Fantasy Football Buy Low, Sell High: 12 Trade Candidates Ahead of Week 8
It’s important to look deeper into a player’s production before making irrational roster decisions. If you are the one in your league reading this, I hope that you can take advantage of each situation as they come.
Each week I will present some players you should either sell high or buy low on while you can. Almost everything in fantasy football is a result of short-term memory. If you don’t act quickly, you will miss out on opportunities that can make or break your fantasy season.
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Fantasy Football Players to Buy Low in Week 8
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints
Jameis Winston has just 2 amazing fantasy football games in him through 6 games. In Week 1, he threw 5 touchdowns and threw another 4 in Week 5. He has totaled just 4 touchdowns in his other 4 games played.
Winston has had some difficult matchups to begin the season. Looking ahead, it appears the Saints will be in quite a few high-scoring matchups. His next 6 games will all be against some of the highest scoring offenses in the league, beginning with a revenge game in Week 8 against his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
We all have seen Jameis Winston’s upside and his ability to throw for a bunch of touchdowns in any given game. If his schedule is any indicator, we have yet to see the best of Winston in 2021. He’s only rostered in 50% of leagues so you may not even have to trade for him.
Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson hasn’t been horrible, but he hasn’t been what people expected when they drafted him this year. He’s combined for just 95 rushing yards in his last two games. Regardless of his “disappointing” production thus far, Antonio Gibson is a staple in Washington’s offense.
He has double-digit carries in every game this season. He’s rushed for 3 touchdowns and has caught one as well. Last week, Gibson would have had a long touchdown run if he didn’t get tripped up just as he made it past the defensive linemen of the Packers.
Given Gibson’s touches through the first 7 games, he’s certainly in line to score more touchdowns and break free for some big chunk gains. Touchdown progression is real and I believe Antonio Gibson will have a much better second half of the season. Get him now before he turns into a top-12 running back.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Jarvis Landry, who is known for his high target counts, missed 6 straight games with a knee injury. He finally returned last week and immediately saw a team-high 8 targets and team-high 5 receptions. This was with backup quarterback, Case Keenum.
Baker Mayfield isn’t expected to miss Week 8 which should be an immediate upgrade for all pass catching options. Odell Beckham Jr. and Mayfield haven’t clicked at all this season. OBJ has eclipsed 30 receiving yards just twice in 5 games.
There’s no doubt Mayfield will pepper Landry with targets in Week 8 and beyond. With pass-catching back, Kareem Hunt out for the foreseeable future, Mayfield will need another reliable target to throw to. Jarvis Landry is typically that guy even when Hunt is on the field.
Nothing but good news for Jarvis Landry managers going forward.
Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills
This buy low candidate will have to sit on your bench for at least 2 games, but he’s worth it. The tight end position is extremely volatile and there a few consistent options to be had. Dawson Knox is one of those options.
Before Breaking a bone in his hand in Week 6 against the Titans, Dawson Knox had 4 straight games with at least 1 touchdown. He scored 2 touchdowns against the Texans in Week 4. Knox is currently the TE9 despite his bye week last week.
The Dawson Knox manager may not want to take up a bench spot on an injured tight end. You can easily offer a healthy tight end and another positional piece to acquire Knox. Since it would be a 2 for 1 type deal, you can use that open roster spot to stream the position for a couple of games until Knox returns. He could be a league winner for your squad down the stretch.
Additional Fantasy Football Buy Low Players
· Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
· Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Fantasy Football Players to Sell High in Week 7
Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots
Mac Jones has thrown a pair of touchdowns in 3 of his last 4 games. This is typically something to be excited about, however, his fantasy points are still hindered. As a rookie quarterback, Jones will continue to throw interceptions. This is not something you want in your starting quarterback in the fantasy playoffs.
He’s thrown over 300 yards just once this season. Jones has some ball security issues as well. He’s fumbled the ball 3 times this season, fortunately, giving it up to the opposition just once.
As I mentioned, Jones has thrown over 300 yards just once this year. It was last week when he threw 307 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jets. His best game of the season. Now is the time to package Jones with another position and upgrade at a position of need in your roster.
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Myles Gaskin now has 2 very good fantasy production games in his last 3 weeks. He’s coming off a game where he rushed a season-high 15 times for a season-high 67 rush yards. He caught all 4 of his targets and had a touchdown reception.
Gaskin’s usage has been wildly inconsistent this year. He’s has double-digit carries just twice and has seen his target numbers go from 10 to 6 to 4 in the last 3 games. This is not the trend you want to see for your fantasy running back.
Pitch his usage in the passing game and his 2 monster weeks in the last 3 games to acquire a more consistent option for your team.
Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots
Kendrick Bourne is coming off back-to-back decent fantasy performances. Numbers can be deceiving, though. In Week 6, Bourne had 75 receiving yards and a touchdown. The only problem? He had just 2 targets and caught 1 of them for a 75-yard touchdown. In Week 7 he caught all 4 of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown. The only problem? His touchdown was a pass to Nelson Agholor.
You can’t rely on a 2 target, 1-catch game and trick plays for fantasy production from your wide receiver. This Patriots offense isn’t what it used to be and they will rely heavily on the run game when possible. Kendrick Bourne may be the 4th option at best as a receiving option for jones.
If you have Kendrick Bourne on your roster, now is the best time to cash in.
Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers
Of course, as soon as I wave the white flag on Robert Tonyan and encourage everyone to bench him, he catches 4 of 5 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. In his previous 4 games, Tonyan combined for 6 catches for 32 yards and 0 touchdowns.
Tonyan could be in line for another decent fantasy day this week as the Packers offense is expected to be without start wideout, Davante Adams (COVID). You may want to play that up when you offer your trade of Robert Tonyan or wait to see if he has another productive game to make your move. Either way, you don’t want Tonyan as your tight end this season. His floor is dangerously low and his involvement in the Packers offense is unstable.
Additional Fantasy Football Sell High Players
· D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
· Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams