Buy Low, Sell High: Fantasy football trade targets for Week 9

Following an up-and-down Week 8 in the NFL, who are some buy-low and sell-high options for fantasy football ahead of Week 9?

Always be trading, folks. Always. Week 8 has mostly wrapped up, and with it, a new set of players have entered the trade market. Looking ahead to the next few days, let’s start the discussion around which fantasy football players to buy low on and which to sell high ahead of Week 9.

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Who are some Week 9 fantasy football buy-low trade targets?

There’s a handful of players out there that I would love to have on my roster for the remainder of the season. Some of them you might be able to get at a bargain coming off underwhelming performances. Ironically, a few players from the AFC have my interest this week as buy-low candidates.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

In his first game back from IR, Jerry Jeudy posted a pedestrian 4 receptions for 39 yards. As a fantasy manager who played Jeudy in several places, trust me when I say that I was disappointed. The good news, however, is that even with only 4 receptions, he led the Broncos in the category.

Jeudy is a crisp and polished route runner. As the season continues, I expect his workload to increase and many solid performances to be on tap for the second-year receiver.

Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots

Michael McCorkle Jones had a fantasy football day to forget, throwing for 218 yards and 0 TDs.

In the previous five games, Jones threw for 8 TDs and averaged 262.4 passing yards per game. He hasn’t been outstanding — he was the QB18 over those five games — but in 2QB leagues, he has the upside to be a viable second signal-caller for your fantasy roster.

Which potential RB trade targets should you sell high on?

Knowing when to cash out is an important aspect of fantasy football. While running back is a volatile position, a pair of RBs are considered in our sell-high candidates ahead of Week 9.

Both players on this RB list had terrific performances in Week 8. But that is precisely why we suggest selling.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Talk about a performance that I didn’t see coming. When Miles Sanders went down to injury, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell evenly split the carries, with Gainwell seeing a more pronounced role in the passing game. In a drubbing of the Lions that ended 44-6, Boston Scott saw a majority of the early carries, followed by Jordan Howard (what year is it?).

The game ended with Scott and Howard logging 12 carries a piece (and each found the end zone twice), and Gainwell with 13. Gainwell’s came in garbage time, and he also didn’t see a single target in the passing game. This backfield is a mess. If someone in your league thinks that Scott is now a weekly RB2, feel free to trade him to that person.

Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

Don’t get me wrong about Michael Carter — I love him. I loved him as a prospect, and it has been a joy to watch him take over the New York Jets’ backfield. Pending Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, Carter is currently RB1 of Week 8. He finished with 15 carries for 77 yards and a TD, and also racked up 9 receptions for 95 receiving yards. He led the Jets in all four categories.

If you have Carter, I suggest holding. He’s on this list in case your roster is in desperate need of swinging some trades to make the playoffs. If you need to make a trade, try to capitalize on this breakout performance.

Which potential WR trade targets should you sell high on?

Being able to move pass catchers at pivotal moments can be crucial to your fantasy team’s success. After Week 8, we have a chance to capitalize on recency effect.

Target team in your league who have been ravaged by injury — they’ll have more incentive to be aggressive in going after players.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

On the surface, Randall Cobb posted 16.5 fantasy points. If that’s all that your league-mates see, then capitalize on it. Cobb only had 3 receptions, turning 2 of them into touchdowns. That is the epitome of unsustainable.

He also did so in a game where superstar Davante Adams was sidelined because of COVID-19 protocols. Adams will be back in the fold next week, and Cobb will become an unreliable option once again.

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