Buy Low, Sell High: Get early dibs on late bloomers

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

Buy Low

 

Golden Tate, wide receiver, Detroit Lions: 25 receptions, 299 yards, one touchdown

The first five games were less than effective for Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. However, he turned things around against the Los Angeles Rams. Coming into the matchup, Tate had a measly 134 receiving yards this season and was touchdown-less. That all changed against the Rams. Tate went off for 165 yards and a touchdown. Look to find Tate as a good buy low and even in free agency after an abysmal start of the year found him off most teams.

 

Brian Hoyer, quarterback, Chicago Bears: 130 completions, 1,396 yards, six touchdowns

Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer is taking advantage of his stint as the starter. (Erik Drost, Flickr)
Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer is taking advantage of his stint as the starter.
(Erik Drost, Flickr)

After an embarrassing playoff performance with the Texans last season, Brian Hoyer found himself accepting the backup quarterback job at Chicago. Hoyer was then thrust into the starting position after Jay Cutler went down with a thumb injury and Hoyer hasn’t disappointed. He’s had four straight starts of 300-plus yards, which has earned him strong consideration for the starting job when Cutler returns. Therefore, buy Hoyer soon before his stock rises too high.

 

Sell High

 

Matt Jones, running back, Washington Redskins: 499 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards, three touchdowns

Matt Jones, in his second year, assumed the true No. 1 spot at running back for the Redskins after Alfred Morris leaft for the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. Jones is coming off his best performance of the year, amassing 135 yards on 16 attempts and found the end zone once. This is the perfect opportunity to sell high on Jones. After his stellar performance, other fantasy owners will be scratching at the bit to get him. In this situation, use him to get a better and more consistent back, which is the reason he isn’t a keep, as he’s only eclipsed 100 yards twice this season.

 

LeGarrette Blount, running back, New England Patriots: 439 rushing yards, 24 receiving yards, six touchdowns

This may be the last chance to get rid of Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount before it’s too late. After two 100 yard games, Blount’s production has dropped off tremendously, with 54 yards being his biggest output since Week 3. Blount has seen a steady drop in rushing attempts since the return of quarterback Tom Brady. Sell Blount high now, or lose out on the chance to get a more consistent player.

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