Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Trade While Stock Is High
Every year in fantasy football, players like Cam Newton and Victor Cruz turn from irrelevance to fantasy stardom.
In some cases, it is best to ride out the success of your player.
In others, it is best to use the negotiating leverage that comes with a hot start to deal them quickly.
Let's take a look at 10 players you should sell high on before his stock drops.
10. Michael Turner: Running Back, Atlanta Falcons
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Michael Turner has simply been overworked by the Atlanta Falcons over the past few years, and that is sure to affect his fantasy value in the second half of this season.
Turner slowed down toward the end of 2010, and the he is definitely at risk for another downfall in 2011.
His hot start has been filled with fluke runs and misleading stats.
Take advantage of this and get huge value in return for his services.
9. Jordy Nelson: Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
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There are simply too many options on the roster of the Green Bay Packers for Jordy Nelson to consistently contribute to your fantasy team.
Nelson has had double-digit weeks (in standard scoring leagues) in four of his first six games.
Two of them, however, came on two catches or fewer. Plus, he has had two terrible games of less than five points.
Aaron Rodgers has been playing as well as he possibly can, and Nelson has benefited from that.
Don't get caught with Nelson on your roster when Rodgers finds some inconsistency.
8. Tony Gonzalez: Tight End, Atlanta Falcons
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Tony Gonzalez has surprised everyone in 2011, but it may be time to trade the Atlanta Falcons tight end from your fantasy team.
Gonzalez went undrafted in many fantasy drafts this year, but he has been a nice find for those smart enough to pick him.
Week 6 proved, however, that he will soon return to mediocre form.
Throw his name out there and hope someone bites on the former All-Pro.
He simply won't keep this pace up, and this is your chance to get solid value for him.
7. Matthew Stafford: Quarterback, Detroit Lions
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Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions have been completely over-hyped in 2011.
Yes, they have been fantastic thus far, but the love has simply grown too large.
Stafford has sputtered a bit as of late, and this might be your chance to get elite value for him in a trade.
Plus, you don't want to have a quarterback that is notorious for starting slow as your lead guy heading into the playoffs. These are the players who turn your big playoff matchup into a disaster.
The best part is, he is likely your backup unless you decided to wait on a quarterback in your draft.
6. Victor Cruz: Wide Receiver, New York Giants
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Victor Cruz has won the hearts of New York Giants fans, and if he is on your fantasy team, you should hope that he has won the hearts of owners in your league as well.
Because you can trade him for decent value before he becomes irrelevant once again.
Cruz has talent, but he will only be able to show it when Mario Manningham is sidelined.
Trade him now and thank me later.
5. Darren Sproles: Running Back, New Orleans Saints
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Darren Sproles is truly one of those "too good to be true" poster-boys as the new dynamic running back for the New Orleans Saints.
His fantasy points have come almost exclusively from the receiving game.
It is difficult to trust his ability to consistently find points in this offense as it is.
With Sproles getting little to no attention from head coach Sean Payton as an actual running back, his value is limited.
Try to find a team that needs a running back badly and work out a deal!
4. Maurice Jones-Drew: Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Maurice Jones-Drew has been as solid as ever for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011.
He has been fairly solid for your fantasy team as well.
Still, if there is an attractive trade opportunity on the market, you should pursue.
Blaine Gabbert's struggles are not helping this offense, and that is limiting Jones-Drew's ability to gain points through touchdowns.
This means he is going to struggle to lead your team to a fantasy title with his limited ceiling.
Make a move if you can.
3. A.J. Green: Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
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A.J. Green has been an absolute stud for the Cincinnati Bengals this season, but his rookie status should scare you.
It is extremely rare for a wide receiver to find success as a rookie.
Green has surpassed expectations and then some, scoring in double digits (in standard scoring leagues) in every game but one.
Don't trust him to keep up this pace.
He will be a solid No. 3 wide receiver going forward, but right now, you can get elite talent for him.
Take advantage of the opportunity.
2. Brandon Lloyd: Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams
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Brandon Lloyd's trade to the St. Louis Rams gives fantasy owners the perfect chance to trade him off their fantasy team before his value diminishes.
Sam Bradford is hurt, and despite Lloyd's ability to make mediocre quarterbacks look good, he will struggle in St. Louis.
This is the time to find the guy who is making the case for his emergence in St. Louis and deal him Lloyd.
Lloyd was ranked highly coming into the year, yet he is slipping quickly down the list of scoring leaders.
Get something back for him before you end up dropping hm completely.
1. Jahvid Best: Running Back, Detroit Lions
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Everybody loves Jahvid Best right now, and this is your chance to capitalize on the mis-led romance that fantasy owners are having with the Detroit Lions running back.
Best has proven to be a below-average NFL runner despite his natural physical tools.
For some reason, people seem to still be in denial about this fact.
Best's yards per carry has not been good in his short career, and when it looks good, it is due to an extremely-rare, fluky long run.
Trade him to the guy in your league that loves the Lions this year, and receive some really good talent in return.