Depending on your league settings, there are either one or two weeks remaining in your fantasy football season. Week 13 may be your last chance to make the fantasy playoffs, so finding those last-minute trade targets to buy low and sell high on is imperative. This article will mix up some 2020 trade targets and some names to consider for those of you in dynasty leagues.
Week 13 buy-low candidates you should pursue
QB: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Arizona Cardinals’ offense, and it would not be a surprise if fantasy GMs with Kyler Murray on their team are extremely frustrated. Murray was expected to come away solid against a terrible Seattle defense in Week 11 but struggled. He then struggled this past week in New England, with just 170 passing yards, 31 rushing yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception.
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However, there have been extenuating circumstances to both games. In Week 11, Murray got hit and hurt his shoulder early, impeding him from throwing the ball effectively and seemingly making him hesitant to run the ball. Then this week he was limited in practice and faced off against one of the best defensive minds to have ever played the game. The Patriots made containing Murray and the run game their main priority.
What makes Murray a buy low in Week 13 is that he is leading the position in expected fantasy points. No one has had more opportunities to make plays than Murray, and with their defense being a little hit or miss, that is likely to continue. For that reason, it is worth seeking out Murray as a trade target in your leagues in Week 13. Someone might just be willing to part ways out of frustration and panic.
RB: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
Things got away from the Raiders quickly in Week 12 as the Falcons opened up a six-point lead that extended to a 13-point lead by half time. Those deficits meant that Jacobs got somewhat negated from the game, ending with seven carries for 27 yards and a lost fumble. Prior to this game, he had scored four touchdowns in three games.
In the next four weeks, Jacobs faces three teams that rank in the top 12 in Defensive Points Allowed Consistency Score (D-PAC) to the running back position. The fourth matchup comes against a Colts team that just allowed over 35 fantasy points to Derrick Henry in Week 12.
Jacobs suffered an ankle injury late in this game so his status is worth monitoring heading into Week 13. However, if he is ruled out down the stretch, now is a prime opportunity to target Jacobs in dynasty formats.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
Similar story here for DeAndre Hopkins as with Murray in terms of why he has struggled the past two weeks. Rarely will you find Hopkins with just 106 yards over a two-week span. However, in the last four weeks, he has put up less than 60 receiving yards on three occasions. So often a player that is more likely to wind up on the sell high portion of the article, Hopkins is a trade target you should look to try and buy low on entering Week 13.
WR: Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts
A receiving line of two receptions for 28 yards is ugly for Michael Pittman, but there is some reason for optimism. You could definitely make a case that after his previous two weeks, he should have been a sell high, but after this week, he is a trade target to buy low on in fantasy entering Week 13. Despite the finishing stat line, Pittman was targeted nine times, which is extremely promising.
Additionally, two of his next four matchups come against a Houston Texans team that ranks in the top 12 in D-PAC in both formats. The return to form of Pittman and the emergence of Trey Burton will also take some of the attention from Pittman in the coming weeks.
Week 13 sell high candidates it’s time to trade
QB: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson is coming off the back of two good weeks, where he combined for six touchdowns and 662 passing yards. He added another 60 rushing yards and a carry for a touchdown to further boost his fantasy output.
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The second of those two games came against the woeful Detroit Lions, but that is where his streak of easy matchups ends. The Texans’ next three games come against the Indianapolis Colts twice and the Chicago Bears, two defenses that have been strong this season. At this crucial time in the season, a trio of matchups like that can destroy your playoff chances, so look to offer Watson out as a sell-high entering Week 13.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions
Long have gone the days where Adrian Peterson was a buy low in fantasy, and entering Week 13, it is a prime opportunity to look to sell high. Peterson put up great headline numbers with 17.5 fantasy points. However, those numbers are warped by his two rushing touchdowns, and if you can utilize that to sell high entering Week 13, then you absolutely should.
WR: Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers’ wide receivers have been frustrating this season. At multiple times in 2020, they can have been viewed as trade targets to buy low or sell high on in fantasy, and entering Week 13, it is the turn of Robby Anderson.
Do not get me wrong, I have loved Anderson’s volume this season, but the depth of receptions has been a concern. Prior to Week 12, he had been at seven yards per reception or below. He racked up 94 yards in Week 12, but 41 of those came on one reception, with the remaining six targets combining for just 53 yards (8.83 yards per target).
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