As Sunday’s football games wrapped up last weekend, I decided to make an alternative option instead a my routine quesadilla. Now, I could have gone with a healthy food like beef or beans, but I decided to use some nutella spread instead. As I turned my stove on, I strategically positioned my two tortillas in a non-stick pan, and preceded to catch up on some Netflix. This decision was my downfall. As I watched some quality episodes of the Office, I started to smell smoke coming from the kitchen. Uh-oh. I did my best to save the meal, but it was too late. The dark, burnt piece of tortilla was uneatable. I had failed. Why had this happen to me? I waited too long. Now, the moral of this tale is transferable to fantasy. Simply put, opportunities to trade for players will not present themselves forever. Make that deal you’re on the fence about right now. Situations will change without warning, so don’t end up with regret. In conclusion, do not wait, a crusty quesadilla is not good.
Sell High: Jeremy Maclin
Jeremy Maclin’s stock rose and fell like ocean waves this summer. In the Chiefs conservative offense, Maclin’s production was expected to drop off going into 2015. After a tough start to the season, Maclin posted his first touchdown of the year last week. Though some could perceive this breakout as a sign of things to come, I see it as his stock peaking early in the season. Wide receiver usage in Kansas City has been dismal the past few years, in fact, Maclins hundred yard receiving game made him the first Chiefs wide receiver to do so in the past 32 games . So far Week three was his only game with double digit targets so far, and with the use of Jamaal Charles in the red zone it is doubtful his touchdown production will be average, let alone double digits.
Sell High: Dion Lewis
My hatred of Patriots running backs has a long history, and another chapter to that story is here. Dion Lewis has impressed thus far, putting up ten points in three consecutive games. That trend will likely end soon with Legarrette Blount back in the Patriots line up. Last week Blount doubled Lewis’s carries, and received the majority of goal line carries against the Jaguars. Lewis also plays in New England’s offense, in which Bill Belichick infamously refused to use one running back as a bell cow for the entire year. Lewis has talent, but won’t have much volume for the final thirteen weeks. Unload him now and improve your team in another area.
Buy Low: Jordan Matthews
This will be the last week before Matthew’s stock will rise. Going into week four the third year receiver was 24th in ESPN’s wide receiver points rankings, that ranking will only go up from here. Facing a tough Jets defense last week, he only put up four points, frustrating owners everywhere. From here on out, Matthews has a easy path to success. He only faces two top ten defenses in the remaining thirteen weeks. With the undemanding schedule, and the fact Matthews is slowly becoming more a focal point in Philadelphia’s fast paced offense, makes him a prime candidate for buying low.
Buy Low: Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon, like most rookie NFL running backs, struggled out of the gate. A talented San Diego backfield led to a smaller workload for the first year player, which could be a blessing in disguise. Though Danny Woodhead has outscored Gordon through three games, Gordon still has a heavy handle on the starting running back job. The Wisconsin graduate has almost double the carries as Woodhead, and is averaging half a yard more per run. Woodhead’s point totals will drop soon, as they do Gordon’s will go up. There is no question whether the talent is there, but more so what week his superstar potential will emerge. Gordon should break out soon, and you’ll want him on your team when he does.
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