Is it me, or does every buy low list end up feeling like you have someone listing all the reasons you need to get back with all of your ex’s? The endless list of reasons they’ve changed and are so much better suited for you now than they were in the past. I mean the problem really must have just been the timing, right? They really are so much better than they showed, everyone just can’t see it. So, without any further ado, here’s 5 ex’s you should get back together with…I mean buy low.
Leonard Fournette RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Everybody knows last season was far from what the Jags expected when they took Fournette fourth overall in the 2017 NFL draft. Between the time missed for injuries and the suspension it’s hard to find anyone that was impressed with Fournette last season. That being said, it’s difficult to deny that Fournette is a force when healthy and will see plenty of touches when healthy in a Jaguar offense that has struggled in the past. The addition of a more capable QB in Nick Foles should open up the passing game a bit and help to open up the field a bit for Fournette. Last year, even playing only 8 games (and leaving 2 of those before the end of the first half), Fournette managed 439 yards and 5 TD’s, numbers that he should crush this season.
Albert Wilson WR Miami Dolphins
If you read my last article you already know all the reasons why I’m high on Wilson going into this year. The Dolphins have improved their quarterback position by adding both Fitzpatrick and Rosen, either of which should be an improvement over Tannehill and Osweiler. With all reports seeming to indicate that Fitzpatrick is the better QB in camp, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t starting under center come September. Fitzpatrick showed no hesitation to air the ball out last year in Tampa, something that bodes well for the speedy Wilson who was seventh in the league last year in target separation (1.83 yards) and third in yards per target at 11.2. Watch for Wilson to be an impact player in an otherwise lacking Miami passing game.
Ian Thomas TE Carolina Panthers
Thomas received a bit of hype last year while Olsen was injured, but it seems to have mostly been forgotten about. While the hype has died down, the skill is still there. Thomas managed a catch rate of 73.5% and a true catch rate of 90% last season while averaging 9.3 yards per catch. Olsen has looked less and less like the dominant force he was in the past, and we have seen how well Cam Newton utilizes his tight ends in the past. Look for Thomas to have a break out year this season.
Derrick Henry RB Tennessee Titans
I know, I know I was questioning my sanity for putting Henry on this list, but the numbers just don’t lie. He managed over 1000 rushing yards last year (1059) while adding just under 100 more receiving yards (99). Add to this the fact that he’s fourth in evaded tackles, second in yards created, and first for goal line carries. With all of these factors in mind, Henry has the opportunity to be a top back. I know he has disappointed in the past, but towards the end of last season it seemed as though he was starting to adjust to the NFL game, and that the Titans coaching staff had finally found a way to get the most out of him. I would be looking for him to add to the late season success last year and carry it forward into this season.
Philip Rivers QB LA Chargers
Everyone seems to be jumping off the Rivers band wagon lately, and there is just reason with him getting up in age now. However, if you’re in win now mode Rivers is a great candidate to buy low. Rivers finished last year with 4,308 passing yards and 32 touchdowns which was good enough for eighth and seventh respectively last season. This was without a healthy Hunter Henry, add to that a potential hold out from Melvin Gordon and you could see a lot more red zone passing plays with receiving threats like Mike Williams, Kennan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler. Should Gordon’s hold out last into the season, you can expect River’s pass attempts to rise from the middle of the pack 508 he attempted last year (#14). Rivers is primed for a very good season and can be had for next to nothing in most leagues.