Week 9 Buy or Sell? Player Tips for Crunch-Time

Welcome to Buy Low/Sell High for Week 9, 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.

BUY LOW

Kareem Hunt (RB - CLE)


Hunt has been disappointing in two of the last three weeks and there’s a good chance that Nick Chubb will be back after the bye in Week 10, so if there’s a time to trade for the electric Cleveland Browns RB, it’s right now. Fantasy owners might be a bit concerned about Hunt’s workload once Chubb comes back, especially considering Hunt hasn’t been the elite RB1 they thought he’d be with Chubb out. That being said, we know exactly what Hunt is with Chubb in the lineup: a high-end RB2. A lot of teams could use an RB2 for their playoff push, so I’m looking to acquire Hunt in every league.



Jonathan Taylor (RB - IND)


There are a lot of question marks surrounding Jonathan Taylor, so it may seem like a risky proposition to trade for JT, but it could pay dividends for your fantasy team. Taylor managers might be freaking out over his involvement in the game against the Detroit Lions where he disappeared in the second half, but according to QB Philip Rivers, JT was a bit banged up. It shouldn’t be a major injury for Jonathan Taylor, so take advantage of disgruntled owners and acquire the RB2 with RB1 upside on the cheap.



Diontae Johnson (WR - PIT)


Johnson has had quite an interesting 2020 season so far. He’s constantly dealing with injuries, but when he’s on the field, he’s a solid WR2. That all changed this week against the Baltimore Ravens, where he completely vanished and put up his third dud of the season. Johnson’s latest performance may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for some fantasy managers. If Johnson is on the block in your league, you should definitely be trying to acquire him.


Jonnu Smith (TE - TEN)


Jonnu Smith looked like he was breaking out in a big way at the beginning of the season, but his recent performances have been very disappointing. Smith’s line over the last three weeks is a lackluster 8/4/51/0, which just isn’t good enough for fantasy, so managers might be willing to trade him for next to nothing. If you could acquire Smith at a big discount, go for it because it’s a low risk, high reward kind of acquisition.

SELL HIGH


Lamar Jackson (QB - BAL)


Jackson isn’t a top 10 fantasy QB through seven games. Just let that sink in. It looks like he’s taken a big step back as a passer and even his rushing attempts are down this season. Now, it’s mostly due to the vastly improved Baltimore Ravens defense, which has allowed the team to ask less of Jackson this season. While that’s great for the Ravens football team, it’s very bad news for his fantasy owners. If you could capitalize on his name value and trade Jackson for a downgrade at QB and an RB or WR, do it because his upcoming schedule is absolutely brutal: @ IND, @ NE, vs TEN, @ PIT. Yikes!



Todd Gurley II (RB - ATL)


Gurley is such a tough player to gauge right now. His rushing yardage doesn't jump off the page, but his TDs do. All throughout his career, Gurley has had a nose for the endzone and that hasn’t changed with the Atlanta Falcons. Still, there’s no denying he’s a TD dependent RB. If he doesn’t get into the endzone, he won’t give you a good fantasy day like other RB1s. Seeing as TDs are tougher to predict than volume, I would be willing to move Gurley for a more consistent option at the right price.



Robert Woods (WR - LAR)


Both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp were great for fantasy against the Miami Dolphins last week, but let’s not kid ourselves, the Los Angeles Rams are a run first team. They got behind early and had to throw the ball a whopping 61 times, which led to two Robert Woods TDs; one on the ground and one through the air. Woods is usually the volume guy while Kupp is the TD guy, so the fact that Woods already has 6 TDs - which is 1 shy of his career high with the Rams - is a bit concerning to me. Negative TD regression is coming, so I would be looking to move Woods after his big week.


Brandon Aiyuk (WR - SF)


Aiyuk is an immensely talented WR, but just like Robert Woods, his fantasy day was greatly affected by the game script the San Francisco 49ers were forced into against the Seattle Seahawks. On top of that, Deebo Samuel was out with an injury this week, so it was the perfect storm for Aiyuk, who soaked up his vacant targets in the passing game. He’s been performing as a solid WR2 without Samuel and will continue to produce as such without him, but if you could trade Aiyuk for an RB2 before Deebo’s inevitable return, it would be a great move.



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