A well-timed trade can salvage a fantasy season. Everyone overvalues the players on their fantasy squads.
Whether itís a favorite team or player, reaching for a guy a round or two early or simply just falling in a love with a player from his previous yearís stats. Being able to talk someone into selling low on LeSean McCoy or buy high on Alfred Morris is a skill that many owners donít have. Most trades spawn from someone looking at the top or bottom of their league, seeing a player they want, and offering the last guy on their bench for them. So if your season is heading south in a hurry and you need to shake things up, look at the stats and formulate an offer that can Ė at worst Ė be a jumping off point.
While this weekís pickups can help out your team, donít expect to get Arian Foster for them straight up.
Vick Ballard, RB, IND. Starter Donald Brown is out at least two weeks because of knee surgery, and that opens the door for the rookie. He has had 21 carries for 42 yards, hardly awe-inspiring, but owns a starting job in an offense that is making strides. Those in PPR leagues wonít get much use out of him, heís only had a single catch on the year, but those dealing with injuries could definitely benefit from Ballardís services. Many may thumb their noses at these penny stock types of players, but remember, this time last year no one had a clue who Victor Cruz was.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK. Heyward-Bey is set to return following a nasty hit against Denver that required him to be carted off the field. Oaklandís offense hasnít invoked much confidence in the fantasy community, but this team always tends to play better in the second half of the season. Heyward-Bey is a capable bye week starter for many owners in deep mixed leagues.
Jahvid Best, RB, DET. Coming into the year, it seemed as though Best may be forced into an early retirement because of concussion problems. Despite that, he has worked his way back and is slated to be able to return to practice on time in Week Seven. Best wonít have any value this week, and Mikel Leshoure hasnít lost his job, but Best is easily the most dynamic back that the Lions have. If you have an extra spot on your roster, stashing Best could prove beneficial later in the season.
Brady Quinn, QB, KC. Quinn will fill in for Matt Cassel, who suffered a concussion last week. The only reason Iím recommending Quinn is because of the situation. Heíll likely hand the ball off to Jamaal Charles most of the game, but when he goes to the air, he will do so against the worst pass defense in the league. Tampa Bay is allowing a whopping 345.3 yards a game through the air, and the Chiefs do have some capable players on the outside, including Dwayne Bowe. If youíre stuck in a crummy situation, hold your nose and make the add.
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.