This week I’m going to do something a little different. Usually, I look at players “Going Up” and “Coming Down.” However, I’ve been asked a lot lately on Twitter which buy-low players I would target right now for the rest of the season. I thought this would be a good point in the season to highlight those players in “The Fire Sale.” Below is a list of players I would target in trades right now for the rest of the year.
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Now on with The Fire Sale …
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay – Lacy has killed fantasy owners so far this year. Lacy has only topped 50 yards in a game twice. He’s scored one touchdown in five games. The good news is Lacy is averaging just 12.6 carries a game and was dealing with an ankle injury. As the weather starts to change, expect his carries to go up. If I could land Lacy right now for the rest of the season, I would roll the dice on him.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati – I loved Hill before the season but things haven’t worked out. Hill has struggled and Gio Bernard has re-emerged as the better fantasy option through the first month of the season. All may not be lost with Hill, though. Last year, when Bernard was injured later in the season, Hill rolled over defenses. As the year goes on and defenses get beat up and worn down, a bigger back like Hill is tougher to stop. I still believe Hill will make a big fantasy impact before the end of the season.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Tennessee – Green-Beckham may not be owned in all leagues so you can just go get him. Coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn’t like to play rookies until they’re good enough to get into the Hall of Fame, but Green-Beckham should start seeing more playing time soon. Harry Douglas simply isn’t a starting-caliber receiver. He’s much better suited as a No. 3. Having a big target on the outside like Green-Beckham would greatly help Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee offense. What does that team have to lose? A 6-10 record?
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay – If I had to guess on one player having a huge second half of the season it would be Evans. I don’t think Evans has been healthy until his last couple of games. Combine that with a rookie quarterback getting accustomed to the NFL and you have a disappointing start to the season. Tampa Bay is going to play many more high-scoring games this year. I still believe Evans will have some big fantasy days ahead.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago – Many times when a player is hurt early in the year, owners get frustrated and are willing to trade him away. If that’s the case with Jeffery, hop on him. There’s still plenty of football to be played and Jeffery is an elite receiver. If you have Jeffery come fantasy playoff time, he could be a difference maker. I’ll take him.
Sneaky Starts: Week 6
QB: Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota – Bridgewater hasn’t done much this year but the Kansas City pass defense is atrocious. Advantage Bridgewater.
RB: Buck Allen, Baltimore – I loved Allen coming out of the draft. It’s time for him to earn his bacon.
WR: Jamison Crowder, Washington
Crowder is coming on and he’s the perfect receiver for Kirk Cousins’ pop-gun arm.
TE: Richard Rodgers, Green Bay – (Aaron) Rodgers to (Richard) Rodgers has a nice ring to it. Green Bay will rout San Diego this week. Book it.