Fantasy football's top buy low players heading into Week 5
A.J. Green (WR - CIN): Projected by some to be fantasy's second best receiver behind Calvin Johnson, Green exploded in his season debut, but has since dropped to 14th in Yahoo's fantasy receiver rankings. That drop off in production, however, was mostly a result of having to go head-to-head with two of the league's premier shadow corners - Ike Taylor and Joe Haden. He'll face New England's Aqib Talib - who is a very good player, but one who Green could win against - in Week 5, and then has favorable matchups with the Bills and Lions the following two weeks. It looks like a good time to take advantage of owners' frustrations with Green, who should get back to elite production very soon.
C.J. Spiller (RB - BUF): One of the most talented players in the league, Spiller has been slowed by nagging injuries this year. Owners are probably completely fed up with Spiller, who has no touchdowns and just one serviceable fantasy performance this season, while also being frequently outplayed by backup Fred Jackson. I expect Spiller to eventually get healthy, however, and for the talent to take over. This is one of the most explosive runners in the game, and when he gets to the second level he can turn just about any play into a touchdown. It's not a bad idea to throw out some feelers to Spiller's owners to see what it would take to pry him away.
Roddy White (WR - ATL): It may be tough to trick White's owners into giving up a receiver who is typically among the league's most reliable, but it's certainly worth checking out. White has been bothered by an ankle injury all year, but looked by far the healthiest I've seen him this season in his Week 4 matchup with the Patriots. He played on 74 of the Falcons' 76 offensive snaps and was targeted nine times - by far his highest totals of the season. He'll be a dicey play in Week 5 against the Jets, though No. 1 cornerback Antonio Cromartie will likely stick on Julio Jones, allowing White to take on struggling No. 2 Kyle Wilson. When the Falcons come out of their Week 6 bye, I expect White to pick up where he left off in 2012.
Vernon Davis (TE - SF): I said before the season that Davis was likely to post career-best numbers this year, and I thought I would easily be right after he opened up the season with a 6/98/2 line. His production has significantly slowed since, but consider the reasons why. The 49ers were simply trounced by the Seahawks in Week 2, and Davis left the game with more than 13 minutes left due to a hamstring injury. Davis missed Week 3 with his ailment, then posted a 2/18/1 line the following week while clearly playing at less than full health. He now has ten days between his Week 4 and Week 5 games, so I expect him to be in much better form this weekend. In addition, when the 49ers are not being manhandled by the Seahawks, I expect them to constantly get the ball to their best receiver. I expect more games like Week 1 than Week 2 for Davis going forward this season.