Buy Low and Win Your Championship
Most fantasy leagues are getting into the make or break time. Teams that have started slow need to compile wins to compete for a playoff spot while teams that are riding high can make those late adjustments to win a championship. The key right before midseason is to identify the players who are putting up poor numbers but could be a major asset to your fantasy teams during the second half of the season.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans has not played well at all. After an injury kept him out of Week 1, Evans saw 17 targets in Week 2 but dropped 5 of those passes and barely got over 100 yards receiving. He has not scored a touchdown this year and continues to be outsnapped by Vincent Jackson. Despite this, Jameis Winston seems to have taken to the 2nd year WR. Since Evans has come back from injury, 1/3rd of Jameis Winston’s targets have gone his way. Winston continues trying to get the ball to Evans and eventually they should click. If the offense transforms and picks up like it did late last year, Evans could instantly jump to WR1 numbers.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Lacy has put up disappointing after disappointing game this season, very similar to his slow start last year. This past week, James Starks took the bulk of the carries ad snaps putting up monster numbers with 112 yards rushing and 2 total touchdowns. Eddie Lacy is still the starter for Green Bay when he is finally healthy and should get the opportunity to perform as Starks did this past week. Eddie Lacy has started every season of his NFL career slow but he usually comes through with a big second half. He is worth trading for in hopes of at least RB2 numbers through year’s end.
TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
TJ Yeldon has the most carries in the NFL without a rushing touchdown and was out last week with an injury (and it isn’t looking good this week). As Yeldon owners get frustrated, this is the time to leap on their insecurities. The Jaguars offensive line has played well and Yeldon has been quietly effective all season. The touchdowns will come, and when they do, he will be an RB2. Buy him now while he is hurt to use him when he gets healthy in a week.
Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Parker is the biggest risk of the group but he likely comes dirt cheap in redraft leagues. With the coaching change, the Dolphins have a fire lit under them and the offense seems to be reborn. Though they are running the ball more, overall scoring is a benefit to any fantasy players on the Dolphins. Devante Parker is buried on the depth chart and interim coach Dan Campbell hasn’t said much to confidently feel he gets more playing time over guys like Rishard Matthews and Kenny Stills. Parker does have talent however and if an injury or break out game gives him a shot, Parker could be explosive and productive in the second half of the season. Worth a stash on the end of your bench in a cheap trade.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant’s recovery appears to be going well (as does Tony Romo’s recovery). If you are a contender, Bryant is the perfect buy low. Though he may sit on your bench for a few weeks, the Cowboys will ultimately be still in playoff contention upon Romo and Bryant’s return. He could put you in the playoffs and win you your league with the right trade. If the Bryant owner is desperate, inquire now.