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Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. could be set for a big second half of the year, while Dalvin Cook and Lamar Jackson look likely to regress.
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The NFL season is nearly halfway over, and it’s time for fantasy players to get their rosters prepared for the playoff push.Through the first weeks of the season, plenty of players have stood out, both for exceeding expectations or falling short of them.Some of these players will turn things around in the second half of the year.Take a look below at our 24 players to buy low and sell high on for the rest of the fantasy season.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.We’re almost at the halfway point of the NFL season, and it’s time to begin thinking about the final moves your fantasy team will make while making a push for the playoffs.Through the first six weeks of the season, plenty of players have exceeded their expectations, while others have fallen short.Which of the breakthrough players are for real? And which struggling studs have the potential to turn things around?By taking a look at which players’ numbers are sustainable, and which teams’ schedules are about to take a turn for the worse, we can get a good idea of who you should be targeting in trades as you finalize your roster.Take a look below at our best players to buy low and sell high on for the rest of the fantasy season.
BUY LOW: Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
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Through six weeks of the season, Carson Wentz is barely a top-10 fantasy quarterback, but there’s a reason to believe that he could be one of the top players in the league through the second half of the season.Wentz has been playing without some of his top weapons since Week 1 when Eagles receivers began dropping like flies due to injury. With Alshon Jeffery back in the fold and DeSean Jackson set to return soon, the Philadelphia offense should start to look a bit more dynamic, giving Wentz a few more high-quality targets downfield.
SELL HIGH: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
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Lamar Jackson has been something of a cheat code through the NFL. With his running prowess complimenting his improved passing this season, he has become one of the best fantasy quarterbacks in the league.That said, it’s tough to imagine Jackson keeping up such a blistering pace. His three best games of the season came against the Dolphins, Cardinals, and Bengals — three of the worst defenses he’ll see all season.Further, during the critical stretch of the fantasy playoffs, Jackson will be facing off with the 49ers, Bills, Jets, and Browns — a far more treacherous stretch of defenses than he’s seen thus far.
BUY LOW: Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
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Baker Mayfield has been dreadful so far this year, inevitably leading to resentment among some fantasy owners who had hoped for a breakout year from the Browns quarterback. It’s even possible that he’s been dropped in your league by whichever team initially drafted him.But take one look at the Browns schedule through the second half of the season, and you’ll see why he’s a buy-low player. After their Week 7 bye and trips to New England and Denver, Cleveland finishes the season beginning in Week 10 with this stretch: vs. Bills, vs. Steelers, vs. Dolphins, at Steelers, vs. Bengals, at Cardinals, vs. Ravens, at Bengals.If you have any faith at all in Mayfield’s talent, he’s worth a shot.
SELL HIGH: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys
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Dak Prescott is another player to be wary of heading into the playoff stretch of the fantasy season. Prescott’s big numbers came in the first three weeks, with the Cowboys beating up on the likes of the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins.While Prescott will have a few more favorable matchups soon, between Weeks 12-14, he’ll be up against the Patriots, Bills, and Bears defenses. With those weeks representing the start of the fantasy postseason and the make-or-break weeks that precede it, it might be best to invest in another quarterback now or possibly dump Prescott if you can find the right trade.
BUY LOW: Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets
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Le’Veon Bell’s start with the Jets hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s still been a top-15 running back in the league through six weeks.That was coming against defenses that could stack the box against Bell, unthreatened by the potential of Luke Falk, beating them
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