The fantasy trade deadline is approaching fast (varies from league to league), and it’s time for owners to check the availability of buy-low targets before Week 10.
With injuries and bye weeks wreaking havoc on lineups, now is the time to move any players you aren’t committed to for the rest of the season or will go wasted on your bench for anything of value.
All of the following players could return to elite form during the fantasy postseason, and the risk is worth the possible reward.
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Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
After missing yet another game in Week 9, fantasy owners have grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of performance from Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.
This is the opportunity for savvy owners to make a move.
White has hobbled through six games with a high ankle sprain and a hamstring issue and has only managed 14 receptions for 129 yards and zero touchdowns in that time. While the season has been terrible, the wide receiver could salvage it with a strong second half.
According to Vaughn McClure ESPN.com, White was running routes and working out on the field before Sunday’s game, but was held out to be safe. With Julio Jones out for the season, White will become the team’s No. 1 target upon his return and could emerge as a top-10 receiver over the next month.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
For the owners that took Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice early in your fantasy draft, the anguish of watching the veteran put together the worst statistical year of his career (just 259 yards rushing in seven games) has been maddening.
For those owners looking to go all-in, trading for Rice could be the steal of the year.
Baltimore sits at 3-5 this season and major fundamental changes are coming. Whether it’s a change in the coaching staff or in the game plan, the Ravens will realize the error of their ways and start feeding the ball to Rice early and often.
Not only is the offensive line finally starting to find some chemistry, but the lackluster passing attack will also realize it’s better when the team is targeting Rice in the open field as well (27 receptions for just 135 yards this season).
Fantasy owners should see the writing on the wall and make a trade for Rice while the value is still low.
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has been out with a hip injury all year, but could be back sooner rather than later. If he isn’t on the waiver wire in Week 10 (pick him up if he is available), that means a savvy owner likely stashed him.
While the price will be higher here, now is the time to buy Harvin for the postseason. Of all the players likely available in a fantasy deadline trade, Harvin owners have little attachment to him because of his lack of playing time this season and his uncertain role in his first season in Seattle
The Seahawks will look to get the talented player into game shape before the real playoffs start, and that likely indicates he should be back to full speed in the fantasy postseason. If the price isn’t outrageous, Harvin could be a buy-low target that yields a huge return.