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Week 9: Buy / Sell

With trade deadlines coming up fairly soon, now is a good time to make some moves to bolster your roster for a playoff run. Below are two lists: (1) A list of players who I would try to “buy low” and (2) a list of players I would try to “sell high”.

BUY:

QB Tony Romo (DAL): Romo (finger) is expected to be back in week 11, but given the current state of the Cowboys, there is no guarantee that he will return to his pre-injury form — or at least that is what you want his current owner to believe. Look, even with the team struggling, he is still Tony Romo, and he has guys like TO, Barber, Roy Williams, and Jason Witten on offense to help him out. Do not get fooled by how poorly QB Brad Johnson is playing. Romo will put up pretty good numbers when he returns. I would see if you can prey on a desperate owner who is struggling with Romo on the bench. You will not get him for nothing, but now is probably the only time anyone would be willing to part with him.

RB Tim Hightower (ARI): There are rumors swirling around Arizona that RB Edgerrin James might be on his way to the bench. Thus far, Hightower has been nothing more than a short-yardage back who gets a few TDs. But if James is benched, he could be very productive in the high-scoring Cardinals offense. Keep an eye on the James situation, and if Hightower starts to get more carries, try to make a move for him. Or you could make a move for him now by offering a little more than he is (currently) worth, if you are not risk-averse.

WR Randy Moss (NE): Although I recently said that Moss was “hot”, I also think that you could probably get a pretty good deal on him. Most Moss owners are very frustrated, because they expected 2000 yards and 25 TDs from Moss this year. You probably cannot get him for nothing, but I bet you can get a pretty good value. And he has a fairly favorable schedule down the stretch.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND): As I said in my “Hot & Cold” post, Wayne started the season very strong but has struggled lately, failing to score more than 3 points in his last two games. However, Wayne is an excellent WR, and I am confident that he will rebound. I would not expect him to be the top-5 WR that many thought he would be coming into 2008, but he should be a viable WR1 for the rest of the year. Try to make a move for him now while his value is low.

TE Jason Witten (DAL): Until last week, Witten was the top-scoring fantasy TE. But without QB Tony Romo, Witten has struggled to match his previous performances. And now he is dealing with a fractured rib that may or may not keep him from playing. You might want to take a risk and see if you can prey on a desperate owner who is concerned about his injury status (and lack of recent production), but be aware that you may be without him (and his performance) for a few weeks until he is healthy and/or Romo returns. I think it is worth the gamble, given how well he played at the beginning of the year.

SELL:

RB Pierre Thomas (NO): Thomas might even be available in your league. Which would be great. One of my favorite things do to is to pick up a FA or waiver acquisition and then trade him for something more valuable. Thomas has very little value right now, but if RB Deuce McAllister misses any time as a result of being suspended by the NFL, Thomas could be in line for quite a few carries. If nothing else, you might be able to sell him high to a McAllister owner as an insurance policy.

RB Michael Turner (ATL): The window may have closed on this one, but as I have said many times before, I simply do not beleive Turner is good enough to perform well against tougher defenses. And he has proven me right so far. He is still ranked among the top-scoring fantasy RBs, though, so you should be able to move him. But keep in mind that his best days (even on paper) are behind him, so you probably cannot get a great value for him. However, he does play Oakland this week, and the Raiders allow 144 rushing yards per game. So you might want to try and move him after this weekend. His only other favorable matchup is against Denver in week 11.

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  1. profootball101
    October 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    This is great stuff you have here. Romo is only a sell in the short term b/c he’ll be back in two more games meaning that if a team is close, he’ll be ready for the fantasy playoffs… For more great NFL content – from fantasy tips to best bets/NFL picks – check out http://www.profootball101.org

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