*This Buy, Sell, Hold video was released by Anime Donkey prior to week 11*
“Buy Jonathan Taylor.” – July Donkey Teeth
After Jonathan Taylor’s five-touchdown performance this week, July Donkey can finally come out of hiding. You see, poor July Donkey was forced into hiding after being chased to the ends of the earth by the angry fantasy football echo chamber mob. In a secluded mountain cave, he made his home, living on nothing but wild berries and peyote root. Biding his time, until the all-clear siren sounded, as Jonathan Taylor crossed the goal line a 5th time on Sunday afternoon. Now July Donkey is returning to civilization, carrying a message for the fantasy world: buy Miles Sanders. Since Sanders and July Donkey went away, the Eagles’ offense has shifted their RB usage from non-existent, to somewhat existent. In his return to action, Sanders immediately handled his season-high, 16 carries. There’s a chance you can acquire the Eagles explosive back for RB3/flex type value and Sanders still has legitimate RB1 upside if the volume is there. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy football:
D.K. Metcalf – Metcalf is actually my top buy again this week after another dud performance in week 11, but I didn’t feel right about leading with the same player in consecutive weeks. Also, July Donkey put a gun to my head. I have full faith that Russell Wilson will round back into form very soon, mooning Metcalf’s stock in the process.
Elijah Moore – The Jets’ rookie wide receiver has hit his stride with four touchdowns in the past three weeks and he now has the gunslinging Joe Flacco behind center. Every year there’s a late-season rookie wide receiver who blossoms down the stretch, look no further than Elijah in 2021.
Brandin Cooks – The Texans’ number one pass-catcher has been held at bay three of the past four weeks. But note that he did see a whopping 14 targets in Tyrod Taylor’s week 10 return and the Texans likely won’t be protecting a lead often, as they did this week. Because they stink.
Ty Johnson – Just when things were getting juicy, Michael Carter sustains a high ankle sprain that will cost him several weeks. This backfield will likely be split between Tevin Coleman and Johnson, and it’s still the Jets offense. But it’s worth grabbing the Johnson and squeezing if you have a hole to fill. His ability to contribute in the passing game gives him more upside than Coleman, especially in PPR leagues.
Trey Sermon – To nobody’s surprise, Shanahan leaned on his favorite son Jeff Wilson this week. Elijah Mitchell’s status is unknown moving forward, but Sermon did see 10 carries as well this week and Wilson is no stranger to the blue medical tent. If you need a speculative upside stash at RB, Sermon is near the top of my list.
Darnell Mooney – If 15 targets aren’t enough reason to add a second-year wideout, then how bout 121 yards and a touchdown? Still not enough? Well, what if he also does your laundry for the next six weeks?
Van Jefferson – I’ve been saying to buy Van the Man for a while, but why not once more. I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon at times in my leagues, where fantasy managers devalue up-and-coming players returning from their bye weeks. Maybe it’s some form of recency bias. Maybe it’s out of sight, out of mind. Regardless, see if Jefferson is attainable before his owner sees him on the field again.
Pat Freiermuth – The Steelers’ rookie TE only managed 11 receiving yards this week but he did manage to find the endzone once again. And he still had another 7 targets to boot, making it now 36 targets over the past 5 weeks. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Donkeys, that’s a TE1.
Dan Arnold – The Jags big man just put up a goose egg in the targets department after seeing 25 targets over the past three weeks. The dud performance should cause some drops in deeper leagues, and I’m guessing he gets back on track in week 12.
Cam Newton – Alright, so I guess he’s back.
Melvin Gordon – I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve said to sell Gordon this year. Coming off a 45-yard rushing performance with his 7th touchdown of the season, this might be the final chance to jump off the Melvin train before it crashes and burns. Javonte Williams is coming.
Anyone Not Helping Now – It’s the final push for the playoffs with most leagues down to three weeks left in the regular season. If you’re a bubble team, don’t sit around waiting on injured players, or guys on a bye week. See if you can shop those players to a team near the top of the standings to improve your lineup for this week.