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:


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.


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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Patriots QB Cam Newton given this jersey number with his new team

Patriots QB Cam Newton given this jersey number with his new team

The New England Patriots made the signing of quarterback Cam Newton official on Wednesday, and while it might be weird for some NFL fans to see the former MVP in a red, white and blue jersey this coming season, there is one part of his gameday look that will remain the same.

Newton will again wear the No. 1 jersey, according to the team's official roster page. This is the same number he wore during the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. 

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You might be surprised to learn that Newton will be just the fourth player in Patriots history to wear the No. 1 jersey and the first to do it since 1987, per Pro Football Reference's data. The other three players to wear No. 1 for the Patriots are former kickers Tony Franklin, Eric Schubert and John Smith. And, of course, the Pat Patriot mascot also wears No. 1.

Whether Newton ends up being the Patriots' No. 1 quarterback for Week 1 of the 2020 regular season remains to be seen. He's the favorite to win the starting job following Tom Brady's departure in March, but 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer also are on the depth chart and should provide competition for Newton. 

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Next Pats Podcast: How can Patriots utilize N'Keal Harry more in 2020?

Next Pats Podcast: How can Patriots utilize N'Keal Harry more in 2020?

N'Keal Harry had his rookie season derailed by injuries, but that has done little to lessen expectations ahead of his second NFL campaign.

The New England Patriots wide receiver has obvious talent. The team selected him in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2018 draft after a successful college career at Arizona State, and when Harry did get onto the field with the Patriots, he showed flashes of his impressive skills.

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One of the challenges for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels this coming season is finding ways to get Harry more involved in the offense and maximizing his abilities. 

How can the Patriots accomplish that goal? Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo joined the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast to break down his expectations for Harry and ways the Patriots can use him.

"I think he'll get better as the years go on. I think what has to happen is people need to change their expectations sometimes for receivers, especially first-round wide receivers," Palazzolo told our Patriots insider Phil Perry. "We're talking about a position where there's three starters, and not every receiver is going to be Julio Jones, and not every starter is going to be as good as Julian Edelman -- a guy you can depend on to get open in crunch time and third down.

"When we evaluated Harry coming out (of college), his skill set reminded us a lot of Demaryius Thomas, who, when you look at his best work, he was catching the ball and running well after the catch, as well as making contested catches. Harry did struggle separating, which is kind of an important point for receivers. He struggled getting open. I think if the expectations are, right or wrong, here's a guy we can scheme some stuff up for -- that back-shoulder touchdown he had from Tom Brady, that's the type of stuff, the vertical route tree, contested catches, using his big body. That's the type of stuff you can expect from him, but you probably don't want to feed him 150 targets and say go be the No. 1 wide receiver. I think Harry is more of a complimentary piece."

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One way to put pressure on defenses and use Harry's strength and athleticism is giving him the ball on running plays. We've seen plenty of wideouts run gadget plays to take advantage of mismatches, and Harry could be used in a similar role for New England.

"If the Patriots do get creative with N'Keal Harry to get the ball in his hands, you could hand it off to him, you could put him out there, he'll have a cornerback matched up with him. And then the defense will have to figure out its run fits -- how do I get enough guys in the box to stop this guy?" Palazzolo said. "So whether it's the jet sweep game, whether it's just legitimately putting him in the backfield as a running back, I think there is a world where N'Keal Harry could be maximized and give you that advantage over defenses."

For the entire Harry conversation between Perry and Palazzolo, check out the Next Pats Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or watch on YouTube below: