PLAYERS TO TRADE FOR
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) — You may have to be patient with CEH because, while he’s improving, he may still be a couple of weeks away, and they have a Week 12 bye, so they could hold him out. But if he’s back to 100% or close after the bye, he’s very interesting running behind an OL that is much better blocking for the run than the pass. Darrel Williams is hanging in there, but he’s averaging only 3.47 yards a carry over the last month. They have some very decent matchup for RBs starting Week 13 vs. Den, LV, @LAC, vs. Pit, and @Cin.
James Robinson (Jax) — They feel pretty good about his heel injury for Week 10, and he has some nice matchups forthcoming, so I’d be interested in buying at even the slightest dip in price due to his injury. The schedule looks particularly appealing for the fantasy playoffs vs. Hou, @NYJ, and @NE.
Jerry Jeudy (Den) — There’s only one ball here and not a lot of production to go around, but I thought Jeudy looked great in Week 9. He’s only the WR34 the last two weeks since he’s been back, so his owner may not be that impressed. But Jeudy has been rolling with a 24% target share from Teddy Bridgewater, who’s only throwing to Courtland Sutton 12% of the time. My sense is Jeudy is closing in on a breakthrough run to close out the season, and their schedule looks helpful.
Ja’Marr Chase (Cin) — Pretty obvious choice, but he hasn’t gone off the last two weeks, ranking as only the WR28 the last two weeks. He’s also off this week, which is the main point. If his owner seriously needs a dub this week, it’s time to take Chase off his/her hands with a nice commission for you in the form of value. They’ll be in a battle for the playoffs the rest of the way, most likely, and there are some juicy matchups for the fantasy playoffs for the Bengals at home against the Ravens and Chiefs Week 16-17.
Jarvis Landry (Cle) — He came up small in the first game without OBJ in Week 9, but that also means his value took a hit. He’s still the alpha dog of this receiving group, and their upcoming schedule against the pass is quite good. His value should be 20% higher in 1-2 weeks, so right now he presents a small buying opportunity.
LISTED HERE LAST WEEK, BUT STILL GOOD BUY-LOW GUYS:
Dak Prescott (Dal) and CeeDee Lamb (Dal) and Amari Cooper (Dal) — Starting now, their passing game matchups are pretty amazing: vs. Atl, at KC, vs. LV, at NO, at Was, at NYG, vs. Was, vs. Ari , and at Phi. Prescott wasn’t very good last week, and Lamb and Cooper basically crapped the bed. All of their values are about to rise.
Trey Lance (SF) — His time is coming on the 3-5 49ers, who are a good bet to be 3-6 after they play the Rams in Week 10 (granted, divisional opponent, so you never know). I still think Garoppolo will be out of a job by Week 12, and schedule down the stretch is great starting then (Wk 12): vs. Min, @Sea, @Cin, vs. Atl, @Ten, and vs. Hou Weeks 12-17.
Javonte Williams (Den) — He did run for 111 yards on 17 carries (6.3 YPC) on the tough Cowboys defense, but Melvin Gordon still isn’t going away. But their incredible schedule could support two strong RB2s, and if Gordon is out then Williams is a league winner vs Phi, BYE, vs. LAC, at KC, vs. Det, vs. Cin, at LV, and vs. KC.
Sony Michel (LAR) — Starter Darrell Henderson did get dinged up (ankle) in Week 9, so another reminder that Michel’s value would likely triple and he'd be an RB1 if Henderson were out and Michel had the backfield all to himself.
Dawson Knox (Buf) — Might Josh Allen be struggling a little because he misses Knox? I think it’s a viable question because Knox was really, really coming on for 3-4 weeks before breaking a bone in his hand. He could easily be a league-winning asset down the stretch given the incredible chemistry he’s shown this year with Allen, as well as Knox’s improved hands. Also, their schedule has some great TE matchups the rest of the way, and especially the two three weeks (NYJ, Ind). It looks like Knox has a good chance to return in Week 10, since they are hopeful he can practice on Wednesday, which is a great sign.
Logan Thomas (WFT) — He’s back this week, and while his value is now going up, I think he gets 80% of the TE production here. His owner may be concerned about Ricky Seals-Jones the rest of the way and willing to sell at a discount. But Thomas should be the clear top guy.
OTHER PLAYERS I’D BE WILLING TO TRADE FOR NOW BEFORE VALUE GOES UP:
None of note.
PLAYERS TO TRADE
DeVonta Smith (Phi) — I’m glad Smith had a big game in Week 9 because I liked him as a pick this summer, but I’d be looking to cut my losses and to sell at a bump up after he dropped 5/116/1 this past week. The good news for Smith is that he has a 29% target share since Zach Ertz was traded. The bad news is that, after averaging 34.6 attempts over their first seven games, Jalen Hurts has thrown 31 total passes over his last two games against the Lions and Chargers. Granted, they won’t be able to stay as committed to the run in some games, but Hurts has also been pretty bad. I’d like to move Smith for a proper return if I could. A proper return could be a decent RB option like Michael Carter or even Myles Gaskin if you’re hurting at RB.
LISTED HERE LAST WEEK, BUT STILL GOOD SELL GUYS:
None of note.