Scouting Report: RGIII tops NFL's All-Sell-High Team
The waiver wire is so September. October is the time to improve your fantasy football team with trades. Last Friday, we told you how you can do it by buying low, so this week's Scouting Report goes the other way: The All-Sell-High Team.
It is a lot easier to buy low than it is to sell high. After all, these guys are carrying you. It is tough to give up the savior you know for the devil you don't. It may look dangerous, but capitalizing now on some of your early surprises can really pay off by the end of the season, especially through fantasy crunch time.
We jump into it fearlessly here:
RGIII was knocked out against the Falcons (5-0) and now must face the 4-1 Vikings, the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, and the Steelers during the next three weeks. After the vulnerable Panthers in Week 9, he comes out of his bye week with a gauntlet of the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants (again), and Ravens. Those defenses are all decidedly more physical than the Falcons.
The time to sell RGIII is now, because you can still get an elite player for him, despite having picked him in the later rounds on draft day. Even the struggling Matthew Stafford or Cam Newton would be a decent return right now.
We should assume that Morris won't finish in the top 10, much less the top five. LeSean McCoy, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden and Trent Richardson should pass him. And, as many as 15 other backs may, too: Reggie Bush, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Doug Martin and maybe even Chris Johnson among them.
You might not be able to trade Morris straight up for another back, because it just might not make sense for either team, but you drafted him as a backup anyway. Turn him into a QB, WR or an elite TE.
You can point to his massive amount of carries in recent weeks to suggest: "See, he's Charles in Charge!" But, that's also among the reasons why you should sell now. He's never been a workhorse like this before or started more than 10 games in a season. Also, a bye week looms in Week 7. Peyton Hillis (ankle) can get healthy by Week 8 and go back to what was supposed to be a timeshare. The Chiefs have had to go to their backup QB (Brady Quinn) due to injury, so the offense could struggle, especially since the Bucs have the fourth-best run defense in the NFL right now.
There are too many variables that point to selling Charles before trouble, if not disaster, strikes.
You should own these 14 kickers over this promising but sure to slip rookie: David Akers, Stephen Gostkowski, Matt Bryant, Mason Crosby, Justin Tucker, Jason Hansen, Blair Walsh, Shayne Graham, Sebastian Janikowski, Matt Prater, Garrett Hartley, Robbie Gould, Alex Henery and Mike Nugent. You might even want to throw Lawrence Tynes and the Chargers' kicker (now Nick Novak, eventually Nate Kaeding) into the mix, too. Zuerlein just won't finish in the top 10, so if anyone buys kickers, sell or just cut him for one of the above.
• D/ST -- Pittsburgh Steelers
And, if you play in those one-off salary-cap games at places like FanDuel, DraftDay and DraftKings, here are some cheaper underperforming players who can help fill out a roster this week:
There was some turnover at the RB position around the NFL and in fantasy, due to injury, so we try to make sense of an important week on waivers. The ensuing Week 7 is the heaviest bye week of the season (six teams out), so the decisions you make about your roster now might have to stand for a little while.