A lot of times, fantasy football can be like blackjack. You have to know when to let it ride and keep putting the hot hand into your starting lineup, and you have to know when to pull your chips off the table, cash out and sell high.
Here's a look at some NFL players who have gotten off to hot starts and who fantasy owners should seriously consider unloading, as the asking price you can get for each may never be higher than it is right now.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
At first glance it may seem crazy to advocate dealing Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, especially after 526 passing yards, 124 rushing yards and five total touchdowns have made the second overall pick in April's NFL draft fantasy football's top signal-caller through two games.
The 2011 Heisman trophy winner played very well in Washington's loss to the the St. Louis Rams Sunday, throwing for a score and rushing for two more, and after the game, head coach Mike Shanahan was very complimentary of his young quarterback while speaking with the Associated Press (via The Washington Post):
“I thought this was a tough environment and I thought he made some plays,” Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. “I was very impressed with how he handled himself. It will keep on being a learning experience, every game he goes into he is going to learn from it just like he did today. He made a number of plays.”
Griffin has played about as well as his fantasy owners dared hope, and given that he was likely drafted as a backup quarterback by most fantasy squads with another solid starter, you may wish to shop the rookie in the hopes of filling a hole at another position.
Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins
Griffin isn't the only rookie who earned a prominent role in the Washington Redskins offense. Sixth-round running back Alfred Morris opened the season as the lead back in the nation's capital, and after averaging over 85 yards a game through two weeks with a pair of touchdowns, it doesn't appear that Morris is set to surrender that role anytime soon.
That makes now the perfect time to sell on Morris if you have the depth in the backfield to absorb the hit. Given all the injuries that have hit running backs so far this season, there are any number of teams clamoring for help at the position, which will enable savvy fantasy owners to unload the former Florida Atlantic standout at a premium.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola emerged as quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to target in 2010 with 85 receptions, and after missing almost all of the 2011 season due to an elbow injury, the fourth-year pro appears to have picked up right where he left off.
Amendola absolutely exploded in the Rams' Week 2 victory over the Redskins, hauling in a career-high 15 catches for 160 yards while tying the NFL record for receptions in a half and earning rave reviews from his quarterback, according to Jim Thomas of The Washington Post.
“He’s a tremendous player. We knew going into this week that we were going to try to get him the ball, just in some of the things we were doing with the game plan,” Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. “He came out, he played great today. I think it says a lot about him, after the first play he didn’t get down, he came back and had probably one of the best halves I’ve ever seen from a wide receiver.”
Amendola may well be set for an excellent season, but if he presents your fantasy squad with a surplus at the wide receiver spot, he's a classic sell-high that can be used to address deficiencies at other positions after his record-tying performance.