Fantasy Football: Players to buy low heading into Week 2

9/11/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

It may be a bit too early in the season for fantasy owners to bail on their disappointing high draft picks, but it never hurts to throw around some feelers in the trade market. Here are some players who performed poorly in their Week 1 games, but should bounce back and become studs in the near future:

Marshawn Lynch (RB - SEA): Despite the fact that they struggled against the run last year, I think the Panthers could field a solid run defense in 2013. Rookie defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was dominant in his NFL debut, and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly is a budding star. Lynch's owners may not know that, and may just see a crappy performance (17 rushes for 43 yards) from their first-round pick against a defense that gave up the fifth most fantasy points to running backs in 2012. Now is as good a time as any to try to pry Lynch from a frustrated owner.

Blog Photo - Fantasy Football: Players to buy low heading into Week 2Trent Richardson (RB - CLE): Owners will be more likely to give up on Richardson than Lynch, as Richardson did not have a great rookie season, and owners may be expecting more of the same in 2013 after his most recent performance. However, Richardson was effective with the ball in his hands in the Browns' season opener, and he will likely be force fed the ball much more frequently in the future - he had a measly 15 touches in Week 1. In addition, injured guard Shawn Lauvao should be ready for Week 3. Richardson is an extremely unique talent, and as long as he gets consistent carries, he should start hitting holes and racking up fantasy points. You may be able to steal him from his owner after a tough Week 2 matchup with the Ravens.

Dez Bryant (WR - DAL): After instilling frustration in his owners with a pathetic fantasy performance capped off by a foot injury, those who went after Bryant early on draft day may not be opposed to getting rid of the talented but frustrating receiver for the right price. Right now, that "right price" is probably as good as it will ever get. It's also worth noting that Bryant was significantly better in the second half of last season than the first half.

Chris Johnson (RB - TEN): We saw what we were afraid of with Johnson in the opener, as the Titans pulled him to let Jackie Battle punch in a goal-line touchdown. However, we also saw something we liked - 25 carries for Johnson. Despite a poor 70-yard output, I think that Johnson's consistency will improve this year as new guards Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack acclimate to their teammates on the offensive line. Owners who took a risk on Johnson may currently be thinking that they made a mistake by doing so.
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