by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Looking to buy low on a player who has gotten off to a slow start? Here’s a few names that you may want to consider:
C.J. Spiller – Buffalo Bills
This was supposed to be the season that he saw the lion share of the carries, but through two weeks it hasn’t happened (33 carries vs. 25 for Fred Jackson). Will it happen, though? We still have to think so. Just 172 total yards and not yet being the clear-cut top option has likely frustrated some owners. Are you going to be able to get him very cheap? Probably not, though it’s worth kicking the tires and seeing what’s possible. The upside is still there, which makes him worth the risk.
Stevan Ridley – New England Patriots
The offense, overall, has been a complete mess, but reinforcements are going to be on the way soon. You would think the return of Rob Gronkowski would help to open things up, a little bit, and Ridley should start seeing opportunities to score. You don’t score in 10 of 16 games in 2012 by accident and given the questions in the passing game (even when Rob Gronkowski returns), he will start finding the end zone. As long as the fumbles are behind him, there’s no reason to think he won’t rebound.
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s seemingly fallen behind Emmanuel Sanders, but it’s hard to imagine that continuing. There were reports of him complaining on the sidelines, which often times means a big performance the following week (just look at Mike Wallace a week ago as an example). This may be your last chance to get him for pennies on the dollar, so kick the tires and see what’s there.
Golden Tate – Seattle Seahawks
He’s been a bitter disappointment, with just five catches for 70 yards in two games. One of those were against the 49ers, however, so that has to be taken into account. We still feel like Tate will be the most valuable receiver in Seattle, until Percy Harvin returns, so now is the time to try and capitalize on his slow start. He may not be more than a WR3 or WR4, but he’s a valuable depth piece to get.
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