Buy Low, Sell High: Snatch underrated receivers for your playoff push

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

 

Buy Low

 

Taylor Gabriel, wide receiver, Atlanta Falcons: 21 receptions, 378 yards, five total touchdowns

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Taylor Gabriel was a late waiver acquisition for the Atlanta Falcons after he was released by the Cleveland Browns before the season started. Gabriel was the clear No. 3 receiver behind Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones for the Falcons at the beginning of the season. He has slowly climbed up Matt Ryan’s confidence ladder and has become a key target in the passing game. Gabriel has caught 75 percent of targets while averaging 18 yards per reception, making him the ideal deep threat for Ryan. Gabriel is a strong buy low candidate, and in most leagues he’s still on the waiver wire.

 

Anquan Boldin, wide receiver, Detroit Lions: 48 receptions, 392 yards, six touchdowns

With the departure of Calvin Johnson, the Detroit Lions were looking to fill a void at wide receiver. Anquan Boldin stepped up. Boldin is a 14-year veteran, originally brought in to bring leadership to Detroit’s young receiving corps. He’s turned into one of Matthew Stafford’s most reliable targets. He’s been Mr. Reliable this year, committing zero turnovers for the Lions while also being Stafford’s go-to-guy in the red zone and late game situations. Go pluck Boldin from the waiver wire as the Lions face the weak Saints defense Sunday.

 

Sell High

 

Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Tennessee Titans: 243 completions, 2,998 yards, 27 total touchdowns

Marcus Mariota is coming off a stellar game against the Bears in which he amassed 226 yards and two touchdowns on 15 completions. Mariota has had a string of strong weeks and is looking at the top of his game, however, how long is that going to last as the team is built around running back Demarco Murray, who is second in the league in rushing yards? Mariota has his toughest stretch coming up as the Titans face the Broncos, Chiefs and Texans over the next four weeks. Sell Mariota high now before his numbers begin to drop drastically.

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