If you’ve seen the Wolf of Wall Street movie, or know anything about stock trading, you might have heard the phrase ‘buy low, sell high’ to describe how Jordan Belfort and co. go about their business. The idea is that you ride the wave of momentum of a commodity: you buy in just as its price starts to break out and increase in value, and when it reaches its peak performance that’s when you sell for maximum profit.
It’s a useful concept to take into planning your next weekly NFL fantasy draft too because momentum and form is absolutely crucial in top-level sport. For example, if a quarterback is in good form, they will feel like they can spring passes here, there and everywhere, landing the pigskin on a postage stamp. If you draft a quarterback that is in bad form and low in morale, you will be throwing – if you’ll pardon the pun – easy points down the drain.
So, if you are struggling to gain a foothold in your fantasy league, take a leaf out of Wall Street’s book and get drafting those guys who you know are on the crest of a wave right now.
Here’s a couple of options to consider:
Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
While everyone else is out throwing big bucks at mega-star quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, you could play it cool with a low-owned alternative like Andy Dalton. The Bengals might be stinking the place out with three straight losses in the AFC North, but Dalton has thrown more passing yards than any other QB apart from Mahomes so far this term.
The 31-year-old veteran has also assisted in five touchdowns as well, and as pointed out in numerous weekly NFL best picks columns the Bengals will quietly fancy their chances of getting off facing the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6.
Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings)
It’s been a mixed bag of a start for the Vikings so far this season, but anyone who witnessed their 28-12 demolition of the Atlanta Falcons surely couldn’t have helped but be impressed by what they saw. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, and there were still some basic errors from key men like Kirk Cousins. But the signs of improvement were there, and one of the chief architects of that rise was Dalvin Cook, the fleet-footed running back.
He’s already banked four touchdowns and served up 375 rushing yards – more than any other player in the NFL. Cook is likely to be a highly-owned player in Week 6 as his side travel to the defensively competent Philadelphia Eagles, and if you are looking for an addition via trade in Fantasy football Cook is the guy!
Jaylon Smith (Dallas Cowboys)
Ordinarily, you might not rush out to sign a linebacker who is traveling to the New York Jets for their next game. But remember: the Jets will be starting Sam Darnold after missing time with Mono and we are betting he will have a tough time getting back into the game right away after taking time off.
So we’re going to take a chance on Jaylon Smith, the MLB who has been in fine fettle in this campaign so far. He’s made 20 tackles of his own and added another seven AST dumps to his collection, and he is proving to be a thorn in the side of any offense right now.
Dalton, Cook, Smith…these could be the unsung heroes your NFL Week 6 fantasy football team needs to find a sleeper hit.