Fantasy Football Buy Low, Sell High: 12 Trade Candidates Ahead of Week 9
Fantasy Football Buy Low, Sell High: 12 Trade Candidates Ahead of Week 9
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 9
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes had his worst game of his career in Week 7. He was held without a touchdown and threw for 206 yards and an interception. Everyone expected he’d bounce back against the Giants last week. He threw for 275 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are not looking like themselves right now.
Prior to the last 2 games, Patrick Mahomes threw for 260 or more yards and multiple touchdowns every week. I’m reminded of Aaron Rodgers when he told everyone to “R.E.L.A.X.” Fantasy managers were able to trade for him fairly easily during his struggles. Now is your time to make an offer for an elite quarterback who will most certainly bounce back as soon as this week.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos
It’s not always ideal to have a running back involved in a 50/50 split backfield. That is the case with Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. A lot of fantasy analysts have predicted Melvin Gordon would eventually fade into the background while the rookie takes over as the season progresses.
I contemplated listing Melvin Gordon as a sell high candidate and then I had this thought. Here we are, eight games into the season and one running back leads the Broncos backfield in carries (88), rushing yards (397), rushing touchdowns (3), receiving yards (148) and receiving touchdowns (2), and his name isn’t Javonte Williams.
Buy Melvin Gordon while others still believe Williams will take over at some point. Gordon hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and there’s no reason for the Broncos to hand the keys over to the rookie just yet.
A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals
A.J. Green is coming off his worst performance since Week 5. He still had 5 catches for 50 yards, but that isn’t what many will remember. For most, they will remember how A.J. Green failed to turn around and catch a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyler Murray. Instead, the ball was picked off in the end zone and sealed the win for the Packers. That game was viewed by many as it was the highly anticipated Thursday Night Football matchup.
The truth is, Green has been a consistent option for Kyler Murray this season. The have connected for 3 touchdowns on the year and 50 or more yards in 5 of 8 games. A.J. Green is second among the Cardinals wideouts in targets and has just 32 fewer receiving yards than team-leader, DeAndre Hopkins.
Buy him now while the world is hating on him and have yourself a safe and reliable option at the position every week.
C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
The tight end position is such a wild card. If you are going to roster a “boom or bust” player, it might as well be a tight end.
C.J. Uzomah is that guy. In three of his last four games, Uzomah has 33 or fewer receiving yards. He did have at least one touchdown in three of his last five games which is the ONLY thing that matter when it comes to the position. He’s coming off a week with just 4 catches for 33 yards and no score.
So why should you buy him? His boom weeks are well worth the risk of playing him in your tight end spot every week. He has 5 touchdowns on the season, which is tied for the league-lead among the position. Uzomah has 2 games with 90+ receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. That is week-winning upside. Buy him now while he’s coming off a bust week.
Additional Fantasy Football Buy Low Players
- Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
- Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Football Team
Fantasy Football Players to Sell High in Week 9
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
Ryan Tannehill was expected to have himself another huge season for fantasy football managers. That just hasn’t been the case. Tannehill has just 2 games with multiple touchdown passes and has thrown for a total of 7 interceptions on the season.
He is coming off a game in which he threw for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did throw 2 interceptions as well, but that is easily forgiven when you throw 3 touchdowns. He has a difficult matchup in Week 9 and will have his bye week in Week 13.
Trade him now that Derrick Henry is injured. Use it as a selling point. The Titans will have to throw more, but opposing defenses will know that and be able to plan specifically for Tannehill. Just don’t tell that to your trade partner.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles had a very oddly productive game last week. They scored 44 points and Jalen Hurts wasn’t involved in any of them. Instead, the Eagles got a total of four rushing touchdowns from running backs, Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. 37 carries were evenly divided among the two veteran backs and rookie Kenneth Gainwell.
The Eagles will not have many weeks like this. Once Miles Sanders returns, it will only muddy the waters up in this backfield even more. It’s best to pass on the inevitable headache to someone else in exchange for a more consistent player.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
I love Cole Beasley. More often than not, he is heavily targeted by Josh Allen. He has three games this season with 13 targets. He now has back-to-back week with great fantasy production. In Week 6, Beasley caught 7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Last week (following the Bills’ Bye Week), he caught 10 passes for 110 yards. Looking at his fantasy points, it will be appealing to a potential buyer.
The downside to Beasley is that his ceiling isn’t very high. He doesn’t score many touchdowns. In fact, the touchdown he has in Week 6 was his only one on the season. The most touchdowns Beasley has ever caught in a season was in 2019 when he caught 6. Obviously, don’t bring up touchdowns in trade negotiations. Talk up his target numbers and reception upside.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots
Prior to last week, Hunter Henry caught a touchdown from Mac Jones in four consecutive games. Doing something like that will place Henry among the league’s top fantasy tight ends this season. It’s fool’s gold.
He can’t catch touchdowns every week and two of his four touchdowns came in games where he had just two catches. It’s just sustainable or realistic. Hunter Henry has just 297 receiving yards on the season. He’s eclipsed 50 receiving yards just once this year. You’re better off trading him for a depth piece at another position and streaming at tight end.
Additional Fantasy Football Sell High Players
- D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
Nate Hamilton has produced high-quality content for some of the top fantasy football sites including FantasyPros, The Fantasy Footballers, The Game Day, and now OddsChecker! He is a co-author of Amazon's #1 Best Selling "The Fantasy Football Black Book" with Joe Pisapia. He lives on Twitter: @DomiNateFF