IDP Buy Low / Sell High - Week 7
Posted 10/16 by Anthony Borbely, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
This will be a weekly feature to assist IDP owners in creating deals in their leagues. In theory, players listed as "Buy Low" candidates should have a perceived value that is lower than they merit while the "Sell High" players are overvalued. Use this knowledge to offer viable trades to your leaguemates.
- DL Jason Taylor, Washington Redskins: Taylor has been hurt and largely forgotten in the fantasy football world. But he has had several years of excellence and is finally starting to get healthy. Contenders need to take note of this because many owners are ready to give up on Taylor. He is 34 years old and it is hard to say how much he has left in the tank, but the price is probably low enough right now to make a move.
- LB Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers: Timmons has not been able to crack the starting lineup this year. It is not so much that he has not played well enough; it's more that Larry Foote has played very well and has done nothing to deserve being replaced. But Timmons is the future at inside linebacker for the Steelers and right now, his price is very low. This is the time to get a future starting LB who is in his early 20s.
- LB Demorrio Williams, Kansas City Chiefs: It is hard to understand anything the Chiefs do, which makes it tough to analyze Williams. He is not the greatest LB, but he is serviceable and usually puts up solid fantasy numbers when he starts. Long-term, it's hard to say, but for this year, Williams could be a solid addition to your lineups. He should not cost much, but if you need a LB this year, Williams may be a good place to start your search.
- LB E.J. Henderson, Minnesota Vikings: This one is dependent on the Henderson owners and the league rules. If your league has injured reserve roster spots, you likely will not be able to buy low on Henderson. But for those leagues with no IR spots, the Henderson owner may be looking to clear a roster spot or replace him, or both. Those are the owners to target. It may not work, but you won't know until you ask.
- DB Sabby Piscitelli, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Piscitelli was starting to see some snaps on defense prior to getting hurt a few weeks ago. He is getting healthy and it appears to me the Bucs want to get him on the field more. Piscitelli has a lot of talent and is really under the radar right now. You should make a move now and take a chance on a talented player who you can probably get for pennies on the dollar.
- DL Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings: After a huge four-sack effort against the Lions last week, Williams vaulted to second overall in DL scoring. He leads all DL in solos with 22 and is second in sacks with six. Those are a lot of selling points. The reason to sell is because interior linemen rarely maintain a high ranking over the course of a year or years. The good news is not everyone pays attention to things like that. I would be moving Williams as soon as possible.
- LB Dhani Jones, Cincinnati Bengals: Jones has put up huge numbers and there is no reason to believe this will change any time soon. This sell high depends on your team. Obviously, if you are a contender, you need to hold because he may put up big numbers all year long. But if you are rebuilding, you have to analyze this deeper. To me, Jones is an average talent in a great situation and when I own a player like that and my team is not a contender, I am a seller. I can guarantee you a contender will be very interested in a player like Jones.
- DB Nick Collins, Green Bay Packers: Collins has never impressed me as a player who will maintain a long-term starting job. Collins is currently a top 5 DB and there are very few free safeties that consistently put up big fantasy numbers. This is another player I would be selling as soon as possible. I do not see Collins being a future fantasy factor.
- DB Chris Gamble, Carolina Panthers: Gamble is a tough player to get a handle on. I am not convinced he is an NFL starting caliber corner and with a player like Richard Marshall waiting in the wings, Gamble has to play well to hold him off. This depends on your feeling of Gamble. I simply am not that high on him and with him putting up solid fantasy numbers, I would be looking to move him. I could be wrong on Gamble, but I usually stick with my instincts when deciding, and they are telling me to move Gamble.
- DB Jermaine Phillips, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Phillips is a player who is probably a better fantasy player than he is an NFL player. He is a respectable player, but is not loaded with talent. He had lost snaps to the aforementioned Sabby Piscitelli earlier in the year, so the Bucs obviously are not satisfied with Phillips. I can't say for sure how this will play out, but there are enough red flags for me to consider trading Phillips.