I never met a fantasy owner who disliked his/her draft.
Every league in which I play, every owner in that league — myself included — thinks that he/she had the best draft of all the teams. If it is a 12-team league, there are 12 paper champions. 16 teams, 16 paper champions. You get the picture.
But the reality is that every fantasy team has flaws, even the ones that had good drafts. Those flaws sometimes manifest themselves as injuries or true busts (think: Ryan Mathews last year). Other flaws, however, simply are opportunities.
Opportunities to buy low, like these six players:
1. Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: If the officials had reviewed Darren Sproles’ touchdown last Sunday, it would have been a chance for Ingram to punch in his first career rushing touchdown. Chalk that one up to the refs (not that Saints’ fans are complaining). Still, that he failed to score again dampens his fantasy value and makes him a great trade target. He will get plenty of opportunities to score in this offense.
2. Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers: He had a touchdown grab called back because of a penalty against Minnesota. That kind of thing does not show up in the stat sheet and I doubt many Williams’ owners even know about it. The Bucs forget about LaGarrette Blount in the first game of the season and went back to him in game two. Similarly, Josh Freeman will go back to Williams in the future.
3. Chris Johnson, RB, Titans: 24 carries for 53 yards. Those are terrible numbers, but it needs to be mentioned that it came against the Baltimore Ravens. The schedule lightens considerably starting this weekend against Denver. If you cannot get him this week, it will be too late next week.
4. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers: Zero points in Week 2. There are Gates’ owners panicking somewhere. Tight ends named Fred Davis, Dustin Keller and Scott Chandler (!) are blowing up around the league, yet Gates could not even muster a point last Sunday. Panic! Oh wait. He played New England. Bill Belichick had double-coverage (and sometimes triple-coverage) on Gates all day. That number is a gigantic anomaly. Go get Gates now.
5. Arian Foster, RB, Texans: There are reservations here. The hamstring injury is one that lingers, and I do not like how quickly the Texans rushed him back into game action. Did not think it was necessary against two subpar opponents and they could have used him against New Orleans in Week 3. Now the Texans are rolling with Ben Tate and should have learned their lesson — let Foster heal before bringing him back. While he sits, his values decreases. He is a great buy for owners with room on the bench to stash Foster for the middle of the season.
6. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons: Jones is a freak-ish athlete. It is no wonder the Falcons fell in love with him before the NFL Draft. His route-running still needs work, but he is getting plenty of playing time to remedy that. Matt Ryan targets him frequently. Eventually, he will start converting targets into a higher catch percentage and the yards and touchdowns will follow. Now is a great time to buy him as a WR3 with strong WR2 upside.
Fantasy Football Notes
Michael Vick is a big question mark for Week 3 after suffering a concussion against Atlanta. Fantasy owners need to prepare other options if he is unable to practice on Friday … Looks like Arian Foster is out of a job temporarily, as Ben Tate has been named the starting running back for the time-being. Foster is still nursing a hamstring injury … I would not worry about Antonio Gates’ goose-egg last Sunday against New England. The Patriots were playing bracket coverage on Gates every time the Chargers dropped back to pass … Buffalo wide receiver David Nelson may be the most productive player off the waiver wire this week, hope you were able to grab him in your league … The Cowboys are banged up, but most expect Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and Felix Jones to play on Monday night. Miles Austin, however, likely is out through Week 5 with a hamstring injury … Now that Jamaal Charles is done for the year, the opportunity is there for Dexter McCluster to fill up the stat sheet. He likely was the most added player in fantasy leagues this week and carries RB/WR eligibility in most leagues … If you are looking at tight end matchups the rest of the way, consider those playing against the Eagles. Philadelphia brought Tony Gonzalez back to life in Week 2 with a two-touchdown performance and was notoriously bad against the position in 2010.