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Fantasy football Week 8 buy low/sell high: What to do with Mohamed Sanu, Emmanuel Sanders

Fantasy football Week 8 buy low/sell high: What to do with Mohamed Sanu, Emmanuel Sanders

The NFL trade deadline (Oct. 29) is fast approaching, as is the fantasy football trade deadline in most leagues (Nov. 9).

A couple of notable moves were made on Tuesday: one that sent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots, and another that sent WR Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers. Both of these deals have big-time fantasy football implications, which is why you'll find Sanu and Sanders in this week's "buy low, sell high" list.

Here's the full list ahead of Week 8:

BUY LOW

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: Bell makes this list for the second straight week after a tough matchup vs. the Patriots on Monday Night Football. The schedule only gets easier for the Jets' star running back from here on out, so now is the time to snag him away while his value is at its lowest.

Tevin Coleman, RB, San Francisco 49ers: With fellow RB Matt Breida dealing with a concussion, Coleman's workload is set to increase until Breida is cleared to return. Even with Breida in the mix, Coleman is a viable RB2/flex option for the rest of the season and his price should be somewhat cheap.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, New England Patriots: Sanu was borderline waiver-wire fodder prior to being dealt to the Patriots on Tuesday. The ex-Falcons wideout's value undoubtedly increases with his move to New England, so see if you can get him before he becomes one of Tom Brady's favorite targets and his price gets even steeper.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Like Sanu, Sanders also saw his fantasy football value increase on Tuesday as he was traded from the Broncos to the 49ers. He becomes the unquestioned No. 1 wideout in San Francisco and can be had a nice price coming off his knee injury and a mediocre performance vs. Kansas City on Thursday.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are a mess, which means fantasy owners everywhere are wary of inserting Philly's players into their fantasy lineups. That shouldn't be the case with Jeffery, though. The veteran wideout had a disappointing showing vs. the Cowboys but otherwise has proven to be a great fantasy option when he's been able to take the field. Since the Jeffery owner in your league probably is disgusted with how the entire Philly offense looked on Sunday night, try to snag Wentz's primary target now.

SELL HIGH

Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Edmonds and his fantasy owners were the benefactors of Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury's bizarre decision to use David Johnson for the first play of the game and sit him for the remainder of the contest. Don't expect this to be a weekly occurrence, though, as Johnson should back soon enough. Even if he isn't, Arizona has been working out running backs who would eat into Edmonds' workload. After his huge fantasy week, now is the time to sell high on the 23-year-old.

Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Ingram has a couple of huge fantasy performances on his résumé this season, and they overshadow what's been an otherwise mediocre year for the veteran running back. You should be able to trick some sucker in your league into thinking they're getting an RB1 and get a nice haul in return for Ingram, whose bye is this week.

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots: Michel's three touchdowns on Monday night should make his fantasy owners very happy. Not because it means he can be counted on to produce going forward, but because now they may be able to actually get something in return for the underperforming Patriots running back. If you didn't sell Michel a few weeks back when we told you to do so, now is the time.

Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions: Jones is a sell-high candidate for the same reason as Michel as the Lions wideout went off for four touchdowns on Sunday. Other than that anomaly of a performance, Jones has been nothing but a bye-week fill-in type of fantasy player. Capitalize on Jones' big day by dealing him for a reliable weekly option.

Patriots D/ST: Third straight week with the Patriots D on the list. They exploded for another huge performance against Sam Darnold and the Jets on Monday night, but a few tougher matchups lie ahead. Given the Pats D/ST's historic success this year, you should be able to get a great haul.

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Agent Don Yee takes aim at the 'collegiate sports industrial complex'

Agent Don Yee takes aim at the 'collegiate sports industrial complex'

Don Yee is well known as the agent for Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Sean Payton and others.

But his longstanding effort to shine a light on the inequities of what he calls the “collegiate sports industrial complex” may wind up being as impactful on the game of football as the work he’s done with those greats.

This week, I spoke at length to Yee on our podcast about college football at a crossroads in this summer of COVID-19.

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In Yee’s view, the awakening that’s gone on among athletes as they’ve been strung along for months by the Dumb and Dumber coalition of coaches, college presidents and administrators has been building.

“It’s a situation that’s been gaining steam in my view for at least the last 10 to 12 years,” Yee said. “There’s been such a dramatic influx of money into the collegiate sports industrial complex that when you’ve got that kind of money coming in there’s just been a single-minded focus on generating more and more money and that focus unfortunately has taken over … college administrators, college presidents, athletic directors and coaches.

“They’ve actually taken their eye off the ball in that they have completely overlooked the fact that they have a labor force that isn’t being compensated,” Yee added. “In their single-minded pursuit of every single dollar they’ve forgotten about the care and concern of the athletes.”

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Everyone knows big-time college sports drips with hypocrisy and greed. It’s a shell game in which literally thousands of people wind up splitting the billions of dollars generated every year and the only ones that never see a legal buck of it are the players.

The pretzel logic used to justify it is laughable. The best way to enjoy the product and the games is, literally, to ignore the reality.

Yee has, over the past decade, forced people to look at it.

“Over the decades we’ve created a unique system that doesn’t exist anywhere in the developed world,” he said. “Nowhere in the developed world does this exist. Where you have a system, a small group of football players every year – there’s 130 Division I schools and among those 130 schools let’s say 50 to 60 are the most critical players to that enterprise for that particular season.

"So it’s a few thousand young men and what they do is strap on the equipment and roll out there for an increasingly long season – now as many as 14 games – and go out there and put their bodies on the line to generate substantial amounts of revenue to support the lifestyles of the administrators, the coaches, the coaches in the non-revenue sports, all the non-revenue sports programs and athletes which then – by extension – helps support the U.S. Olympic program (as a breeding ground for the athletes before becoming Olympians).

“The success of the football program also supports the very existence of the university because if the football program has success, the university can then initiate a piggybacking off the excitement and success of the football team and begin multi-billion capital campaigns to build new buildings on campus etc. So all of this is due to the efforts of a very small group of young men every single year. We tolerate it. Ultimately, we get distracted by the pom-poms and the bands.”

Yee and I discussed so much more, including whether he thinks there will be an NFL equivalent to the NBA’s G-League (yes), details on his new venture which will help teams easily find the players they now have to kick over rocks to discover (like Malcolm Butler) and how the change in college will be shepherded in by the players.

Joe Montana: Tom Brady hinted at displeasure with Patriots at Super Bowl LIV

Joe Montana: Tom Brady hinted at displeasure with Patriots at Super Bowl LIV

Joe Montana has wondered aloud how the New England Patriots could let Tom Brady get away to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Based on the conversation he had with Brady in February, though, maybe he should have seen the QB's exit coming.

During an interview Wednesday on ESPN 97.5 Houston's "Jake Asman Show," Montana revealed he talked with Brady at Super Bowl LIV and got the sense the 20-year veteran didn't like his situation.

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"I spoke to Tom while we were back at the Super Bowl," Montana said. "I don't think he was happy with the way things were progressing there and his ability to have input, and I think that was a big decision for him to make to leave there."

Our Tom E. Curran and others have reported that Brady wasn't thrilled about having less of a say in the Patriots' offensive game plan last season, especially after New England mustered just 13 points in a Wild Card Round loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Montana's recollection of his conversation with Brady -- the two QBs were part of an "NFL 100" pregame ceremony at Super Bowl LIV -- certainly lends credence to those reports and suggests Brady was ready to move on from the Patriots after 20 seasons.

It sounds like the 43-year-old quarterback picked the right destination, too: Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich apparently joked that all he has to do with Brady under center is "get out of the way."