Fantasy Football Stock Market: 5 Players to Buy Low
By the time the second half of the fantasy football season rolls around, most owner should know if they have a team good enough to contend for the championship, or if it's time to already start thinking about next year.
For those contending teams, now may be the best time to approach those struggling owners to get some great deals.
Here are five examples of players who aren't quite living up to their lofty draft positions, and make excellent "buy low" candidates.
Miles Austin, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys
As the Cowboys fall behind, Austin could scores some nice garbage time stats
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The Cowboys have totally collapsed this season. Last year's waiver wire hero, Austin has been limited to only two touchdowns so far in 2010.
Some owners might be willing to part with him cheaply now that Tony Romo will miss significant time. Austin should be fine with the switch to Jon Kitna. The two hooked up seven times for 117 yards last week.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
MJD has seen the end zone far less than we're accustomed to.
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A side-effect of the Jaguars improved passing offense has been the lack of rushing scores for MJD. In his first four season, Jones-Drew averaged 13.5 touchdowns, but is on pace for only six this year.
When defenses start focusing more on the Jags aerial attack, it should open up the middle of the field for Jones-Drew, and he should get more opportunities. Especially near the goal-line, where David Garrard has been abnormally busy.
Randy Moss, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans
Moss joins his third team in six weeks
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Some people are concerned about Moss's attitude. Others worry about him going to the run oriented Titans. The fact is, Moss is still hugely talented, and his arrival will open up the offense for the Titans.
Defenses are going to have to choose to drop two deep to respect Moss and Nate Washington, or continue to play the run, and leave themselves vulnerable to the bomb.
Joining a winner should keep Moss happy, and with Kenny Britt's health a huge concern, he should become an immediate big part of the offense.
Ray Rice, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens
Ray Rice hopes to rejuvenate the Ravens ground attack
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Rice has only scored in one game so far this year, so fantasy owner might be ready to give up on him.
Keep in mind he has gotten some goal line opportunities this year, and as winter arrives, the Ravens rushing attack, and Rice, will return to prominence.
Vincent Jackson, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers
If you have an open spot to use for three weeks, fill it with V-Jax
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If you can afford to stash a player who won't play in the next three weeks, Jackson makes and excellent trade target.
Since signing his tender and returning to practice with the Chargers, Jackson has stood out as the best receiver on the roster.
With the way Philip Rivers has been throwing the ball, V-Jax could put up monster numbers for San Diego beginning in Week 12 against the Colts.