Fantasy Football Week 12: Buy and Sell Stock Report
It comes down to this week.
If it hasn't already passed, the trade deadline is likely looming in your fantasy football leagues, a chance to make that final move that will push you into the playoffs. What moves will you make?
Here are a few players to consider when making those trades.
This article is intended to reflect a "stock market" situation, where you will want to buy a player in a trade at a perceived bargain or sell him for a nice return.
Buy: Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers
It has been a rough couple of weeks for Frank Gore and the 49ers offense.
The veteran running back tallied just 130 rushing yards and no touchdowns against the Panthers and Saints, perhaps ruining a few matchups for his fantasy owners in the process. But Carolina and New Orleans have been tough against running backs, so those outcomes should not have been terribly surprising.
Gore has St. Louis and Washington in his immediate path, however, and both teams have been rather generous to opposing running backs. Look for him to get back on track soon.
Get in a trade offer before it's too late.
Sell: Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Congratulations are in order for whoever took a gamble on Bobby Rainey in waivers last week and stuck him in the lineup. Now cash in on his trade value.
To be fair, Rainey is merely an extension of what Tampa Bay has been able to accomplish on the ground over the past several weeks. Doug Martin's ineffectiveness has been equally interesting and brutal—for his fantasy owners anyway—when juxtaposed with the success rookies Mike James and now Rainey have had this season.
At any rate, even if Rainey continues to play well, a three-touchdown game like this is merely an aberration. The Falcons have been terrible on defense, and Tampa Bay's schedule stiffens up over the next few weeks.
Buy: C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
We have come to this once again. What a shame.
C.J. Spiller has been in this column a couple of times now, only to provide more disappointment for fantasy owners for the most part. Injuries, inconsistent play, bad blocking and Fred Jackson have conspired to submarine Spiller's season, and the talented running back finds himself at rock bottom.
Two carries for six yards punctuate a lost season for Spiller, whose fantasy owners might be sitting on the outside of the playoffs looking in at this point.
There is a bit of a light at the end of the fantasy tunnel here, though. The Bills are on a bye this week, which will presumably help with any nagging injuries Spiller might have. More importantly, Spiller's post-bye schedule is juicy.
Sell: T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin, WRs, Buffalo Bills
The Bills won in surprising fashion, whooping the Jets in a game many thought New York would win. They did it without their top two receivers.
No matter; T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin were on the job.
The duo caught a long touchdown each, taking advantage of some poor secondary play. EJ Manuel shook off the rust from his Week 10 disappointment and looked great. So why sell these players?
Because Steve Johnson and Robert Woods should be back after the team's Week 12 bye, of course.
Buy: Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets
The Jets were in a "Mr. Hyde" week—they seem to suffer from that Stevensonian affliction this year—so the offense was doomed to a poor showing, it seems.
Lost in the stench of that awful game was the return of Santonio Holmes and the promise of bigger fantasy games to come. The veteran receiver was targeted a healthy eight times, though he only caught two for 71 yards.
Holmes figures to play a prominent role in that offense as long as he can stay healthy, which means he might have a few big games down the stretch.
Sell: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
For weeks we have seen Dwayne Bowe's fantasy value plummet like a penny off the Empire State Building (note: don't drop a penny off the Empire State Building), but Sunday night proved different for Bowe.
The big receiver garnered 14 targets—perhaps a product of the defensive attention Denver paid to Jamaal Charles—catching four of them for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Is this the beginning of an upswing or a matchup-induced fluke? Given what Bowe has done for much of the rest of the season, chances are it's the latter.
Buy: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Tom Brady had a big game a couple of weeks ago, but a bye and a down fantasy week might have his owners despondent once again.
The Patriots had a tough matchup on the road against a good Panthers defense last week, though. The schedule lightens up defensively with the Broncos and Texans coming up next.
More importantly, the Patriots are getting healthy at the right time. Running back Shane Vereen came back from a wrist injury, receiver Danny Amendola has avoided aggravating his maladies, and Rob Gronkowski is back to being the T-1000.
That Patriots offense is about to start humming.
Sell: Matt McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders
What does it say about Terrelle Pryor that an undrafted rookie was nearly able to match his season total with three touchdown passes in one game on the road?
The Houston Texans are officially one of the worst teams in the NFL. How else can you explain the historic game McGloin had, throwing three touchdowns and leading his team to victory on the road in his first start?
McGloin may have done enough to earn himself another start this week, but banking on a repeat performance would be like pushing your chip stack on No. 14.
Buy: Wes Welker, WR, Denver Broncos
Wes Welker has experienced some serious statistical regression over the last couple of weeks after a white-hot first half, and now the veteran receiver might miss some time with a concussion.
It might be difficult to sell his fantasy owner on a trade given the big name and the balefire offense within which he plays, but Welker's recent slide and potential absence might be enough to swing a deal.
Sell: Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals
The Jaguars aren't particularly good. Water is wet. Clowns are scary.
Michael Floyd hit a BINGO last week in Jacksonville, one of the worst pass defenses in the league. It came in the form of a 93-yard touchdown catch, the longest of the season in the NFL.
Floyd wound up with 193 receiving yards on the day. He had totaled 163 yards in his previous four games. He should definitely be on the sell list.