2013 Fantasy Football: 7 Players To Buy Low On
2013 Fantasy Football: Seven Players To Buy Low On
I’ve used this space before to stress the importance of staying patient with your slumping stars. An injury here, a bad game plan there, and suddenly one of your first draft choices is getting outscored by someone second or third stringer. I maintain that you invested in these players, two or three bad games does not a season make. Fantasy football is a marathon, not a sprint.
If you have a decent record so far, consider yourself fortunate to survive whatever slump whichever player you have has been going through. You have earned the right to stay the course. You most likely have a good idea what you are doing, and are in a prime position to target the teams in your league that are at the other end of the standings. You have the luxury of now being able to target a player from another team that hasn’t been performing well. Use this list as a guide for who to target and buy low on.
If your team hasn’t been as fortunate, well I feel bad for you son. You can’t win your league in September, but you can certainly come close to losing it. You may have to move a player that you might not want to in order to get a player who can perform for you right now. A few more losses and you might be out of the playoff picture by the trade deadline. Use this list as a reminder that through the course of the season, players will have good and bad stretches. If your guy is on this list, don’t sell him unless you get a good return. These players will rebound, and when they do you don’t want to be the guy who gave up a solid first round running back for a WR3.
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Martellus Bennett has everything you want in a tight end. He is big, strong, and plays in an offense that suits his strengths. I believe Marc Trestman’s system is a great fit for what Bennett can do. Defenses will be keying on Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, and with Alshon Jeffery finally getting up to speed, Bennett should see some matchup advantages.
Tony Gonzalez has been impacted by Roddy White’s injury as much as White himself. Without White to command defensive attention and now with the loss of Steven Jackson, defenses are taking the attention normally reserved for White and shifting it to Gonzalez. Despite his age, there are only three tight ends I would take over Tony G: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron.
David Wilson had a really bad week one on national television, losing two fumbles before finding the bench. He had a good week two with 121 return yards. Week three he was held to only 39 yards, but did have a 17 yard touchdown negated to a penalty. The New York Giants need to run the ball, and the coaching staff knows this. Wilson looked better last week than he has all season, running with confidence and keeping the ball in smarter positions. His role will grow.
Roddy White has been a decoy for the Atlanta Falcons while he is nursing a high ankle sprain. That injury typically has a four to six week window for recovery, but could take up to 12. He played on more snaps last week than he has any other this season. Remember that White has more than 1,100 yards in each of his last six seasons. He might not be 100 percent for a few more weeks, but he is a clear WR1 when healthy.
While C.J. Spiller had a 100+ yard game in week two, the other two games this season he has failed to impress. Reports are his thigh injury isn’t serious and it doesn’t look like he will miss time. However, with Fred Jackson playing well last week some owners might worry about Spiller’s touches going forward. He will get his. He is still one of the most explosive running backs in football. It was only a month ago that some experts were saying he should be selected ahead of Adrian Peterson. You might not get a better chance to buy low on him than right now.
When you drafted Tom Brady, I’m sure you were expecting more than 20 points each week, which Brady did for the first time this season in week three. Keep in mind that he was without quality players like Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen. At the start of the season his receiver corps had started roughly as many games as you and I have. Rookies like Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson will get better, Amendola and Gronkowski will be healthy eventually and Tom Brady will rebound.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST
Coming off perhaps their best game of this young season, the Baltimore Ravens seem to be finally gelling as a defensive unit. Most teams Super Bowl teams struggle out of the gate to begin their title defense. Things were further complicated after losing multiple key pieces of the defensive unit. It takes time for players to learn how to play together. They have a favorable schedule coming up, playing against a few teams that have problems keeping the quarterback upright and some that struggle to score points. The champs are starting to put it together.