Scouting Report: Mendenhall, Romo highlight All-Buy-Low Team
Tony Romo, Rashard Mendenhall and Dez Bryant lead the buy-low candidates
Despite Thursday's performance, Cards WR Andre Roberts is worth a pick-up
With Santonio Holmes out, Chaz Schilens or Stephen Hill should improve
We are into October, which means the bye weeks have begun. Instead of spending your free time overanalyzing which one-week scrub you are going to use as a stopgap in your lineup, pour over your opportunities in the trade market. Now is the time to buy or sell. Heck, you can even flip the script and use the bye weeks to your advantage. In this week's Scouting Report, we look at the All-Buy Low Team:
QB -- Tony Romo, Cowboys: He looks awful right now, but there is just too much talent around him to stay down. Unless Romo gets benched, you will want to have this guy on your roster. The bye week is the perfect time to take advantage of someone.
Honorable mention: Matthew Stafford, Lions (only reason he's not the starter on this team is because more people expect him to rebound from his slow start than Romo).
RB -- Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers: Don't expect Mendenhall to return with 100 yards and a touchdown against a good Eagles defense, but those are the numbers you should expect weekly going forward. As much as the Steelers want to throw the ball, they are still a defense-first team that wants to control the tempo and grind wins out.
RB -- Darren McFadden, Raiders: Another opportunity to pound on a disappointing player during his bye week. Yeah, the Raiders offense is frustrating to figure out with that zone-blocking scheme that doesn't seem to suit McFadden, but this talent just needs to stay healthy. He has. Trumpet how terrible he is right now, how he's bound to get hurt like he always does and then wrest him away from some impatient fantasy hack.
WR -- Dez Bryant, Cowboys: That Monday night performance was promising and discouraging all at once. Again, like Romo, he's too good to not get it right and take off.
WR -- Hakeem Nicks, Giants: He will never fully put injuries in his rear-view mirror, but remind your buddy of that before you make a low-ball offer for him. That knee is real problematic right now so make a deal for him before he proves healthy and elite all over again.
TE -- Antonio Gates, Chargers: Depending on your opinion of Gates' health right now, you might want to watch closely this week. If you think Gates will be fine, trade for him before Sunday night's shootout in New Orleans. If you think he's past his prime, let him disappoint his current owner for one more week as they are on bended knee for those final crucial points to close out a fantasy victory in Week 5. After prime-time disappointment, consider it prime time to make an offer. Remind Gates' owner that the Week 7 bye week is the reason you cannot offer much.
Honorable mentions: Jason Witten, Cowboys; Jermichael Finley, Packers; Aaron Hernandez, Patriots. All of these guys have suppressed present-day value relative to their projected worth.
K -- Nick Novak, Chargers: If you missed the boat on the surprising rookie kickers Justin Tucker, Blair Walsh or Greg Zuerlein, Novak is your man. Read more under Nate Kaeding in the most-dropped below.
D/ST -- Pittsburgh Steelers: They are getting healthy and might not be great against the Eagles this week. Michael Vick tends to play to the competition, which should mean a decently error-free performance that makes the Steelers D/ST appear to be at replacement level. It is not. This is an elite unit still and will prove it forward.
If you don't have the stones to work a deal, or your league is just lame with regard to talking trade, the weekly waiver pick-ups are among the most commonly misjudged things in fantasy football. We reanalyze the values of the waiver movement every week right here:
1. WR Andre Roberts, Cardinals: Despite the quiet performance on Thursday, he still warrants being owned in most leagues. Kevin Kolb targets him frequently, especially in the red zone (four touchdowns). His upcoming schedule is favorable as a WR3 in leagues.
2. WR Brian Hartline, Dolphins: He should have been owned already in PPR formats, but that huge Week 4 performance has him owned in all leagues. You are likely to be frustrated with his inconsistency, though, regardless of what you think of Ryan Tannehill's progression as a rookie quarterback.
3. K Greg Zuerlein, Rams: Yet another disappointment from Thursday night, but better weeks are ahead. He has an offense supporting him that should prove capable moving the ball, yet struggle to get the ball in the end zone.
4. D/ST Minnesota Vikings: They have been great in back-to-back weeks against two very good offenses. Now, they get the struggling Titans at home. Yeah, they look like a good streaming defense this week and going forward.
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