Entering Week 6 of the 2023 NFL season, and we have a few buy-low targets for your dynasty leagues. Wherever you’re sitting in your league right now there is always opportunity. Are you already contemplating that rebuild? are you pushing on the edge of winnow mode? Maybe you’re 3-2/2-3 and convincing yourself your team is fine. Whatever your situation consider these buy-low targets for this season or seasons ahead.
Javonte Williams (RB, DEN)
Sean Payton appears to be fantasy poison right now and that could reap rewards if you’re willing to wait it out and see if there’s still upside to this once highly desired running back. Javonte Williams still shows glimpses of ability to be a game-changer but right now after 2 injury-addled seasons owners could be ready to cash in. Personally, I believe a low-round 2nd pick will get this deal done more often than not.
Miles Sanders (RB, CAR)
Now it may be the case that owners of Miles Sanders aren’t ready to cut their losses just yet. However, the nagging groin injury that has plagued him for most of the season does rule him out in week 6. Given that Carolina then enter a bye week there is every chance for Sanders to bounce back and get back to 100%. This is certainly a deal you need to be willing to walk away from and not get caught up in negotiations leading to a heavy overpay.
This Carolina offense is wildly underpowered and nobody is standing out just yet and with the life of a Running back being deemed fairly short this probably isn’t a long-term buy. If a package of a 3rd round pick and a player can’t get it done then so be it but set your price and stick to it. If Sanders bounces back from this injury following almost 3 weeks rest then there’s potential for serious upside here on this season and possibly the next. However, it is a coin flip as to whether or not Sanders lives up to expectations at all.
Tee Higgins (WR, CIN)
Tee Higgins is a very interesting prospect in so many ways. 24 years old, often talked about as the best WR2 in the league. Hit and miss fantasy scoring this season but always has the potential to ‘go off’. Higgins is in his contract year with an underperforming Joe Burrow and all signs point to Higgins moving on at the end of this season with Andrei Iosivas having been drafted this season.
If you’re buying Higgins right now you’re taking the risk on his next landing spot whether that’s in form of a trade this season or as a UFA at the end of this season. Where Higgins value lies is potentially the most speculative of this list and when we’re talking buy low this is probably the most expensive of this list. Depending on the owners’ situation there’s a real argument to be made that this deal can be done for a 2nd round pick or maybe you package up a Tyler Lockett-type receiver with a 3rd. Tee has proven to be a game-winner if you like the upside of him go get your guy.
Jonathan Mingo (WR, CAR)
Another of the much-hyped rookies who has had a stuttering start. Whether it’s been subpar quarterback play or battling for targets with veterans like Adam Thielen and Hayden Hurst, Jonathan Mingo just hasn’t got going yet. A peak of 5 receptions for 48 yards in his last game doesn’t really inspire confidence in fantasy circles. As always somebody may be confident in his long-term ability and be happy enough with their team to sit on him. If you can make moves for Mingo involving a 3rd and a veteran borderline scorer in the range of someone like Nelson Agholor or Brandin Cooks then this could prove to be a steal as Thielen inevitably slows down and decreases in targets.
Michael Mayer (TE, LV)
Michael Mayer entered this years fantasy rookie draft with a lot of hype around him. Taking the place of the fantasy prolific Darren Waller, with a newquarterback who was known for favouring dependable Tight ends. On the face of things Mayer was a borderline first round pick. 5 games in, the landscape looks very different fo Mayer. 3 total receptions and less than 50 yards across 5 games with 2 targets and 39 yards coming in his last game. Some faithful stalwarts may not be willing to trade away the 22 year old but some will be willing to cut losses already. A 3rd round pick in any year is a dart throw so i suggest if you fancy the risk with some high upside offer this for Mayer and sit on him and wait to see how he develops.
As with any trades price is subjective and don’t be surprised if you end up having to push a little more than the ‘trade calculator’ tells you if you’re approaching someone for a guy not on the trade block. Also maybe open a conversation first about the trade, see where they are on the player first and get a feel for if a trade can be done rather than bindly sending an offer that doesn’t actually generate any interaction. Don’t forget to share your trades with us!
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