We're starting a new column here on PFS. We will look at a few players each week and give some insight why you should buy low or sell high on a particular player.
Darren McFadden - Run DMC is an intriguing player through the first two weeks of the season. He has just 54 rushing yards, which is not what you'd expect from your second or third rounder. But when we look a little closer, we see that he has still accumulated 15 catches for 105 yards, which is gold out of the backfield in PPR leagues. DMC has always had trouble staying healthy, so that plays a factor as well. My advice here would be to buy (fairly) low in deeper leagues, and shop him around in shallower leagues, while he is still healthy. This is a guy to target on the cheap or sell high using the brand name and receptions as value.
CJ Spiller - Fred Jackson's injury in Buffalo finally carved out an opportunity for the third-year speedster out of Clemson. Spiller is the top player in PPR leagues at the moment, but Fast Freddy seems to be healing quickly. Sell high on Spiller and enjoy your hefty bounty. Just don't be surprised if he helps the team you dealt him to down the stretch. Spiller is a guy who's averaged 5.4 yds a carry and 7.3 yards per reception in his career.
Larry Fitzgerald - Fitzy is coming up severely short this season, trying to live up to late first/early second round pick expectations. But the reason I'm telling you to buy low on the 9th year receiver out of Pitt is that there's more to the story. For starters Fitz has averaged more than 75 yards a game over his career, and 9 touchdowns a season. Add to that the fact that the Arizona quarterback situation has been a mess, but looks to become more stable with Kolb at the helm. Buy low on Fitz; just don't give up the farm due to the weak QB's in ARZ. You could be picking up 800 yards and 7 TD's the rest of the way on the low.
Martellus Bennett - Bennett has set a Giants record by catching touchdown passes in his first three games in NY. I don't think it's reasonable to hang onto a guy like this expecting 16 TD's this season. Sell him high to a frustrated Aaron Hernandez or Antonio Gates owner and look to add a guy like Scott Chandler or Brandon Pettigrew off of the FA wire.
Matt Schaub - If you are looking for a replacement to your Jay Cutler experiment, or look to pawn off your over-acheiving quarterback, try and pick up Matt Schaub cheaply off of a frustrated owner. Not only have the Texans been running down the throats of weak opponents - MIA, JAX - Schaub has won his last 6 starts, and has a 103 QB rating in those games. It's not like he's been throwing picks and playing poorly. Buy low with confidence.
Brandon LaFell - LaFell, a third year receiver out of LSU has been playing great for owners who took a late round flier on him this season. I'm not playing down LaFell's abilities, but owners should try and pick up a Torrey Smith/Pierre Garcon/Antonio Brown caliber receiver for him. Sell as high as you can based on his 4-60-0.5/game line and pick up a more trustworthy receiver with similar stats through two games.