BUY: Drew Brees
I can hear you all groaning. I know, you spent a fourth-round pick on Brees in your draft, and you’re still salty that Josh McCown is currently outscoring the future Hall of Famer. Believe me, I know that feeling. But this is still Brees we’re talking about here. He’s finished no worse than sixth in total points for quarterbacks since 2008. He’s got more 5,000-yard seasons than the rest of the world combined. Even with the Saints’ newfound love with winning the time of possession battle, he has the ability to go off any given week.
Although he hasn’t been as remarkable at home as he has been in past seasons, New Orleans’ remaining schedule is favorable. Five out of their last six games will be played in a dome (four at home, one in Atlanta), and the last game is in the warm climate of Los Angeles. With teams like New England and Green Bay traversing through feet of snow during the months of November and December, the Saints’ schedule is incredibly fortuitous.
SELL: Matt Ryan
Atlanta seems to have been struck by a massive Super Bowl hangover. Simply put, nothing is going right with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian at the helm. A foggy Super Bowl rematch with New England saw Ryan uncharacteristically miss a handful of throws. Star receiver Julio Jones dropped quite possibly what would have been the easiest touchdown of his career in their loss to Carolina last week.
It’s all just a bit “off” for the defending NFC champs — as Ryan has more three-interception games than he has three-touchdown games on the year. The road doesn’t get any easier with match-ups against Seattle, Minnesota and the suddenly stingy Saints (twice) on the horizon.
BUY: DeVante Parker
Entering the season with high expectations, it’s easy to dismiss Parker as a bust for the 2017 fantasy year. After all, names like Deonte Thompson, Jaron Brown, and Ryan Grant have more total points than Miami’s No. 1 option on the season. However, diving deeper into Parker’s production shows that he’s actually been quite reliable… as long as he plays. In the four games that he’s been healthy, Parker has had at least 69 yards and eight targets in each of them.
Only having seen pay-dirt once in those games has hurt his overall output. With that said, the targets and opportunities are there for him to break out in a big way. Having Jay Cutler back under-center certainly helps, and match-ups like New England and Denver aren’t nearly as daunting as they were before the season had started.
SELL: Alshon Jeffery
On the surface, Jeffery is having a great year for a player possessing a fourth-round grade in most drafts. He’s currently ninth in WR scoring — sandwiched between first round picks in A.J. Green and Mike Evans. He’s got the best fantasy quarterback throwing him the ball (Carson Wentz), and he’s hauled in three touchdowns over the past two weeks. What’s not to like?
Well for starters, Jeffery’s six receptions in Week 9 were just the second most he’s grabbed in a game this year. His outburst against the Broncos could also be attributed to the absence of Wentz’s favorite target, Zach Ertz. With Ertz returning, Jeffery is more of a WR2 in this high-powered offense. If you can get WR1 returns for him in a trade, jump on it immediately.
BUY: LeSean McCoy
The Bills have been arguably the biggest surprise of the season. Even if they end up missing the postseason this year, they’re going to go down with their shield — and that’s trusting in the legs of McCoy. Shady is coming off the worst performance of the season in which he totaled just 25 yards on the ground with zero receptions against the Jets. Don’t expect him to make this a habit, though.
Tyrod Taylor has been good enough to keep defenses from stacking the box against the Bills’ run-heavy scheme. McCoy will look to really ramp it up in the fantasy playoff weeks when the Bills face the Patriots twice and the Colts. Both teams rank in the top-five for points allowed to rushers this season.
SELL: Jay Ajayi
Week 9 was a rollercoaster of emotion for Ajayi fantasy owners. They were elated over the news that the bruising back was traded from the offensively inept Dolphins to the juggernaut Eagles. In his first week with the team, fantasy owners saw him out-touched by both LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement. That fickle sense of joy rushed back when Ajayi scampered for an impressive 46-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Philly’s rout over Denver.
As great as that moment felt, it’s time to strike while the iron is hot. The Eagles have remained adamant on their stance of keeping Blount as the team’s starter, and Clement has earned weekly touches based upon recent performance. Despite Ajayi possessing the highest ceiling in the Eagles’ backfield, don’t expect to see him in a featured role for the remainder of the year.
Sources: FantasyPros, Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports, Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports