Fantasy Football: The 2021 Swindler’s List – Week 3’s Buy Low Players

Yes, I know I’m a couple of weeks late but don’t roast me too badly. I wanted to do a “buy or sell” article for The Fantasy’s Phinest site but was up against it time-wise to set everything up. But I GOT TIME TODAY! If you’re new to fantasy football, “Buy and Sell” styled articles help fantasy managers locate players who are on two different spectrums throughout the season. Generally, it goes that you can either “Buy low” on a higher-tiered player that is underperforming. The purpose is to cash in on the fantasy manager panic of said underperforming player’s lowered value and making a trade to get said underperforming player so that you can acquire the talent in the hopes that it turns around for your team.

The other side is the “Sell high”. This may refer to players that have hit off of waivers that you may have been able to obtain and are performing well over their expected value or players that have outside factors likely to impact their performance throughout the season and a big game may be able to help you acquire a player with more stability at the position you need. While this information is important, fantasy managers have to realize is that while a player may be on the list don’t expect those that have rostered the player to simply hand them over. My experience has been that fantasy managers still may hold a tight grip on those players. That’s part of the reason why I titled the article “The Swindler’s List” because you may have to charm and smooth talk your way in these trade negotiations as well as putting together some good offers. My advice would be that if you’re serious about getting these players, make sure you put your best offer forward AND let the fantasy manager know that you are willing to negotiate.

This should lend to an easier transition into negotiating for the player. It’s very easy for a fantasy manager to get offended by an offer for a player because you decide to low-ball them by sending third-string players or guys that you “just so happened” to scoop off waivers to put them into a trade offer. Believe me, I’ve had it happen to me plenty of times. Week 3 will have its own challenges but there are players this week that fantasy managers may want to move and this is your opportunity to put your GM skills to the test. Here’s a couple of names that you should be looking to buy low and sell high on heading into Week 3.

Buy Low

AJ Brown, TEN – Brown has gotten off to an uncharacteristically poor start for the Titans. Brown has received 17 targets over the first two games of the season but has just 92 yards and a touchdown to show for it. Brown is currently the WR 47 after the first two weeks and averaging just 11 fantasy points a game. Not great for where you had to draft Brown this offseason. If there was a better time to target Brown to get him on your fantasy team, it would be now before the value changes.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC – Oh boy! From Twitter to Reddit, CEH has been getting dragged all over the place for his lackluster start to the fantasy season. Many (including myself) have been propping him up for a bounce-back/breakout campaign for this season and while it is still early, it’s off to a bad start. Now to be fair, he has had to face off against some tough run defenses in the Browns and Ravens. Both teams rank inside the Top 10 in the fewest rushing yards allowed to fantasy running backs and are surrendering 15 fantasy points or less to the position over the last two weeks. Combine that with the Chiefs’ inability to keep CEH involved in games, opting to pass more could be reasons why CEH has been struggling. However, Week 3’s matchup against the Chargers offers a prime opportunity for CEH to bounce back as the Chargers are allowing the 9th most fantasy points to running backs, per Fantasydata.

Brandon Aiyuk, SF – Whatever Aiyuk has done to piss off Kyle Shanahan before the start of the season, I hope he’s apologized. While Aiyuk did play in Week 1’s game against the Lions, he didn’t see one target and saw just a 47.3% snap share in the game with the 49ers opting to go with Trent Sherfield instead. In Week 2 against the Eagles, he saw just two targets. The entire game. Brandon Aiyuk is in football purgatory right now but his upside can be tremendous. He just needs a chance to play and more than two targets in an entire game. Aiyuk should be fairly cheap to get from a fantasy manager that’s fed up with waiting for him to get going.

Cole Kmet, CHI – I know I’ve said this before but the tight end position is just so rough to deal with. It’s a crapshoot after you get the first couple of guys off the board. Kmet is in that section now. After seeing seven targets in Week 1 (catching five), he was all but invisible in Week 2 after Andy Dalton came in and rookie Justin Fields in full game manager mode to seal the W. Now it looks like Justin Fields is going to be the starter and this presents an opportunity for Kmet to get back on the good side and the perfect chance for you to get in on a guy with low value.

The Bears get the Browns in Week 3 and the Browns are giving up the 12th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. The icing on the cake… Kmet is outpacing Jimmy Graham in snaps so you won’t have to look over your shoulder wondering if Graham is going to steal work from Cole Kmet.

Saquon Barkley, NYG – Barkley has been a massive disappointment to start the season and that’s putting it kindly. The Giants are doing the right thing by easing him back into his normal workload after returning from last season’s torn ACL and while that’s great for regular football, it’s not going over so well for fantasy managers who invested high draft picks to take Barkley. After petering against the Washington Football Team on Thursday Night Football for just 57 yards on 13 carries, fantasy managers that are 0-2 may be looking to make a move to get out of the loser column.

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