With the trade deadline quickly approaching, time is of the essence, so here are three players you could buy low at a discount and three players you should sell high before it’s too late.
Allen Robinson (WR - CHI)
Yeah, I know, the Chicago Bears offense isn’t very good to say the least, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t target anyone on the team in trades. The only two fantasy players worth owning on the Bears are RB David Montgomery and WR Allen Robinson, with the latter being a much more electric option. ARob is seeing 10 targets a game with a whopping 25.8% target share. While Nick Foles may not be giving Robinson the best targets we’ve ever seen, he has an elite target share and legit WR1 upside, even if he’s only producing as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 at the moment. After two down games in a row, capitalize on a panicking owner and scoop up ARob while you have the chance!
DJ Chark (WR - JAX)
Chark has had a bit of an up and down 2020 season. He’s seeing 6.8 targets per game and is clearly Minshew’s number one target, but it’s not amounting to much in terms of fantasy production. He has also missed a game and change due to injury. All of this could be enough for managers to put the stud receiver on their trade block. If you know a Chark owner who’s ready to move on from him in your league, reach out to them because Chark may be producing like a WR3 right now, but his WR2 upside is undeniable.
Tom Brady (QB - TB)
Like a fine wine, Tom Brady just gets better and better with age. Coming off of maybe his best game as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Brady looks to be back as a QB1 in fantasy once again. So why is he in the buy low section? Well, that’s because Brady won’t have his full complement of weapons this week as Godwin is going to be out against the New York Giants and will look to be back in Week 9 along with Brady’s good friend Antonio Brown. While you never know what you’re going to get with Tampa Bay’s receivers, Brady should be a consistent fantasy option from Week 9 onwards and that playoff schedule is incredible: Minnesota, Atlanta and Detroit. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB - DAL)
The Dallas Cowboys season has gone completely off the rails. Their offensive line is an absolute mess, even if they get Zack Martin back. Whether it’s Dalton or the rookie Ben DiNucci from James Madison under center, neither QB inspires much confidence. Due to all of this, defenses are stacking the box against the Cowboys every play and forcing them to pass. None of this is good news for Zeke, who’s running into 8 man boxes with an inept offensive line each play. While Elliott is still going to be a solid RB1 based on volume alone, he’s not the elite top-three fantasy RB option he was at the beginning of the season anymore. If you can capitalize on his name and downgrade at RB to improve another position, I’d definitely recommend it.
Mike Evans (WR - TB)
Mike Evans is an incredible football player, but things aren’t looking good for his fantasy prospects after the Bucs signed Antonio Brown. In the four games this season where both Evans and Godwin have played, Evans has seen a TOTAL of 12 targets. Yeah, you read that right, 12 total targets in four games, which means he’s averaging a measly three targets per game. Add Brown to the equation, along with the increased role of Gronk in the offense, and Evans could be the odd man out in the Bucs offense. He could very well wind up being a boom-or-bust WR3 so, just like with Elliott, try to use his name and package him in a trade.
D'Andre Swift (RB - DET)
Matt Patricia seems to have no idea what to do with his running backs. Although DeAndre Swift is clearly the pride of the Lions’ backfield, Adrian Peterson is still somehow the team’s starting running back after 7 weeks, taking precious touches away from Swift. Patricia’s refusal to make Swift the number one back is beyond frustrating for fantasy owners since it’s what is keeping the rookie from being a league winner. For now, Swift is more of a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 with no change in sight, so sell high while you can.
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