Fantasy Football: Players to sell high heading into Week 2

9/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

A wise fantasy owner is not too likely to jump all over a player who looks great after just one week of NFL action, but there may be some owners who are feeling desperate after their teams were annihilated in their Week 1 matchups. Someone who just lost Shane Vereen to a broken wrist just might be willing to give something up for a running back, while the owner of James Jones (who had no catches on Sunday) may be willing to trade for a wide receiver. Here are some players that you may want to look into trading while their stock is high:

Reggie Bush (RB - DET): Like many other people, I really liked Bush entering the fantasy draft season, and he proved worthy of his high draft status with a phenomenal overall performance in Week 1. My only concern is how long he can keep this up. Many of his fantasy points came on a 77-yard touchdown catch, and you obviously can not rely on that on a weekly basis. The Vikings' defense was clearly keying in on Calvin Johnson (four catches, 37 yards), and if the Lions continue to punish opponents by shredding them with Bush, defenses will devise a more balanced game plan. Finally, Bush received 25 touches, which is expected to be the norm - can Bush, who missed 20 games from 2007-10, stay healthy? I'm not saying you should trade Bush, but maybe a league-mate desperate for running backs is willing to sell the barn for him while his stock is sky high.

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) reacts after picking up a first down against the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsAnquan Boldin (WR - SF): Here's another guy who I think will continue to be effective and was a good draft pick (I named him as an undervalued fantasy receiver in August), but maybe an owner desperate for a receiver will bite on the absurd 13/208/1 line that Boldin posted on Sunday. As the only truly viable outside receiving presence on the team, Boldin will draw most teams' top cornerbacks - tough in a division where you have to face each of Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson twice a year. In addition, when the 49ers play teams that don't score like the Packers do, they'll likely run a much more run-oriented offense, limiting the targets that will be distributed throughout the receiving core. Boldin will be a solid fantasy asset throughout the season, but his Week 1 performance is not indicative of what he will be doing on a weekly basis - other owners may not know that.

Brian Hartline (WR - MIA): Here's another player I named on my undervalued fantasy receiver list, but now may be the time to sell. Having posted over a thousand yards in 2012, you may be able to convince trade partners that Hartline's 9/114/1 line from Sunday was no fluke. However, No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace was bottled up by Joe Haden, and the Browns don't have a viable second cornerback to cover No. 2 receivers - Hartline was destined for a strong game. I think Hartline will continue to post fairly strong, consistent numbers, but this may be the highest his stock gets all season.

Joique Bell (RB - DET): It's kind of odd to have two Lions running backs on this list, but here is why - Bell will not be a reliable option as long as Reggie Bush is healthy. His Week 1 performance (25 rushing yards, five catches, 67 receiving yards, two touchdowns), however, may have some owners thinking he has plenty of stand-alone value. If you can trade him for a reliable player (perhaps someone who actually starts), feel free to pull the trigger. Of course, Bell will be a stud if Bush gets hurt, so I would not advise against hanging on to him.
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