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Fantasy Football: Buy-low, sell-high dynasty candidates

2MA8CY0 Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) reacts after a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Rashod Bateman (WR39) is a buy-low candidate: Despite a string of injuries to start Bateman's NFL career, a change in offensive coordinator could lead to more opportunities.

• Rely on Alexander Mattison (RB30) only for the short term: Believing in Mattison for a year is fine, but the Vikings likely have other long-term plans.

• Don't lose hope with Tyler Allgeier (RB43): It's fair to wonder if there is still a reason to believe in the second-year back, but buy low on his current stock.

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NFL training camp hype is in full swing, and that means it’s time to strategize. The savviest of fantasy football dynasty managers can attempt to leverage all the news, hype and consensus rankings to their advantage and dip into the trade market to sell high on some players and buy low on others. Sometimes, that’s the difference between making the playoffs in your league and missing out. It can even be the difference between winning or losing in your league.

It’s a delicate tightrope to walk, but here are some sell-high and buy-low dynasty candidates for 2023 and beyond.

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Sell high: WR Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins is one of the 15 best receivers in the NFL. There’s no doubt about that. He’d be a WR1 on most teams, and he has shown he possesses that potential for the Bengals when Ja’Marr Chase has missed time. In PPR leagues, Higgins averaged 18.7 points per game in the four games that Chase missed in 2022. Although extrapolating stats isn’t always wise, that would have been good for WR6 across the whole season. As long as Higgins is tied to Joe Burrow and the Bengals, he’ll be a great WR2.

But that’s a double-edged sword. Higgins is still playing second fiddle to Chase, so his ceiling is likely as a WR2. Chase is younger, better and Burrow’s preferred target. Despite playing four fewer games than Higgins, Chase still finished with 25 more targets, 13 more catches and two more touchdowns.

The Bengals want to keep intact their offensive core of Burrow, Chase and Higgins as the team competes for Super Bowls in the near future, but that puts Higgins in an awkward position in dynasty.

He’s being drafted as the WR11, per FantasyPros, and is a borderline top-10 fantasy receiver moving forward, but it’s hard to get fully sucked into the hype with a PPR monster like Chase standing in his way. If the opportunity to sell high comes, take it.


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