Coming into Week 8, many usual fantasy starters have been less than subpar. Players such as Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins amassed a mere 36 receiving yards, while Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi surprised the league with 214 rushing yards and two touchdowns. With these large differences from players that roles are usually switched, it’s time to see who should be on your radar to buy low and who you should be shopping as a sell-high candidate.
Jamison Crowder, wide receiver, Washington Redskins: 31 receptions, 391 yards, three touchdowns
Jamison Crowder has stepped into the Redskins’ No. 1 receiving role this season while tight end Jordan Reed has been out. Crowder has become Kirk Cousins top target, garnering 49 targets this season. He’s also the Redskins’ leader in receiving yards and touchdowns at the halfway point of the season. Crowder’s value will continue to go up as the Redskins are in the thick of the NFC East race. Look to find cheap trades for Crowder, and he even may show up at the top of your leagues’ waiver wire.
Quincy Enunwa, wide receiver, New York Jets: 32 receptions, 409 yards, two touchdowns
Coming into the season, Quincy Enunwa was the clear No. 3 receiver for the Jets, but he was immediately pushed into the No. 2 spot when Eric Decker was injured. Enunwa hasn’t missed a beat and has put up strong numbers in Decker’s absence. He’s caught 65 percent of his targets, with an average of 12.8 yards per reception. Enunwa has been a big-play receiver for the Jets, and that may be his only downside, but he’s consistent and reliable. Your best bet is to find him on the waiver wire, and in some cases, you just have to make a small trade to get a strong receiver.
Jay Ajayi, running back, Miami Dolphins: 535 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards, five touchdowns
With Arian Foster’s abrupt retirement, Jay Ajayi is now the starting running back for the Miami Dolphins. He’s coming off two straight 200-yard performances against two strong defenses. However, Ajayi has been less than consistent, with 42 yards being his highest total prior to the last two weeks. Look to sell Ajayi high now with him coming off career bests, and look to find a more consistent starting back before his luster disappears.
Will Fuller V, wide receiver, Houston Texans: 24 receptions, 349 yards, two touchdowns
Will Fuller V, the rookie out of Notre Dame, is the clear No. 2 for Brock Osweiler and the Texans. He put up two straight 100-yard games to start the season, but she’s slowly produced less and less since. The downfall has hit a low, with Fuller amassing a measly 26 yards in his last three games. Fuller has also dropped six passes this season. Look to sell the ailing Fuller sooner rather than later if you want a solid trade.