After a week that saw some bizarre performances, including seeing Peyton Manning struggle for the first time this season, it’s time to re-assess the fantasy squad and prepare for the stretch run to get your team into the playoffs.

What players have failed you and who should you hold on to and remain patient with before giving up hope? At this point you’ll want to capitalize on early season surprises and sell high and buy low on some guys who have underperformed but will surely turn on the jets sooner than later.

The case of lost running backs brings us to what the heck is going on with Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, C.J. Spiller, Chris Johnson, Alfred Morris and Ray Rice to name a few? Of these guys you would have to believe that some of them will have some worthy fantasy efforts in the weeks ahead for them. I trust Spiller, Morris and Rice from this tandem more than SJax, Richardson and CJ2K. There has been a slow decline in the Chris Johnson freight train the last couple seasons. Steven Jackson is basically on life support, he’s being playing in the league so long. Lastly, Trent Richardson is a 3 yards per carry at best running back who lacks explosiveness. The Browns must have seen or known something.

It is your job to trade up and get one of the other guys who might turn it around now before their value goes up next week. I personally would steer clear of Jackson though, given his injury and the rate that the Falcons are going it appears they’ll need to pass more to keep up with other teams. Also, to note the Giants are a disaster and David Wilson is a HUGE bust thus far. I would steer away from him unless desperation creeps into the fold.

While at receiver there are some options out there such as Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon and a few other guys who would be valuable buy low options right now. The asking price for any targets on the Broncos is going to be too high. So instead look at their week 6 opponent and Justin Blackmon or Cecil Shorts who is an excellent buy-low guy coming off a disappointing effort and Stevie Johnson who also put up a doughnut, due to being kept on the sidelines.

These are just some suggestions and hopefully this helps get those trade minds brewing. Creativity is key and don’t oversell your team. This year has seen so much discrepancy from week to week that it’s really impossible to judge the instant value of any trade.

Fantasy Tip of the Week

Don’t always play the emotional card with a player going into the week’s game. Nobody would have predicted the Peterson tragedy but those who expected a huge game as a result were disappointed.