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Because every slideshow should have examples:
1. Mike Williams (TB)
The only way this player will return to his 2010 glory is if he is utilized differently. He is being used as the reliable, possession receiver, and that doesn't look to be changing, given the amount of speedy receivers on this team.
Still, if they manage to use him in different ways, who's to say he doesn't rack up a few touchdowns in the fantasy playoffs? His play has been pretty poor, so you can buy him for a really low price.
2. Shonn Greene
Greene does not look like a candidate with an incredibly high ceiling. He's never been a big producer, fantasy or not, but they'll turn to him more as the end of the season nears. Expectations should be tempered, and it's difficult to buy a starting runner low, but there are some scenarios in which this may be a good move.
3. Josh Freeman
Just like his receiver, Freeman has regressed in terms of fantasy football this year. His production is way down. Still, there are over half-a-dozen starting quarterbacks whom I'd gladly hand over for this quarterback, given his potential.
4. Brandon Marshall
The talk was that once Henne was gone, Marshall was as good as dead in FF. It turns out he's not.
If the Marshall owner in your league is still nervous about Marshall, you could calm him with a similar-producing receiver with a lower ceiling. Because Marshall has had a few bad games, there is also the potential that your Marshall owner is not in good shape. Exploit the situation.
5. Hakeem Nicks
When Andre went down I said I'd trade away most receivers for AJ. Weeks later, it'd be a much more difficult decision if I knew he'd miss through the bye. Still, Nicks will get his points, and his owner may be in trouble. If you have the depth, aim for him.
6. Brandon Pettigrew
Pettigrew is in fantasy football limbo in the minds of many owners. Very much overshadowed by Calvin Johnson, Pettigrew is still a relatively unknown name. Learn it.
If there is any TE outside the top 10 who may creep in, this is your guy. Find his frustrated owner and offer him something reasonable, but low.
7. DeSean Jackson
Speaking of frustrated owners. D-Jax has been invisible. Even after all the talk that he's a vital part of the Philadelphia offense, Jackson is not doing anything to prove his worth. Still, this owner has probably lost a few games because of Jackson, and if you can hand him a receiver who is doing only a little better, or is more consistent, it's worth the flier.
Jackson has the potential to win you games, and though he's difficult to start in shallower leagues, he'll be in consideration for a flex spot down the line.
8. Jake Ballard
Ballard has been called a waiver-wire addition for weeks now, which tells you how little people know about him. But if you play in a league with anyone who has any sense, he's been scooped up. Or maybe you did.
Either way, it's possible that he's not the starter on his owner's fantasy team. He seems to be more and more part of this offense every week, and his red-zone targets are plentiful. Aim, trade.
9. Roddy White
It's not likely that White can be bought too low, because he's still a consistent receiver, despite his many frustrating drops and under-productive games. With Julio exploding this past week, I can see some owners becoming frightened of White's possible reduced role from here on out.
Don't be fooled—if both men are given similar attention, White will outproduce his partner most weeks.
10. Chris Johnson
Many people ask me what I think about buying low on Chris Johnson. The answer is always, "it depends."
Do I think he'll do better than he's doing now? No, not really. Would it surprise me, though? Only slightly. If you can get him for garbage, like another runner stuck in an RBBC, he's definitely worth a look. If priced low enough, Johnson is the epitome of a buy-low candidate. His future production will either be great or terrible, he's got extreme potential, he's not playing well and he has frustrated his owner to the point that they've cried once or twice.
If you can get him for very, very little, there's no reason not to stash him on your bench and wait and see.