Time. The great equalizer. An enigma wrapped in a riddle, smothered in Taco Bell mild sauce. At this time last week I was in Vegas making my 8th trip to the ATM in 24 hours. This week I’m in Death Valley, making my 8th trip to the ATM in 24 hours. Two weeks ago I was saying to sell D’Andre Swift and buy Miles Sanders. This week Colonel Miles Sanders is on crutches, frying up chicken and I’m about to tell you D’Andre Swift is a great buy. What a difference a couple weeks time can make. As for Swift, I’d look to take advantage of possible recency bias and bye-week desperation. He’s coming off a game where he totaled just 51 yards on 17 touches and now the Lions head into their bye This is the time of season where fantasy teams with losing records can’t afford to be patient through bye weeks, meaning bargains can be had by fantasy teams with winning records. Hopefully that’s you! Swift likely isn’t going to handle 15+ carries often, but his volume in the Detroit passing game gives him a solid floor in any type of PPR league and he’s already shown RB1 upside. If you can weather his upcoming bye week, toss an offer out there and see what happens. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy football:

BUY

Antonio Gibson – Anime Donkey is in Hollywood this week producing the next episode of Buy, Sell, Hold. Spoiler Alert: Gibson will be making an appearance in the “Hold” segment. The buy case for Gibson is similar to Swift above. The Football Team is headed into their bye week and Gibson has disappointed, not only recently but for most of the season. He’s a much riskier acquisition than Swift due to his lingering shin injury, but I’d guess that injury is also a big part of Gibson’s lackluster performances the past couple of weeks. Because of that, the cost to acquire should be very low. Just don’t pay more than low-end RB2/high-end flex value in exchange for him.

Jaret Patterson – Washington said that Gibson was good to go this week before they proceeded to give the backup RB, Patterson, a career-high 11 carries. Liars! With the Football Team headed into their bye, I’m not looking at Patterson as anything more than an upside-handcuff. But if you do acquire Gibson, it makes sense to roster the youngster just in case.

Jeremy McNichols – The unthinkable finally happened: Derrick Henry is hurt and likely done for the year. Actually, it’s not a huge shock when any running back gets hurt and I pondered 19 months ago whether the massive workload might eventually wear down Henry’s body. Whether that was actually the case or this was just a fluke injury, matters not. It’s next man up in the Music City and that man is Jeremy McNichols, for now. Rumor is the Titans will bring in another RB to contribute which makes sense, but my money (what little I have left) is on McNichols to be the most valuable back in Tennessee for the rest of the 2021 season. He’s been there since day one, knows the offseason and has played around 25% of the Titans’ offensive snaps this season, showing the coaching staff already has a reasonable level of trust in the young man.

Adrian Peterson – It’s the year 2079, the earth is a vast wasteland ruled by robots. All humans are enslaved and trained to play football for the robotic overlord’s entertainment and Adrian Peterson has just run for his 58th consecutive 1,000-yard season. You may have heard that AD is visiting with the Titans today in the wake of the Henry injury, and you may have also gathered from the above blurb that I’m more interested in McNichols regardless of who else the Titans bring in. Still, Peterson should be added if he’s cheap/free because I’ve been wrong before, and I have no doubt that he can still run for 1,000-yards even in his old age.

UPDATE: The word is Peterson is signing with the Titans. My interest level is still very tepid but the future Hall of Famer is certainly worth a roster spot.

Marlon Mack – The rumors of a Marlon Mack trade out of Indy at the deadline are logical. Maybe he heads to Tennessee (unlikely after the Peterson signing), maybe heads elsewhere, or maybe he stays put. My expectations for Mack are low in any case, but he’s worth a roster spot in deeper leagues just to see what happens.

Carlos Hyde – It sounds like James Robinson’s foot injury isn’t serious, but you never know with these things. Hyde should see heavy usage if JRob does happen to miss time.

Russell Gage – News came out on Sunday that Calvin Ridley will be taking a step away from football due to personal issues. I wouldn’t expect to see him on the field again this year which opens up a boatload of targets in Atlanta. Tajae Sharpe caught 5 of 6 targets in Ridley’s absence this week while Gage posted a goose egg with no targets. It’s a real head scratcher after Gage saw six targets last week, but I’m guessing this week ends up being an outlier and I’d still rather own Gage than Sharpe moving forward.

Van Jefferson – Over the past two weeks, Jefferson has played 94% and 84% of the Rams’ offensive snaps, solidifying himself ahead of DeSean Jackson as the #3 option in the high-powered L.A. offense. He could be a nice bye week fill-in even in 12-team leagues and if something were to happen to either of Kupp or Woods, there would be huge upside with Van Jeff.

Jamal Agnew – Commenter Montezuma’s Revenge pointed out that I snubbed Swagnew in my rest of season rankings last week. Montezuma was right and now I feel silly for dropping Trevor Lawrence’s new favorite target in one of my deep leagues. Agnew saw 12 targets in week 8 while catching his first touchdown, and he now has 25 targets over the past three weeks. Give him a look.

Will Fuller – The Bubble Boy had a better health track record than Will Fuller. It sounds like the Dolphins receiver is still a couple weeks from returning and I’m not holding my breath for him to remain healthy once that return happens. But the couple weeks he’s on the field he’ll likely produce some fantasy numbers, so if you have a big bench it’s maybe worth stashing Fuller. Not exactly a screaming endorsement.

Darren Waller – Another spoiler alert: Anime Donkey loves buying Darren Waller coming out of the Raiders’ bye week. He’s now had two full weeks to get healthy after missing week 7 and disappointing in four of the five previous games. Odds are we’ve seen rock bottom for Waller’s fantasy value. Hopefully he and I hit rock bottom in Vegas around the same time.

Taysom Hill Jameis Winston suffered a torn ACL in week 8 and will miss the remainder of the season. Hill is recovering from a concussion himself, but if you need an upside QB he should be added immediately. I love his ability to rack up fantasy points on the ground which is why I had him ranked as my #10 QB early in the fantasy season when I expected him to be the week one starter in New Orleans.

Pat Freiermuth – The Steelers rookie tight end seems to be coming into his own with Juju Smith-Schuster done for the season. Freiermuth has seen 14 targets over the past two weeks and is quickly becoming one of Ben’s favorite targets.

 

SELL

Joe Mixon – People probably think I have some sort of personal vendetta against Mixon. It’s never personal. Except for that time he kicked my dog. But listen, when I suggest to sell a high-powered fantasy asset like Mixon, Swift or Mike Evans, it’s all relative. The key is always perceived value vs. actual value. Or at least actual value in my simple mind. I’d be surprised if Mixon doesn’t produce high-end RB2 numbers when healthy, but there’s a chance he could return RB1 value in a trade and I DO NOT trust him to stay healthy. Plus, even though Samaje Perine was a ghost in week 8 against the Jets, he’s been more of a factor in the Bengals offense than anyone would have guessed through three weeks. Just another small mark against Mixon in my Donkey-brain.

Calvin Ridley – Is there a chance Ridley will work through whatever personal issues he’s dealing with and find the field again this year? Sure. But I’m a degenerate gambler and even I wouldn’t wager a roster spot on it unless my 12-team league had 7+ bench spots. Anything shallower than that I’d say it’s safe to drop him, and in any league deeper than that I’d still be on the fence.

Robby Anderson – Anderson saw 20 targets across week 6 and 7, unfortunately he did nothing with those targets. Now in week 8 he got just one look from Darnold. He might wake up in the coming weeks, but it’s really tough to hold onto him any longer. Click that drop button and don’t look back.

Kenneth Gainwell – I don’t want to bray too loud, but I did say last week that I thought Boston Scott was the smart pick up in the wake of Miles Sanders’ injury. Not only did Scott outperform the rookie, so did new comer Jordan Howard. And Gainwell still only played 31% of the offensive snaps. At this point, it’s safe to lose the kid in all the the deepest of leagues.

 

 

 

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Brett
Brett
9 months ago

You think McNichols can handle early down work especially with Peterson signing?

Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
9 months ago
Reply to  Brett

i’m betting AP gets more regular rushes, however, they’ll likely just be going more pass heavy in general, and mcnichols should be on the field for most of the snaps i’d think (i mean, unless large lead, how well would an offense run if they just gave AP henry’s workload?). also very possible AP just craters or gets injured (more than mcnichols’ chance of that anyway). for standard leagues this would be closer of course.

Rick
Rick
9 months ago

1 PPR Super Flex

QB: Kyler Murray , Teddy Bridgewater
RB: Mixon, C Patterson
WR: Tyreek, Amari, AJ Brown
TE: Kittle
Flex: Elijah Mitchell

Bench:
CEH, Javonte , AJ Dillon , D Johnson

$63 FAAB Left:
QB: Taysom, Siemian, Mike White, C MCCoy, D Mills, PJ Walker
RB: AP, McNichols, L Murray , C Hyde, M Sanders
WR: Crowder, Agnew

Please advise who to add and how much FAAB to spend this week. I am going to drop both D Johnson & Uzomah. I don’t think all in FAAB will work for Taysom Hill and need backup plans as well. Some good RB/WR options available too but QB more important to cover my byes and also if Kyler sits.

Rick
Rick
9 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Forgot to include D Johnson and CJ Uzomah on my bench.

Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
Montezuma's Revenge ... right now
9 months ago

yeah been rocking agnew (who’s now out targeted/pointed etc shenault for 3 in a row, was a huge get like 3 weeks ago in 20 teamer’s) in 20’s, after this many weeks valuable he’s for me a starter in more than just 20’s now. the kind of spots where holding watkins (PHI, i was starting watkins over agnew till lately) needs to be done (his targets could go up too if reagor is hurt)

Achilles
Achilles
9 months ago

12 Team 1 PPR 0.2 PPC 7-1

QB: Herbert
RB: Zeke, N Harris
WR: Tyreek, Pittman, Waddle
TE: Higbee
Flex: R Bateman
Flex: T Pollard
DST: LAR

Bench:
T Lockett, R Anderson
Mattison, S Michel, C Hyde, AP

$71 FAAB Left:
RB: Ty Johnson , T Sermon , J Howard
WR: V Jefferson, Fuller, Agnew ,Mecole,Aiyuk, E Moore
TE: Pat Freiermuth
QB: Taysom Hill, J Fields

I don’t think I can drop anyone except Robby. Who shall I drop and who to add please ? How much FAAB to spend here? Thanks.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
9 months ago
Reply to  Achilles

you already had AP, wow. robby the easy drop for any of that WR list or frier for backup TE. if IR slots obtain fuller + another. me thinks van jeff or agnew or e.moore highest adds.

Achilles
Achilles
9 months ago

I have picked him today from FA dropping Mecole! My Flex spots are weak. People are crazy about RBs because of the 0.2 PPC. I have dropped Goedert few weeks to roll with Higbee and probably a bad idea. I don’t like carrying two TEs typically. No IR slots here. Keeping an eye on Derek Gore as well.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
9 months ago
Reply to  Achilles

odd league type where a TEN player (they played this week) can be obtained in FA now. guessing it’s slower to adjust to teams when a new signing comes up, like here, and it benefited you specifically here. i’d have goedert over higbee (standard or PPR)

Achilles
Achilles
9 months ago

1 PPR Super Flex 4-4 Team

QB: Kyler, Teddy B
RB: Mixon, C Patterson (W/R)
WR: Tyreek, Amari, AJ Brown
TE: Kittle
Flex: E Mitchell

Bench:
CEH, Javonte, AJ Dillon , D Johnson
CJ Uzomah , Jerry Jeudy

Waivers: $63 FAAB Left
RB: McNichols, AP, Ingram, Miles Sanders, D Gore, Hyde, L Murray
WR: Crowder , Agnew ,
TE: Pat Freiermuth
QB: Taysom/Siemian, M White, D Mills, C MCCoy , PJ Walker

Please advise who shall I pick up dropping DJ and Uzomah. Unsure if going all $63 might work for Taysom Hill. Need another QB options to cover bye week or if Kyler sits this week as well.

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
9 months ago

Fml – 2 qb league – not super flex – have Brady/Darnold/pj Walker and Tyrod. Dropped hill lw for Toney. I’m a moron. How much of my $36 do I put on Taysom?

jvanslyke
jvanslyke
9 months ago
Reply to  jvanslyke

Also rb depth is pretty solid with Carter/kamara/Harris/Robinson

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
9 months ago

waivering (weekly reset so it’s never about “saving it” unless you know in advance somebody better is about to be dropped for that week) by position groups with this roster:

PPR 12’er (with full return points, same as scrimmage yards)

QB: (1): k.murray (sounds like he’s about to miss week 9 but probably not much more), lawrence (being coached into more short passes)

RB (2): melgor, ekeler, gaskin, pollard, drake, j-jax (at least he held up as the most useful RB on LAC outside of ekeler and is probably the best handcuff)

WR (2): cobb (easy drop when adams back), renfrow, osborn, a-rob (another drop)

TE (1): gesicki
1 flex

IR: adams, MVS, julio, hilton, fuller, blakenship

K (1): koo
team D (1): streamer (i’m just too good to ever get the best WW guy(s) each week, including my top 1-2 weekly D choice), LAC

best order per position:
QB (i’ll now have to likely use one of these for week 9): t.hill, rodfather (rodfather will still be IR stashable as of wed it sounds like, t.hill might be able to his “out” will go to “DTD” by early wed). these guys are also in FA: m.jones, the CAR 2, jimmer, mayfield, lance, fields, white.

RB: mcnichols, AP, m.davis, t.jo (NYJ), hyde

WR: agnew, landry, van jeff, e.moore

i got 1 open spot (hilton moves to IR after starting for me week 8), then a-rob and cobb to drop in total, and lawrence for one of t.hill or t.taylor with intent to start week 9 if murray’s out. it seems obvious that either mcnichols or the best WR becomes head of the list. it’s not that likely that both of t.hill/rodfather are high priorities for most teams, while AP/mcnichols and maybe one of agnew/landry/van jeff are.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
9 months ago

oh yeah and
2. would you drop osborn for any of that WR list, as he can be added to drops along with cobb/a-rob. his upcoming schedule is good for MIN to keep throwing volume up though (albeit knowing which of him or conklin gets the usage isn’t good week to week, jebus, even jefferson got almost none week 8)

McKinzie
McKinzie
9 months ago

PPR ROS Mixon or Swift?

Besides the big top 6-8 what sneaky RB would you take for Mixon?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
9 months ago

Thanks for all of your great work, Mr. Teeth!

I’ve been wrestling with whether to own Hines or Mack behind JT . . . and other sites with handcuff charts give conflicting, coin flip, advice on it.

Does above blurb mean you’re in on Mack so long as he’s with the team?

You rule!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
9 months ago

Awesome, that’s the direction I was leaning, but your expertise seals the deal!! In that very bad scenario, I don’t think MM would be one of the 3/4 starting #1 RBs I’d start on my squad. . . but he’d be worth having.

THANK YOU!!!

Legendre
Legendre
9 months ago

Someone is offering Mahomes for Stafford, straight up. Is this the no brainer I think it is, or is KC’s O-line going to continue to suck and drag down Mahomes? What are your thoughts?

miles proudfoot
miles proudfoot
9 months ago

I have Tannehill and it’s been killing me all season. Had Carr at points but stupidly dropped during the bye week and lost him. One QB league, is Taysom Hill the answer? Have 70 FAAB and trying to see how much to go in on. Thank you!

Water boy
Water boy
9 months ago

Hey DT! Full ppr 10 team hold or drop Toney? Thinking ROS I’d be adding Cole Beasley

My WRS are Tyreek, mclaurin, AB , Corey Davis, jakobi Meyers, Bateman, toney

Thanks !