Ah, the fickle world of fantasy football. Some would say it’s a man’s world but those some have now passed on and have also said this. Instead, I’ll say it’s a world of ‘what have you done for me lately’. You know that world quite well in fantasy sports. It’s how a guy who has an injury plagued year is ignored for the draft the next year only to ‘surprise’ everyone and have them say, ‘who could’ve seen that coming?’ Well, I’m here to talk up a guy you might have heard of in Hakeem Nicks. You remember him, don’t you? He’s the one that put up 199 yards on 10 receptions with a touchdown back in week 3. Heck, maybe he even helped a team beat your team. I know, two weeks is a long time. It’s also a long time for someone who owns him to sit and wait, hoping for better news. Now of course any Nicks purchase could come with buyer’s remorse so you best not be spending more than you should, hence this being a buy low post. I’ll put it to you this way: the 25th best WR according to a yahoo PPR league right now is Malcom Floyd while Hakeem is now just outside the top 50. You tell me who you’d rather have rest of season there. See how easy that was to agree with me? Now on with some other buys and sells for 2012 fantasy football…wait, don’t go yet! I have some crazy meetings going on right now at work Tuesday through Thursday of this week. Those fun ‘all day’ work events that keep you away from the things you love, namely your bright and shining faces in the comments. I’ll get to you as fast as possible but I’m not going to be as on it this week as I normally am. Thank you all for understanding. And now on with the article…
Donald Brown – Tucked underneath Andrew Luck‘s banner Sunday and scruffy beard was a healthy running back line from Donald as he went for 84 yards on 17 carries. Hey, I heard that yawn in the back! I know, it’s not a sexy call – and how could it be with a guy named Donald – but overall, he’s still ranked the 26th best back according to yahoo in a PPR format and he only has 3 receptions so far. Look, in a day and age where RBBC is a more well known acronym than CCR, it’s nice to see consistent touches from your RB. The end line may never be sexy, but you could be looking at a low end RB2 option for the rest of the season. Not to mention, other than a game at Houston, his playoff schedule (vs TEN & @KC) isn’t looking too daunting either. I promise Donald can make your blue eyes brown…or however that song it supposed to go.
Doug Martin – Something about bye weeks and a fairly boring start makes Martin look appealing for trade purposes right now. I see him like I see Brown but with more upside, especially in a PPR setting. He only has 8 receptions to date, putting him on pace for 32. I think he’ll have closer to 50 by the time the year is up, perhaps more. This is a team that will play from behind a lot as we all knew coming into the season. Besides, who’s going to steal his touches? LeGarrette Punch? BTW, that video is NSFW. And it’s also annoying and you have to forward to about 35 seconds in to get the reference. Sorry, google was not kind today.
Domenik Hixon - Yes, another obvious sell. But my sell suggestion isn’t necessarily for the obvious reason so perhaps it’s not an obvious sell. Haha! Sorry, enjoying my own logic a bit too much there. I’m not suggesting sell because Nicks is coming back. Sure, it’s a part of it but there are other parts. Namely two of them: Ramses Barden and Rueben Randle. Or as I like to call them ‘the guys who led NYG in targets for weeks 3 and 5, respectively’. Simply put, normally you like to have the WR3 for NYG on your team but I just don’t know who it really is at this point and if I don’t have to hang around to find out, I don’t want to. He’s obviously not a 1 for 1 guy but he could be used as a sweetener.
Tony Gonzalez – He’s on pace for 125 receptions, 1240 yards and 13 TDs. You think he keeps this value/pace and I have a boat with a screen door in the bottom of it to sell you. He’s a top 10 TE, not a top 25 overall player, which is where he’s currently ranked according to yahoo. Maybe the Jimmy Graham owner with his ankle issue – and I don’t know how serious it is – and a bye week on hand might be interested. You never know, crazier things have happened.
Andy Dalton – Currently the 8th best QB according to yahoo. Look, I know how much you all love the Red Rocket – and yes I will keep referencing that as his nickname and yes I know how wrong it is – but I’ve seen him stumble against tough defenses. His current playoff schedule looks pretty nasty too with three teams – DAL, @PHI, @PIT – ranked in the top 10 in terms of passing yards per game given up. I know you have a thing for redheads but just remember: Lindsay Lohan might make it hurt for you to go pee but Dalton just might make it hurt for you to sit down come playoff time.