A key part of fantasy football is identifying players to trade for when your team is in need of more points. A great strategy to solve this is buying low for players. This means trading for a player who has had a bad week(s) that you believe will bounce back or has a higher value than that. This is a great way to increase higher value players on your team while trading lesser valued players.
Another factor to think about is selling a player from your team high. The reasoning behind this would be trading a player who has had a great week(s) that you believe is unsustainable. Selling this player for peak value would be beneficial if you anticipate them declining in the coming weeks. With that, here are three players that you should target and buy low.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Remember when Mahomes and the Chiefs were the best of the best? Seems like awhile ago right? Kansas City’s offense has been abysmal the last few weeks, and as we’ve seen in years past, they will bounce back to their prime shortly. The Chiefs have a favorable upcoming schedule for quarterbacks. Kansas City plays the Giants, Packers, and Broncos. Another factor in Mahomes’ disappointing performances have been injuries to the Chiefs’ receiving core. The price for an elite player like Mahomes has never been this low, and many managers may be willing to part with the quarterback after the last few frustrating weeks.
Texans WR Brandin Cooks
After jumping out to a great start at the beginning of the season, Brandin Cooks has slowed down the last few weeks. Cooks produced totals of 18.2, 22.8, and 20.7 to begin the season. Since then, Cooks has only produced more than 10 points once. A large part of this is due to QB Tyrod Taylor being injured, and struggling rookie Davis Mills replacing him. Taylor is rumored to return soon, and the Texans have a very easy schedule for receivers coming up with games against the Dolphins, Titans, Jets, Colts, Seahawks, and Jaguars.
With the Texans playing the Rams this week, Cooks will most likely be shadowed by shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey. This limits his upside and a dismal performance may be imminent. The best time to trade for Cooks may be after this week.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett
Similar to Brandin Cooks, Lockett started this season with a boom and has fell off recently. He is also awaiting the return of his starting quarterback. After scoring totals of 26.0 and 31.8, Lockett has also only scored more than 10 points once.
The Seattle offense has faltered since the injury of Russell Wilson and Lockett’s production has suffered the consequences of that. With favorable opponents coming up for the Seahawks including the Jaguars, Packers, Cardinals, and Football Team, I expect Lockett to rebound with the return of Wilson. That is expected to be Week 10. Opposing defenses will be matching up their top cornerback against DK Metcalf. This will leave ample opportunities to Lockett.