The Trade Report – Week 8 Buys and Sells
You’re over halfway through the season! Every league is different, but your Trade Deadline may be fast approaching. I hope you managed to survive really rough weeks by Bortles, Dalton, Zeke, and others. It’s hard to win in fantasy without reliable depth. With bye weeks and players laying eggs, other owners may be getting desperate to fill holes. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of those who are overvaluing guys who had big weeks. It’s time to strike.
- Devin Funchess(Car) – In 2015, Funchess averaged 3.94 targets per game. In 2016, 4.14 targets, in 2017, 7 targets. Finally, in the first 3 weeks Funchess averaged 7 targets, but since week 3, Funchess is averaging 8.67 targets and 5 catches per game. I know it’s hard to rely on a receiver that needs Cam Newton to throw him the ball, but Cam has shown a certain level of trust in Funchess that we haven’t seen before. Besides, Funchess has a VERY favorable fantasy playoff schedule with Cleveland, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Buy now.
- Larry Fitzgerald(Ari) – Has Father Time finally caught up with Larry Fitzgerald? It sure seemed like that early in the season. However, with Josh Rosen under center (5.67 targets/game with Bradford, 6.5 targets/game with Rosen), and the Cardinals firing of Mike McCoy, Fitzgerald has become a sneaky buy. Part of buying players is striking when their price is at an all-time low. That time is now with Fitz. He won’t win any match-ups for you, but he could round out your receiving corp and provide WR3 numbers the rest of the way.
- Nick Chubb(Cle) – This is the 3rd week in a row that I am featuring a Cleveland Brown. I must be losing my mind. However, this offense, while far from perfect, is showing so much promise. Last week, the Cleveland Browns traded Carlos Hyde, which was supposed to open the door for Chubb to explode. While he didn’t explode last week, he showed promise. Todd Haley has shown a penchant for running his team’s RB1 into the ground. Chubb is going to get more and more work as the season goes on. The Browns’ offense is one that I am hitching my wagon to. Buy now, before his volume spikes.
- Latavius Murray(Min) – The other half of knowing when to Buy and Sell is taking advantage of a player that is being overvalued. Without knowing for sure when Dalvin Cook is coming back, Murray has put up back to back great games. As such, Murray’s value is sky high. Dalvin Cook will eventually be back, just in time to take Murray away from you for the playoffs. Unless you’re already the Dalvin Cook owner or are completely relying on Murray, I’d sell him to someone suffering from RB woes.
- Peyton Barber(TB) – The Tampa Bay offense hasn’t been humming like it was earlier in the season. However, as the lead back, Barber carries a value you can exploit. Before the bye week, Ronald Jones has started to get some work. Over the past three weeks, Jones’ PPR scores have steadily increased (3.8, 4.9, then 9.8). Besides that, whether Jones takes Barber’s job or not, the Tampa Bay backfield is one to avoid. During fantasy playoffs, Barber and Tampa face New Orleans (28th most fantasy points vs. the run), Baltimore (32nd), and Dallas(19th). Sell now, because he may be worthless to you in a few weeks.
- Tevin Coleman (Atl) – Once Devonta Freeman got hurt, Coleman seemed primed to step in and produce. Since Freeman got hurt (week 5), Coleman only has 24 total touches and 123 total yards. Thanks to Ito Smith, Coleman is stuck in a running back by committee. Coleman isn’t worth the top flight starter value that he used to have, and it’s only going to get worse. Sell Coleman now, before he’s stuck in your starting line-up, putting up duds.
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