Another week in the books and we are now officially halfway done with the NFL season. Now heading into Week 9, we’re also approaching not only the NFL trade deadline, but a lot of fantasy league trade deadlines as well, so we need to be actively looking to make moves while we still can. Otherwise, we’ll have to rely on the waiver wire to help supplement our fantasy football teams and while that can be fruitful, it is barren at time as well.
With those deadlines looming, it’s important to know exactly who to buy and sell and whose stock is moving up or down respectively. I’m here to help you decipher all the latest news and notes, so let’s dive in!
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Fantasy Football Trade Candidates: Buy low
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts. Okay, so Mack may not be a “buy low” candidate, but do whatever you can in your power to go out and acquire this dude. Mack, finally (kind of) healthy, is showing everyone that he’s an RB1 when he can simply stay on the field. That’s been his main issue, but now that he’s got it going, he’s notched two back-to-back 100 yard outings and three straight with at least 85 yards on the ground. The volume is the most impressive thing has he’s had 20-plus touches in back-to-back weeks as well. Mack is a game-changer at this point in the season and if you were able to acquire him, he could turn your fantasy season around. If you’re loaded at the wide receiver position, go out and grab Mack and bank on trying to acquire him cheap because of his injury history from this season.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins. It’s actually time we start to buy Drake, isn’t it? We’ve been asking for him to simply get touches, get the volume and shocker…he’s producing when given the opportunity! Drake got into the end zone twice this past week, once on the ground and once through the air, showing off his versatility as a back. He has averaged 4.4 yards per carry or better for four straight weeks and in those four weeks he caught four passes or more three times, so the production is rising fast. He’s someone who has a nose for the end zone as well, punching the ball in five times this season. He’s settled in nicely as an RB2 and is someone we should look to go out and acquire.
WEEK 9 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Fantasy Football Trade Candidates: Sell high
Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns. There is no doubt that Landry is one of the more talented receivers in football, and he’s probably the top slot wide out in the game, but the chemistry between himself and Baker Mayfield is lacking. He had 12 targets come his way in Week 8, catching eight passes for just 39 yards and he caught a 21 yard pass in the first quarter, so the other seven catches covered 18 yards. Landry is a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside, but he’s capped with the current connection he’s involved in. You could sell, to whomever you’re trying to trade him to, that he’s still second in football in targets and once they do get on the same page, he’s arguably a top-10 wide out for the rest of the year.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers. We seem to be on an every other week thing with Barber and that can be very annoying as a fantasy owner. Yeah, he’s had two solid weeks over his last three, but it’s not long before we see the transition to Ronald Jones as the featured back, especially after seeing them take Jones in the second round of this year’s draft and the fact that Tampa Bay is essentially throwing in the towel by benching Jameis Winston in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. I understand it’s hard to find running backs that simply get carries on a week-to-week basis, but I don’t suspect this being the case for much longer as I alluded to. The one thing you can sell your opposition is that Jones should miss a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, so Barber is really going to be the guy in the backfield until Jones returns. The issue with using Barber in those two weeks are his matchups. He gets Carolina who has given up the 23rd most rushing yards this year and then the Redskins have allowed the 30th most. That’s not enticing in my eyes, so if you can get someone to buy in on him, go for it.
Week 9 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Moving up
DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins. Could I be overreacting to one good week? Possibly, but look at the outlook on Miami’s current state of affairs on the offensive side of the ball. Albert Wilson has been placed on IR and Kenny Stills is injured too, so Parker essentially becomes the de facto No. 1 receiver. He had a career-high 134 yards this past week and the volume came his way constantly as he saw nine targets. If you’re in a deeper formatted league with 12 to 14 teams, look to make a move for Parker because he has flex appeal going forward — especially with how banged up the Dolphins are.
WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Moving down
DeShaun Watson, QB, Texans. Some of you guys are going to call me crazy for putting him here after throwing five touchdown passes this past week, but let me make my points before you jump all over me. Let’s look at the pass attempts these past three weeks; 25, 24 and 20 this past week against Miami. The Texans’ offense is rolling right now and it’s because of the run game they’re featuring, as Lamar Miller has gone over 100 yards in back-to-back weeks. Let’s not exclude the fact that Will Fuller is now on IR, so one of Watson’s top options will be missing for the remainder of the year. Last but not least, Watson is dealing with cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung. I think he has all the talent in the world, but there a lot of things working against him right now that make me want to move him before my league’s trade deadline, even after the team acquired Demaryius Thomas to serve as his new No. 2 receiver.
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