Here are five guys that I would try and buy low on entering the 2014 season:
- Trent Richardson– 365 days ago, Richardson was considered one of the top dynasty backs out there. After a season of 458 yards and averaging 2.9 yards per carry, he definition of prime “buy-low” candidate. The Colts didn’t trade away their first-round pick to Cleveland to let Richardson ride the bench. With Donald Brown a free agent, look for the Colts to give Richardson every possible opportunity to be successful.
- Kyle Rudolph– The Vikings tight end has had us waiting for over two years to show us he can be an elite tight end, and has yet to show it. Poor surrounding receivers and horrendous quarterback play has some to due with his lackluster numbers. One name to change all of that, Norv Turner. Turner has turned every tight end he’s worked with into a fantasy factor. Rudolph was on pace for a 60-632-6 receiving line before unfortunately breaking his foot this past season. If the Vikings can get a serviceable QB and Cordarelle Patterson has the year we expect, look for good things from Rudolph.
- Brian Hartline– Hartline had a solid fantasy year this past season finishing with a line of 76-1016-4 good enough to be the 24th best fantasy receiver. I’ve seen multiple start up dynasty mocks with Hartline going anywhere from Round 17-20, which shows people just aren’t valuing his contributions right now. You wouldn’t have to give up much for a guy who finished the year with better numbers than Victor Cruz, Dwayne Bowe and teammate Mike Wallace.
- Marvin Jones– The Bengals didn’t start giving Jones the reps he deserved until the final quarter of the season. Over the final four games he played 68.9 percent of the snaps reeling in 24 catches for 324 yards. The sure sign of Jones supplanting Mohamed Sanu as the No. 2 receiver was when he played a season-high 77.7 percent of the snaps in the Bengals’ playoff loss to the Chargers. Look for Jones to use his explosiveness to benefit your fantasy team this year buy getting him on your roster before the price is to high.
- Justin Blackmon– Sure he is one strike away from being out of the NFL completely and is currently suspended indefinitley. This is the buy-low section and no player is as low as this once top prospect. In the four games he actually played last year, Blackmon accumulated 415 yards including the 190 yard 20 target game against Denver. If he can be had for cheap, this is high-risk, high-return player.
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