For those of you fantasy owners who have seen your trade deadline come and go and you’re stuck with some players you were hoping to unload, let this article be nothing less than a lesson to strike while the iron is hot and don’t ask for too much in return. For those of you who are still able to trade, take advantage while you can. The fantasy stock market constantly fluctuates and it’s necessary for you to cash in at the right time. Just ask Randy Moss owners. They sure don’t have the leverage they had about a month ago in the trade market. Holding on to a name like Moss only goes so far until you can’t get much more than a backup running back for the aging prima donna. It’s getting close to playoff time and it’s essential capitalize on other owners who are scrambling to make a late run and pick up a guy who will put them over the top. Here are a few names that have reached their maximum fantasy value and should be “sold” off quickly and a few names you should consider buying cheap because they haven’t “hit the roof” yet.
Sell Jon Kitna: Tony Romo’s backup is a locker room favorite amongst his peers and is coming off a 3 TD games against a New York Giants defense that was ranked the best in the NFL in total defense. However, it’d be wise to trade Kitna off for anything right now because there’s still the mystique that Jason Garrett is turning the Cowboys around and their offense is going to be greatly improved. This isn’t likely due to the fact that Garrett has controlled the offense all year as offensive coordinator. The Cowboys finally flexed their offensive muscles a little last week so there’s still a slight possibility of Tony Romo returning before the end of the year. If you don’t trade him now, Kitna will rot on your roster until next year.
Buy David Garrard: If Garrard’s great performance against Houston last week isn’t enough to convince you, the Jag’s QB has 9 TDs and only 2 INTs in his last four games. Garrard is still only starting in about 25% of all Yahoo! Leagues so it’s very plausible that he’d come cheap in a trade. Garrard’s future opponents include poor pass defenses like Cleveland, Washington, and Houston. If you’re questionable a QB, pursue Garrard hard.
Sell Steven Jackson: Unless you plan on making Jackson your keeper, now would be a prime time to unload the St. Louis running back. Jackson has compiled a very solid amount of rushing yards with 757 but that doesn’t do much in fantasy. Jackson only has 2 TDs in his last four games and only has 3 TDs on the year. Jackson is still a household name in the running back game so look to get the most out of that. Also, take into account Sam Bradford is averaging 37 pass attempts a game, which obviously takes carries away from Jackson. It’d be wise to sell Jackson now because his stock isn’t going to get much better against run defenses like San Francisco and Atlanta in the next two weeks.
Buy Knowshon Moreno: Moreno has been banged up throughout the season but is getting healthy at just the right time. He rushed for over 100 yards last week for the first time this year and is making an impact in the receiving game having 3 receiving TDs in his last three games. The Broncos have stated that getting Moreno more involved in the offense is a must so look for them to use him heavily in the running and passing game. Moreno will also have the luxury of going up against sub-par defenses like Kansas City, Arizona, and Houston in the weeks to come. Starting in less than half of all Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues, Moreno should be somewhat easy to acquire.
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Written by John Buffone
John was born in Rural Valley, Pennsylvania. He attended Clarion University and received a degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism. He currently hosts "The Sports Zone with John Buffone" on AM 1380 WTYM in Kittanning, PA. John is also a sports columnist for the Kittanning Paper and a contributor to Examiner.com, and CatholicSportsJournal.com.