As the trade deadline inches closer, here are some last minute ‘buy candidates’ for you to consider to help bolster your team as you gear up for the fantasy players.
RB – Elijah McGuire, New York Jets
This multi-faceted running back is in prime form and officially healthy, having been activated from IR. McGuire immediately stepped in and took over the Bilal Powell role, within the Jets offense with 6 carries and caught 3 of 5 targets for 50 total yards.
With Isaiah Crowell on a contract that New York can easily get out from under after this season – and the fact that Bye weeks are hitting fantasy owners, plus his large involvement right off the bat – makes Elijah a perfect buy candidate. If the owner doesn’t realize what he has – get him now before a clutch performance teaches owners the truth.
WR – Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
The perfect scenario for a buy-low opportunity couldn’t have been compiled any better. An extremely gifted and talented athlete who was the 5th overall draft selection in 2017, and a true number 1 on his respective team. So far this season, Davis has struggled to bring any consistency to the table and likely has his owners panicking, wondering to sell or hold.
However, so far this season he has seen shadow coverages from Xavien Howard, Jalen Ramsey, TreDavious White, Jimmy Smith, Casey Hayward, and recently – Pro Football Focus’ #1 rated Cornerback – Byron Jones. All of this in the first 8 weeks of the season.
To make matters worse, Marcus Mariota has been dealing with an injured elbow (which included nerve damage) and it caused him to miss game time. A few nagging injuries to Davis this year, and Mariota’s delayed start to the 2018 season – made it difficult for the two to build a solid rapport.
The Titans are coming off a dominating win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, and head home to face the New England Patriots this weekend. In a game that figures to have a high over/under, look for Corey to continue receiving his 8.25 targets per game. As the season continues, and the brutal matchups decrease – Davis will produce at the Top 25 WR level that we were hoping for.
WR – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
The 5th round selection for the 2018 Green Bay Packers Draft class has officially arrived. The 6’4” speedster from the University of South Florida is on pace to surpass many of the recent Packers rookie receiver’s 1st year season totals. Currently, Valdes-Scantling has 17 Receptions, for 358 Yards, and 2 Touchdowns – and his main competition for the WR2 role in an Aaron Rodgers offense, Geronimo Allison, was placed on Season-Ending IR this week.
Valdes-Scantling has shown up in prime-time moments when his team needed him the most. He produced touchdowns in Detroit and against the Los Angeles Rams and found himself producing over 100 yards on 3 receptions in New England.
This offense was missing a key piece opposite Davante Adams, and it seemed that Allison was going to fill that role. He did so the first few weeks until he suffered a concussion against the Buffalo Bills, coupled with a hamstring injury, and multiple injuries to Randall Cobb – opened the doors for Marquez, and he hasn’t looked back. Get him now before he becomes a reliable asset that owners don’t want to let go.
@FFBritBaller’s Editor’s Pick
RB – Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
I get it, Fournette has not been that bruising, between the tackles runner that we were accustomed to last season. This is mainly down to a lingering hamstring injury that he sustained very early in the season.
Now that he’s been rested for multiple weeks, it seems Doug Marrone will be starting his main weapon back into the fold on Sunday against Indianapolis. So the indications that Fournette may be close to being fully fit look good.
Now is the time to buy in. The owner will likely have plowed high capital in the draft for the former LSU star; but may be increasingly frustrated with the return so far. Test the water; you might well be able to cheaply acquire a top 10 running back rest of season.
by Josh Deisinger – @SconnieJosh