Buy Low, Sell High: Week 6
It is hard to believe that we are near the half-way point of the fantasy regular season. I know that several of my teams have been decimated by injuries and uncertainty surrounding key players. I hope you went out and bought low on Doug Martin, he looks like he could pace the league in rushing from here on. In the Buy Low, Sell High: Week 6 edition, I will try to give the edge you need to get your team back to the expected level of performance you set for them a month ago. Here we go…
Matt Stafford has not thrown for 300 yards in a game at all this season. He ranks 27th in vertical air-yards per attempt and only has 9 TD passes. His value is low right now but if you are affected by the Derek Carr injury or looking for a string of good matchups then Stafford is your guy. Over the next three weeks, he has Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Green Bay. That adds up to two potential shootout games and the Browns are, well, the Browns. The volume will be there due to a lack of a run game and a couple of games in the dome bode well for passing success.
This is really an easy choice but Eli is coming off two big performances in the last three weeks. However, he has lost his top-three options in the passing game and gets back-to-back tilts with Denver and Seattle. If you own Engram, start him. Get something for Eli while you can or else just plan on dropping him.
“Shady’ has not rushed for 100 yards since week 1 and is probably drawing some frustration from owners. If you need a running back, there may not be a better option for the rest of the season than McCoy. That may sound like a bold statement but McCoy does not face a top 16 run defense at all over the next 5 weeks and only 2 the rest of the year! I told you back in Week 2 to sell this man due to the upcoming schedule and was proven right on the money. Now is when it flips. With injuries to the Bills’ pass-catchers piling up, expect a heavy dose of the run game going forward.
This is not so much a knock on the rookie as it is on the QB and the system in which he plays. Cam Newton is getting his groove back from a passing standpoint by playing to his strength. He is deep ball thrower and he has to threaten the defense with his legs. His volatile fantasy performance is going to lead to the same for McCaffrey. Johnathan Stewart is clearly not going anywhere. Despite a lack of productivity, Stewart continues to dominate the carries out of the backfield and Cam doesn’t possess the short area accuracy to utilize the skills of the rookie. McCaffrey showed some flashes on Sunday so now might be the time to move on.
Despite the fantasy numbers, this guy can ball out. In watching the Steelers play I have noticed that Martavis Bryant is roasting the coverage on a weekly basis. Ben Roethlisberger is struggling right now and film review will show him the need to get the ball to Martavis. He is a physical specimen in an offense that likes to throw the football. He faces 5 of the worst pass defense in the league over his next 7 weeks. He will likely see very little of Marcus Peters this week against KC and stands to take advantage of an otherwise poor secondary in a high-scoring game.
Much like with Christian McCaffrey, I don’t want my fantasy success to be tied to the arm of Cam Newton. Funchess and Benjamin are the same types of receiver and teams are going to figure out that the Panthers cannot run the ball (19th in rushing). Funchess’s upside is touchdown dependent and it is difficult to expect that to continue in an unbalanced offense.