Week 9 Buy Low and Sell High Fantasy Football Players to Target

Max Staley
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We've officially reached the midway point of the fantasy football season, and you should have a pretty strong grasp of your team's strengths and weaknesses by now.

Whether you're near the bottom of the standings looking to shake up your roster, or trying to make a postseason push, here are some buy-low and sell-high trade candidates ahead of Week 9.

Fantasy Football Buy Low Week 9

1. James White, RB, New England Patriots

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James White has turned himself into a reliable PPR option over the past few seasons, but he could begin to see a spike in production in Week 9. His 12 red zone targets are more than any other RB has seen thus far, and White is just one behind Auden Tate and Julian Edelman, who lead the NFL with 13 such looks. Despite that, White's only turned one of those into a TD, while Edelman and Tate have five combined scores. The New England Patriots' schedule has also been about as easy as it gets, but six of their next seven opponents are currently at or above .500. That level of competition could lend itself to a much more pass-heavy game flow. As New England's primary receiving back, White could see an increase in volume and production soon.

2. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

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Once Cam Newton returns to the lineup, D.J. Moore should see a corresponding boost in fantasy production. With Newton at the helm, Moore's 27 percent target share was tied for the 10th highest among WRs during the first two weeks of the season. Since Kyle Allen has taken over, that has fallen to 21 percent, which is tied for 31st at the position. Moore has been serviceable, if not spectacular, during that stretch, averaging 13.0 PPG in PPR formats. With Newton reportedly nearing a return, Moore is a great buy-low candidate ahead of a potential spike in volume.

3. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

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After catching 10 TDs last season, Mike Williams has yet to find the end zone in 2019. That's been more due to bad luck than anything else, as Williams has already seen 10 red zone targets through seven games, which is tied for the eighth most among wideouts. He's only caught two of those passes, which will almost certainly improve, as he caught seven of his 13 red zone targets in 2018 (scoring six TDs). Williams proved he's one of the most reliable red zone WRs in the NFL in 2018, and if he starts converting those opportunities into production, he could be in for a monster second half.

Fantasy Football Sell High Week 9

4. Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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Kenyan Drake was a popular waiver wire pickup this week, as he's just been traded to an Arizona Cardinals team that could be without RBs David Johnson and Chase Edmonds for an extended period. While the trade undoubtedly upgraded his value, Drake is far from a sure thing. His value could disappear once Johnson and Edmonds are back to full health, and his upcoming schedule is about as rough as it gets. Drake draws two matchups against the San Francisco 49ers' defense in the next three weeks, with a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' run defense (No. 1 in opposing rushing yards per game) sandwiched in between. He then goes on bye in Week 12, and it's likely that Johnson and Edmonds will be back by then. Drake is best viewed as a handcuff going forward.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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