The waiver wire is a blast every week but nothing feels the same as pulling off a trade! Finding the right compensation can be tough and coming to an agreement is even harder. While we would all love to trade for Justin Jefferson, these articles are based around players that with the right compensation, are attainable. Each week throughout the season, I'll give you three buy and sell candidates.
Aaron Jones, RB
Jones missed two weeks and came back with an extremely poor performance, likely frustrating fantasy managers as they have just one more week before his bye. If a team in your league is at 1-3 or 0-4 and has Jones, they know they are in big trouble and are running out of time to start turning things around. Jones played in 35% of the snaps last week while being on a pitch count and the Packers got buried early leaving few opportunities for the Packers backs. I like him this week against the Raiders and then you get the Bye to get him back to being closer to full health.
Chris Olave, WR
The Saints offense has been low scoring and Olave is coming off of a sub-1 point game. It was a tough divisional matchup for Olave with a newly injured Carr where Carr only saw 6 targets. Olave had seen double digit targets every week before that and he was on the field for the highest percentage of snaps this season in week 4. Carr dumped it off to Kamara 14 times in his first game back. Is that the new trend going forward? NO! Kamara was tied with Garrett Wilson for the highest number of targets regardless of position for week 4! Carr is either going to heal up and play better, or the Saints are going to have to turn to gun it downfield Winston which could further elevate Olaves' game.
Devonta Smith, WR
After AJ Brown blew up on Hurts during week 2, Brown has seen 14 and 13 targets. Smith has slowed because of it, seeing only 14 targets in the last two games combined and failing to break 12 points in each game. This SCREAMS overcorrection on the side of AJ Brown. Now that Brown has had a few weeks to get his diva on, Smith should return to the mean. You only need this one stat to know if you should go try to buy Smith. Smith has yet to play less than 98% of the snaps in a game this season! HE NEVER COMES OFF THE FIELD! He is the #1 receiver in the entire NFL in total snaps played & snap percentage. He has played 20 more snaps than the next closest receiver.
Honorable Mention: Sam LaPorta, Isaiah Pacheco
De’Von Achane, RB
Achane is supremely talented but in redraft leagues, now is your time to sell high. He is averaging over 11 YPC and has scored 6 touchdowns in the past two games! Mostert took a step back last week as the game got out of hand quickly for the ‘fins. Jeff Wilson is also returning to make it a messy backfield. While Achane is the best of the trio, real life coaches don’t care about fantasy and the chances of seeing him keep up this level of play is slim to none. Sell now while his stock is at an all-time high.
David Montgomery, RB
The Lions went up big on the Pack early and used Monty to salt the game away. Monty had never had a 30 point fantasy game or a 3 TD game in his career since he was drafted back in 2019. He has looked solid this season and has yet to have a sub-double digit game. The reality of the situation is the further the season goes along the higher chance of injury for Montgomery (who has already missed a game this season) and the increase in snap percentage and opportunity share for Gibbs as he further learns the offense. Gibbs is already rushing at a better YPC and is the main receiving back. I would try to see what I can get for Montgomery coming off a career game.
Jerry Jeudy, WR
Jeudy has failed to see over 76% of the snaps in any of the games this season and has not seen more than 7 targets. While this wouldn’t normally concern me, the context is alarming. The Broncos got blown out by Miami by 50 points and you would expect the Broncos receivers to eat in garbage time. Instead, Jeudy finished with 5 receptions and 81 yards while his other teammates out performed him. This offense, while improved from last season, is a far cry from being weekly relevant in fantasy.
Honorable Mention: George Kittle, James Conner
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