The 2023 fantasy football regular season is nearing its conclusion. With just two weeks remaining, fantasy managers now have their eyes set on the playoffs.
For most leagues, the trade deadline has passed. But if you can still make trades in your league, here are a handful of players to explore trades for and buy low or sell high on.
Fantasy Football Week 13 Buy-Low Trade Targets
Here are a few players fantasy managers should be looking to acquire at a low price, if possible.
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Since returning, Kyler Murray has posted games of 18, 22, and 20 fantasy points. The next three weeks may be rough with the Steelers, a bye, and the 49ers. But if you’re in the playoffs and lacking at quarterback, that schedule is juicy.
From Weeks 15-17, the Cardinals get the 49ers, Bears, and Eagles. It’s specifically the Bears and Eagles that you should be excited about.
Murray will be even healthier and more confident in his knee. We could see some 30-point explosions from Murray, carrying fantasy teams to championships.
Devin Singletary, RB, Houston Texans
Devin Singletary had a mere 18 yards on six carries against the Jaguars. He also dealt with negative game script throughout.
Fantasy managers with Singletary may be concerned about his usage on the ground, but it was actually quite encouraging. He saw a season-high seven targets, catching six for 54 yards, and a lot of them were designed screens.
Most importantly, Singletary was the clear RB1 ahead of Dameon Pierce. If he scored a touchdown, he would’ve posted RB1 numbers. Take advantage of that if you can and buy him for the stretch run.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
It’s definitely disappointing for D’Andre Swift not to even reach double-digit fantasy points during a game the Eagles scored 37 points in. Plus, the next two weeks are not going to be pleasant against the 49ers and Cowboys.
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This one is specifically for teams that are locked into a playoff spot. Swift’s playoff schedule is fantastic. He gets the Seahawks, Giants, and Cardinals. That is the stuff dreams, or should I say, fantasy titles, are made of. He could be an elite RB1 over the final three weeks of the season. Get him now.
Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams
I am very worried about Cooper Kupp staying upright for the remainder of the season. He aggravated his ankle sprain against the Cardinals but was able to fight through it. My guess is it will be an ongoing issue. That’s not ideal.
If and when Kupp is forced out of the lineup, Puka Nacua stands to benefit. He caught just four passes for 27 yards against the Cardinals, but he still saw eight targets.
We already know what Nacua looks like without Kupp. There’s a decent chance we get to see it during the most important weeks of the season. Buy him now.
Taysom Hill, TE, New Orleans Saints
The cat is out of the bag with the Saints pass-catchers, but that doesn’t make Taysom Hill any less of a buy. This team is out of receivers. Michael Thomas is on IR. Chris Olave is in the concussion protocol. Rashid Shaheed looks like he suffered a very serious injury. Who are the Saints going to trust more? Rookies and practice squad guys? Or Taysom Hill?
We should see a heavy dose of Hill next week. Plus, he carries higher-than-normal touchdown upside. Hill is a top-five-ish tight end for the foreseeable future.
Fantasy Football Week 13 Sell-High Trade Options
Here are a few players fantasy managers should be looking to sell at a high price, if possible.
Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders
I would say the Commanders’ decision to give Sam Howell the 2023 season to prove he can be their quarterback of the future has been a good one. Howell will likely never be a superstar, but he is undoubtedly one of the 32 best quarterbacks on the planet.
Fantasy managers who scooped Howell up off the waiver wire earlier in the season have had a QB1 more weeks than not. Entering Week 12, Howell was leading the NFL in passing yards (*with the caveat that the Commanders have yet to have their bye). That fact is also relevant to why Howell is a sell-high candidate.
We know Howell isn’t playing football in Week 14, when many fantasy managers will be fighting for their playoff life. Then, to close out the season, the Commanders have an average matchup against the Rams, followed by two extremely difficult ones against the Jets and 49ers. I would not feel comfortable starting him in either of those two games — the fantasy semis and final. If someone is willing to take him off your hands, feel free to make the move.
David Montgomery, RB, Detroit Lions
Ever since Jahmyr Gibbs established himself as capable of being a lead back, David Montgomery’s volume hasn’t been the same. He’s no longer seeing 70%+ snap shares. He’s no longer seeing 18+ carries.
Montgomery’s carry counts since returning from injury are 12, 12, and 15. He’s caught a whopping two passes over that span, as Gibbs is the clear receiving back. Yet, Montgomery has topped 15 fantasy points in all three games. Why? Touchdowns.
Montgomery has scored in three straight. Had he not scored, his numbers would look a whole lot worse. This would be fine if he were the primary goal-line back…but he’s not. He’s been splitting the role with Gibbs.
Fortunately, the Lions offense is good enough that Montgomery will still score his fair share of touchdowns. He’s not going to fall off a cliff. But eventually, there will be a game when he doesn’t score. That is not going to be fun for his fantasy managers.
In Weeks 16 and 17, Montgomery faces the Vikings and Cowboys, both on the road. These are two of the toughest run defenses in the NFL. Don’t give Montgomery away, but if you can sell him as an RB1, do it.
Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, New England Patriots
Rhamondre Stevenson is very good at football. In a better situation, he would be a screaming buy. But alas, Stevenson plays for one of the worst offenses in football and is extremely touchdown-dependent.
Stevenson now has 20 carries in consecutive games, but he’s only amassed 23 receiving yards on eight catches over that span. Fortunately, he’s scored in two of his last three. However, it’s hard to bank on a Patriots running back scoring consistently. Selling him as an RB1 is a wise move if you can pull it off.
Christian Watson, WR, Green Bay Packers
I’ve been blasting Christian Watson for weeks. Credit to him, he stepped up on Thanksgiving and made multiple big-time plays. With that said, are we supposed to believe he’s suddenly this effective NFL wide receiver? Does he just get a pass for the first 11 weeks of the season?
Watson caught five of seven targets for 94 yards and a touchdown against the Lions. Prior to that game, he hadn’t caught more than two passes in a single game all season. He now has two games with over 90 receiving yards to go with six games under 40.
Three of the Packers’ final five games are against soft pass defenses. Normally, that would be a reason to buy. In this case, because I don’t believe in the player, I would use it as a pitch in an attempt to sell Watson on his name value and the perception he carried with him before the season started.
Jakobi Meyers, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
It had been seven weeks since Jakobi Meyers hit 20 fantasy points before Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Simply put, I don’t buy that it’s anything more than an aberration.
Aidan O’Connell continues to mostly lock onto Davante Adams. Meyers still only saw seven targets. He just happened to have a very efficient six receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders are on bye next week. Then they have two favorable matchups before a rematch with the Chiefs in Week 17. I actually view the favorable matchups as a negative because Adams will be able to dominate, relegating Meyers to the guy who hadn’t hit 50 receiving yards since Week 7 prior to this week.
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Ja’Marr Chase managed four catches for 81 yards against the Steelers. On the surface, it may look like he will be okay with Jake Browning. He will not. Chase accumulated over half those yards on two tip-drill catches for which he was just in the right place at the right time. He only saw six targets.
The Bengals do have a favorable schedule remaining. However, Chase was drafted to be an elite WR1. He is a mid-WR2, at best, with Browning under center. If anyone still values him as something more than that, sell away.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Houston Texans
Last week, I warned that Dalton Schultz was about to take a serious downturn, largely due to a difficult schedule for tight ends. His touchdown against the Cardinals likely bought fantasy managers one more week to sell. Can you still sell him now after he saw just two targets, catching one for two yards against the Jaguars? I doubt it. But you should try.
Schultz now has a mere five targets over his last two games. It’s not an accident. The Texans are facing teams that erase tight ends.
Next week, the Texans face the worst team in the league against tight ends, the Broncos. But you can’t wait until after that game because trade deadlines are looming. Over the final four weeks, the Texans have the single-toughest schedule for tight ends remaining. If you don’t sell Schultz now, you won’t be able to, and you will be stuck with an un-startable tight end.
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