Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
In fantasy sports, as in business, it's always best if you get a product (player) for very little cost and it increases in value.
For that reason, this week is just about the perfect time to go hunting for that undervalued player. His current owner has had a full month of frustration, and can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately, you can.
Offer him just enough to make it seem like he's getting value for his player. In actuality, you are giving him "fair market value" for the level he is currently performing at, but being the smart fantasy player you also know he's likely to return to a higher level of productivity in the near future.
Who are the players who fit this mold?
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans - Drew Brees has only produced one 300-yard passing day in the first month, but we both know he and his Saints are due to break out of their scoring slump. And Colston is his No.1 target. So despite the fact that he has just 18 catches for 190 yards and no touchdowns, he's still a very good option. Meanwhile, his current owner, who spent a third- round pick on him (RapidDraft ADP 30.2), is likely panicking and looking to dump him. Be the guy who makes him an offer.
Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh - Ward is only barely better than Colston, with 12 catches for 165 yards and one score in four games. But we know that Ben Roethlisberger loves to throw him and he'll be back next week. Ward's owner might be struggling to field a full squad what with the Steelers on a bye this week and Ward's price could be lower than his true value.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco - Before the season, many experts thought that Crabtree was ready to have a breakout season. It hasn't turned out that way, with his quarterback Alex Smith struggling and Crabtree catching just 11 balls for 139 yards in the team's four losses. As a fourth-round pick on Draft Day (ADP 42.7), Crabtree's fantasy owners should be looking desperately to get out of this situation and you can be the one to "help" them. It probably won't cost you much more than someone you drafted in the eighth round to get Crabtree and that's a nice price because he and the 49ers offense will turn it around. Perhaps as early as Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo - With the trade of Marshawn Lynch to Seattle, the way has opened up for Jackson to resume the work he did last year. Jackson ran for 1,062 yards last season. Pay no attention to the C.J. Spiller talk, Jackson will be the starter while Spiller gets some third-down work and return yards. Jackson might actually have been cut over the past two weeks when Lynch was being showcased for the trade and got the majority of the carries. He's owned in less than 50-percent of all leagues.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver - Moreno hasn't played since Week 2 and his owners must be getting frustrated. If you have the depth to withstand a couple more weeks of him riding the bench, you can probably trade a lesser player for him.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago - Forte had a great first week, totaling 201 yards and two touchdowns, but since then has been very disappointing. After the Bears' Sunday night display in front of a national audience, it wouldn't surprise me if many fantasy owners wanted to rid themselves of all Chicago offensive players. I have faith that offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be able to straighten the line problem and return the offense to respectability. That would make Forte a decent value with his pass-catching and running ability. Call his owner and inquire about the price.
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets - Sanchez is on a team well known for running the ball, yet he's thrown for eight touchdown already this season. Add in the fact that he gets his most talented receiver back for Week 5 (Santonio Holmes) and that to date he hasn't thrown an interception and you have a nice fantasy quarterback who is owned in only 70-percent of all leagues. If your QB is struggling, or injured, Sanchez is still priced well below his value.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia - Pay no attention to what he did last week in a relief role against Washington. The same thing happened last year when he replaced Donovan McNabb in the Carolina game. After a week's worth of practice with the first team, he then went out and had back-to-back 300-yard games. Kolb, a seventh-round pick on Draft Day, has been cut in many leagues and is owned in just under 45-percent of all leagues. If you are looking for help at quarterback over the next few weeks, Kolb could be your guy.