We are at the halfway point of an NFL season that feels like it began a week or two ago. If your leagues are like mine, there is maybe one team that is really good and one that is very poorly managed and the owner should be ousted immediately! I hope this week’s Buy Low, Sell High Week 9 can give you a hint or two to help your team gain separation from the pack.
This is the time to land Derek Carr before he explodes. He is coming off a mediocre performance vs. a stout Buffalo defense. With a stagnant running game, most games are going to come down to the arm of Carr. He has the “Three C’s” to throw to and enjoys a nice schedule down the stretch. Carr faces only one quality defense following his week 10 bye. He has a good matchup this week against Miami but with his bye week looming, you may be able to get him cheap right now.
Cousins is coming off of a bad game in the rain but has been playing very well overall this season. He is now about to face the Seattle Seahawks who just get blasted by Deshaun Watson. We know the ‘Hawks have a stout pass defense and Cousins will face the Vikings, Saints, and Giants in the following three weeks. If you are in a 1-QB league, I would suggest selling for another position. Remember that Cousins is also forced to play behind a patchwork offensive line and will be without Jordan Reed for at least one more game. There are too many factors working against him to start him over the next month.
Doug Martin is an interesting case. He looks more explosive by the week and yet has not topped 20 carries. As Winston tries to get healthy, I would be shocked if the number of rushing attempts do not increase. Martin has a dream schedule down the stretch. He will face only one team over the next 6 weeks that ranks in the top-10 in points allowed to running backs. Martin should be picked up now before he puts three or four really good games together.
Ajayi has been one of the biggest busts of the fantasy season. His perceived value is low even with the prospect of joining the Eagles, thanks to the injury to Philly’s LT Jason Peters (knee, out for the season). Ajayi’s red-zone opportunities are bound to increase and in a standard league, that is a big deal. Jay never offered much as a receiver but could make for a solid RB2 down the stretch on a good offense.
Gore is like the sun, you know what it will do for you every single day as long as it isn’t too cloudy. He hits the right holes and protects the football, but he is aging. Marlon Mack has emerged as a player who brings a little more juice to the offense. Mack saw his carries double last week and has built a steady role as a pass-catcher. The writing appears to be on the wall for Gore and it may happen soon with the Colts’ season slipping away.
Sanders is expected to return to the field this week against the Eagles. He will take a bit of a hit having to catch passes from Brock Osweiler, but the offense has clearly been lacking since Sanders went down. Demaryius Thomas failed to make a sizable impact and I expect a ton of targets to go to number 10. Sanders gets back-to-back matchups with the low-end pass defenses of Philly and New England in weeks 9 and 10.
Marvin Jones Jr.
Jones has put together a couple of nice games in a row and he will face two weak secondaries in a row, beginning this week with Green Bay. His ability to get loose down the field allows him to benefit from coverages being drawn to Golden Tate. Stafford also loves to throw it deep so expect Jones to have opportunities for big plays week in and week out.
I love Keenan Allen and I know he gets a ton of opportunities, but the upside just hasn’t been there. The Chargers simply do not look Allen’s way in the red-zone because he is often doubled due to a lack of an outside receiving threat. He hasn’t scored since week 1 but still has some name appeal. Allen faces two of the top three defenses against wide receivers the next two games. Don’t expect better things from Allen.
Will Fuller V
I am starting to wonder about this guy. He has put together one heck of a 4-game stretch. Fuller scored in each of the last four games (twice in three of them) and is getting some big plays. If your league rewards long receptions then you are loving this guy, if you started him. I still say that his pace in unsustainable. As you can see from his low reception total, Fuller relies on the big play. His value is high right now. See what you can turn it into.
That will conclude Buy Low, Sell High Week 9 . Good luck this week and remember to check The Fantasy Authority for all your fantasy information. Leave the hard work to us! Hit me up with your trade questions @SparkMan386 and I will be happy to help out!