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Fantasy football Week 7 buy low/sell high: Trade Tom Brady

Fantasy football Week 7 buy low/sell high: Trade Tom Brady

We've reached the halfway point in the fantasy football regular season, which means time is of the essence when it comes to building a lineup that can propel you to and through the playoffs.

You don't want to be the guy in your league sitting back while everyone else makes trades to improve their rosters. Fantasy football championships aren't won during the draft, they're won now via smart waiver wire moves and risky blockbuster deals. It's time to be aggressive and separate yourself from the pack.

So with all of that being said, here's your list of buy-low and sell-high candidates for Week 7:

BUY LOW

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: Bell's been OK so far this season, but definitely disappointing to those who drafted him expecting the elite production he's shown in the past. Now's the time to capitalize on that disappointment as Bell's schedule for the rest of the season is extremely attractive. I wouldn't bet against him being a top-5 running back from here on out, especially now that Sam Darnold is back to stabilize the Jets offense.

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills: Singletary is set to return from injury this week vs. the lowly Dolphins with Buffalo fresh off their bye. This may be the last week you'll be able to snag him for dirt cheap, so don't miss your opportunity.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Kamara's streak of underwhelming performances, combined with the "high ankle issue" he's currently dealing with, may have his fantasy owner feeling uneasy. Any time a player as talented as Kamara sees a dramatic dip in value, you should swoop in and take a chance on them. That's especially the case if your team is in good enough shape where you can afford a couple of regular-season losses.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: He should be returning soon from the ankle injury that has kept him sidelined all season. When he does, there's no reason to believe he won't be the top-tier receiver he's been throughout his career. Who knows, maybe Green will end up catching passes from Tom Brady. That'd certainly increase his value even further.

DeAndre Hopkins., WR, Houston Texans: The consensus No. 1 WR in 2019 fantasy football drafts has been a major disappointment through the first half of the season. But Hopkins is just far too talented to believe the struggles will continue. Buy low on him now and he could prove to be a league winner by the time playoffs come around.

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills: Brown is one of the more underrated wide receivers in fantasy football right now. He shouldn't be treated as a WR1, but I think a case can be made for Brown turning in WR2 value for the rest of the season. Josh Allen's primary target has an easy schedule in the coming weeks as he'll go up against Miami, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, and then Miami again in his next five games.

SELL HIGH

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Before the season, Brady was outside the top 20 in many fantasy football QB rankings. He's proven those rankings wrong up to this point as he's been a legitimate QB1, but that's largely due to the fact he's had phenomenal matchups. The schedule gets a bit tougher soon, and there are plenty of other serviceable options for QBs out there. So if you need depth at other positions, offer TB12 to a QB-needy owner in your league (or just a diehard Pats fan who surely will overpay) and see what you can get.

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: Before you yell at me because Chubb has been an absolute beast this season and is probably the heart of your fantasy team, hear me out. Kareem Hunt will return from his suspension in Week 10 and undoubtedly will eat into Chubb's workload, especially on passing downs. I'm not saying Chubb will suddenly stop being productive once Hunt enters the equation, but he'll no longer be the workhorse back he's been for the first half of the campaign. That being said, don't just trade Chubb for the sake of trading him. When I say sell high here, I mean sell high.

James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Conner was stellar vs. the Chargers on Monday Night Football before leaving the game in the third quarter with a quad injury. Before that performance, you would have been hard-pressed to find a trade partner for the Steelers' feature back. That likely is no longer the case, so you should be actively looking for a way to get a nice return for Conner as he probably won't put up those kinds of numbers consistently in this unreliable offense. Especially given the fact he's been getting banged up all season.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Ridley's touchdowns make him difficult to part ways with but the volume simply hasn't been there for the Alabama product. Sell him now and get a decent haul before he puts up another string of dud weeks.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins: New head coach Bill Callahan wants to run the ball more. That, combined with the Redskins being a horrendous team with a tough schedule ahead, makes a talented player like McLaurin worth parting ways with while his value is still high.

Patriots D/ST: Everything we said in last week's buy-low, sell-high still applies.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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