In the midst of all the injuries that occurred this past week, everyone is worrying about their respective replacements as additions to their fantasy team. On a week-to-week basis, you can make your living on the waiver wire. Often overlooked are the players you need to get rid of.
Here are 5 players that you should look to trade as soon as possible while they’re stock is still high.
*Making the list doesn’t mean they’ll stop producing, mainly for peak value purposes.
QB, Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
I know, you’re probably thinking, “this ship has sailed”; but it seems to be coming back to the horizon. With his best performance this past Sunday against Green Bay, Manning’s stock is higher than it’s been since the start of the season. The recent acquisition of Vernon Davis may entice fellow fantasy owners as well.
Don’t be fooled. We all saw the Peyton Manning that was on display from weeks 1-7. He just isn’t the same passer that he once was and isn’t going to be able to turn in performances like he did this past week on a week-to-week basis, no matter who his supporting cast consists of. His body will continue to deteriorate as the season goes on.
Trade Peyton while his value is at a season-high following his best game.
RB, Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
What a campaign the “Muscle Hamster” has turned in so far in 2015 – he is making a strong case as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. However, we’ve seen this before. Martin turned in a tremendous rookie year in 2012, but was atrocious the next two seasons. He is prone to inconsistencies.
From weeks 4-7, Martin posted three consecutive 100 yard games with 4 total games – the other 4 games? He failed to break 100 yards or score a touchdown – he’s hit or miss. While he is the 3rd ranked RB among fantasy points, he’s still not a reliable RB1. Martin scores his points in bunches and when he doesn’t, he gets you barely anything.
Martin is still a solid RB2, but I say you trade him based on the uncertainty. Someone will treat him like an RB1 and give away some good players for him.
WR, Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
The 3rd ranked WR of this past week was none other than Tavon Austin. Entering the season, there were many question marks surrounding him due to his uncertain role in the Rams offense. As it has played out, he’s been the swiss army knife of that unit – making his presence felt in a variety of ways.
When it comes to fantasy, there still lies the uncertainty. He’s put together some great weeks, he’s put together some poor ones. Nonetheless, he seems to have emerged as the top option in the passing game for Nick Foles and he has been hot as of late, scoring all 4 of his TDs the past 4 weeks.
Still, if you’re a contending team looking to make a push at the championship, you can’t afford a guy like him in your lineup – there’s too much risk involved. Trading Austin for more reliability is totally worth it. He’s the type of player a team needs if they’re on the outside looking in.
WR, Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
If someone told me a Cardinals wideout would be a top 5 fantasy WR at this point of the season, I would’ve said hesitantly, Michael Floyd? No. Hmmm John Brown? No. No way it’s Larry Fitzgerald – yes, it is. The ageless wonder came out of the gate in 2015 and made a huge impact on the Cardinals offense – he was even the NFL’s leading receiver at one point. That’s the problem, though.
Fitz started off hot, but has cooled down in recent weeks. Five of his league-leading seven TD catches came within the first three weeks. Since then, he hasn’t surpassed 100 yards in 5 games, although he has hauled in two more touchdowns. While Fitzgerald remains a solid fantasy option, he won’t see as much production in the second half of the season as Carson Palmer has utilized both Floyd and Brown more in recent weeks. Fitzgerald is still posting a good amount of catches per game, but he isn’t as explosive after the catch as he once was – plus, I expect his receptions to dwindle towards the latter part of the season.
WR, Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
Yes, he’s still the top receiver for the Jets. However, the injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick has me worrying for his production. Despite the fact that he reeled in over 100 yards with Geno Smith under center, that doesn’t say too much against an Oakland secondary.
The injury to Fitzpatrick may not force him to miss anytime, but that’s uncertain at this time. If Geno is forced to start a game or two, Marshall’s production will likely decline. He’s still a worthwhile WR2, but look to trade him before the possible value/production drop.