The buy low sell high trade targets for week 11 are in! In my first post last week, I got pretty lucky on the “sell high” prediction of Mike James. Who would have thought that he’d end his season by fracturing his ankle? Tough break (no pun intended), and if you took my advice, congratulations! If not, good luck with someone in the Bucs backfield.
This week, I hope to be similarly accurate, but not because of injuries. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to be the fantasy football jinx.
- Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys. While he won’t be cheap, this may be the lowest you can buy Bryant at this year. He’s coming off a game in which he saw two targets and was held out of the end zone for the second game in a row. In addition, he’s on his bye week, and will face the Giants (who held him to 4 catches for 22 yards in the season opener) after the bye. Argue that Bryant is hurting from his back injury more than the Cowboys are willing to reveal.
- Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Another big name whose stats look better than they truly are. He’s only seen the end zone in three games, and has scored less than five points in standard leagues in five games. The increasing health of Roddy White, however, will finally force opposing defenses to respect someone other than Gonzalez. Playing the Packers and Redskins in fantasy playoffs doesn’t hurt either.
- Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints. The opposite of Dez Bryant this week, Colston ended his 6-game TD drought, and had his first 100-yard game of the season. His value has not been higher this year, nor can you count on it to rise as five of the next six weeks are against tough pass defenses. Aim for a WR3 or 4 on a team with fewer receiving options. The consistency in targets will, at the least, provide peace of mind.
- Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks. What. A. Catch. If someone isn’t enamored with Tate’s ability to make a spectacular catch, maybe they can be sold on his TD production since Sidney Rice went down for the year. This week, however, Percy Harvin is expected to return, which knocks Tate down in the pecking order. Sell high on him while he’s seen on highlight reels all week long.
- Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos. No, this isn’t a typo. Manning has enjoyed record-setting numbers that rival Tom Brady’s 2007 season which featured 50 touchdowns. These numbers are bound to come down as Manning faces the Chiefs (twice), Titans and Texans over the next six weeks. If you can trade him for another top 5 QB while upgrading at another position, take advantage of the situation. People may think you’re crazy now, but they won’t when they see Manning play in Kansas City.