive been offered calvin johnson for either one. my WR right now are welker, v jax, and bowe and i could pick up josh freeman as backup QB. is calvin johnson worth giving up one of my QBs? if not, what if I could come out with a RB2 packaged with johnson instead.

    • Asher Molk says:

      Go get Calvin before you finish reading this. I’d probably trade Manning- RGIII may be the most valuable QB in fantasy. But if he says only for RGIII, still do it and ride Manning and Calvin all the way to the championship. Obviously, if you can get another RB2 too then try that too, but still do it straight up if it comes to that.

  2. D says:

    Need help. In a PPR I’ve been offered Brandon Lloyd for Chris Johnson. If I trade him I’ll be left with

    :T. Richardson, Rice, and Alex Green at RB

    At WR I have: Torry Smith, Bowe, Denarius Moore.

    Thanks for any help!

  3. Brandon says:

    who makes the better flex this week: Jonathan Stewart, Dwyer, or Denarius Moore?

  4. Marc says:

    What up Asher, we keep counter-offering. He offered his Mike Vick and Megatron for my Andre Johnson and R Rice. I’m in a 1qb, 1qb/wr/rb/te, 2rb, 3wr, 1rb/wr league, and I have rb depth, tho shaky with Murray, Bradshaw, F Jax, S Jax, and my qb is Matty Ice. I’m leaning no because of Rice’s value. Thoughts?

    • Asher Molk says:

      You have the right idea. The only players that are close to Rice’s value are Lesean, Foster and AP. I may prefer Rice to all of them. Keep Rice.

  5. Jake says:

    +1 PPR, 2 RB league…

    My RB1 is Doug Martin, and usual RB2 is CJ Spiller. With a 3-4 record, and Spiller on BYE (my current fill-in is Phillip Tanner), is it worth trading Spiller for an active Shonn Greene?

  6. Brandon says:

    Would you give up Antonio Brown and LSH for Cobb and Keller? (I have Hernandez)

  7. matt says:

    Hi, how high are you on J.Stew? Im offered him and Mike Wallace for MY Trent Richardson. Im concerned with T-rich health, rookie so dont need to push him, and he still has a bye week. and im a no playoff league so waiting around for him to get healthier may not be something i can afford with a 4-3 record. What are your thoughts?

    10 team, flex (wr/te/rb) .5ppr, 15 week season – NO PLAYOFFS

    QB – Cam
    WR – Megatron, Maclin, Sidney Rice/Avery/T.Young
    RB – T-richardson, doug martin, ballard, pierre thomas
    TE – Hernandez, H.Miller


  8. Brandon says:

    would you give up LeShoure for Jonathan Stewart?

  9. Hunter says:

    Thinking about shopping Percy after last night’s game, not too thrilled about his ROS schedule.

    Good idea? Bad idea? Who should I target?

  10. Adam says:

    Would you be confident to call Pierre Thomas the Saints’ clear #1 rushing back over the next few weeks? And by #1 back I mean 10+ carries a game and most of the goal line touches.

    I’m gonna need him to be my RB2 the next couple weeks due to BYEs. Ingram just hit the wire, but adding him to my roster would require a drop I really don’t want to make. This league doesn’t give me a lot of room on the bench.

    • Asher Molk says:

      I think the over/under on his carries is about 10, yes. He’s first in line for carries, but I’d still rather have Sproles. Don’t bother adding Ingram though. Thomas could have some decent games, but your expectations need to be quite low. New Orleans simply doesn’t need to run the ball.

  11. The Vaporizers says:

    I have been starting Cobb in my Flex in a PPR league. Given the opportunity, would trade Cobb for Jonathan Stewart?

    • Asher Molk says:

      Excellent question. In light of the Greg Jennings news, Cobb needs to be on the “no-trade” list. It would take a lot for me to part with him, and right now Stewart isn’t enough. Keep Cobb, but see what other avenues you could explore to get Stewart.

  12. louie says:

    so you wouldn’t trade Calvin for anyone right now? what about for Marshall, Cruz, or Roddy White? I like Roddy White going forward because of the more favorable sched, if i had to choose.

    • Asher Molk says:

      MAYBE if I was getting another high end WR/RB2 and I needed depth, but there is still no better receiver than Calvin in my book. Wouldn’t go trading Calvin.

  13. LakerSteve says:

    Hey Asher, I dropped Amendola after he got hurt and he’s currently a FA. Assuming he is set to return after the bye, would you drop Alex Green for him based on my roster?
    We play QB, 2RB, 3WR, TE, K, DEF
    QB: Romo
    RB: McCoy, TRich, Murray, LeShoure, RJennings, AGreen,
    WR: Harvin, Bowe, D. Moore, L. Moore, Britt
    TE: Graham

  14. Ryan Drew says:

    Hey Asher two questions. Was just offered decker and Doug Martin for AP. my wr’s are colston, dez, Torrey smith, and mike Williams. And rb I’m sitting kinda low at demarcco and Vick Ballard and Peyton Hillis (hoping for a solid return) should I accept this trade? Seems solid but nerve racking giving up AP.

    And second question is. How do you feel about Torrey smith? I’m fighting with myself about selling him he’s been a disappointment as a the hopeful #1 in bal , but the upside Is he has a pretty soft schedule coming up. What do you think?

    • Asher Molk says:

      I wouldn’t trade AP unless the names Rice, Arian or McCoy were involved. Keep AP. And I am a Torrey Smith supporter- I think he is gonna be a good WR2, if a little inconsistent. I’m on board.

  15. Marc says:

    What up Asher, tryin’ to buy low on Calvin. Trade my Andre Johnson and F Jax for Megatron? Thanx

    • Asher Molk says:

      I really like that trade. Out of interest, who are your other RBs? If you are even remotely deep at RB, pull the trigger.

  16. Principle Blackman says:

    Amendola is floating around on waivers in my 12-team, PPR, PPRush, Ret. Yardage league, but I have no idea who to drop for him (I’m currently in first place at 6-1). Here’s my roster as it stands tomorrow if the trade I just made does not get vetoed, which I don’t think it will.

    QB Stafford
    WR Harvin
    WR Calvin Johnson (I just got him for Bradshaw, straight-up)
    WR Cribbs (He is currently the 12th highest scoring WR in the league b/c of the return yards)
    RB Jamaal Charles
    RB Ryan Mathews
    TE Tony Gonzalez
    Q/W/R/T Carson Palmer

    BN Marshawn Lynch
    BN Rashad Jennings (I picked him up to cock-block the other 6-1 team)
    BN Greg Jennings
    BN Brandon Lloyd
    BN Denarius Moore

    It’s also an IDP league and I’m currently rostering an extra DL since I didn’t want to drop J.J. Watt just because he’s on his BYE. I figure I can either drop Moore or RJennings for Amendola, or I can wait it out and drop my extra defensive lineman after this week and just hope that Amendola doesn’t get snatched up by another owner in the meantime. What are your thoughts?

    • Asher Molk says:

      Wow, you are truly stacked. In your case, I think you could wait a week to get Amendola. Great job getting Calvin.

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