Never get complacent. Always be looking to improve your fantasy roster. With that in mind, let’s take a look at which fantasy football players are buy-lows and which are sell-highs entering Week 13.
*Most leagues have seen their trade deadline come and go already. Going forward, consider this article as a guide to which players you can expect to improve and which will decline.
Which players should you buy low heading into Week 13?
As we enter the home stretch of the fantasy regular season, managers are either trying to make that last push for the playoffs or trying to set their rosters up for the postseason. Entering Week 13, which undervalued players should fantasy managers consider trying to acquire for a reduced price?
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Over the past two weeks, Chase Claypool has looked as good as he has all season. He’s getting downfield targets and making plays. Unfortunately, he hasn’t found the end zone. In fantasy football, often times the difference in perception of a particular player is whether he scores.
Claypool’s peripherals are very good. He’s been efficient — 175 yards on 8 receptions the past two weeks. The targeting has also been there — 17 targets over those two games. It’s really just the touchdowns.
The Steelers have one of the most favorable wide receiver schedules to close out the season. They also face a series of good offenses that will force them to actually throw the ball.
There’s a case to be made for Claypool as a WR2 the rest of the way. He is likely perceived as more of a WR3, making him a nice buy-low candidate for the stretch run.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles’ offense completely flopped last week against the Giants. Jalen Hurts couldn’t get anything going and took Dallas Goedert down with him. As a result, Goedert caught just 1 of 3 targets for no yards.
Since Zach Ertz was traded, Goedert has been a near every-down player. The upcoming schedule is favorable, with the only caveat being the Eagles still have their bye coming up. They play the Jets, Washington, Giants, and then Washington again to close out the fantasy season. Better days are ahead for this offense and Goedert.
Who can you sell high in Week 13?
Fantasy managers tend to be very reactionary when it comes to what happened recently. Sometimes these players are coming off strong performances but have higher perceived value than actual value going forward. That makes them candidates to be sold high — if you can get solid value.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
This may be a bit of low-hanging fruit. However, I’ve seen recommendations out there of trying to buy Ezekiel Elliott low. Don’t do that.
There are reports the Cowboys are going to shut down Zeke to allow his injured knee to heal up for the stretch run/playoffs. The theory on the other side is if Elliott comes back in Week 16 or 17, he’s a potential difference-maker. I don’t see it that way.
Tony Pollard has looked better than Elliott for two years now. If Elliott rests, Pollard is going to play well. It’s foolhardy to think Elliott will return and just usurp Pollard.
There may be someone out there who thinks Elliott is someone to target low. If you sell him, you will have to take pennies on the dollar. I think it’s worth it. Sometimes, selling low is okay because it’s still higher than where the player is headed. That’s what I anticipate being the case with Elliott.
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers
I had DJ Moore as a buy-low a few weeks ago, and that’s worked out nicely. Moore recorded 14.3 and 16 PPR fantasy points in each of the past two weeks. Why am I changing my tune? The quarterback situation.
Cam Newton showed in Week 12 why he lost his job to Mac Jones and couldn’t get a job for over half a season. Newton is done, and P.J. Walker isn’t much better. It’s just a disastrous situation for Moore and the Panthers’ wide receivers.
Moore’s performance over the past two weeks is a bit of a mirage. In Week 11, he scored a short touchdown. In Week 13, he caught a 64-yard bomb from Newton. The rest of the game, he caught 3 passes for 39 yards.
Moore has been reliant on touchdowns and splash plays. Of course, those certainly count. But if we can use them to turn Moore into a more reliable producer, it’s worth pursuing.