It has already been 11 weeks since the start of the football season and we are now at the point of the fantasy season where playoff teams are beginning to form. With the trade deadline vastly approaching for most leagues, you are probably asking yourself ‘who should I trade for?’ or ‘can I get enough for this player?’ Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to make a splash and if you need to turn your fantasy season around by making a few trades, I am here to help.
First, I am going to list a few players who you should consider selling, of course only at the right price. You may be confused about the players I am going to list, only because of the notable season they are having thus far, but it will make sense in a few moments as to why you should sell high on these studs.
- Adrian Peterson – It has been nothing short of miraculous what AD has been doing this season. The 33-year-old running back has done everything the Redskins have asked for and then some, helping lead the Redskins to a 6-3 start and on top of the NFC East, where most people did not have them at the beginning of the season. Now, with that being said, AD has a few tough tasks ahead of him for the remainder of the fantasy season. His schedule is not looking too comforting, as the Redskins 4 out of their next 6 opponents have rushing defenses placed in the top 15 in terms of rushing yards allowed to opposing running backs. That does not bode well for Peterson, already given the fact Washington’s top 3 run blockers Geron Christian, Brandon Scherff, and Shawn Lauvao are all done for the season. AD is going to have to deal with the adversity and overcome the loss of three prolific offensive linemen, but if anyone can do it, it is the future Hall of Famer; the only thing is, I’m not buying into it. Considering he is still a RB2/Flex at the moment, trade him now while his value is still high.
- Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders has had one hell of a season, to say the least, given his projected average draft position (75) and WR ranking (30) before the season and drafts even started. Now, we are 11 weeks into the season and Sanders ranks in the top 15 in receptions and receiving yards. Unfortunately for Sanders and his fantasy owners, it is only going to get more difficult for him down the line. With the departure of Demaryius Thomas, you would expect Sanders to thrive in that offense since he really would be the only reliable option. Well, in comes Courtland Sutton, a man the Broncos drafted in the second round of April’s draft, someone with amazing speed for such a big dynamic wide receiver. The Broncos are attempting to incorporate him into their offense and immediately get him the ball to make a drastic impact. With that, we should see a decrease in Sanders’ volume and targets. The big play ability from Sanders is still there, but I expect Sutton to have a bigger second half of the season.
- Rob Gronkowski – Gronk has missed the last 2 games nursing a back/ankle injury that has sidelined him in the past. With the Patriots on a bye this weekend, this is a perfect opportunity for Gronk to rest and attempt to catch up to full speed. With that being said, however, there are simply way too many options in this Patriots passing attack to simply rely on Gronk to make an impact once he returns to full health and eventually once he returns to the field. If the Patriots were smart, and usually they are with situations like this, they would limit Gronk’s snap count for the rest of the regular season so he returns to full health for the actual NFL postseason. If you can, sell high on Gronk and invest in a low tier tight end who will actually see the field on Sundays; someone along the lines of a Vance McDonald or Austin Hooper.
Now, here are a few players to keep your eye on when making a trade. These guys could have a drastic impact on your team without giving up anyone too serious. Buy low on these names, and watch them soar and carry you into the playoffs.