Week 9 Fantasy Football Trade Bait
Welcome back to Fantasy Football Trade Bait, where we’ll let you know who to stay patient with for another week and who to trade, helping you fix that under-performing roster that sits at 2-6. I will again look at one player with a high sell value and another with a low buy price.
The time is now to make significant changes, if you are to make the playoffs in season 2012.
For a player returning from a season-ending knee injury that required surgery to his ACL in 2011, Charles has looked good in patches this season. However, for fantasy owners he has become a frustrating player to own. With Jamaal Charles, it’s either feast or famine. Let me explain.
The first two weeks he produced just 10.9 fantasy points. He then exploded in Week 3 against New Orleans to have his best total to date for the season with 34.8 points, which is also the best score for a RB in any game this season. He backed that up with good totals in Weeks 4 & 5, but Weeks 6 & 8 were very disappointing with a combined total of 5.7 points.
The form of the Kansas City Chiefs in general is another factor to consider. The Chiefs are the only team since the Buffalo Bisons in 1929 to have not led in a game in the first eight weeks of an NFL season. Remember, their only win for 2012 came in overtime in Week 3, after coming back from 24-13 deficit in the last quarter. The Chiefs have fallen behind early in pretty much every game this season and are forced to play catch-up for the rest of the game. What does this mean? Well, the running game is abandoned and Charles gets less carries.
My advice is that you can still get Charles on the cheap and with an apparent neck injury suffered against San Diego yesterday, his value will be even cheaper. Even though Hillis and Shaun Draughn have formed a Running Back By Committee (RBBC), Charles will still get the bulk of carries at Arrowhead and frankly, his talent is too good to be ignored.
He’s an ideal pickup for a team confident they’ll make the playoffs and would like a home-run hitter late in the season. Two bench warmers for Charles might do the trick at the moment.
Other Buy Lows: Michael Turner (ATL) & Ryan Matthews (SD).
TITUS YOUNG SNR
The 2011 second-round draft pick from Boise State has promised potential and shown flashes since entering the NFL. But last week he came out of Megatron’s shadow to produce a stellar game-winning performance. A career-high nine receptions and 100 receiving yards was coupled with two touchdowns to carry the Detroit Lions over the line in Week 8.
He has certainly benefited with Nate Burleson out for the season with a broken leg as he produced great numbers the last two weeks with 30.1 fantasy points combined, but I for one ain’t buying the hype. Let me tell you why.
Calvin Johnson isn’t the best WR in the NFL for no reason. Sooner rather than later, he will shake off that dreaded “Madden Curse” and reignite that great connection he has with QB Matthew Stafford. Therefore, he will also get more targets than Titus Young.
Secondly, Young will not continue to fly under the radar and who knows how he will deal with the extra attention he’ll cop from cornerbacks and safeties. He is an unknown quantity, one that could continue to prosper. But don’t be surprised if he is a one-week wonder.
He has a good matchup this week against Jacksonville, but the road ahead gets tougher with matchups against Green Bay, Houston, Chicago and Atlanta to name a few.
I would trade him now while his name is up in lights.
Other Sell Highs: Jonathan Dwyer (PIT).
What do you guys think? Make any major trades this week?
Editor’s note: I did! I’m sitting on 3-5 in my main league and had to do something drastic to make sure I win this week. I traded QB Tom Brady (on bye) and TE Kyle Rudolph for QB Matthew Stafford and TE Heath Miller. Any thoughts?