Last week, there were 37 players who scored 15 or more fantasy points in standard leagues. Of that group, 12 were owned in less than 55 percent of the leagues (using ESPN property numbers). Owning some of those players is what separates you from the rest of the group when you try to make a playoff tie in your fantasy football league. They are the decisions you make once a player you have is reduced to an injury or is not working well, which will ultimately decide your fate. Play with your studs, make a great transfer of waiver or discount wire, connect the plus-matchups and get your place in the playoffs.
Let's take a deeper look at which players should consider buying shorts and which one would be best to sell high as we head into the final two weeks of the regular fantasy season and make that final push in the playoffs. For more seasonal trade / harvest ideas, see recent editions of this article ( Week 11 ; Week 10 ; Week 9 ; Week 8 ).
Fantasy Football Trade Candidates: Stock up
Samaje Perine, RB, WAS. When Rob Kelley left the week 10 contest against Minnesota with a sprained high ankle and a sprained MCL, an opportunity opened for Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine. In week 11, Thompson fractured the fibula, which means that Perine was the last man standing. The full-body runner received a full complement of carries against the Saints with a 24-touch tune for 126 yards and a touchdown. With apparently no one else around to take leads from Perine, we are seeing a workload of 20 carries in the future.
Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS. Backs to back Redskins here, and this should not come as a surprise since Thompson could be the most integral part of this Washington pass offense. As the second leading team receiver in 2017, Washington will look for another person in the short-pass game, and that simply increases the value of the team's third leading receiver, Crowder. With the Redskins losing ground in the division and the bodies in the field, he looks for them to feed one of his best remaining players in Crowder. Only possessed in 61.4 percent of the ESPN leagues, Crowder could be an intelligent addition to the fantasy playoffs, especially in the PPR leagues.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, NYG. This team of Giants is not very powerful, but they remain faithful to the running game. Even in a burst to the Rams in week 9, the Giants ran the ball 26 times for 111 yards. The Giants want to see what they have in Darkwa, as he led the team in carries in five consecutive competitions and also looks like the air game with 12 goals in that same period. Still available in almost 30 percent of the ESPN leagues, Darkwa is a good complement if you're fighting injuries. He is averaging almost 10 standard league fantasy points per game in the last six contests.
Fantasy Football Trade Candidates: Stock down
Alex Smith, QB, KC. Most field marshals are statistically better at home than on the road. Smith, however, is much worse at home. In the Chiefs' six road games this season, Smith has 14 passive touchdowns and averages 280.3 yards per game. In his four home games, Smith has only four passive touchdowns and averages 248 yards per game. The Chiefs offense in general stopped at Weeks 10 and 11 scoring 26 total points and two total touchdowns. Kansas City plays four of its next five home games, and Smith has thrown a total of three innings against the bad pass defenses in the last two games, a definite cause for concern.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK. Oakland simply can not find a pace on the offense in 2017. His eight-point performance against New England exemplified everything that has been wrong with the team this season with a lot of mistakes, lack of communication and abandonment of the running game . Carr has a single touchdown pass in each of the last three games to go along with four interceptions and two of those games came against pass defenses that have been burned down lately in Miami and Buffalo. It is extremely difficult to trust Carr from now on, even with more confrontations against the Giants and the Bosses who are coming.
Dak Prescott, QB, DAL. Without Zeke, without Tyron Smith, without offending the Cowboys. Since the loss of both, Prescott is averaging just over 160 passing yards per game with zero touchdowns, three interceptions, three fumbles and 12 sacks taken. Dallas is in a world of offensive problems, and there is no real end in sight, as they play against the Chargers and the Redskins in their next two games, which are in the top half of the league in catches and catches. With Prescott averaging 5.5 standard fantasy points per game in the last two games, it's probably time to stop shooting him as a starting quarterback unless we see his big left tackle back on the field.
Fantasy Football Trade candidates: neutral in shares
Corey Coleman, WR, CLE. This was always a guy with immense talent, but he's had problems with injuries and quarterback play. Finally back from injury, Coleman scored six of 11 goals for 80 yards against an elite Jags secondary. In his three games this season, Coleman is averaging eight goals and is building a good relationship with QS DeShone Kizer. Expectations should be toned down with the young receiver, but with little talent on the offensive side of the ball for the Browns, volume should not be a problem. We could see a breaking game here in the last weeks. Coleman is too talented to ignore it.
Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, ARI. Who? The Texas rookie A & M appeared on the scene with two touchdowns in his first three receptions of the season in Week 11. This can be a full and one-time reach, but looking deeper can intrigue you. In the first season start of Blaine Gabbert he looked at Larry Fitzgerald early and often, but when he needed to throw him into a big body, he went to Seals-Jones, not to Jermaine Gresham. Is it a coincidence that in the first appearance of Gabbert, Seals-Jones has his presentation party? Maybe. With Arizona at the bottom of the standings and looking to see what they have for the next season, it's not so farfetched to think that they can give it an extra look in these latest games. Watch the athletic tight end. He can surprise us.