Through six weeks of the NFL season, there’s enough of a sample to make fantasy owners more confident or depressed in the state of their roster. Hope begins to fade out, and realism starts to creep in.
Now is the ideal time to strike on potential risers — available via free agency or in a trade. Always buy low, starting with Dolphins running back Lamar Miller, and a few others on the cusp of fantasy football orgasm.
The percent owned indicates availability in Yahoo leagues.
Lamar Miller, RB Dolphins
Percent Owned: 89%
Why? Because if the Dolphins don’t create some sort of a running game, their season is doomed. The best protection for a quarterback with none is the ability to at least threaten to run the football. Miller has the goods, and Miami should be able to find some creative ways to get him going — both through the rush and pass (SCREEN PASSES?). With the 28th-ranked Bills defense on deck, trade for him while his value has flatlined.
Heath Miller, TE Steelers
Percent Owned: 50%
Why? Owned in just half of Yahoo leagues, he’s converted 15 targets into 12 receptions for 154 yards in his last two games after returning from injury the week before. He’s Ben Roethlisberger’s most reliable target, and should become a factor in the red zone.
Andre Ellington, RB Cardinals
Percent Owned: 37%
Why? Because Reshard Mendenhall blows and Ellington is averaging 7.0 yards per rush. He’s also been a factor in the passing game, hauling in 12 balls over his last three games. Expect his workload to ramp up, but you have to snag him this week.
Rob Gronkowski, TE Patriots
Percent Owned: 98%
Why? Some of his owners — in addition to his teammates — have to be a tad fed up with the unruly absences. Those with some depth should have pulled the trigger two weeks ago. Tom Brady’s “receivers” dropped SEVEN passes this week against the Saints. The return of Gronk will have Brady more excited than a bedroom romp with Gisele.
Keenan Allen, WR Chargers
Percent Owned: 37%
Why? Because he’s another stud receiver Jeff Ireland missed out on. His availability in your league is about to vanish. The rookie’s 20 catches, 27 targets, and 302 yards in his last three games scream fantasy gold and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is somehow the second best fantasy quarterback this year. Grab him if you can. Not you, Ireland, you blew it.