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Fantasy football Week 4 buy low, sell high: Time to unload Sony Michel

Fantasy football Week 4 buy low, sell high: Time to unload Sony Michel

Through three weeks of the season, it's only natural as a fantasy football owner to overreact to strong starts and panic about slow starts. Your job is to take advantage of your league mates' overreactions and pull off trades that will help you build a championship-contending roster.

That's what we like to call the buy-low, sell-high method. Chances are, you have multiple players on your roster who can be used as trade chips to help you get the best bang for your buck. So without further ado, here are some players you should consider trading for or parting ways with entering Week 4:

BUY LOW

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers losing Big Ben hurts, no doubt, but Conner is far too talented to have these struggles continue. He faced the solid run defenses in the Patriots, Seahawks, and 49ers through the first three weeks and gets a porous Bengals D in Week 4. Look for him to get back on the right track sooner rather than later.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

A bad case of fumbleitis the last couple of weeks landed Carson in the doghouse for most of Sunday's game, but this is an anomaly for Seattle's lead back. Carson had only three fumbles all of last season. Try to trade for him now, as this is the lowest his value will be all year.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Freeman seems to have lost some of the burst he once had, but the volume is still very much there in a high-powered offense. It's hard to believe his production will dip any lower than what it's been through the first three weeks.

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

After another quiet week, the Adams owner in your league might be ready to part ways with Aaron Rodgers' top target. If so, take advantage of the opportunity and get this elite wideout on your roster ASAP.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

When Hill returns from his injury, he's a potential league winner. There's a chance the current Hill owner in your league is losing patience with him, so shoot them an offer and see if you can work something out.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Woods is overlooked thanks to teammates Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, but he shouldn't be. He was targeted 13 times in Week 1 and eight times in Week 3. His disappearing act in Week 2 was a clear outlier as he ranked 16th among all NFL pass-catchers in targets last season (130). After a pair of underwhelming performances, you probably can get Woods at an attractive price.

SELL HIGH

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

The Patriots running game already was scuffling before James Develin's injury. Now, it faces even more of an uphill battle with the veteran fullback on injured reserve. Not to mention, there are so many mouths to feed in New England's backfield and the offense as a whole. Michel tops the "sell high" list this week. Do it now, because you probably won't get the same value in return after this week.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Touchdowns have made Henry one of the top fantasy running backs to begin the season, but it's unsustainable. To put it simply, the Titans offense just isn't very good. You'll get a nice haul if you can unload Henry right now, so consider doing that before the weekend.

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos

The Broncos offense is struggling and Lindsay is stuck in a timeshare with Royce Freeman. While Lindsay undoubtedly is a talented back, he's an unreliable fantasy option going forward and you should cut ties with him coming off his strong Week 3 performance.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Agholor has put together two straight impressive performances, and that's exactly why you should place him on the trading block now and not a minute later. All signs point to Alshon Jeffery returning in Week 4, and when DeSean Jackson returns from his injury Agholor won't get the target volume to continue putting up these numbers.

Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

When Tyreek Hill returns, Robinson's value will take a massive hit. If you have other solid wide receiver/flex options on your roster, you should sell him high while you still can.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

This clearly has become a run-first offense, and Diggs' value has suffered as a result. You might still be able to get one of your league mates to bite on a trade offer due to his big name, but I wouldn't wait much longer to pull the trigger. Another poor showing and he's going to be stuck on your bench for quite a while.

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Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Fantasy football rankings 2020: Top 10 defenses in your draft

Defense wins championships.

That's the case in real football, and it also can be the case in fantasy football if you carefully select your D/ST unit during your fantasy draft. Sure, you could play the waivers game all season long and try to ride whatever defense is hot for those few weeks, but wouldn't you rather a D/ST you can rely on all year and not have to think twice about it?

Of course you would. That's why we're here to help by listing the defenses you should have your eyes on in your 2020 fantasy football draft. Here's a look at the top 10.

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (Bye: Week 8)

Minkah Fitzpatrick completely revitalized the Steelers defense when he arrived in Pittsburgh last season. The Steelers D/ST unit finished with the second-most fantasy points at the position last year and with Fitzpatrick in the fold for a full year, it should have a solid chance at claiming the top spot in 2020.

2. San Francisco 49ers (Week 11)

The 49ers lost DeForest Buckner on the defensive line, but that loss shouldn't hurt too much as they gained Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft. Throw in Nick Bosa, who had nine sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble his rookie year, and San Francisco again should be a top D/ST unit in 2020 after finishing with the third-most points last year.

3. Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)

The fourth-best D/ST unit last year should thrive again this time around, especially with rookie linebacker Patrick Queen added to the mix. Most of Baltimore's starters will return in 2020, which makes the Ravens a reliable option in fantasy once again.

4.  Buffalo Bills (Week 11)

Buffalo's D/ST unit is bound to improve in 2020 after a mediocre 12th-place finish in fantasy points last season. Adding Mario Addison via free agency and drafting Iowa's A.J. Epenesa should give the Bills a boost, and the secondary once again looks promising with veteran Josh Norman joining Tre'Davious White. Don't forget about Ed Oliver, who looked great in his rookie year.

5. New England Patriots (Week 6)

The Patriots had the best D/ST in fantasy last year and it wasn't all that close. This time around, they'll have to get the job done without key contributors like Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins. The offense is bound to take a giant step back without Tom Brady as well, which means production as a whole may dip. Expect the Patriots to be one of the better defenses in fantasy football again, but definitely be wary of regression.

6. New Orleans Saints (Week 6)

New Orleans' defense often gets slept on, but it really shouldn't. The Saints D/ST finished with the ninth-most fantasy points at the position last year thanks to guys like Marshon Lattimore, Cameron Jordan and Demario Davis. Former Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins will be in the fold this season now too. Expect this to be a top fantasy D/ST once again.

7. Los Angeles Rams (Week 9)

The Rams D/ST is a solid pick for your fantasy team, as you'll have two of the best defensive players in the game in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey helping you out each week. L.A. finished with the fifth-most defensive fantasy points last year and is positioned for success again in 2020.

8. Chicago Bears (Week 11)

Simply put, Chicago's defense was a major disappointment last season. It finished 20th among fantasy defenses in points and just wasn't the dominant Bears D/ST we've been accustomed to seeing. I don't expect a repeat of that this year. There are too many talented players -- Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and now Robert Quinn to name a few -- for this unit to be a letdown again in 2020.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (Week 10)

When you think of the Chiefs, you probably think of Patrick Mahomes and that high-powered offense, not what they do on defense. But don't overlook Kansas City's D, either. The Chiefs D/ST finished eighth in fantasy scoring at the position last year and should be even better this season. This is a solid under-the-radar pick in fantasy drafts this year if you can't get one of the top defenses on the board.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (Week 10)

Well, we originally had the Jets on here as the No. 10 defense, then they traded Jamal Adams and CJ Mosley opted out of the season. So the Chargers slot in as the new No. 10 D/ST with several intriguing contributors on the defensive side of the ball heading into 2020. They drafted Oklahoma standout linebacker Kenneth Murray in the first round and added veteran cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to an already-solid secondary. Having safety Derwin James and defensive end Joey Bosa in the mix doesn't hurt either. L.A. might not be the one of the first few D/ST options off your fantasy board, but that just means more chances for you to steal them in one of the last couple of rounds.

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

Fantasy football draft kit 2020: Rankings, cheat sheets to help win your league

What makes fantasy football so great? It's actually fun to do your homework.

If you're reading this, you're looking to get a jump-start on preparing for your 2020 fantasy draft ahead of the NFL season. That means poring over the latest player rankings at each position, identifying potential sleepers and busts and developing the perfect draft strategy to lift you to fantasy glory.

Good news: You've come to the right place. Our 2020 fantasy football draft kit comes complete with all of the draft essentials -- the top 100 overall players, player rankings by position, etc. -- as well as other valuable insights about which players to target and avoid.

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So, what are you waiting for? Below is all of our 2020 draft content; dig in!

PLAYER RANKINGS BY POSITION

SLEEPERS, BUSTS AND PLAYER ANALYSIS

PRINTABLE CHEAT SHEETS

 

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