Buy Low Sell High: Week 2 edition
It is time to talk about one of the most important skills to possess in fantasy football, buy low sell high: Week 2 edition. This can be done when your friends have just witnessed their coveted high draft pick put forth a pitiful week 1 performance and they are wondering why they drafted such a bum in the first place. There will always be a percentage of folks in every league who need that instant return on investment, and this is when the savvy owner will buy low and sell high. Some of the names on this list will hit you like “no way will anyone trade him now will they”. Oh yes, they will. Let us dive into Buy Low, Sell High Week 2 edition.
I have heard a lot of people claiming the 40-year-old is washed up and done. Let’s remember who we are talking about here. He still has Gronk, Brandin Cooks, and a stable of running backs at his disposal. We also want to consider the fact that Brady plays in the NFL’s weakest division and faces the Bills in the playoffs, twice.
The other quarterback from Thursday Night football played like a man who’s team spent a first round pick on a QB. Yes, we know that Alex Smith is an accurate passer but we can’t allow one week to overshadow a career of fantasy irrelevance. He plays a tough schedule with a bevy of elite or improved defenses. Get what you can now for Alex Smith.
Jordan Howard was a 2nd round pick in just about every league. Now we have Tarik Cohen who is likely to be the most sought after free agent to hit the waiver wire. Howard managed to still come up with 13 carries and 3 catches. He also had a rare drop at the goal-line which should’ve resulted in the game-tying TD. In standard leagues especially, Howard will continue to be a high-volume back as long as he produces.
Pretty much the same story as Howard in that he still got double-digit carries and a handful of receptions. The opposing offense (Raiders) had a bit to do with game-plan. Murray has been one of the most consistent fantasy backs over the last 4 seasons and has a talented offensive line in front of him. Red zone opportunities will be there and 2nd- year back Derrick Henry only received 6 touches.
Shady was on my week 1 buy low, sell high as well. I only recommend selling him for a high price in a standard league, but if you can get a good return in PPR, so be it. I understand McCoy’s usage is high and he was productive, but he failed to reach the end-zone and this will be a common theme. He is far and away the best thing the Bills do on offense. The Bills lack any kind of a vertical threat and McCoy can expect to see stacked boxes week in and week out. The Bills won’t be in the red zone much and that will cap Shady’s upside. McCoy is also 29 years old and misses a couple of games annually. He is good enough to get something from a desperate owner (David Johnson’s).
This one is a little more obvious. Experienced owners know that Patriot running backs are a bad fantasy investment. Blount paid off last year to the tune of 18 TDs, and Gillislee had 3 on Thursday, but the 3 scores were from a combined 5 yards out. The likelihood of Gillislee getting that many opportunities so close to pay dirt are remote at best going forward. James White has a big game pedigree and Bill Belichick’s game plan changes by the week. Secure a stud for this overachiever today.
Ok, folks, this one isn’t going to last long. Now is your chance to get the clear-cut, number 1 receiver in a passing offense with an elite QB. Thomas burst onto the scene last year with 121 targets and 1100 yards as a rookie. He takes over the top spot on the depth chart and had a pedestrian effort against the loaded Vikings’ secondary. His schedule lightens up considerably going forward and probably won’t face a defensive backfield as stout as the men in purple. I am on record as predicting a top-10 finish from this receiver and will not back down from it now. Some owners could fear a sophomore slump for the 6’3″ target-hog. I urge you to capitalize on that error in judgment.
Some people are on the fence about Dez. He has been banged up over the last two years but finished with 800 yards and 8 TDs last year despite missing 3 full games. Bryant is fully healthy now and just dealt with Janoris Jenkins on Sunday Night Football. He got the better of Jenkins a couple of times and should have had a TD if not for a poorly thrown ball. Dez also came up with a contested catch in the end-zone but landed on Jenkins’ leg and rode it out of bounds. Dez makes more contested catches in the red zone than any WR in the league. Right now, the price is right.
Hill is coming off a monster game vs. the Patriots. He recorded 7 catches for 133 but got 75 on one play against a defense that lost several players. Hill does not possess the elite size or hands of a WR1 and though he is fast, he has major boom-or-bust potential. We know the Chiefs offense is a west-coast style offense where the deep ball is seldom used. Hill will have some big weeks but some duds too.
Is anyone sensing a theme here? This is why you never overreact to week 1. Danny Amendola is at best the 4th option when Brady drops back to pass. Combine that with the fact he is often on the shelf with an injury and you get one of the most frustrating guys to own. Do yourself a favor and unload this headache.