Week 9 Buy’s & Sell’s

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Defense is the winning strategy right now in the NFL.  At least in week 8 that seemed to be true.  BAL, PHI, BUF, CIN, and SEA all scored defensive touchdowns yesterday.  Sloppy weather on the east coast didn’t help, but overall, there were too many turnovers.  Before I bash week 8 too much, the SEA vs HOU game was tremendous!  Moving on.  Week 9 features another slate of games with six teams on bye: CHI, CLE, LAC, MIN, PIT, and NE.  As we get closer to trade deadlines in fantasy football, it will become increasingly more difficult to pull off trades.  If you are struggling, this may be the time to let go of a stud to gain back as much as you can to make the playoffs.  Good luck!

Week 8 Buy’s:

  1. Blake Bortles
  2. Jay Ajayi-
  3. Julio Jones

Week 8 Sell’s:

  1. A.J. Green
  2. Andy Dalton
  3. Ty Montgomery

Week 9 Buy’s:

Buy Low: Robby Anderson-

Coming into the season many wrote off the NYJ (me included).  They have been playing  solid so far this season.  The biggest surprise is their passing game.  Led by 38 year old veteran Josh McCown, the Jets are ranked 13th in the NFL in passing yards.  In fact, McCown has scored more fantasy points than Matt Stafford and Eli Manning.  His leading receiver, Robby Anderson is quietly having a very successful season.  After scoring again yesterday, Anderson now has 435 yards on 27 receptions. As long as the Jets can keep McCown standing tall, look for Anderson to keep finding success.

Buy Low: Mohamed Sanu-

Last week I recommended buying Julio Jones while his value is lower than any point in his career.  Sanu has been very serviceable so far this year.  The entire Falcons offense has under performed in 2017 (compared to their Super Bowl run in 2016) but any given week the Falcons have potential to score points.  Sanu has the benefit most weeks of seeing the number 2 corner from opposing defenses as most teams key on Jones.  This year, Sanu has 302 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.  If the bye weeks or injuries have you in a bind, try grabbing Sanu.  The Falcons should continue seeing success as they are top 15 in offensive points scored and rank 7th overall in reception yards per game.

Buy Low: Kenny Stills-

Honestly, if you have a chance to buy DeVante Parker, do it.  However; most fantasy owners would be hesitant to sell Parker.  So instead, I’m interested in Kenny Stills.  Stills, at times will be the 3rd option in the passing game, behind Jarvis Landry and Parker (if he returns healthy).  Stills has game breaking speed and will get deep in a hurry.  This past off season the Dolphins resigned Stills to a hefty contract.  That right there shows the coaching staff likes his ability.  Stills does not need a ton of targets to do damage in this offense but has seen good volume the past three weeks. The last three weeks Stills has 15 receptions for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns.  His targets may dip a bit if/when Parker comes back, but he has a specific role in this offense that Miami will continue to utilize.  He can take the top off a defense quickly, but is also targeted in the red zone (5 targets in red zone).

Sell High: Carlos Hyde-

This is more of a warning, as opposed to saying you have to sell Carlos Hyde now.  Carlos Hyde on another team would be dominant.  Playing on the 49ers absolutely caps Hyde’s potential.  A trade like this wouldn’t happen mid season in today’s NFL, but we can all wish.  Hyde is producing this year as he is ranked 9th in RB fantasy points (PPR), 11th in rush attempts, and 9th in receptions.  The issue with Hyde is that he was not drafted by the current coaching regime.  First year Coach Kyle Shanahan took over this team with the previous coaching staffs draft picks.  Ever since the draft this past April, it seems that Shanahan would rather cut bait with Hyde and move on with his players (Joe Williams who is on IR or Matt Breida).  He knows the talent he has with Hyde, but he needs to see what the team  has in the rookie underneath him, Matt Breida.  With a lost season looming, do the 49ers make a switch to their young players and waste Hyde’s abilities?  Or will Hyde continue seeing the opportunities.  I am concerned that sooner rather than later, Breida will begin cutting into more of Hyde’s workload as the teams shifts towards their future.  If you own Hyde, I would entertain offers to trade.  It may not be this week or the next, but pay attention to the box scores to make sure Hyde is continuing to see the touches.

Sell High: Andy Dalton-

I mentioned last week to be ready to sell Dalton, now is your last chance.  After posting decent numbers yesterday against the hapless Colts, Dalton faces a brutal schedule going forward. His next three games are on the road: @JAC, @TEN, @DEN, before coming home to face CLE and rival PIT for the second time.  With his offensive line not giving him ample time (4th most sacks), Dalton will struggle to find time to throw on the road.  Yes his match up against TEN and CLE look enticing, but the other 3 are rough.  Try to look elsewhere for a quarterback if you can’t trade Dalton: Tyrod Taylor, Jared Goff, Blake Bortles, Josh McCown.  Or ride the rollercoaster that he will produce the next 5 weeks.

Sell High: Tarik Cohen-

The Chicago Bears have done a wonderful job playing keep away this year.  Rookie quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky has one of the worst supporting casts at wide receiver in the league.  This is why earlier in the year Cohen basically played wide receiver out of the backfield (21 targets weeks 1 and 2).  The Bears have had horrible luck with injuries this year and have been piecing together their pass catchers week to week.  After losing tight end Zach Miller to a gruesome knee injury (prayers out to Miller as doctors say he has artery damage and could amputate his leg) the Bears are down another weapon. In recent weeks Cohen’s snaps have decreased as the Bears are pounding the ball with starter Jordan Howard. According to PlayerProfiler.com, Cohen is only seeing a 34% snap share in the offense.  With Jordan Howard dominating touches (3rd in the NFL with 162 attempts) look for Cohen to continue losing opportunities.

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My name is John Walter and I have been playing fantasy football for 10 years. I am married to my amazing wife Rachel and we have 2 awesome dogs. In real life, I am a personal trainer and I train teenage athletes here in Kansas City (GO CHIEFS!). I enjoy watching football and film and grading athletic talent. Feel free to message me any questions you have about football, I would love to help with roster decisions.