Top 10 Buy Low Candidates For Fantasy Football Owners
Fantasy Football Buy Low Targets
We are only two weeks into the NFL season, but there are some fantasy football owners that have already pressed the panic button after a slow start to their season. Every season there are a group of players that even though they were drafted high by their owners get off to a slow start for one reason or another. This season appears to be no different as there is a group of highly skilled players with a history of putting up good fantasy numbers that have not gotten on track through the first two games. Even though fantasy football is largely a game based on getting lucky, there are ways that owners can improve their odds by buying a good player when he is at his lowest value. Getting that edge on your opponents could be the difference in you hoisting your fantasy leagues trophy at the end of the season or having to suffer another offseason of having your buddy rub another championship in your face. Savvy fantasy football general managers are able to identify these poorly performing players early in the season and target them as buy low candidates. Panicking fantasy owners may be willing to part with a good player for a lower price because they have not performed to expectations to start the season. Here is a look at ten players who I have identified as potential buy low targets for fantasy football owners of all formats. Landing one of these guys for a low price could be the push your fantasy team needs for the rest of the season.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler lit up the scoreboard in his first game before throwing four picks on national television in his second game. Cutler has a solid history of putting up good fantasy numbers and luckily for him he does not have to play the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field every week. He has the best weapons he has ever had this year and I think he is going to have a monster fantasy year for a faithful owner.
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson has had a terrible first two games, but does anybody really think the speedster is only going to average 20 rushing yards per game for the entire season? Chances are there are several fantasy owners who took Johnson in the first round and are extremely frustrated with his performance so far. He could be had for a good price, but do not wait until after he has his first 150 yard game.
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker
Eric Decker has yet to find the end zone this season, but still has caught nine passes. Decker is going to continue to see plenty of targets in the Denver Broncos offense and he is eventually going to start scoring touchdowns.
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Forget the preseason spleen injury and the fact that he has only caught six passes so far this season. Witten is one of Tony Romo’s favorite targets and is a lock for at least 80 catches in this Dallas Cowboys offense.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
The San Francisco 49ers defense is going to make a lot of quarterbacks look bad this season, Matthew Stafford is no exception. The Detroit Lions have no rushing game, so their entire offense falls on the shoulders of Stafford and Calvin Johnson. It worked out well for them last year, so why not this year?
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles owners could be scared by low production and a reported setback in his knee injury he suffered last season. The best thing about Charles, however, is that he does not need a bunch of touches to rack up fantasy points. He is a big part of the Kansas City Chiefs offense and a great buy low candidate.
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker
Through the first two weeks of the season, it looked like the New England Patriots were trying to faze Wes Welker out of their offense. Now that tight end Aaron Hernandez is going to be out for awhile, my guess is that Welker returns to a prominent role in the Patriots offense.
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte
Matt Forte is going to miss this weekend with an ankle injury, but it does not appear to be the dreaded high ankle sprain that would keep him out for an extended period of time. Between this and the knee injury that caused him to miss games late last season, Forte owners might believe he is injury prone and try to dump him for a low price.
Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith was a fashionable sleeper pick going into the season and when he caught a 50-yard pass on the first play of the season it looked like he was going to cash in big for fantasy owners. Unfortunately, Smith has not done much since that first catch, but I would bet on him having a couple of big games in the new Baltimore Ravens pass first offense.
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Everybody saw Peyton Manning throw three picks in the first quarter on Monday Night Football. Chances are extremely low that Manning throws that many interceptions in a game ever again, but this might be the best chance to trade for him coming off of a shaky performance.