Welcome to Buy Low/Sell High for Week 11, where I take a look at the players you could trade for at a discount and the players you should trade away while their value is still high.
Michael Thomas (WR - NO)
Michael Thomas is supposed to be one of the best WRs in the NFL, but he hasn’t lived up to those expectations since returning to action in Week 9. He has a 13/7/78/0 line since stepping back into the number one WR role for the New Orleans Saints. Fantasy managers who are struggling to get into the playoffs might be at their breaking point with the much-maligned WR, who hasn’t had a productive fantasy day all season and just lost his starting QB. Brees is going to miss multiple weeks with broken ribs and a collapsed lung, but could be back for the fantasy playoffs, so iIf you could acquire MT for cheap, it could be worth the risk.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Chase Claypool for Michael Thomas
Damien Harris and DJ Chark Jr. for Michael Thomas
Jerick McKinnon and Amari Cooper for Michael Thomas
James Conner (RB - PIT)
The last two weeks for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ bellcow back have been less than ideal. In back to back smash matchups, James Conner has averaged just 13 touches, 34 total yards and 0 TDs. That’s RB4 levels of production and not what we’ve come to expect from Conner, who’s been a consistent low-end RB1/high-end RB2 all season long. If the Conner owner in your league needs wins now and is unsatisfied with Conner’s production as of late, shoot him an offer and see if you could get the Steelers’ RB below market value.
David Montgomery and DeVante Parker for James Conner
Jonathan Taylor and Cole Beasley for James Conner
Robert Woods and JD McKissic for James Conner
Tyler Lockett (WR - SEA)
Tyler Lockett has had an interesting season up to this point. He’s the WR6 on the season through nine games, despite having only four games over 10 fantasy points in half PPR scoring. He’s the definition of boom-or-bust, but let’s be honest, if you own Lockett, you’re never going to bench him. You put him in your lineup and hope for a boom performance, but he’s only delivered that kind of day once since week 3. Still, Lockett has game-winning upside each and every week, so if he’s on the block in your league, get him. Just keep in mind that Lockett is dealing with a minor knee sprain, but isn't expected to miss any time.
Brandin Cooks and Jerick McKinnon for Tyler Lockett
JuJu Smith-Schuster for Tyler Lockett
Zack Moss and Corey Davis for Tyler Lockett
Joe Mixon (RB - CIN)
Buying low on an injured player is always a risky proposition, but Mixon could very well be worth it. The Cincinnati Bengals’ RB hasn’t played since Week 6, but is close to returning to action and may do so as early as next week against the Washington Football Team. If you’re in a comfortable spot and looking to acquire players for a playoff run, Mixon should be your priority target. He was starting to heat up before his injury and his ROS schedule is pretty appealing, so I think it’s time to kick the tires on a potential Mixon deal in your league.
Robert Woods and Mark Ingram II for Joe Mixon
Travis Fulgham and Myles Gaskin for Joe Mixon
Jonathan Taylor and Jamison Crowder for Joe Mixon
DJ Moore (WR - CAR)
While DJ Moore is an incredibly talented WR, Teddy Bridgewater loves to spread the ball around in this Carolina Panthers offense. There are three mouths to feed with DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel all vying for targets. While Birdgewater is a solid NFL QB, he’s not the kind of player who could support three WRs for fantasy. Typically, one of those three WRs will have a good game each week and, this week, it was DJ Moore. With Bridgewater possibly missing some time with a knee injury, I would be trying to get out of the Panthers’ passing game altogether and looking to capitalize on Moore’s big game.
DJ Moore for Tyler Lockett
DJ Moore and Leonard Fournette for Miles Sanders
DJ Moore for Ezekiel Elliott
Damien Harris (RB - NE)
Harris surprised most of the fantasy community with his performance against the Baltimore Ravens’ stout front seven. Most analysts recommended sitting the New England Patriots’ RB last week who ended up with 22 carries for 121 yards, but things are going to get real murky in the Patriots’ backfield very soon with the return of Sony Michel. He might not return in Week 11, but he’ll eventually be returning and eating into Harris’ workload. With four RBs fighting for touches in New England, I would be doing my best to offload Harris at a high price.
Damien Harris and Austin Hooper for Mark Andrews
Damien Harris and Corey Davis for Chris Godwin
Damien Harris and Christian Kirk for D’Andre Swift
Marvin Jones Jr. (WR - DET)
Jones has been getting the job done for fantasy over the last four weeks with a solid floor. MJJ hasn’t gone under 10 points or eclipsed 20 points during that span in Half PPR scoring, meaning he’s been firmly in the WR3 conversation. The main question is if this production is going to continue once Kenny Golladay returns from his hip injury and I don’t think it will. Golladay’s injury will force him to miss 2-4 weeks of action and he’s already missed two games, which means he might be ready to go in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. Regardless of whether or not Golladay will be back, he will return soon and take targets away from Jones, so it’s time to move on from MJJ before it’s too late.
Marvin Jones Jr. and Curtis Samuel for Chase Claypool
Marvin Jones Jr. and Le’Veon Bell for Ronald Jones II
Marvin Jones Jr. and Mark Ingram II for Kareem Hunt
Nyheim Hines (RB - IND)
The RB situation in Indianapolis is one to avoid at all costs, so if you were lucky enough to roster Nyheim Hines and see him go off on the Tennessee Titans, you might have a tradable asset on your hands. Hines is an electric player and looked incredible last week, but the Colts love their three-headed running back committee of Nyheim Hines, Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins, so it’s unlikely to lead to any extended playing time for the NC State product moving forward. I would be trying to sell the fact that Hines has been very good two of the last three weeks and offload him at a high price.
Nyheim Hines for Rob Gronkowski
Nyheim Hines and Deebo Samuel for Raheem Mostert
Nyheim Hines and DeVante Parker for Todd Gurley II