We hit Week Eight, now let’s buckle up and get our lineups right to win our matchups. This starts with trading, and that is why I am prepared to give you three players to buy low and sell high ahead of Week Eight.
Players to Buy:
1. Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals really look like they are on the right track to getting back into the NFC West. They finally scored over 30 for the first time this season with a 42-34 win against the New Orleans Saints last week. It was the return of DeAndre Hopkins, who caught 10-of-14 passes for 103 yards. Hopkins gives the Cardinals a huge boost and their offense may return to the elite status we saw last season.
Even in a fantastic Cardinals performance, Murray didn’t get the fantasy points to mimic 42 points, which is why this gives you the perfect time to buy. I’m not usually a proponent of buying quarterbacks in one quarterback leagues, but the upside for this guy matches the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. We could even start seeing that this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Murray is currently the quarterback six, and he’ll only reach new heights the rest of the season.
2. Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor is looking to get right back into the swing of things after a solid Week Seven performance back from injury. He was efficient on the ground with 5.8 yards per carry and also tagged on seven receptions for 27 yards. He’ll look to get back to his elite self with a slightly new look to the Indianapolis Colts offense. Sam Ehlinger moves up the depth chart and into the starting quarterback spot the rest of the season. This puts a lot of the glory on Jonathan Taylor as the Colts will look for more of a run heavy identity that they had last season. In 2021, Carson Wentz averaged 30 passing attempts per game, while Matt Ryan has passed 42 times per game in his seven starts. As Taylor gets healthier, he’ll be involved a lot more, as he only played 55% of snaps last week. However, this gives you a bigger opportunity to buy him.
While you won’t be able to get Taylor super low, I would trade away some fan favorite players to get this guy. The only running backs I like ahead of Jonathan Taylor the rest of the season are Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey. He’s a top five running back for the rest of the season for me and can legitimately be the top running back in the league over the next 10 weeks.
3. Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson is slowly on the rise to return in Week Nine, which means using my one-week early trading rule when trading for players about to return from injury or suspension. On top of that, he is returning at the perfect time, as the Atlanta Falcons have leaned much more on the run as of late. The last two weeks, Marcus Mariota has only attempted 14 and 13 passes respectively. If this continues, Patterson could be in for a big workload on the ground. Tyler Allgeier is not working in the run game, so Patterson will give their run game a huge boost.
Patterson was performing extremely well before he was injured. He was killing it on the ground with two 100-yard games under his belt. He was nonexistent in the passing game, something that we didn’t expect based on his usage last year.
Players to Sell:
1. Brian Robinson
At first, I didn’t think so, but I think we just saw Brian Robinson’s ceiling. I thought he’d be the guy in Washington, but the Commanders are just a different beast. Robinson has zero efficiency, averaging 3.4 yards per carry this season. That’s also with some big runs this season. Last week he had a 24-yard rush, giving him 20 carries for 73 yards. 20 for 73 isn’t impressive in itself, but take away that big rush, and he’ll get 19 carries for 49 yards, which only averages 2.5 yards per carry. Robinson also has no upside in the passing game, with two receptions this season. Antonio Gibson is increasingly getting involved, and it won’t spell success for Brian Robinson. He’ll have a decent floor the rest of the season, but his floor is a low running back two play at best with little upside to reach past that.
2. JuJu Smith-Schuster
JuJu Smith-Schuster has finally shown some spark the last two weeks, adding on over 100 yards and a touchdown in both games. However, the Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver group is too much of a mess to see any sort of consistency. Two games is the best you’ll get, which is why this is the perfect time to sell him.
When I first planned on writing this piece, it was before the Chiefs made a certain move to shake up this situation even more. They now add former New York Giants speedster Kadarius Toney into the mix, and something tells me they have big plans for him. Skyy Moore wasn’t working out as their replacement speedy wide receiver of Tyreek Hill, so Toney was their guy to go after. Toney is going to take a decent number of looks from Smith-Schuster, making him even more inconsistent. Additionally, if Toney is used properly in Kansas City, I would prefer Toney over Smith-Schuster the rest of the season. Sell him high now and reap the rewards that follow.
3. Aaron Jones
Finally, it’s the week to sell Aaron Jones. Most people will look at his nine targets and two touchdowns and think he’s back to producing at his usual level. But, his usage and efficiency on the ground has worried me all season. He’s been below three yards per carry in the last two weeks, and has only gone past 13 carries twice this season. This would be okay if he was consistently being involved in the passing game, but outside of last week, he hasn’t had more than three receptions. There is also no evidence this will continue.
I truly believe this was Jones’ best game, which also means that this is the week when he’s at his highest amount of value. You can probably sell Jones using his name value paired with his latest performance to get better value season long.