Week 6 Buy And Sell
Sometimes, looking to the past is a good place to start. Before we get into this weeks Buys and Sells, let’s momentarily return to last week.
A Buy/Sell Week in Review…
To begin with, if you read my column and made a move for Alshon Jeffery, Julius Thomas (who had two single-digit games in a row before last week’s explosion), Frank Gore, or Terrelle Pryor, I think you’re quite enthralled with the results.
However, many of the players in last week’s “Buy” remain an ongoing thing. I think it’s important to mention them here as I still believe in them as “Buys” for their respective value.
Martellus Bennett will remain heavily involved and I like him to find the endzone this week in a matchup with his old team.
Robert Griffin III is fresh off his bye, hopefully even further along in his ACL recovery, and going up against a Dallas Cowboys defense that, well, can be scored on.
Kenjon Barner was not involved at all. It could be they just haven’t worked him into the game plan yet or he could be too buried on the depth chart to be fantasy relevant. Still, keep an eye on him. If he starts playing a few snaps here and there, he could be a very interesting name moving forward.
Unfortunately, David Wilson found the endzone and many of his fantasy owners exhaled a well-deserved “Finally!” Then he promptly got injured. From what I have heard it’s a multiple-week thing and yeah… I guess he’s maybe now droppable if you need the room.
On to week 6!
WEEK 6 BUY!!!
Do your best day-trader impression and click furiously until you have the following on your roster:
Of course, it would have been much nicer to buy him before his performance against Denver last week. Nonetheless, he plays in the NFC East and has one of the best schedules of all the elite quarterbacks. His value is sky-high right now, but he remains a solid add.
Cutler, on the other hand, is likely still flying well below the radar. Even so, he’s the 11th-highest scoring quarterback in all of fantasy and I expect him to crack the top-10, eventually overtaking Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford. He has a ton of weapons and, for the first time in awhile, the Bears are clearly a pass-first team. His schedule is not quite as soft as Romo’s but it’s not exactly challenging, either.
I still believe in his talent and everyone knows Bernard is the better of the two Bengals backs. How’s that for alliteration!? The last time Bernard was in my “buy” he proceeded to go off for two scores against Pittsburgh so, you know, there’s the luck factor, too, if you believe in that sort of thing.
Awful, awful game against Baltimore. On a bye. Lots of people forgetting about him. Can be had for cheap, and better days are coming soon. I like him as a serious buy-low.
The originator of the “Andre Ellington Rule!” Look, don’t sleep on him. He’s going to be starter material for your fantasy team sooner rather than later, as I said like, uh, three weeks ago.
What?! Look, just a reminder that he’s due back soon. If he stays on the schedule he set for himself, you’ll see him on the field next week. While I’m not sure that’s realistic, Harvin is still a dynamic playmaker. I’m sure Pete Carroll has designs on how to get him involved. Pick him up if you can.
Terrelle Pryor is a real NFL quarterback, who would have thought? Moore remains the Raiders’ number one option in the passing game and outside of a totally inexplicable no-show against the Jaguars, he has three touchdowns in four games. I think he’s already WR3/low-end WR2 territory.
Didn’t play last week and still a bit banged up, but keep in mind he also had three scores through four weeks. I think he can be productive and he’s likely still on your waiver wire.
The obvious Owen Daniels replacement, Graham was already involved in the Houston passing game before Daniels went down. I like him a lot and yes, I think Matt Schaub is still the Texans best option at Quarterback. The good news for GRaham owners is that Houston seems to believe so, too.
I think his production receives a bump with Nick Foles under center. He’s another name who is likely still on your waiver wire, but could also be a low-end throw-in on a trade deal in deeper leagues.
The Andre Ellington Rule
You heard it here before the Talking Heads, Steve next door, or any other fellow league owner. The early bird gets the worm.
Actually, he’s not a totally unheard of name, but I am using this space on Allen because I really think he has a chance to be the 2013 version of Danario Alexander. At 6’2” he doesn’t have quite the size as Alexander but he is the tallest of San Diego’s three fantasy-relevant receivers and I believe from week 6 through week 16 he will be the most productive for fantasy purposes. If I had my choice of rostering one between Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, and Allen, right now I’d use the spot on Allen.
Now’s the time to cash in those chips, partner.
The Julio Jones thing hurts. Not just Julio owners, but Ryan owners, too. If Roddy White misses any time and there’s any weight to the Tony Gonzalez rumors, Matt Ryan’s value takes a big hit which is unfortunate because he has been producing like a top-5 fantasy QB. I don’t think he finishes the year as such which means you should try to cash out on his early-season performance now.
He was here last week and his value will continue to diminish. If you want to wait until he has a nice game and then sell, so be it, but be warned: he’s not a top-10 QB right now.
I like him. If he was on my team, I’d be starting him. But, he’s an injury risk, there’s still CJ Spiller, and I don’t know what Buffalo looks like without EJ Manuel. It certainly won’t be any better than it has been.
Coming off his only double-digit game of the season, I’d definitely try to see what I could get for him on the open market.
There will be a lot of weeks when the 49ers just want to run, run, and run some more. Boldin’s early-season successes were nice but I just don’t think a WR can be trusted week-to-week in this offense. I’d rather have, say, Jordy Nelson or Eric Decker. Similar tier but more trustable.
No, it’s not his ugly week 5. My greater concern is I just don’t know how he fits into the Patriots offense with Amendola and Gronkowski coming back. If you’re able to find a believer who will give you good value for Thompkins, I think I’d let them.
Again, I think the Giants are a mess right now. I don’t know how the season plays out for them, especially if they drop to 0-6 this week (which is quite likely). As such, I think you can find better options.
It’s not like Philip Rivers has a ton of reliable options, but it’s a long season and he’s an old man. I think if you could put him into a deal that brings you good return, you should.
Best of luck in week 6. As always, you can tweet me @petethegreekff