Fantasy Football: Quarter Season Buy Low Candidates

by Ryan Lester of

With four weeks in the books it is time to try and raid your fellow fantasy GMs candy jars and take the players that have been the source of their upset stomachs.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens:  Flacco is sporting a 70.5 passer rating with more INTs (6) than TDs. Considering he’s already faced defensive stalwarts like the Jets, Bengals, and Steelers, it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s off to a slow start. The road gets smoother going forward, especially his fantasy playoffs run against Houston, New Orleans, and Cleveland.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers:  Mathews showed toughness by running from his ankle injury sooner than expected. Even better, if you are trying to acquire him, is the fact that he was outproduced by Mike Tolbert. His owners were shook up when he went down, and flustered that Tolbert was more productive. Norv Turner committed to Mathews though, which means he should begin to get the bulk of the carries again. While Tolbert’s play has warranted he stay in the mix, Mathews is the better option going forward. Strike now before he lights up Oakland.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets:  LT has looked amazing. Hopefully Greene’s 117 yard game against the Bills will be downplayed by his owner as garbage time since LT really stole the show. LT looks great now, but will he remain as spry as the season wears on? Given his age, I have some concerns. If you can get Greene for forty cents on the dollar, why not take a chance on him.

Randy Moss, New England Patriots:  Moss is coming off a game that saw his team score 41 points without him registering a catch. He has just nine catches on the year for 139 yards (2.3 & 34.8 per game). He’s also on bye this week, which should help in your negotiations. While he is clearly not the Randy Moss of old, I do believe the Patriots will use him more than as a decoy going forward.

The rumors are hot and heavy that Moss will be dealt to the Vikings. Brett Favre will have no problem airing it out to Randy to do his thing. I believe he’ll be energized by his return to the Vikings. Your window will be small because I expect him to do well with the Vikings.

Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints:  The Saints offense just isn’t clicking. Colston hasn’t reach 70 yards in a game this year and has been in the end zone as often as you have. With Arizona, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland on the horizon, things could change in a hurry.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys:  Witten is off to a slow start with just 134 yards (44.7 ypg) and 0 TDs. With players like Dustin Keller, Zach Miller, Chris Cooley, Tony Moeaki, Marcedes Lewis, and Aaron Hernandez off to better starts, Witten could be expendable. His track record alone is enough reason to try to stash him.

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