2013 Fantasy Football: 9 Great Buy Low Players To Target Before Your Trade Deadline

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2013 Fantasy Football: 9 Great Buy Low Players To Target Before Your Trade Deadline

2013 Fantasy Football: 9 Great Buy Low Players To Target Before Your Trade Deadline
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Regular readers of mine know that I love trades. I’ve discussed many buy low and sell high players during the course of this season. In the majority of fantasy football leagues, the trade deadline is this Friday, Nov. 15th and owners have some decisions to make ahead of that deadline.

Owners now need to decide if they have what it takes to make a playoff push. If you are near the bottom of the standings and likely out of the playoff race, I wouldn’t be opposed to the thought of selling off your assets for extra picks in next year’s draft. After all, one thing we have seen consistently this season is that there is always someone available on the waiver wire. If you are in last place, the thought of selling Drew Brees to a contender for that owner’s second round pick in next year’s draft could benefit both parties.

The owners in the middle of the race have arguably the toughest decisions to make at the deadline. Their team has I’m sure said team has seen just about every outcome from week to week from blowout wins and losses to games decided by a few yards. These are the owners who need to asses their rosters and figure out where the weaknesses are so they can improve their team.

Remember, at this point in the season, it is not about depth of roster. It is about starting the best possible team right now, this week.

Owners near the top of the standings also have a tough choice. Is their team as currently constructed ready to take it all the way? Is there any area where that owner could lose their matchup? If there is, who is that weak link, and who is that missing piece needed to ascend the fantasy summit? If I was in this situation, I would have no problem selling off a position of strength to get that one piece if possible.

Every team can always get better. With that being said, I present to you nine players who could be available at a discount due to their recent play or schedule that you might want to target prior to your trade deadline.

The push to the playoffs is on.

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Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

This is for you two quarterback leaguers out there. Carson Palmer might be the guy you need if you owned Jay Culter or Aaron Rodgers. Palmer won’t win your league, but will be a great fill in for the next month or so. He still has Larry Fitzgerald to throw the ball to, Andre Ellington is heating up and the has some good matchups on the schedule, including the the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

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C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller
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C.J. Spiller might be one of the biggest busts of the fantasy season to date, but that doesn’t mean that he is washed up. In week nine he ran for 116 yards against arguably the best defense in the league in arguably the most hostile environment for oppositions (Kansas City Chiefs). Of course he followed that up in week 10 with only 34 total yards, leaving him as a potential buy low target. If he is finally healthy, or when that time comes, Spiller has game breaking talent and is one of those types of players who has the talent to win a league.

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Roddy White

Roddy White
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I know to this point Roddy White has been a fantasy disappointment. However, on Sunday he played on 55 snaps and seems to have almost 100 percent shaken his injury problems. White should see plenty of Darrelle Revis this weekend (which scares more than a few owners), but after that, there are some great matchups he should exploit.

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Jordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron
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Jordan Cameron only has 26 fantasy points, 184 yards and one touchdown over his last four games. His last touchdown reception came in week four. He still does play for the Cleveland Browns, a team that figures to be trailing more often than winning, and should really only compete with Josh Gordon for targets. Cameron had 360 yards and five touchdowns in his first four games, so the potential is there if his owner is freaking out over his one catch, four yard game last week.

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Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz
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Victor Cruz has WR1 talent, but poor play from Eli Manning has negatively impacted the fantasy production of Cruz. The good news is he is still getting plenty of targets, including 10 last week. He hasn’t found the end zone since week four, so his owner may be tired of waiting. With the number of targets he gets, along with his ability, it is only a matter of time before he finds his way back to the end zone.

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick
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Colin Kaepernick came on in relief of Alex Smith last season and came close to taking the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl victory. This season, he hasn’t been as consistent, scoring over 20 fantasy points just three times and being held to under 15 points four times. He also has had to deal with injuries to almost every one of his receivers. Michael Crabtree is still out and Vernon Davis has had concussion issues for example. Mario Manningham just returned to game action and Crabtree is practicing again. Kaepernick still has the ability to get it done through the air or on the ground and the 49ers have one of the most favorable fantasy schedules you can get the rest of the way.

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Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
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Percy Harvin has been the subject of numerous articles recently and for good cause. While we don’t know exactly how the Seattle Seahawks plan to use Harvin, we do know that he has first round draft talent and game changing ability. He can do it all, outrun defensive backs, take direct snaps, make contested catches and handle return duties. Reports indicate he should make his 2013 debut in week 11. The Seahawks are on bye in week 12.

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Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jordy Nelson is arguably one of the most underrated top wide receivers in the league. He gets deep and has a habit of scoring long touchdowns. However, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out, and the Green Bay Packers are on their third string signal caller. Any third string quarterback is going to reduce the fantasy value of his receivers. Nelson is a great target to get on the cheap right now.

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Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant
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With Dez Bryant you are getting a wide receiver who can win a game for you on his own. He will most likely be the most expensive player on this list, but you might be able to take advantage of an owner who needs to win right now. The Dallas Cowboys are on bye this week, and Bryant is coming off a terrible game with one catch for 44 yards. He hasn’t had a touchdown in two weeks and only has 108 yards during that span. If you can offer a player (it’s likely going to take two) who can help the Bryant owner win this week, you might have a shot.

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2013 Fantasy Football: 9 Great Buy Low Players To Target Before Your Trade Deadline

2013 Fantasy Football: 9 Great Buy Low Players To Target Before Your Trade Deadline
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Regular readers of mine know that I love trades. I’ve discussed many buy low and sell high players during the course of this season. In the majority of fantasy football leagues, the trade deadline is this Friday, Nov. 15th and owners have some decisions to make ahead of that deadline.

Owners now need to decide if they have what it takes to make a playoff push. If you are near the bottom of the standings and likely out of the playoff race, I wouldn’t be opposed to the thought of selling off your assets for extra picks in next year’s draft. After all, one thing we have seen consistently this season is that there is always someone available on the waiver wire. If you are in last place, the thought of selling Drew Brees to a contender for that owner’s second round pick in next year’s draft could benefit both parties.

The owners in the middle of the race have arguably the toughest decisions to make at the deadline. Their team has I’m sure said team has seen just about every outcome from week to week from blowout wins and losses to games decided by a few yards. These are the owners who need to asses their rosters and figure out where the weaknesses are so they can improve their team.

Remember, at this point in the season, it is not about depth of roster. It is about starting the best possible team right now, this week.

Owners near the top of the standings also have a tough choice. Is their team as currently constructed ready to take it all the way? Is there any area where that owner could lose their matchup? If there is, who is that weak link, and who is that missing piece needed to ascend the fantasy summit? If I was in this situation, I would have no problem selling off a position of strength to get that one piece if possible.

Every team can always get better. With that being said, I present to you nine players who could be available at a discount due to their recent play or schedule that you might want to target prior to your trade deadline.

The push to the playoffs is on.

2 of 10

Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

This is for you two quarterback leaguers out there. Carson Palmer might be the guy you need if you owned Jay Culter or Aaron Rodgers. Palmer won’t win your league, but will be a great fill in for the next month or so. He still has Larry Fitzgerald to throw the ball to, Andre Ellington is heating up and the has some good matchups on the schedule, including the the Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles.

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C.J. Spiller

C.J. Spiller
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

C.J. Spiller might be one of the biggest busts of the fantasy season to date, but that doesn’t mean that he is washed up. In week nine he ran for 116 yards against arguably the best defense in the league in arguably the most hostile environment for oppositions (Kansas City Chiefs). Of course he followed that up in week 10 with only 34 total yards, leaving him as a potential buy low target. If he is finally healthy, or when that time comes, Spiller has game breaking talent and is one of those types of players who has the talent to win a league.

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Roddy White

Roddy White
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

I know to this point Roddy White has been a fantasy disappointment. However, on Sunday he played on 55 snaps and seems to have almost 100 percent shaken his injury problems. White should see plenty of Darrelle Revis this weekend (which scares more than a few owners), but after that, there are some great matchups he should exploit.

5 of 10

Jordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron
Risk Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Cameron only has 26 fantasy points, 184 yards and one touchdown over his last four games. His last touchdown reception came in week four. He still does play for the Cleveland Browns, a team that figures to be trailing more often than winning, and should really only compete with Josh Gordon for targets. Cameron had 360 yards and five touchdowns in his first four games, so the potential is there if his owner is freaking out over his one catch, four yard game last week.

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Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Cruz has WR1 talent, but poor play from Eli Manning has negatively impacted the fantasy production of Cruz. The good news is he is still getting plenty of targets, including 10 last week. He hasn’t found the end zone since week four, so his owner may be tired of waiting. With the number of targets he gets, along with his ability, it is only a matter of time before he finds his way back to the end zone.

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Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick
Robert Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Colin Kaepernick came on in relief of Alex Smith last season and came close to taking the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl victory. This season, he hasn’t been as consistent, scoring over 20 fantasy points just three times and being held to under 15 points four times. He also has had to deal with injuries to almost every one of his receivers. Michael Crabtree is still out and Vernon Davis has had concussion issues for example. Mario Manningham just returned to game action and Crabtree is practicing again. Kaepernick still has the ability to get it done through the air or on the ground and the 49ers have one of the most favorable fantasy schedules you can get the rest of the way.

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Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Percy Harvin has been the subject of numerous articles recently and for good cause. While we don’t know exactly how the Seattle Seahawks plan to use Harvin, we do know that he has first round draft talent and game changing ability. He can do it all, outrun defensive backs, take direct snaps, make contested catches and handle return duties. Reports indicate he should make his 2013 debut in week 11. The Seahawks are on bye in week 12.

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Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jordy Nelson is arguably one of the most underrated top wide receivers in the league. He gets deep and has a habit of scoring long touchdowns. However, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers is out, and the Green Bay Packers are on their third string signal caller. Any third string quarterback is going to reduce the fantasy value of his receivers. Nelson is a great target to get on the cheap right now.

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Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With Dez Bryant you are getting a wide receiver who can win a game for you on his own. He will most likely be the most expensive player on this list, but you might be able to take advantage of an owner who needs to win right now. The Dallas Cowboys are on bye this week, and Bryant is coming off a terrible game with one catch for 44 yards. He hasn’t had a touchdown in two weeks and only has 108 yards during that span. If you can offer a player (it’s likely going to take two) who can help the Bryant owner win this week, you might have a shot.


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