Week 9 of the fantasy football season continued to bring us more ups and downs and head-scratching moments. Savvy fantasy managers will be able to take advantage of these ebbs and flows to improve their teams. Here are a handful of players entering Week 10 of the fantasy football season that presents an optimal opportunity to buy low or sell high on.
Who Are Some Fantasy Football Week 10 Trade Targets To Buy Low?
Since expectations vary across fantasy managers, there could be a window for you to acquire some of these players at a value. All of these candidates are in a position to exceed expectations for the rest of this season.
Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Sunday was another disappointing outing for Drake London, but the difference this time was he was actually targeted for once. London tied Kyle Pitts for the team lead in targets with seven (30.4% target share) while recording three receptions for 23 yards. His 3.3 PPR unquestionably sucks. I am not going to dispute that.
However, London is 8th amongst WRs in target share and over 27% of the air yard share, so the volume is there. The problem has been in relation to other receivers, his volume is not the same as other No. 1s.
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The positive takeaway for me was that Marcus Mariotta was actually pushing the ball deep and even took a few shots down the field for London, including one that would have been a 50-plus-yard play. London is still a buy low based on talent and role, but I don’t know if we’ll ever see him above flex territory if Arthur Smith keeps calling this offense like it’s stuck in the 80s.
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
I feel like it’s been months since we talked about Keenan Allen. That’s not all that far off, either. Allen has appeared in just two games in 2022, most recently in Week 7 as a pseudo decoy as he played on only 23 snaps.
Drafted to be a WR1 with 1,000 yards and 100 receptions almost a given, injuries have relegated Allen to the bench and labeled him as one of the biggest busts of the year. I was surprised they even played him in Week 7, as they had a bye in Week 8, and it seemed like an unnecessary risk. Based on him missing Week 9, I’d say it wasn’t worth it.
With Mike Williams out for roughly four weeks due to a right high-ankle sprain, Allen will be hyper-targeted by Justin Herbert as the Chargers try to keep pace with the red-hot Chiefs in their division. This is a pure upside play for me, as most managers who have held on to Allen are struggling with bench depth during bye weeks.
Allen can be had for a fraction of the price he was on draft day, and if you want that final boost for the playoff push, it’s hard to beat the upside of Allen.
D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
It’s been a frustrating recent few weeks for D’Andre Swift’s managers, and that continued in Week 9, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Swift played second fiddle to Jamaal Williams, which was the plan all along based on pre-game reports.
Swift rushed just two times for ten yards against the Packers and caught three of four targets for 40 yards. It could have been a better say, as Swift was taken down just short of the end zone.
It’s easy to look at Swift being out-snapped 38-10 by Williams and panic, but I wouldn’t view it as such. This was the plan all along, and while I do expect Williams to be in the mix, Swift should retain his lead role and RB1 fantasy value. Detroit has a favorable rest-of-season schedule, and I’d consider buying low on Swift before he retains his old role.
Who Are Some Fantasy Football Week 10 Candidates To Sell High?
Actual value vs. perceived value is also something fantasy managers need to have their pulse on. It cannot only tell you when to buy low but also when to sell high before the floor crashes out. Here are three players that could be worth selling before their value drops.
Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons
When we first saw Cordarrelle Patterson was likely to return, that was the time to sell high on Tyler Allgeier. Now, it’s a must. After salvaging Week 8 with three receptions and a touchdown, Allgeier totaled 99 yards in Week 9 on ten carries, plus he added 24 yards on his lone catch.
I don’t see it happening again. Patterson was slowly being worked back into action, and while Allgeier saw a decent number of rushes, Patterson saw a near monopoly of the red-zone opportunities. In games he has finished, Patterson has finished as the RB4, RB47, and RB3 and will add another top-12 outing when Week 9 wraps up. Patterson is the only trustworthy option on the Falcons. I’d attempt to move away from Allgeier, if possible, in Week 10.
Davante Adams, WR, Los Angeles Raiders
What a day by Davante Adams. Yet somehow, it felt disappointing. The fact that Adams only had 36.6 PPR is shocking, as, at one point, he was tracking for an all-time record. In the first half, Adams caught all nine of his targets for 146 yards and 2 TDs. In the second half, he had one catch for no yards on eight receptions. Ouch.
Oddly enough, that sums up his season. While he is the WR9 overall and 10th in points per game (17.0 PPR) coming into the week, Adams has five games this season with 95+ receiving yards and three games with 36 or fewer. It’s practically all or nothing.
The blowup game certainly makes it worth it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his target share drops a touch once Darren Waller makes his return. By no means is Adams a must-sell, but the opportunity is certainly there for a manager wanting to make a massive move before the fantasy trade deadline.
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seattle Seahawks
I say it all the time. Every player is available for the right price. That even applies to Kenneth Walker III, who is the real deal. Walker III came into the week averaging 20 PPR since Week 6 (RB5) and had another ridiculous performance against Arizona.
Walker III rushed 26 times for 109 yards and cashed in twice during the fourth quarter while catching three of four receptions for 20 yards. His 27.9 PPR is his third in the last four with over 19 PPR, but he could find life a bit more difficult here pretty soon.
Not only does Seattle face Tampa in Week 10, followed by their bye, but they come out of the bye to face the Raiders in Week 12 and, during the fantasy playoffs, will face San Francisco in Week 15, followed by the Cheifs, Jets, and Rams.
Let me just say I do believe Walker III is good enough to win against anyone. He is as good as it gets as a rusher, but he doesn’t have the receiving role (Travis Homer), and his incoming schedule will be brutal right when he is needed the most. You could sell high on Walker III and get back a king’s ransom.