The trade deadline is swift approaching in most fantasy leagues. This is the time to make the moves to put you over the top. The biggest mistake a fantasy player can make is to be too attached to his players. Be willing to trade a guy whose value is likely to go down and don’t be afraid to take a little risk in acquiring struggling players. Here are three players I recommend trying to buy low and three it might be time to cash in for max value.
Three To Trade
Let me clarify that different moves make sense for different teams. Personally, I don’t believe Lynch can sustain his recent level of play against any opponent but he does have a couple good match ups in the coming weeks. If you are a team on the fringe of the playoffs in your league then you might hold tight as his next three match ups are against Washington (18th in points allowed to fantasy RBs), Philadelphia (25th, but better of late) and St.Louis (28th). However, in weeks 15 and 16 he goes up against Chicago (6th) and San Francisco (1st). If you are secure in your playoff position, find a sucker and unload him. He has had some issues with his back so that is also a concern but the main reason for trading him is that he is Marshawn Lynch. If someone wants to give you value based on his last three weeks, you do it.
This one hurts because unlike Lynch I love Steven Jackson. So why trade him? The reason is mostly schedule but not entirely. Jackson has a history of injury so that concern is always present but by all accounts he seems healthy. Another issue is that Jackson is on a bad team. This limits his opportunity to score from close range, an area where he is especially skilled. Back to that schedule, Jackson has a pretty good matchup with the Cardinals this week, but after that here is his schedule through week 16 with each defense’s points allowed to RB rank:
@ San Fransisco (1st)
@ Seattle (7th)
The Bengals and Steelers may have middle of the pack rankings but they both scare me more than that. Especially Pittsburgh as they have played much better of late and continue to get healthier.
This one could be tough if everyone in your league saw the Tyler Palko show. You will need to sell the fact that he managed eight fantasy points even with the new QB. Of course, if you watched the game you know you might be better off with Shane Falco throwing your WR the ball. You might not be able to get much but it’s worth a shot.
Three To Trade For
Remaining schedule is a mixed bag but I believe in his talent and his team. If the Gore owner in your league is the type to panic over his recent health issues, make the steal.
This one isn’t for the faint of heart but if you’re willing to take the risk and you don’t have to win this week it could pay off huge. Your ability to get Green will be tied to the mentality of his owner. Sell the fact that he is injured and he had single digit points in his prior game. Reality is that Green has looked like a monster and Andy Dalton is the real deal. If he comes back fully healthy he could be a key component to a championship run for your team. Did I mention he plays St. Louis (28th in points allowed to opposing WRs) and Arizona (25th) in weeks 15 and 16?
The most complete receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers is Antonio Brown. I’m not saying I would rather own him than Mike Wallace because I wouldn’t. However, they are closer than you might think. In the four weeks since Brown emerged as a consistent target, he has scored 40 fantasy points to Wallace’s 42. Wallace’s ability to win your week with one play still makes him the number one Steelers wideout. It is Wallace’s elite speed that often blows the top off the defense and opens up the field for Brown. Hopefully the owner in your league is hesitant to buy into young, emerging players and might be willing to trade for a more established name. Many would say it’s a waste to put him on the list because the cat is out of the bag. Yes, everyone gets that he is good and a valuable fantasy option. What I’m saying is that he is even better than people realize. He has great speed, good hands, is able make catches at any depth and plays in a pass happy offense. Talent is there, so what about opportunity? His target totals for his last four games: 9, 15 ,11 ,6.