Decision time: Slow starters poised to speed up as season progresses
I've been accused of being a used car salesman in fantasy football. In other words, I'm the guy who tries to unload damaged goods for shiny new ones. I'll pull out all the stops: two-for-ones, three-for-ones, late-night emails, relentless texts, begging and schmoozing -- anything to get the deal done.
Regardless of my techniques, my first rule in the art of a trade is to know which players I want and can realistically get. There's no point in making a low-ball offer for
However, there are a plenty of other talents that have slipped in value since draft night that you can nab in a well-crafted deal.
Williams' breakout year came in '08, when he rushed for 1,515 yards and 18 TDs. He came back to reality in '09 with 1,117 yards and seven scores while splitting carries with
Benson was a big surprise for Cincy last year when he rushed for a career-high 1,251 yards, a 4.2 average and six TDs. Yet the Bengals have taken to the air more this season, as they are currently ranked sixth in passing yards. Meanwhile, Benson is averaging just 65.5 yards per game.
In St. Louis, Jackson has long been considered the only Rams player to covet in fantasy football. When healthy, his rushing yards are among the best even though scoring opportunities are limited. Jackson has looked pedestrian though the first four games despite going up against soft run defenses (81 yards vs. ARI, 75 at OAK, 58 vs. WAS and 70 vs. Seattle). That's probably because teams are stacking the box and daring rookie QB Sam Bradford to throw the ball.
Fitzgerald should be a top-three WR, but the retirement of
Carolina's Smith has made the most of his limited catches this season -- in four games, he has two scores despite just 13 receptions. His spotty production is largely due to the QB situation as rookie
Ochocinco (formerly Johnson) has long been the top receiver in Cincy but now he shares the spotlight with T.O. On Sunday, Ochocinco mostly saw double-coverage (three receptions for 59 yards) while Owens took advantage (10 receptions, 222 yards and a score). The fortunes of both receivers will largely depend on