Ok, as we head into Week 6 of the 2017 fantasy football season, it’s time to react, adjust, and move forward. In some cases it’s time to cut the chord on expectations for some players… in other cases, struggling could single time to buy-low. A perfect example to discuss: Amari Cooper. If you notice, he is one of the last players listed on the attached Top 50 Overall Rankings (moving forward for Weeks 6-16). Some might even question his presence inside the top 50 overall. Here is the deal with Cooper… if you own him, you’re not crazy to sit him, but he should NOT be cut. He still has WR3 appeal with room for much, much more, but yes, he is a risk until he bounces back. He is an extremely gifted player, and while we’ve seen extremely gifted people never rebound from disastrous turns, there is still hope with Derek Carr likely to return in Week 6. I have Cooper in two leagues, and I am rolling with him in my WR3 spot (a decision made a touch easier given I have several wide receivers on byes in both leagues). Still, I admit it’s a tough call keeping him in my line-up before he shows signs of life again, however, it’s important to remember that only five weeks have gone by. Sure, a pattern is for sure developing when it comes to Cooper’s EXTREMELY POOR play, but it’s also important to consider the fact that he still is that elite receiver so many expected to emerge this season. Am I suggesting that non-Cooper owners buy-low before Week 6? Yes, of course, if the price is right, attack! I get it, some want nothing to do with him; just keep in mind great players have struggled for more than five games before, it’s easy for fantasy owners to want to call a player dead after five weeks of consistently-bad play, but five weeks is not enough time to start hitting nails into a young, talented player’s fantasy coffin.
Of the attached Top 50 Overall Player Rankings List, who else stands out for the good or bad? Honestly, LeVeon Bell seems like a great buy-low, as I’d still draft him in the top three overall moving forward. It’s not like he will be extremely cheap to acquire via trade, but many of his owners fear struggles for that Steelers’ offense all year long. It’s possible PIT does struggle all year, but Bell has typically been a match-up proof player capable of thriving in even pass-only quarters of play. Buy-low!
I think Julio Jones has major risk moving forward, so while I do not sell low, I certainly do not buy high.
Jay Ajayi feels equal parts risk and upside moving forward, as the guy has top 5RB skill, yet his team cannot give him room to run. Given he is an injury risk already, facing brutal eight-man fronts often makes him a question mark moving forward. Buy-low isn’t a bad idea, but I’m also worried if I already own him (if that makes sense in this crazy mess of a fantasy football season).
Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Cooks both have good buy-low appeal right now, even though they both have their risks. It’s all about where you can buy in at, though.
I love Doug Martin moving forward, as he is well rested and the team needs to lean on him moving forward to get things rolling. I’m not sure he can be had cheap, but I’m not selling unless it’s almost too high to pass up on selling.
LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are both HUGE risks moving forward. The difference is that Murray could have decent buy-low value, meaning you may get him dirt cheap from someone freaking out about his decline… I would caution anyone from buying even close to fair market value, as he is a huge risk. If you own Derrick Henry, have patience and wait out the bad times… his time could come soon and those holding him with patience, and those buying low now, could have a sleeping giant weeks from now.
Tevin Coleman also remains a sleeping giant, one that easily has flex value in PPR even in his existing back-up role.