Injuries, suspensions, and revised suspensions are wreaking havoc around the league. It’s getting tough to keep track of all the actives and inactives on a weekly basis. Wes Welker’s back. Josh Gordon is closer to being back. Adrian Peterson is back. Check that, Adrian Peterson might not be back until next year. Jonathan Dwyer is being forced to take no for an answer this weekend, and it’s unclear if he’ll ever be back.
The NFL changes so much from week to week, that it’s hard to drown out the white noise, and decide which players are deserving of a serious look, and which ones are just a flash in the pan.
That’s why I’m here to help. My weekly Buy/Sell posts will help you decide which players will stick going forward, and which are flukes. The name of the game is value, so if you can buy low and sell high, you’ll be set up to win your league. Last week I told you to buy on Bernard Pierce while selling on Justin Forsett. Taking my own guidance, I was able to flip Pierce and some change to a desperate owner for Jordy Nelson. Hopefully you also heeded my advice.
So, which players should you be buying and selling this week? Let’s start with the Packers receivers.
Buy: Devante Adams – WR – GB
Last week, I told you to buy on Jarrett Boykins. While I was correct in assuming the Packers passing game would not ignore an entire third of the field against an opponent that doesn’t feature Richard Sherman, Boykin was still a disappointment. He was benched in favor of Devante Adams after missing a catch, and Adams shined in his place. While he might split time with Boykin, the second rounder has given the Packers no reason to reduce his role. When dealing with a platoon like this, you should always pick the player trending in the right direction. In this case, that player is Adams.
Sell: Jarett Boykin – WR – GB
Boykin appears to be the player trending in the wrong direction. He had a stellar end of the 2013 season, holding his own during Jordy Nelson’s and Randall Cobb’s injuries. Unfortunately for him, a younger player with higher potential has emerged. If you own Boykin, but Adams is still available… well, you know what to do.
Now let’s take a ride on the domestic abuse merry-go-round for a second.
Buy: Stepfan Taylor – RB – ARI
With Jonathan Dwyer inactive for week 3, and likely many weeks to come, Stepfan Taylor will take over as Andre Ellington’s primary backup. While Ellington is a tremendous talent, he’s also no stranger to injury. Taylor is a quality handcuff option for those with running back issues.
Sell: Adrian Peterson – RB – MIN
Good luck with this one. You might be able to get a kicker and one of Yahoo!’s coveted “Wheeling and Dealing” medals.
Buy, Then Sell Immediately: Matt Asiata – RB – MIN
Adrian Peterson was not a product of his offensive line. That’s not to say that the Vikings have a poor offensive line. Just don’t expect Asiata to come anywhere close to picking up where Peterson left off. Asiata’s a big name right now, simply because of the void that Peterson is leaving on some rosters. You can flip him based on name recognition and role, and laugh maniacally when he’s no longer the top option in 2 weeks.
What’s up with the Smiths?
Buy: Torrey Smith – WR – BAL
Torrey Smith’s owners are not a happy group of people. He was drafted with the expectation that he was the top dog in Baltimore’s passing game, only to find that an aging Steve Smith Sr. is without a doubt Flacco’s favorite target. It’s a good chance to buy low on Torrey, however. His owners are disgruntled, and his stock couldn’t be any lower. If defenses start to focus on Steve Sr. Torrey should see more open field and more targets going forward.
Buy: Steve Smith Sr. – WR – BAL
Smith has been a WR1 for most of his career, so if he starts to see a renewed focus from defenses, he shouldn’t skip a beat. The 35 year old is proving that he still has it. While it’s generally not ideal to buy on a player when his stock is high, he should remain a quality WR2/WR3 for the rest of your fantasy season.