Fantasy Football Week 1 RB Trade Targets: Buy Low, Sell High Options Include Joe Mixon, Rachaad White, and Others

With fantasy managers always looking to improve their rosters, let's focus on the RB position with some possible buy low and sell high options.

Welcome to Week 1 of the 2023 fantasy football season. Regardless of how good your team may be, never stop searching for ways to improve your roster. The running back position is one where new names are constantly popping up and shifting fantasy values around. Here are a few undervalued RBs to buy low and overvalued RBs to sell high.

What RBs Should You Trade For in Fantasy Football?

Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins

I’m not sure if the fantasy community is fully appreciating how good Raheem Mostert‘s situation is right now. Of course, talent matters. But Mostert has already proven he’s good enough to produce borderline RB1 numbers in the right circumstances.

Jeff Wilson Jr. is on injured reserve, and the latest comment from Mike McDaniel is that he “hopes” Wilson can return this season. That doesn’t sound very promising. Electric rookie De’Von Achane is also currently out with a shoulder injury. Also, he’s a rookie.

We may be looking at a 70% snap share for Mostert in a Week 1 shootout against the Los Angeles Chargers. If he touches the ball 15+ times and produces RB2 numbers or better, fantasy managers will be chomping at the bit to get a piece of him after Week 1. Now is the time to strike.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

I get it, Joe Mixon isn’t sexy. He’s a boring veteran. He’s also the clear lead back with absolutely no touch competition on one of the best offenses in the league.

If you believe Mixon showed signs of decline last season, then feel free to ignore this advice. I’m the first one to jump ship on declining running backs. I just don’t believe Mixon is there just yet.

Last season, Mixon posted the highest target share of his career, and Joe Burrow is now unlikely to scramble much, given his training camp calf strain. Mixon has one of the highest floors at the RB position and just may still have an RB1 ceiling. He’s a great buy-low target ahead of Week 1.

What RBs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Obviously, Jonathan Taylor‘s value is nowhere near where it was a month ago. Fantasy managers are justifiably hesitant to push their chips all in on Taylor, given his relationship with the Indianapolis Colts and his lingering ankle injury.

The reason JT finds himself on the sell-high list is that I’m not sure the fantasy community is fully incorporating the legitimate risk that Taylor doesn’t play a single down of football this year.

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Taylor’s relationship with the Colts seems irreparably damaged. While I’d stop short of saying anything with 100% certainty, I’m supremely confident Taylor doesn’t play a snap for Indianapolis this year. He’ll either be traded by the Week 8 deadline or legitimately sit out the season.

In fantasy drafts, I had zero interest in dealing with the Taylor headache, even at reduced prices. If there’s a manager out there who is willing to assume the risk, I’m willing to ship Taylor off at what appears to be a sell-low but might really be a sell-high.

Rachaad White, TB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For this one, I’m just sticking to my predraft evaluation. Admittedly, Rachaad White‘s value never catapulted to the level at which I expected it to. Fantasy managers were quite restrained with enthusiasm for the Bucs’ sophomore RB1. With that said, I’m still not a believer in White this season.

The biggest selling points for White are his three-down role and the lack of touch competition. But we’ve seen this story before. If a running back isn’t getting it done, there will be someone else, even if it seems like there isn’t.

Fantasy Football Week 1 RB Trade Targets: Buy Low, Sell High Options Include Joe Mixon, Rachaad White, and Others

Sean Tucker may very well be the RB2 behind White. Although he’s a UDFA, Tucker is not a true UDFA in terms of talent. He only fell out of the draft because of a heart condition, which, by all accounts, is not currently an issue. If White struggles, Tucker — or someone else — will see more work.

White was one of the least efficient running backs last season. He’s definitely a proficient pass catcher, but he has poor vision and looks slower than he should when running the ball.

With a favorable Week 1 matchup, perhaps this is a situation where you hold, hope White has a strong volume-based performance, and then sell him shortly thereafter at what should be an increased value.

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Should You Trade Tank Bigsby for Jeff Wilson Jr.?

As a general rule, I don’t like drafting injured players. Wilson is currently an injured player. Most concerningly, McDaniel said he “hopes” Wilson can return this season. That’s not exactly what you want to hear.

Tank Bigsby has secured the RB2 role behind Travis Etienne Jr. and may very well have an immediate fantasy-relevant role. Give me Bigsby and the upside he provides over Wilson.

Should You Trade Joe Mixon for Nick Chubb?

Prior to Week 1, we can mostly look at predraft evaluations for trades. Nick Chubb typically goes around the 1/2 turn in fantasy drafts. Joe Mixon goes in the early third round. Both are locked into three-down roles, but Chubb is the far superior runner and has been the better back for much of his career. Chubb is firmly ahead of Mixon in this one.

Should You Trade David Montgomery for J.K. Dobbins?

This is easily the closest of the three trades discussed. Both backs project to lead their respective teams in carries, and both are on great offenses. Also, neither projects to catch many passes.

The kicker for me is that J.K. Dobbins isn’t competing with a first-round rookie pass-catching back for touches. Although the Baltimore Ravens RB is unlikely to see more than a 50-55% snap share, his role seems more secure than David Montgomery’s, so give me Dobbins in this one.

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