The 2020 NFL season is nearing the halfway point and everyone is getting a better understanding of how they’ll perform in their fantasy football leagues. But with plenty of weeks to go, finding certain players via trade or offshoring certain players could be the deciding factor in you having bragging rights over your family and friends.
Every week, it’s important to note that trading in fantasy football is like operating the stock market. You have to be able to decipher when it is best to buy-in for a player at the right price point while knowing when to sell a player before his value begins to plummet.
The decisions in this article are based on PPR scoring and it should be known that some of these players or trades could boast different values in dynasty leagues compared to redraft leagues. After getting that out of the way, let’s discuss some players to buy-low and sell-high ahead of Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.
Ryan Tannehill (QB, Tennessee Titans): It has been exhilarating to watch Ryan Tannehill become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now after leaving the death grip that is Adam Gase’s offense. Following a career year in 2019, Tannehill is off to a blazing start again in 2020, currently sitting as the 10th highest-scoring quarterback in fantasy football.
However, the veteran quarterback had a quiet game on Sunday — for his new standards — versus a stingy Pittsburgh Steelers defense, scoring a mere 17.3 points in a narrow loss for the Tennessee Titans. Given his consistency since last season, Tannehill is a safe quarterback to buy -low on right now after a somewhat low-scoring outing in Week 7.
Josh Jacobs (RB, Las Vegas Raiders): Coming into the season, expectations were astronomical for Josh Jacobs in his second year with the Las Vegas Raiders. Everyone was anxious to see if he’d be utilized more in the passing game after catching only 20 passes for 166 yards in his rookie campaign.
While he’s been more involved in the aerial attack (18 receptions, 122 receiving yards), Jacobs just had the quietest game of the season against a stout run defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Following his disappointing output in Week 7, Jacobs is still a valuable RB1 to have for the rest of the season, and he could be had for cheaper right now than he was earlier this year.
Jarvis Landry (WR, Cleveland Browns): The Cleveland Browns have lost Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season after he unfortunately tore his ACL on Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. While we hope Beckham can bounce back in a huge way in 2021, the Browns are going to have to replace one of the most explosive wideouts in the NFL.
When Beckham left the game on Sunday, Baker Mayfield spread the ball around to Rashard Higgins and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones while Jarvis Landry had a quiet day. Make no mistake, Landry is the best wide receiver in the offense now and I’d consider throwing some offers to the person who owns the new No. 1 wide receiver in Cleveland’s offense.
Mike Williams (WR, Los Angeles Chargers): It’s evident that the Los Angeles Chargers are an offense that can create bigger plays down the field with Justin Herbert under center. This is exactly why it’s surprising that Mike Williams wasn’t able to excel against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7, finishing with one catch for four yards on three targets.
Despite his underwhelming showing on Sunday, I feel like Williams is poised to explode in the coming weeks with Herbert as his quarterback. Seeing that he’s scored double-digit fantasy points in two out of the five games he’s played in, the big-play wideout could be had for an insanely cheap price right now.
Mark Andrews (TE, Baltimore Ravens): When people selected Mark Andrews as their tight end, they thought they’d get the 2019 version of him. Even though he’s the fourth highest-scoring tight end right now, the consistency just hasn’t been there yet as the Baltimore Ravens are still finding their rhythm offensively.
With the Ravens coming off of their bye week, expect Andrews to be a focal point for the offense once again and more touchdowns to come his way from Lamar Jackson. While Andrews still isn’t going to be super cheap, some people who have him in fantasy football may be concerned with his recent usage, which is why he’s a perfect buy-low option heading into Week 8.
Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Dallas Cowboys): The Dallas Cowboys are an absolute train wreck on both sides of the ball this season and it’s not getting any better moving forward. Ezekiel Elliott has been unable to be his usual effective self this season and has had trouble holding onto the football, losing five fumbles in seven weeks.
Yes, Elliott is somehow the third highest-scoring running back in fantasy football right now, but his quarterback situation is looking rather dire. After Andy Dalton replaced Dak Prescott, Dalton is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and is questionable to play in Week 8. Regardless of whether it is Dalton or rookie Ben DiNucci, Elliott is a clear sell-high candidate, and his name alone could get a deal done.
D’Andre Swift (RB, Detroit Lions): In the past two weeks, the Detroit Lions have increased D’Andre Swift’s workload in the backfield. However, the rookie second-round pick is still sharing a decent share of the touches with Adrian Peterson.
As an illustration, Swift has seen 30 touches compared to Peterson’s 28 touches in the last two games for the Lions, making Swift touchdown-dependent unless they begin moving away from Peterson in the offense. Provided that, I would recommend seeing what you could get for Swift after combining for 42.1 fantasy points in Detroit’s last two contests.
Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Similar to Elliott, Mike Evans is a player that you may be able to trade because of his name alone. Evans was able to score six touchdowns in the first six weeks, masking his lack of usage in the loaded offense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have already been an offense that’s seen multiple guys utilized at different moments and now they’ll be adding Antonio Brown into the mix as soon as Week 9. Unless injuries occur in the wide receiving corps in Tampa Bay, Evans is no longer the WR1 you drafted him to be, and he should be offered around ahead of Week 8.
Rob Gronkowski (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Another weapon in Tampa Bay’s offense that could be a prime sell-high asset right now is Rob Gronkowski. During the offseason, many wondered what version of Gronkowski we’d get in 2020 after he hung up his WWE championship belt to return to catching passes from Tom Brady.
After scoring a total of 17.8 fantasy points on 14 targets in the first four weeks, Gronkowski has amassed 44.2 fantasy points on 22 targets in the last three weeks. Despite his resurgence as a red-zone option in recent weeks, it’s hard to envision him remaining a consistent option moving forward — especially with Brown’s insertion in the offense imminent.