If your on the outside looking in for the playoffs, this is probably your last chance to swing a season-saving deal. And if you're already well-positioned for a postseason run, it might be time to make some deals with an eye on their fantasy playoff matchups.
Fantasy Football Buy Low, Sell High
If you're looking to load up for a postseason run, here are some of the best buy-low, sell-high candidates to target heading into Week 13.
4. Honorable Mention: David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
David Montgomery headlined this list in Week 10 and Week 12. He's still an excellent trade target, and the only reason he didn't make this week's list is that we've talked about him enough already. Go get him if you can.
3. Buy: Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coming off three straight performances with fewer than 20 fantasy points, Tom Brady's fantasy manager might be getting frustrated. If that's the case in your league, it's time to pounce. Brady draws the best matchup imaginable in Week 13, facing the porous Atlanta Falcons defense. His next two matchups (Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints) look tough on paper but likely aren't as difficult as they seem. The Saints are giving up 35.5 PPG over their last two outings, while the Bills just lost their best defender in Tre'Davious White. The cherry on top is a Week 17 date with the New York Jets, putting Brady in prime position to have a week-winning performance in the fantasy championship. Plus, with Rob Gronkowski back and Antonio Brown on the verge of returning, Brady should have his full complement of weapons for the first time since Week 2. He's our QB1 for the rest of the year, and is an excellent player to target for a stretch run.
2. Sell: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are going to be managing Ezekiel Elliott's touches the rest of the way. He's played 68% of Dallas' offensive snaps compared to 34% for Tony Pollard, but that's likely going to move closer to a 50-50 split as Dallas deals with Elliott's injury. In fact, we already saw that start to play out in Week 12, as Pollard had a season-high 42% snap share while Elliott played 69%. If someone in your league still views Elliott as an RB1 because of his schedule after Week 13 (which includes two games against Washington and one against the Giants), sell him now. We have Elliott as the RB15 in our ROS rankings. It's hard to view him as anything but a mid-range RB2 the rest of the way.
1. Buy: Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR, Atlanta Falcons
Coming off a monster game, it's hard to sell Cordarrelle Patterson as a real buy-low option. But he's pretty much the only part of the Atlanta Falcons offense that's working. In his return to action, Patterson turned 19 opportunities (carries plus targets) into 135 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns. In fact, the Falcons have only scored three touchdowns over their last three games. Patterson, who missed most of Week 10 and all of Week 11, somehow has accounted for two of those three scores. He's their entire offense right now and just recorded a career-high 16 carries (compared to 5 for Mike Davis). It's Patterson's backfield, and we have him ranked as the RB6 and WR9 in our rest-of-season rankings. If his fantasy manager views him as anything less than a legit RB/WR1, see if you can't get him at a slightly discounted price.
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