With the regular season winding down for fantasy players, these next couple of weeks should start to get a little hectic.
For many, the trade deadline is quickly approaching (or has passed in some leagues) and every shrewd fantasy owner has to look for ways to make his team better for the playoff run. The fantasy playoffs are usually held between Week 14 and Week 16. Week 17 is often scrapped by fantasy players, as some NFL teams rest many of their regulars since they have nothing to play for.
Trading is always difficult, but you have to be savvy and think with your head and not with your heart. Sometimes the guys that got you to the playoffs will not be the ones to lead you to the promised land, as many studs will get set to face a difficult set of games in the coming weeks.
Here are five sell-high candidates to think strongly of moving. As they say, strike while the iron is hot.
There is no questioning the validity of Griffin’s fabulous rookie season. He has been all that and a bag of chips.
Griffin has demonstrated that he is equally good passing (1,993 passing yards and eight touchdowns) or running (81 carries for 529 yards and six touchdowns). Griffin has shown he is the real deal with a future so bright he has to wear shades.
However, RGIII could be in for a rude awakening as his schedule gets a little tougher in the next couple of weeks. In weeks 14-16, Griffin will be facing the Ravens, Browns and Eagles, with the last two on the road.
RGIII may eventually hit a wall. So trading for a veteran signal-caller may be the best course of action if you own Griffin III.
Beast Mode has been in full effect once again this season, proving last year was no fluke. Lynch is one of the more difficult backs in the league to bring down. Not much can slow him down.
But can a challenging schedule change all that?
Although Lynch is a flat-out stud, you should temper expectations about his chances for success in the playoffs. Or better yet, maybe you should swing a deal for an equally rated running back with a more favorable schedule.
After all, Lynch will be going up against the Cardinals, Bills and the 49ers. Sure, the Bills’ matchup is juicy, but that is sandwiched in between matchups with the Cardinals (who have given up the sixth-fewest rushing touchdowns) and the 49ers (who rank sixth against the run and who have allowed the third-fewest rushing touchdowns).
Peterson has defied all odds while overcoming the torn ACL he suffered last December. Dare I say Peterson even looks better than his pre-injury self?
Stats back it up, as Peterson leads the league in rushing (1,128 yards) while being tied for second with seven rushing touchdowns.
But, as good as the story has been for Peterson, the ending could be disappointing. You see, Peterson will have to face the daunting challenge of taking on the Bears, Rams and Texans in the playoffs. In case you were wondering those are the 4th-, 18th- and 3rd-ranked ranked rushing defenses, respectively.
As good as AP has been, he could struggle in these matchups. So if you’re his owner, you should at least explore the idea of trading him.
Gore is yet another veteran runner who could slow down in the coming weeks.
Many people predicted a decline for Gore this year, but he has been a force since Day 1, racking up 753 rushing yards (eighth in the league) while scoring five touchdowns.
However, when you factor in Gore’s schedule and the 49ers’ likely plans to keep him fresh for a playoff run, Gore could be in line for a poor finish. In weeks 14, 15 and 16, Gore will be matched up with the Dolphins, Patriots and Seahawks, who have the ninth-, eighth- and 12th-ranked rushing defenses, respectively.
With Kendall Hunter proving to be a reliable backup, expect Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers to be selective in their use of Gore. So when you factor in everything, Gore is a great sell-high candidate.
While his value is a bit tarnished since he did miss his last game with an ankle sprain, no can deny the impact Harvin has made in fantasy leagues this year. Players of his ilk don’t grow on trees. Therefore, there will be no shortage of owners who would trade for Harvin in a heartbeat.
Besides, Harvin is due back in Week 12. After that, though, is when it gets dicey.
In weeks 14-16, Harvin will be going up against stingy pass defenses in the Bears, Rams and Texans who rank 10th, 13th and third against the pass, respectively.
Harvin is a stud and will continue to be a stud, but don’t be surprised if he lets you down in the playoffs.
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