Fantasy football's top buy low players heading into Week 3

9/18/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

You probably had a tough time trying to buy low on guys like Dez Bryant and Marshawn Lynch after their lousy season openers, but owners may be a little more frustrated with players who have underperformed through two games this season. Here are some players who you may be able to trade for at a great value:

David Wilson (RB - NYG): He was on this list last week, but owners were likely sticking by their early-round pick. After two weeks, however, Wilson still has a negative point total in standard leagues - owners may have hit the panic button. Wilson is one of the most talented, explosive running backs in the entire league, and he is far and away the best option the Giants have in their backfield. He only fumbled once on 75 touches as a rookie, so I expect his ball security issues to subside. Once the Giants can actually get a lead (their biggest lead this year was 3-0 early in the Broncos game), Wilson will get his touches and make his fantasy owners happy.

Stevan Ridley (RB - NE): Fumbling issues are what had owners nervous after Week 1, but it is now a lack of production that may have owners willing to trade Ridley away. A 16 carry, 40 rushing yard performance against the Jets last Thursday looks bad on paper, but the Jets' defense is much better than people give them credit for. The Jets held projected No. 2 fantasy running back Doug Martin to 65 yards on 24 carries in Week 1 (just 0.2 more YPC than Ridley had against the Jets). The feature back of the Patriots' offense, Ridley will get carries and turn his season around soon enough.

Frank Gore (RB - SF): 30 yards per game and 2.0 yards per carry - that's a rough start to the season, but how about we chalk that up to a Packers' defense that was focused on the run and a Seahawks' defense that is just too dominant to allow opposing fantasy production. Gore has made two straight Pro Bowls and has ran for 1,200+ yards and eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. I'm aware that he recently turned 30 years old, but behind an elite offensive line, he'll turn back into an RB2 as soon as Week 3 when the 49ers host the Colts.

Ahmad Bradshaw (RB - IND): It was kind of a shock when offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said that he wanted Bradshaw and less-talented Vick Ballard to split carries 50-50. However, that can no longer be the case. Ballard is done for the season with a torn ACL, and Bradshaw will step in as the Colts' every-down back with no competition from his inept backups. Bradshaw owners likely know that they now have a feature back on their roster, but they may not know just how good that back is going to be. Bradshaw has legitimate RB2 upside. You may want to wait until after Week 3 to make a move for him, however, as he faces the 49ers this Sunday.
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