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Greetings fantasy footballers. It’s been a while since my last article, but I have something special for you. I thought I would highlight one player per division in NFL in this 2017 Fantasy Football Buy Low-Sell High just in time before your league’s trade deadline.

As many of you know by now, I am a volume guy. If these players are getting the ball, targets downfield or at least a look in their direction in the end zone, it gets my mojo flowing enough to write about them.

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2017 Fantasy Football Buy Low-Sell High

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Buy Low

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

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I guess this isn’t technically a “buy-low” but it is someone I want to mention…

This season, Howard averages 19.8 carries/game. I am a big fan of bell-cow backs, especially in players that don’t fumble that often (Howard has one fumble lost this entire season which came vs Steelers).

The Bears have the 7th easiest strength of schedule remaining for RBs and they have a rookie QB who averages less than 20 pass attempts per game. Look for the Bears to run and Howard will benefit fantasy-wise.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

Over the last four weeks, Funchess has 34 targets and three scores, making him 10th in the NFL in targets over this time span.

The Panthers have the second easiest WR schedule remaining and Funchess, playing opposite Benjamin, should benefit HEAVILY.

Editors note: His value going forward is even higher now that the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

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The Giants are a MESS. However, they have only given up nine sacks over their last four games and are coming off a bye week. Engram has benefited heavily from being the only worthwhile fantasy receiver on the field for the Giants, and Shepard’s ankle will be close to 100% when he returns.

To make things easier, the Giants have the 4th easiest strength of schedule for WR for the remainder of the season per FantasyPros and 8th easiest per Scout.com. Target with confidence!

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Really!?! I know.  Hold on This season, Goodwin is number 16 in the NFL with nine red zone targets. He is 37th in the NFL in targets with 43. He also plays for a team that is ALWAYS playing from behind. While relying on any QB under center for San Francisco, the target volume is there when it counts.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns

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Coming off an 11 rush 64 yds with a rushing TD and four catches for 54 yards, Crowell has been a steady option for fantasy purposes. Add to that a possible concussion in London for Duke Johnson, and the potential is there for fantasy success.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans

Week 1, Davis was targeted 10 times for 6/69 in Oakland. I truly believe the presence of Davis will open up the field a bit for Mariota and the Titans going into Week 9 against the Ravens. The upside and potential are there for WR3 numbers.

Zay Jones, WR, Buffalo Bills

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I could have put easily put Robby Anderson here, but I must admit, for the rest of the season I really like the Bills offense. They have the easiest strength of schedule for QBs, and the third easiest strength of schedule for RBs and WRs. The Bills currently lead the LEAGUE in defensive takeaways, giving Tyrod some life.

Zay Jones has 32 targets over the last four weeks and will benefit from playing opposite Jordan Matthews. Look for an increase in production from the young Zay Jones from here on out.

Editors note: His value may dip a little moving forward with the addition of Kelvin Benjamin, but his arrow is still trending up.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

While VERY injury-prone, Allen has a lot to bring to the table. Owners may have soured on him recently as he has not scored over the past four weeks. He still is third in the NFL in targets and top 10 in the NFL in receiving yards in 2017. He is also top six in red-zone targets in the NFL through Week 7. I’d take a gamble on this tremendous upside WR 1/2.

Sell High

Any Green Bay Packer Wide Receiver

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It is tough to get excited about a QB that has did not eclipse 158 pass yards in his one start this season. It pains me to see my favorite cheese-heads: Nelson, Adams, and Cobb taking a huge hit here, we can’t count on anything from the catching studs in the frozen tundra. Only one receiver eclipsed two catches in Week 7 for the Pack. AVOID

Cameron Brate/O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bold, maybe, but TB has the 3rd toughest remaining strength of schedule for the remainder of the season. Add to that the top-10 most difficult strength of schedule for Winston to finish out the season…we have a tough road ahead for any TE on the Buc-heads.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins

The Redskins have the toughest schedule for RBs in the remaining 2017 games. Rob Kelley is back and there are many mouths to feed in the Redskin backfield.

Thompson’s touchdown numbers are sure to regress as the season moves on. I have a bad feeling here… sell high!

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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Let’s not take anything away from Gurley this year. Gurley and his Rams have been doing a tremendous job. However, his roadblocks consist of a top 5 most difficult remaining strength of schedule (via Fantasypros and Scout fantasy).

The regression fairy sure to bow her regression wand on his touchdown numbers, Gurley is the prime sell-high candidate going into the latter half of the 2017 fantasy season.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

I own Green in two of my fantasy teams and I don’t like what I see. The Bengals offense is awful, Dalton spreads the ball around, and Green draws double coverage on every play. Dalton has been sacked 20 times this year already, which is top 10 in sacks allowed. Also, the running back situation is drawing a lot of targets away from Green.

Add to this Green’s injury risk and I’d wait for a decent game to sell high on this Georgia product.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

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Did you really almost lose to the Browns in Week 7 bro!?! There really is nothing positive to take away from this offense but the fact that they have only given up five sacks all season.

Mariota has all the potential in the world, but his decision-making has been off and his solid running back core has been handling a lot of the touches in Nashville. Pass on this air game.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins don’t just stink, they are both bad and hard to predict. They beat the Jets in a high scoring game against division rivals and then they travel to Baltimore to get shut out by a very over-rated Raven pass-D.

With the Cutler/Moore situation in shambles, you really can’t trust any part of the pass attack in the state of the Ibis. I’ll pass.

Oakland Raiders Runnings Backs

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With Derek Carr back, the Raiders have to be optimistic. But it shouldn’t mean much for the running game.

For the remaining season, the Raiders have a top 5 most difficult strength of schedule for RBs and it just has not clicked much at all. Look for the Raiders to play from behind and utilize their star receivers a lot more down the stretch of the season.

Try to wait for Lynch or one of these RBs to have a big game, but If you can get anything for Lynch and the rest of the runnings backs I would.


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