A Complete Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for Salvaging Poor Starts

Gordie GoldCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

A Complete Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet for Salvaging Poor Starts

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    Ready to give up on your fantasy football team?

    Is your team the laughing stock of your league?

    If you are a fantasy football owner that has gotten off to a poor start this season, there is no need to panic. We are only eight weeks into the season and there is still over half of a season left for you to turn things around.

    Check out the following cheat sheet that will help salvage your fantasy football team's poor start and save your season.

Players That Will Bounce Back

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    LeSean McCoy

    McCoy has not been a total bust so far, but he is not putting up the dominant numbers that fantasy football owners expected he would entering the 2012 season. Some owners might have gotten impatient with him and already dealt him, but for those of you who have held onto him, then you made a smart decision.

    With the Philadelphia Eagles struggling as of late, expect Nick Foles to take over as the starting quarterback for Michael Vick. With Foles as the starting quarterback, expect McCoy to become the focal point of the offense. Only three times this season has McCoy carried the ball at least 20 times in a game. When Foles is under center, McCoy will be getting at least 20 carries every game and should start putting up numbers like he did in 2011.

    Calvin Johnson

    There has not been a more frustrating first round draft pick this season than Johnson. Coming off one of the best seasons for a wide receiver in NFL history, Johnson has been a mere shadow of his 2011 performance. 

    I know you are thinking its been eight weeks and he only has one touchdown. Enough is enough.

    Wrong. Fantasy football owners, do not give up on Megatron just yet. In fact, I would look to trade for him because his stock is at an all time low.

    Johnson will bounce back in the second half of the season. It is not like he isn't a part of the Detroit Lions offense anymore. In fact, Johnson is still an integral part of it. Through seven games, he has been targeted at least 10 times in five of them. His 74 targets still rank seventh in the NFL.

    It has taken a while for Matthew Stafford and Johnson to get their chemistry back on track, but expect big things from Megatron in the Lions next nine games.

Players That You Should Sell High on

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    Randall Cobb and James Jones

    Since the Green Bay Packers played the New Orleans Saints Week 4, both Jones and Cobb have been must starts in every fantasy football league. Since then, the two of them have combined to catch 10 touchdown passes.

    I know it is tough to trade a player that has been putting up great numbers, but once Greg Jennings returns, Cobb and Jones' fantasy stock is going to plummet. With no Jennings in the lineup, these two are getting more playing time opportunities and Aaron Rodgers is able to target them often. In the two full games that Jennings has played in, Cobb and Jones only combined for 23 targets and 19 receptions. Those aren't necessarily poor stats, but they are not going to lead you to many victories.

    Julio Jones

    Jones is only expendable for a team that has truly gotten off to a poor start. The only reason why I would trade him now is because you will be able to get multiple players in return.

    At times, Jones looks like one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Other weeks though, it's as if he wasn't on the field that day. Every week that Jones has scored a touchdown this season, the following week he has failed to find the end zone. As much as you love him, you are also going to hate him.

    Jones' inconsistency has to do with the fact that he is in an offense with multiple weapons. It is no surprise that Jones has only had double digit targets in one game this season when Matt Ryan can also give the ball to Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner.

    Trading Jones now should get you two solid players in return that will make your fantasy football team's lineup more well-rounded.

Players You Should Buy Low on

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    Aaron Hernandez

    Hernandez has been injured for the majority of the season and you should be able to find a fantasy football owner who has gotten fed up with him.

    With Hernandez's ankle injury still lingering, his trade value is no where near as high as it was in 2011. If you could pull off a trade for him now, your roster would immediately improve. His health is iffy, but Hernandez should be good to go for the rest of the season and will put up top-five tight end fantasy numbers.

    Rashad Jennings

    With no Maurice Jones-Drew around, Jennings has become a top-20 fantasy running back. His stats may not blow you away, but Jennings has quietly been getting the job done for fantasy owners the past two weeks. In his last two starts, Jennings has recorded 217 total yards, 13 receptions and a touchdown. 

    Anytime you can get a running back that touches the ball at least 20 times and can get you over 100 total yards per game, you have to acquire him.

    Danny Amendola

    When Amendola went down with a serious shoulder injury in Week 5, many fantasy football owners dropped him and thought his season was done for.

    Not so fast though. It looks like that Amendola's recovery is ahead of schedule and he should be back for Week 10. Before the injury, Amendola was one of the best PPR receivers in the league. Despite his Week 5 injury, Amendola still had 49 targets, which was one of the top in the league.

    He is by far Sam Bradford's favorite wide receiver and will immediately become the top playmaker in the St. Louis Rams offense. If Amendola isn't in your league's waiver wire, it should not take much to acquire him through trade.