Fantasy Football Buy/Sell: Sell High on Derrick Henry’s Performance

Derrick Henry

It’s been a strange season thus far in the NFL. Running backs and wide receivers drafted early on like Le’Veon Bell and A.J. Green have struggled early on, while new names like Kareem Hunt are at the top of the leaderboard. While two weeks is still considered a small sample size, fantasy owners now have multiple games to decide if they want to buy or sell certain players. Let’s take a look at a few guys that I’m buying and selling.

Buy

Russell Wilson, SEA QB

Wilson and the entire Seahawks offense have struggled thus far in 2017. Seattle was kept out of the end zone for 7+ quarters before Paul Richardson and his broken finger lit up CenturyLink Stadium. Wilson has a history of struggling to start seasons, which has correlated with shuffling the offensive line. In 2016, he averaged just 14.4 fantasy points per game for the first half of the season before finishing out the final eight games averaging 24.3. If we go back to 2015, he had similar Jekyl and Hyde halves. Through the first eight games, he averaged 20.05 FPPG and then finished up with a monster 29.83. It’s going to take some time for the offense to click, but when it does, Wilson is going to explode.

AP Photo/Gail Burton

AP Photo/Gail Burton

Javorius Allen, BAL RB

Proponents of the Zero-RB theory have found their early champion. Allen, who went undrafted in most leagues, has logged 21 carries in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and then 14 carries to go along with five receptions Week 2 against Cleveland. Allen also outsnapped presumptive starter Terrance West 43 to 15 on Sunday, and now that West is also nursing an injury, Allen’s stock is trending upward. His usage and rise to fantasy relevance reminds me of Justin Forsett‘s breakout campaign in 2014. Get him while you still can.

Sell:

Derrick Henry, TEN RB

Henry went bonkers on Sunday against Jacksonville, carrying the ball 14 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. He also out-touched teammate Demarco Murray 12:2 in the second half, but that was due to Murray’s hamstring injury. Despite all the positives surrounding Henry, he shouldn’t be relied upon unless something serious happens to Murray. Even with the injury, Murray still out-snapped Henry 37-31 for the game, and will be the lead back as long as he’s on the field. While it’s true that Murray hasn’t looked good so far this season, it’s hard to trust Henry as a weekly option as long as Murray is on the field.

Martavis Bryant, PIT WR

Bryant’s Week 2 vs. Minnesota is the exact reason many people drafted him. He only saw four targets, but turned that into three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. That followed up his Week 1 performance where he made just two catches on six targets for 14 yards and zero touchdowns. That’s the type of week-to-week inconsistency that will drive an owner crazy. There’s never going to be a pattern for Bryant when he’ll go off and when he’ll put up a dud, so my suggestion is to float his name out there on the trade block, and see if you can cash in for his nice performance.

Who are you buying and selling? 

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