There were some epic fantasy performances during Week 3 of the NFL slate, but the perception of certain players isn’t always reality. As we head into Week 4 of the fantasy football season, let’s take a look at several players that you could either buy low or sell high.
Who are some fantasy football buy-low Week 4 trade targets?
Everyone views players differently, but these buy-low candidates are in a position to exceed the expectations of fantasy managers. Here are three players you can trade for at a discount.
Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson only had 2 receptions for 27 yards against the Browns on Sunday. However, the veteran receiver did lead the Bears with 6 targets. Robinson has caught 10 of 21 targets for 86 yards and 1 touchdown this season.
Rookie quarterback Justin Fields face-planted in his first career start. It’s currently unknown whether the Bears will use Fields again in Week 4, turn to third-string quarterback Nick Foles, or start Andy Dalton (provided he’s healthy).
Nonetheless, Robinson has prospered in the past with subpar quarterback play. Now is a perfect time to trade for him. Still, Robinson may end up becoming more of a low-end WR2 than the WR1 we envisioned heading into the season.
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Calvin Ridley entered 2021 as Atlanta’s No. 1 receiver. Facing the Giants in Week 3, he caught 8 of 11 targets for 61 yards. Yet, the former first-round has struggled at times handling the additional defensive attention he’s been given.
In the Falcons’ first two games, Ridley caught 12 of 18 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown. He’s an intriguing buy-low candidate, especially when you look at Atlanta’s upcoming schedule. Ridley and the Falcons face Washington, the Jets, and the Dolphins in their next three games.
Michael Carter, New York Jets
Going up against a tough Broncos defense, Michael Carter finished with 12 opportunities (rushing attempts plus targets) for 29 total yards. The rookie played on 43% of New York’s offensive snaps.
While fellow running back Ty Johnson played 57% of the snaps and had 5 targets, Carter is still the Jets RB to have on your roster for the rest of the season. New York faces the Titans and Falcons over the next two weeks.
Which potential trade targets should you sell high on?
All the players listed below posted solid performances in Week 3 and are widely known by fantasy managers. Will you cash your chips in?
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks has caught 23 of 32 targets for 322 yards and a touchdown through three games. He’s accumulated an astounding 428 air yards (which indicate how far a pass traveled in the air before it was caught). Additionally, Cooks hasn’t dropped a single pass this season. You should consider selling high on him and see what you can get in return.
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Facing the Cardinals on Sunday, James Robinson rushed 15 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also caught all 6 of his targets for 46 yards. Robinson finished with more touches (21) than teammate Carlos Hyde (8).
While Robinson could be trending up, Jacksonville’s offense will be up and down all season with rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence under center. Given that Hyde will also continue to be involved, now is a perfect time to shop Robinson.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Saquon Barkley had a favorable matchup against Atlanta’s defense and rushed 16 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. He also had 6 receptions for 43 yards. Barkley played 84% of New York’s offensive snaps and looked like his old self. Nevertheless, the Giants have a challenging rest-of-season schedule. It may be a good time to field offers and see what you could garner in a trade.