Two Monday night games sounds great in theory until I look up and it’s 9 o’clock at night and my stomach hurts from overeating take out (there’s no time to cook when you have 6 hours of football ahead of you) and I still have an article to write. Was the mediocre at best football worth it? Yes. Yes it was. Another question that I am currently asking myself is how a fantasy football analyst like myself can be so bad at prop bets? Nothing seemed like more of a lock to me than Patrick Mahomes getting 3 touchdowns or Stefon Diggs getting 80 receiving yards. But it was CEH night and Diggs was held or interfered with on a couple of opportunities to make big plays. It is what it is. 

Last week was a little weird for the trade market with a Tuesday night football game. We are back to a normal schedule this week and have a Thursday night football game as well. Giants and Eagles! Woo Hoo! If you are unaware when your trade deadline is, that might be something that you want to look in to. Here are a few buys and a sell to look into as we are near the halfway point of the fantasy football season. 

Stealin’

Josh Allen

Monday was the 2nd game in a row that Allen didn’t live up to the billing from his first handful of games. There were some things that I liked though. There were more designed runs in the playbook for Allen this week because the weather wasn’t the greatest. A thing to keep in mind is that as the season goes on in Buffalo, the weather will play more and more of a factor. Josh Allen is no stranger to these conditions and on days that the passing game isn’t ideal he will be able to pick up fantasy points on the ground. Allen should be underpriced right now and the Jets, Patriots, and Seattle are all coming up on the schedule. 

Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown has A.J. Brown potential meaning that he is going to have those two touchdown weeks. He is a regular focal point of this offense, but outside of week 5, it hasn’t translated to a WR1 day. Brown has had at least 6 targets in every game. I think this week is a great buy low opportunity with Pittsburgh and Indy back to back on the Ravens’ schedule if you can afford a couple of weeks of expected low production. The Raven’s fantasy playoff schedule is Cleveland/Jaguars/Giants. If you make it to the playoffs, he could be a league winner.

Rob Gronkowski

Old man Gronk is starting to look a little bit like young man Gronk. The best price would have been last week after seeing his increase in volume against the Bears. Gronk looks like he still can provide value for a reasonable price though. He’s starting to look quicker and the years of chemistry built with Tom Brady are a huge advantage. More times than not, Mike Evans has looked like a decoy in Brady’s offense. But a decoy that’s a redzone weapon. Hopefully Chris Godwin can stay healthy, but this season has been kind of scary in that regard. More games like last Sunday are coming for Gronk and Brady if you are struggling for consistency at the tight end position. 

Dealin’ 

Adam Thielen

Dealin’ Thielen, har har. Thielen has caught 5 touchdown passes over the past 4 games making him the sell high of all sell highs for me. The schedule does look pretty juicy coming up for the Vikings and I think that is a factor that can net you more fantasy capital on the trade market. There are two things that you can be confident in as a seller. 

  1. The Vikings are not contenders and that makes them a wild card on how they’ll approach offense operations down the stretch. Any slight injury or tweak could be an excuse to hold Thielen out in the fantasy playoffs. It’s happened before with different players.
  2. Justin Jefferson is the real deal and could gradually see more and more of the target share like we saw on Sunday.

One thing you shouldn’t do is sell Thielen for a discounted price. You should be getting a player or package back that you believe is a difference maker for your roster. 

  1. Russowl says:
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    10 team half-point PPR

    I was offered Lamar Jackson and Jonathan Taylor for Kamara
    I have big Ben and Matt Ryan at quarterback

    My Other running back‘s include Kareem hunt, Kenyan Drake, David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, Justin Jackson.Im one and five in last place

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d accept that and try and flip some of your RB depth for WRs

    • Skufer says:
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      Do I trade Kenyan Drake for Kenny Golladay? Full PPR league. I have Mixon, Montgomery and Taylor.

      • MB

        MB says:
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        Yes I’d do that

  2. Water boy says:
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    Hey man! So I have a bit of a league issue. So Sunday AM I was rushing to go to work & I pressed save it must’ve never saved because my commish kicked my out for not setting my lineup. That was Sunday & im working & I don’t have my phone & all I know is it saved . 2:30pm he removed me & I have no access to the league. I email him nothing , message him on Instagram & texted no response. Sent more emails , I was cordial I was just clueless why this happened I never swore , etc. he finally responded today with a novel. Saying “you changed your team name to toast so I thought you were out” “also we received complaints about you sending messages / trades” that’s when I started to get mad because I only know him & his wife in the league. I don’t message anyone. Send trades? Sure I’m last place just trying to fix my team. Everyone sends trades. He goes on to say “this was the only option” hmm I said well you have my cell number you could’ve reached out man to man but you were so eager to boot me.
    What’s crazy I thought he was my buddy, as his wife & my wife are friends. I’d never boot someone mid season wait til offseason. I didn’t auto draft I did the draft pick by pick. I was like in regards to the toast name yeah so? I was doing reverse psychology I was hoping my team could catch a spark with a wacky name change. Again I’m last place I’m no threat to him who he is undefeated.

    Crazy stuff

    That was my “whatever “ league, I won last year my main league is the one I write about here

    • MB

      MB says:
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      That is sooooo dumb. Sorry that happened

  3. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league full PPR
    1-1 who would you rather Michael Pittman Jr or Aiyuk? Leaning Pittman

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I lean Pittman too

  4. Crime Dog says:
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    Are you stashing Antonio brown if you’re 6-0?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Sure why not. If you have disposable depth he has a ton of upside

      • William Hung says:
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        Antonio Brown is on a team? Figure Josh Gordon would be a better bet for a stash like this

        • MB

          MB says:
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          He will be signed in November when his suspension is up

  5. Salvatore Grieco says:
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    i got offered davante, burkhead, and drake for aaron jones and nick foles.. he is also giving me a third and sixth round pick for my eighth and tenth.. my other rbs are taylor hines and dobbins… i feel like i make out in the deal.. my other qbs are rothlesberger and bridgewater.. would you pull the trigger?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah this is a good deal for you. I’d do it

  6. scoboticus says:
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    Considering that the Gronk is on the WW, should I make him my first claim over Tannehill (as a backup to Kyler Murray)?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Oh yeah definitely

  7. Hamtime says:
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    1. 14m league and don’t think i can drop Blankenship even w his bye week. Was planning on dropping gronk stream a kicker (below). Would you rather drop Preston Williams, mike Williams, or perine over gronk? Have Waller as my main TE.

    2. Which kicker are you leaning towards this week – Carson, bullock, or McManus

    3. Is Irvin the next TE to breakout

    • MB

      MB says:
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      1. Mike
      2. Carson
      3. Depends what you consider break out. He will have his decent weeks at best

  8. hitzone says:
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    12 team non ppr 2rb/3wr/1 flex

    Trade Mattison/dj moore for AJ Brown
    QBs Tannehill, Burrow
    RBs CMC, Mixon, Zeke, Mattison, Moss, Perine
    WRs Moore, Lamb, Jefferson, Higgins, Reagor, Kirk, Davis
    TE Ertz, Gronk

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yes, I would do that

  9. Shopgurrrl says:
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    I’ve gotta drop a TE in my league to plug some bye week holes. Unfortunately, no one in the league was biting as far as a trade, so someone has to go. (12-team, 0.5 PPR)

    Who would you cut?

    -Hockenson
    -Gesicki
    -Tonyan

    Also, Alshon’s questionable designation has become a huge headache every week as far as acquisitions are concerned. Is he still worth clinging to at this point?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Not really worth the wait for Alshon

      Out of those you can let Tonyan go

  10. ravenstrenddown says:
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    keeper league: you can keep guys 1x:

    Trade: $1 mark andrews, $4 DJ chark, $2 damien harris for: Gronk/ Godwin/Ingram

    I own dobbins, not sure I want more of the ravens backfield but interested in what you think.

    • crownomore says:
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      I should note I have to drop damien harris to pick p a bye week TE anyway so the deal is basically:
      andrews/chark for gronk/godwin/ingram

      thanks

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d stick with Chark/Andrews in keeper

  11. Chiefss says:
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    Should I trade DK and Kupp for Diggs and Lockett? PPR.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yep, love Diggs and Lockett side

  12. William Hung says:
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    I think Trade Analyzer reversed the value of Justin Jackson (4.5) and Joshua Kelley (8.2) points per game. I think Jackson showed he’s the starting RB

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’ll let Rudy know!

  13. Blake says:
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    12 team standard .5ppr double flex
    qb:kyler/tannehill
    rb:zeke/sanders/dmonty/henderson jr/jkelley
    wr:diontae/diggs/kirk/thielen/sanders
    te:thomas/burton

    looking to cash in on thielen this week. what do you think of:

    1 mike evans/rj2 for thielen/monty?
    2 marquise brown/jamers conner(or gaskin) for thielen/monty?
    3 thielen/monty for any RB1 someone is willing to deal me?

    my WR depth might suffer but I feel the wheels coming off thielen

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d do #2 first and #3 2nd

  14. Wywyz says:
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    Really need RB help. Should I swap Murray and Julio for Allen and Montgomery? I could offer DJ Moore instead of Julio but doubt he’ll bite.

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