Trader's Alley: Buy Low, Sell High

Pros and Cons to Consider Before Closing the Deal

This column is designed to quickly unearth some not so obvious things to help you... buy low and sell high.

Further, we suggest you only make a trade if you receive plenty of value in return and the deal results in an improved roster for your squad. In short, obtain players that will outperform their current perceived value while trading overrated talent. Do that and you'll be on your way to improving your roster. The perfect trade!

Owners considering trades should also consult our Rest-of-Season Rankings and Player Trade Evaluator.


The Playoffs are Coming!

With the playoffs just around the corner, this will be our final installment of Trader's Alley. We have heard from many of you that you already have a playoff spot locked up and are beginning to look ahead towards the playoffs. I'm pleased to announce, we have rolled out a brand new report for subscribers designed to help you start planning your playoff matchups. We leverage our signature Strength of Schedule metric, Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed by position (aFPA), to rank all relevant fantasy players based solely on playoff strength of schedule.

>> The Playoff aFPA Matchup Planner


Trade for DeMarco Murray

Why trade for him now?
1) Schedule gets much easier.
2) Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
3) Has a soft game this week.

Possible trade bait to land him:
(Clearly we'll need to put a nice package together to land Murray. But now that BYE weeks are mostly over, it is time to attempt to consolidate talent and upgrade our starters.)
Marshawn Lynch+
Andre Ellington+
Julio Jones+

Trade for Tony Romo

Why trade for him now?
1) Schedule gets much easier.
2) Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
3) Has a soft game this week.

Possible trade bait to land him:
Martavis Bryant
Steve L Smith
Latavius Murray

Trade for Matthew Stafford

Why trade for him now?
1) Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
2) Has a soft game this week.

Possible trade bait to land him:
Latavius Murray
Anquan Boldin
Darren Sproles

Trade for DeSean Jackson

Why trade for him now?
1) May be undervalued due to poor performances the last couple of weeks.
2) Change to Colt McCoy may actually help.
3) Has a couple of nice matchups against the Rams and Eagles.

Possible trade bait to land him:
Trent Richardson
DeAndre Hopkins
Steven Jackson

Trade for Chris Ivory

Why trade for him now?
1) Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
2) Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Possible trade bait to land him:
Jason Witten
Bishop Sankey
Steve L Smith

Trade away Anquan Boldin

Why trade him away now?
1) Schedule gets much harder.
2) Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
3) History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Possible reach target players to land in trading him away:
Dan Herron
Tony Romo
DeSean Jackson

Trade away Ryan Mathews

Why trade him away now?
1) Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
2) Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
3) RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Possible reach target players to land in trading him away:
Denard Robinson
Julius Thomas
Julio Jones

Trade away Steven Jackson

Why trade him away now?
1) Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
2) History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Possible reach target players to land in trading him away:
Jeremy Maclin
Greg Olsen
DeSean Jackson

Trade away Marshawn Lynch

Why trade him away now?
1) Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
2) Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Possible reach target players to land in trading him away:
Calvin Johnson
DeMarco Murray
Dez Bryant

Trade away Latavius Murray

Why trade him away now?
1) Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.
2) Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Possible reach target players to land in trading him away:
Sammy Watkins
Roddy White
Joique Bell

Trade Pros and Cons: Full Breakdown

Dwayne Allen

Has a soft game this week.

Keenan Allen

Has a soft game this week.

C.J. Anderson

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Odell Beckham

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Joique Bell

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Kelvin Benjamin

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Young, learning with huge upside talent.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Giovani Bernard

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

LeGarrette Blount

Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.

Alfred Blue

Has a soft game this week.

Anquan Boldin

Schedule gets much harder.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Blake Bortles

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Tom Brady

History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Drew Brees

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

John Brown

Schedule gets much harder.

Dez Bryant

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a soft game this week.

Reggie Bush

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Jordan Cameron

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Randall Cobb

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Marques Colston

Schedule gets much easier.
Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.

Jared Cook

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Brandin Cooks

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Isaiah Crowell

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Jay Cutler

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Owen Daniels

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Eric Decker

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Larry Donnell

Schedule gets much easier.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Eric Ebron

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Andre Ellington

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a soft game this week.
Schedule gets much harder.
Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Mike Evans

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Young, learning with huge upside talent.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Coby Fleener

Has a soft game this week.

Malcom Floyd

Has a soft game this week.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Michael Floyd

Schedule gets much harder.

Matt Forte

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Arian Foster

Has a soft game this week.

Antonio Gates

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Josh Gordon

Has a soft game this week.

Frank Gore

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Schedule gets much harder.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Jimmy Graham

Schedule gets much easier.

A.J. Green

Has a soft game this week.

Percy Harvin

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Dan Herron

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Jeremy Hill

Young, learning with huge upside talent.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

T.Y. Hilton

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Carlos Hyde

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Mark Ingram

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Schedule gets much easier.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Chris Ivory

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Fred Jackson

History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Steven Jackson

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Vincent Jackson

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Alshon Jeffery

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Rashad Jennings

Schedule gets much easier.
Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Andre Johnson

History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Colin Kaepernick

Schedule gets much harder.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Travis Kelce

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Jarvis Landry

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Andrew Luck

Has a soft game this week.

Marshawn Lynch

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Eli Manning

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.

Peyton Manning

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Brandon Marshall

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Ryan Mathews

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Jordan Matthews

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Josh McCown

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

LeSean McCoy

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Heath Miller

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Lamar Miller

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Alfred Morris

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

DeMarco Murray

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Has a soft game this week.

Latavius Murray

Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Jordy Nelson

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Branden Oliver

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Joseph Randle

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Has a soft game this week.

Rueben Randle

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Trent Richardson

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Mychal Rivera

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Philip Rivers

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a soft game this week.

Denard Robinson

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a soft game this week.

Tony Romo

Schedule gets much easier.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Has a soft game this week.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Mark Sanchez

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Bishop Sankey

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Mohamed Sanu

Has a soft game this week.

Steve L Smith

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Torrey Smith

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Darren Sproles

History shows older players wear down more during the season.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Matthew Stafford

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now.
Has a soft game this week.

Kenny Stills

Schedule gets much easier.

Ryan Tannehill

Has a soft game this week.
Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.

Julius Thomas

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Pierre Thomas

Schedule gets much easier.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Delanie Walker

Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Mike Wallace

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.

Sammy Watkins

Young, learning with huge upside talent.

Reggie Wayne

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Terrance West

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.
RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team.

Roddy White

History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Russell Wilson

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16.
Faces a very difficult opponent this week.

Jason Witten

Schedule gets much easier.
History shows older players wear down more during the season.

Tim Wright

Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued.

Segmenting Players by Category

Due to excellent showing last week, may be overvalued:
Eli Manning
Ryan Tannehill
LeGarrette Blount
Latavius Murray
Marques Colston
Steve L Smith
Tim Wright

Because of last weeks modest effort, may be undervalued now:
Philip Rivers
Mark Sanchez
Matthew Stafford
Chris Ivory
Frank Gore
Joique Bell
Denard Robinson
Andre Ellington
Mark Ingram
Antonio Gates

Schedule gets much harder:
Colin Kaepernick
Frank Gore
Andre Ellington
Michael Floyd
John Brown
Anquan Boldin

Schedule gets much easier:
Eli Manning
Tony Romo
Drew Brees
Joseph Randle
Pierre Thomas
Rashad Jennings
Mark Ingram
DeMarco Murray
Rueben Randle
Marques Colston
Kenny Stills
Odell Beckham
Dez Bryant
Larry Donnell
Jason Witten
Jimmy Graham

RBBC factor - has another RB with talent on team:
Branden Oliver
Pierre Thomas
Reggie Bush
Darren Sproles
Terrance West
Trent Richardson
Dan Herron
Ryan Mathews
Joique Bell
Giovani Bernard
Jeremy Hill
Isaiah Crowell
LeSean McCoy
Mark Ingram

Has a nice schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16:
Eli Manning
Mark Sanchez
Tony Romo
Drew Brees
Joseph Randle
Terrance West
Chris Ivory
Lamar Miller
Isaiah Crowell
Alfred Morris
C.J. Anderson
DeMarco Murray
Rueben Randle
Reggie Wayne
Steve L Smith
Vincent Jackson
Torrey Smith
Kelvin Benjamin
Odell Beckham
Mike Evans
Randall Cobb
T.Y. Hilton
Jordy Nelson
Jared Cook
Travis Kelce

Hard schedule during FF Playoff weeks 15 and 16:
Russell Wilson
Branden Oliver
Ryan Mathews
Rashad Jennings
Andre Ellington
Marshawn Lynch
Percy Harvin
Eric Decker
Jarvis Landry
Mike Wallace
Owen Daniels
Mychal Rivera
Heath Miller

Faces a very difficult opponent this week:
Jay Cutler
Josh McCown
Colin Kaepernick
Russell Wilson
Peyton Manning
Branden Oliver
Latavius Murray
Terrance West
Steven Jackson
Ryan Mathews
Isaiah Crowell
Marshawn Lynch
Matt Forte
Anquan Boldin
Vincent Jackson
Alshon Jeffery
Brandon Marshall
Kelvin Benjamin
Mike Evans
Owen Daniels
Larry Donnell
Jordan Cameron
Delanie Walker
Julius Thomas

Has a soft game this week:
Philip Rivers
Ryan Tannehill
Matthew Stafford
Tony Romo
Andrew Luck
Joseph Randle
Alfred Blue
Denard Robinson
Andre Ellington
Arian Foster
DeMarco Murray
Malcom Floyd
Mohamed Sanu
Keenan Allen
A.J. Green
Josh Gordon
Dez Bryant
Coby Fleener
Dwayne Allen

History shows older players wear down more during the season:
Josh McCown
Tony Romo
Drew Brees
Tom Brady
Darren Sproles
Steven Jackson
Fred Jackson
Frank Gore
Malcom Floyd
Reggie Wayne
Andre Johnson
Anquan Boldin
Steve L Smith
Roddy White
Jason Witten
Antonio Gates

Young, learning with huge upside talent:
Sammy Watkins
Mike Evans
Eric Ebron
Odell Beckham
Brandin Cooks
Jordan Matthews
Blake Bortles
Kelvin Benjamin
Bishop Sankey
Carlos Hyde
Jeremy Hill

Could be rested if team clinches a top playoff seed:

 

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