More Fantasy Football Buy-Low Candidates
Adam Inman provides insight on a few more players you should attempt to buy low on.
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Here’s a look at my first two buy-low candidates. Below you’ll find a few others that you should get on the cheap while you can.
John Brown – WR – Arizona Cardinals
It appeared early in the offseason that this was going to be the year that the Arizona Cardinals had a new wide receiver ascend to the No. 1 role. John Brown spent the offseason living with quarterback Carson Palmer and the two were reportedly working out together the entire time. Through two games Brown has seen only 12 targets and has managed to find the end zone only once. Contrast that with long-time Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald who has seen almost 20 targets and has nearly 200 yards and three scores.
The Cardinals have been hammering opponents through the first two games and the reality is they haven’t needed to rely on Brown’s deep speed to win games, yet. After coasting through the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears (two of the worst secondaries in the league) the Cardinals are heading into a stretch of games that will require their second-year speedster to be a much bigger part of the offense. Brown has had a great rapport with Palmer since he entered the league in 2014. Now that they’ll finally face decent secondaries it’s likely that Fitzgerald will be bracketed in coverage leaving John Brown on an island with the weak-side cornerback. The window to buy low on Brown is rapidly closing as he may begin to put together solid WR2 games as soon as this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.
Martavis Bryant – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
This is a non-conventional buy low as Bryant isn’t being sold due to poor performance on the field. In fact the last time we saw the burner in the preseason he was torching anyone that lined up to cover him. The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into their third straight game without the vertical threat, and while the team has still put up gaudy numbers on the offensive side of the ball, especially in the Week 2 thrashing of the 49ers, it has been apparent that, outside of Antonio Brown, they sorely lack any vertical playmaking ability. Bryant was suspended by the league for a substance abuse issue and has seen a myriad of average wide receivers manning the position while he has been away. Markus Wheaton and the infamous Darrius Heyward-Bey have been very involved in the first two games, but they have also seen multiple touchdowns clang off their hands in consecutive weeks.
The reality is that Bryant is an absolute game-changer when he’s on the field and the threat of Brown is likely to force opposing defenses to play Bryant with a single corner. All of the teams in the AFC North have shown a propensity for giving up big plays and fantasy owners need to remember that during the preseason Bryant was essentially unstoppable. The window is closing on being able to acquire him at a discount and it is quite possible that the Bryant owner in your league is hurting enough to consider moving him in order to shore up other positions. As soon as he steps on the field his value is likely to soar, so it’s imperative that you put together an enticing package ahead of time to get this player in your lineup before he begins roasting NFL corners across the board.
Greg Olsen – TE – Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers, after losing last year’s standout rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to an ACL tear in training camp, are as devoid of pass-catching talent as any team in the league, outside of super-star tight end Greg Olsen. In a ground-and-pound Week 1 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Olsen was limited to a single catch for 11 yards on three targets. In a week that saw Tyler Eifert and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins go for 20+ fantasy points the Olsen owners were understandably concerned.
The Week 2 match up with Houston was much closer to what you can expect from Greg Olsen as he logged six catches for 70 yards on a whopping 14 targets. Cam Newton is not the most accurate passer in the league, but that doesn’t matter for Olsen, as he has shown consistently that he is the safety valve needed for the Panthers to have any success in the passing game. With the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints on the docket in the next five games the Panthers will have to keep getting Olsen involved if they have any hope of winning those games, especially considering their defensive centerpiece Luke Kuechly is recovering from a concussion. The best part for fantasy owners is that Olsen has yet to score a single one of his likely six-to-eight touchdowns this year. Package the Carolina tight end in a multi-player trade and smile as you have immediately upgraded one of the toughest positions to consistently field in fantasy football. I would expect Olsen to perform as one of the more consistent TE1s for the remainder of the season.