Fantasy Football: Buy Low/Sell High

Kyle WinslowCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants runs in a second quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After the third game of the season, you should be pretty aware of your fantasy situation.  If your team isn't in great condition and you need to make some moves to bolster one area of your roster, here are some players whose perceived value might be a little different than their actual value.


Buy Low

Kevin Smith - People may be tempted to unload Kevin Smith since he hasn't done much yet this year and he's on a terrible team, but he still has great value. Smith is one of the few backs that get the majority of runs and plays a big part in the passing game.

Matt Hasselbeck - He looked like he was mortally wounded in week two, so you may be able to get Hasselbeck for virtually nothing.  Once he's healthy, he could be a good asset to your team if you have a shaky QB situation. Remember, Hasselbeck makes the pro-bowl every odd-numbered year.  Seattle still has a lot of NFC West games on the schedule, so when your number one QB has a bye week or an unfavorable match-up you might find that Hasselbeck is a decent start.

Bernard Berrian - Teams are going to start loading up against Adrian Peterson.  Percy Harvin will start drawing more coverage and could still hit the rookie wall.  Berrian has been worthless so far, but he has good upside for the future.


Sell High

Mario Manningham - Everybody put in a waiver request on Manningham after his breakout performance last week. If you were the lucky guy who got him but you're ok at the WR position already, consider dishing him while his value is so high.  The Giants still have to play all the NFC East teams, and Manningham is still behind Domenik Hixon on the depth chart.

Ronnie Brown - Ronnie Brown exploded against the Colts, but he's not going to have that kind of week very frequently.  Remember, when he's taking direct snaps he hands the ball off half the time.  The Dolphins also use Pat White and Patrick Cobbs randomly too, so Brown has to share a lot of touches.

Eli Manning - Manning is a great QB in the real world, but he's not a particularly consistent fantasy QB.  Manning racked up big points in week 2, but a lot of the Giant's TDs are going to come in the running game in the future.  If Manning is the second QB on your roster, why not trade him and improve your team in another area?

Hang On

Fred Jackson - Even when Marshawn Lynch comes back, Jackson will get plenty of touches.  Jackson will be used heavily in the passing game, and the guy is a stud.  Don't panic and unload him just yet.

Matt Schaub - Schaub seems like a good candidate to sell high, but I would hang on to him for the season.  The Texans' playoff schedule is cake for leagues that end in week 16.

Anquan Boldin - Boldin has been hampered by an injury and hasn't put up great numbers yet, but don't dish him yet.  The Cardinals also have a great schedule ahead of them and they just never run the ball.


Don't pickup

Pierre Garcon - Not buying him yet.  All of his points in week 2 came from one play, and he didn't get enough targets to start him in week 3.  Austin Collie will continue to get some looks too, so leave Garcon on the waiver wire for now.