As the regular fantasy football season moves into its midpoint, we are going to start moving away a bit from clear buy low and sell high players. At this point, we know what we have in most players, so the values have been washed from most deals. For this reason, I will start looking at any players you might want to acquire or sell, no matter the cost.
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David Montgomery| RB| Chicago Bears- He is past his bye week now. So that is a good thing in negotiations. And I also hate the fact he is on my sell list. Coming into this season, I had high hopes for Montgomery. Then, it happened. The dreaded curse we should have all seen coming. That’s right. The evil monster which is Mitchell Trubisky.
No matter how good Matt Nagy wants this offense to be, he cannot overcome the ineptitude of Trubisky. His excuse of limited starts at North Carolina can only be used for so long. And the time has come to stop using it. If he was so inexperienced, which he was, then the Bears should have gone in another direction. Deshaun Watson perhaps?
But I don’t want to start crying about how Trubisky has ruined the value of my favorite rookie running back anymore. We will just move on.
After Week 1 the big concern was Mike Davis taking work. Well, it turns out this was not a valid concern. Montgomery is the bell cow in the backfield. But with the weak offense, it isn’t enough to sustain him at the level of an RB1 or even high-end RB2. If you can trade him to a team who is desperate, or who needs players during bye weeks to compile wins, you should offer them David Montgomery and see what their response is. If you can get a decent player or two in return, do it.
Juju Smith-Shuster| WR| Pittsburgh Steelers-
Even those who thought he would have a tough time after the departure of Antonio Brown did not see this coming. After another miserable game Sunday in which he had one catch for seven yards, the concern in monumental for JuJu.
With Hodges or Rudolph behind center, this season is a disaster for the Steelers and Juju is the captain of the ship. Is it his fault? No. Had Big Ben remained healthy, the season would be totally different. He would most likely be a top five receiver for fantasy and everyone would be happy. But the circumstances have played out differently and this is the reality.
If you can trade him now and still get someone who believes in a comeback in the second half, do it. If you can get a little more because of name value, even better. But the key is to trade him for a WR2 or an RB2 to set yourself up for a playoff push. A push he is unlikely to be a factor in.
With Matt Breida playing as well as he did in his absence, we needed to take a wait and see approach with Coleman. Over the past two weeks, we have seen he is going to be the man to lead the back field. With over 100 yards in his first game back followed by a touchdown in Sunday’s game, Coleman will reward those of you who hung on to him through his injury absence. And now is the time to ride him to the playoffs.
The 49ers are seemingly for real in 2019. It is all predicated on the run game and defense. This will continue to be the case as long as they continue to win using that formula. When Kyle Shanahan said he wanted a Tevin Coleman type, he meant it. Now that he has Tevin Coleman to fill, well, his role, nothing will stop him from performing.
The best part about Coleman is that he should not cost a hefty price. If you want to trade for him, you might be able to do it for someone who has been disappointing thus far in the season. Even trading him for Juju, which was unthinkable before the season, would be a solid trade now.
We have seen his floor games since the injury to Drew Brees. This has left a lot of his owners bitter. And even better, on the cusp of missing the playoffs. Being counted on as a top three back coming into the season, this has been silenced in recent weeks as he has been only getting 14 or 15 points a week. While not terrible, they are not the numbers expected when we came into the season with him anywhere from one to three in fantasy RB ranks.
With Brees coming back in a few weeks, the future is bright for Kamara. He is still one of the most electrifying running backs and players in the NFL. And in the near future, he will show it again. People get desperate this time of season. Some for good reasons, others not so much. But if you can find a panicking owner of Kamara, one who needs to make a change right now, get him.
No one is happier that Sam Darnold is back than the pass catchers in New York. This begins with Robby Anderson. We saw the rapport they two built up last season. It was on display again this weekend against the overmatched Dallas Cowboys.
With five receptions for 125 yards and one TD, the connection was clearly back. The fact the Jets have also had their bye week already makes him an intriguing pickup in leagues. A lot of players are still going to be skeptical. He has burned them for multiple weeks, and he is not a top talent who gets the benefit of the doubt in these situations. So, he might even be on your waiver wire. If this is the case, spend your FAAB and buy him up. If you have to trade for him, be willing to give up a WR2 for him. He should finish in this range for you. And again, he won’t be missing an important game due to a bye. So, one plus one equals go get him.