Fantasy Football: Who to Sell High and Who to Buy Low After Week 6
With the 2012 NFL season nearly halfway over, fantasy owners should have a pretty good idea of who the true players are for their teams.
Many players have stepped up their game and have become fantasy relevant while several players continue to disappoint. This list breaks down who should be traded at maximum value and who should be traded for at minimum cost.
Follow this list closely and your fantasy team should be in great shape heading into Week 7.
Sell High: Michael Vick
The Michael Vick experiment may be coming to its conclusion in Philadelphia. Through six games, Vick has thrown for eight touchdowns and has one on the ground.
However, Vick also has eight interceptions and has coughed up nine fumbles, losing five of them. Andy Reid cannot be pleased with all of Vick's turnovers, and he has a very impressive rookie in Nick Foles on the bench. Even third-stringer Trent Edwards has made an impression on the Eagles.
The risk of Vick turning over the ball is very high, and if his play doesn't improve, he may even find himself on the bench. Even if he cuts down his turnovers, he is no longer an elite fantasy player and needs to be traded from your team.
This is how you do it.
Remind your trading partner that Vick has 205 rushing yards and is still a beast on the ground. He has playmakers downfield in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and can throw a long bomb at any given time. He even has Brent Celek on third downs to keep the chains moving and an electric LeSean McCoy to make plays.
But in reality, Vick is no longer the elite rusher that he once was. Sure, every once in awhile he will light up the stat sheet. However, his tendency to turn over the ball makes him an inconsistent fantasy starter and could possibly cost him his job.
Make sure to rid yourself of Vick before it's too late.
Buy Low: Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden leads the NFL with 10 interceptions through the first six weeks of the season. He has thrown for only seven touchdowns, but believe it or not, you want to add Weeden to your roster.
The past three games, Weeden has put up passing yards of 320, 291 and 231. Though he only went 1-2 in those games, the Browns were very competitive in those losses. Oh yeah, his opponents were the Ravens, Giants and Bengals, all 2011 playoff participants.
You definitely want Weeden on your roster, and here is how you get him.
Convince Weeden's fantasy owner that the rookie has a very weak supporting cast around him. For one reason or another, Weeden does lead the league in interceptions and lost his first five games. He even has the highly touted rookie running back Trent Richardson who will have a good chunk of carries every game.
But in reality, Richardson is a little shaken up from an injury and Weeden has been having success as of late. Fellow rookie Josh Gordon has been a home run threat the past two weeks and appears to be the best downfield threat in Cleveland since Braylon Edwards. Weeden is only getting more and more comfortable and confident and should continue to push 300 yards every game.
The rookie has a lot of talent, but not a lot of help around him. However, he is still managing to get the job done and deserves to be traded for at a low value.
Sell High: Darren McFadden
It's not that Darren McFadden is a bad player, but his fantasy value isn't as high as some people believe it to be.
After two seasons of averaging more than five yards a carry, McFadden is only having a miserable 3.2 yards per carry average. Carson Palmer has had enough time to learn the playbook that he is more than capable of throwing 50 passes a game if the run game stalls. McFadden is still a good player, but just an inconsistent fantasy threat.
Here is how you deal him.
Convince your trading partner that McFadden will in fact heat up. He had 98 total yards and a touchdown against the undefeated Falcons is Week 6 and exploded for 113 yards on only 18 carries against a very good Steelers defense in Week 3.
In reality, McFadden is only averaging 2.6 yards per carry in his last two games. He is not making the most of his touches, allowing the game-planning to favor the pass.
McFadden's value is still very high, but Oakland will become a passing team down the threat. Deal him now when the compensation will never be greater.
Buy Low: David Wilson
Many people remember David Wilson for fumbling on opening night, possibly crying and being benched for the remainder of the night. But the Giants didn't use a first-round draft pick on the kid to keep him on the bench.
After having only a combined six carries for 10 yards in his first three game, Wilson has been playing very well as of late. He turned two carries into 44 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland in Week 5 and had seven carries for 35 yards against a very good 49er defense. Plus, the Giants have done very well when Ahmad Bradshaw is sharing carries.
This is how you snag Wilson at a low price.
Remind Wilson's owner that after gaining only 10 yards in his first three games, he recorded no stats against the Eagles in Week 4. Let it be known that Bradshaw has been on fire as of late and should continue to get lots of carries every game.
But remember, he wasn't a first-round draft pick to sit on the bench. He has proven his worth the past two weeks and is slowly earning himself a larger role in the offense.
Sell High: Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe has the displeasure of being a great receiver on a terrible passing team. Through the first six weeks, Bowe has 34 receptions for 423 yards and three touchdowns. Those are good initial stats, but they are bound to decline.
Matt Cassel has struggled with injuries and Brady Quinn will simply continue to show he is not the prospect he was believed to be coming out of college. Add in Jamaal Charles' amazing performances as of late and the Chiefs will thrive on the ground and use less and less of the passing threat.
Though Bowe is a great player, his performance will inevitable decline. Here is how you trade him.
Remind your trade partner that he is still Dwayne Bowe. He has consecutive seasons of 1,100 yards and can make spectacular plays at any given moment. When the Chiefs pass the ball, it will be going to No. 82.
But in reality, that last fact is a double-edged sword. Defenses will know where the ball is going and double up Bowe to lock him down. The past two games, Bowe has put up stats of six receptions for 60 yards and three receptions for 21 yards.
He is simply stuck on the wrong team at the wrong time and should be dealt when his value is very, very high.
Buy Low: Anquan Boldin
Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, Anquan Boldin has 28 receptions for 429 yards and a score. The Ravens are using an upbeat no-huddle offense and Joe Flacco will throw the ball more considering it's his contract year.
Boldin benefits because he is a very good route-runner and knows how to get himself into good position on the field. He is a solid pass catcher and gets several balls thrown his way every game.
Here is how you get Boldin, who will get increased looks in a no-huddle offense.
Convince his owner that Torrey Smith is still the man in Baltimore. Smith is the dynamic threat who can make a great play at any moment. Remind Boldin's owner that he has only one touchdown, which makes him an afterthought in the red zone.
But in reality, Boldin is the safer bet on third downs than Smith and makes a habit of keeping the chains moving. He has put up 80-plus yards in each of the past three games and will continue to thrive as long as Flacco keeps passing.
Try to add him now, before he blows up and returns to fantasy stardom.