The Two-Minute Drill | Buy-Low Scams in Fantasy Football

In this week's edition of the Two-Minute Drill, Yahoo Sports’ Andy Behrens explains the dangers of buying low in fantasy football.

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ANDY BEHRENS: I'm Andy Behrens. This is "The Two-Minute Drill" and our clock is running. Let me tell, you as someone with years of experience within the fantasy industrial complex--

- What?

ANDY BEHRENS: --about one of the great scams that we keep running year after year after year. Some of us will do it multiple times within a season. I'm sure I've done it myself. We will periodically tell you to buy low on a player, or maybe we write an article with a big list of buy lows, and the guys are not actually low in any way at all.

- That's what we call a sacked lunch.

ANDY BEHRENS: We'll tell you to buy low on a guy who ranks inside the top 10 in his position. We'll tell you to buy low on a guy coming off a 50 yard gain, who scored 2 touchdowns the week before. We'll tell you to buy low on someone who's just been a little bit unlucky in terms of touchdowns, but keeps delivering 100 yard performances. Alvin Kamara last week.

- Alvin!

ANDY BEHRENS: But that's not buying low, is it? No, that's not buying low. It definitely is not.

- Doesn't anyone notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

ANDY BEHRENS: Low means low, like, please come get this dude off my roster low.

- Sir, yes sir.

- Blue, you're my boy.

ANDY BEHRENS: We are deep into fantasy trade season. When all of the 6-2 teams are trying to pick off disappointing stars from 3-5 teams. This is when you can swoop in and take stuff that might help you later, but is really a depressed fantasy asset at the moment.

If you want to buy low, go get Zeke Elliott while he's injured and everyone is gushing about Tony Pollard. That's a buy low. Go get Tom Brady. Go get Najee-- No, that's hopeless. Don't do that.

- Oh, I don't think I'm a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought I was once.

ANDY BEHRENS: Go get Jonathan Taylor. He keeps trending on Twitter because fantasy managers are so mad about his production or lack thereof. That guy hasn't reached 100 yards or found the end zone since week 1 and he's a little bit hurt at the moment, he's got an ankle thing. But he's still the guy who led the NFL in rushing and scrimmage yards and touchdowns last season. Also, we got people out here who are trading Jonathan Taylor for Zach Ertz.

- Wow.

- It's a bold strategy. Let's see if it pays off for him.

ANDY BEHRENS: That, my friends, is how we buy low. If the guy you're acquiring in a trade doesn't make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, then you probably aren't buying low enough.