It only takes one week to regret picking a player in your fantasy football league. Right now for Broncos Country, fans who have C.J. Anderson on their roster are underwhelmed, to put it mildly.
Anderson has put up 4.8 and 2.9 points, respectively, during the first two weeks of the season. This brings us to the question 'when should you look to sell a player,' in other words, when should you pull the plug and trade him.
As a general rule, I want to wait at least four games before I start trading away underachievers. Right now, Anderson's value is rock bottom. You won't receive equal value in return, considering the high investment you have in Anderson by picking him in the top-10 of your draft.
So hold onto your underachieving player. If you feel he is set to struggle the entire season, waiting can allow a player's value to rise with a good game or two, allowing you to receiver better value in return.
Now, the inverse of this situation comes if you are the trade partner, looking to buy low on a player. You should always look to buy low on a player who you think will rebound. I had the chance during Week 1 to swing a trade for Dez Bryant (who is out 4-12 weeks) by trading away a player who had a good week and will start for his new owner.
On my team, I still own Antonio Brown and Julio Jones, so I am at a place where I can wait for Bryant to get healthy and help me later in the season. The composition of your team should go a long way in deciding whether you should swing a trade for a player who is injured or underachieving.
The same goes for selling high. If you have a player who's had a couple strong weeks but their production isn't sustainable, shop them around and look for a player that will be consistent in the long run.
You will have weeks where your entire starting lineup does awful and your bench lights the world on fire. You will have top-20 picks that start slow or have a string of bad weeks. The key to being successful in fantasy football is to avoid panicking. Trust your studs and don't trade them away after a single poor performance.
And most importantly, R-E-L-A-X.
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