Part of the difference between winning and losing in NFL fantasy leagues is knowing how to find productive players for cheap. Who are some options in 2014?
James Jones – WR – Oakland Raiders
Bargain players tend to be guys who aren’t superstars but are still good for those one or two really solid performances during the year. James Jones is a perfect example. He was never the go-to guy in Green Bay but if defenses weren’t careful he could break out for over 100 yards in a heartbeat. He is now with the Oakland Raiders, a team that figures to get passed up on the NFL fantasy circuit early in drafts, which means it’s likely owners can get him much later.
Toby Gerhart – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Being 27-years old, having been a backup his entire career and playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s understandable why fantasy experts will likely pass on Toby Gerhart more than a few times. That being said the mileage on his body is not near what a running back typical of his age would have. For his career he has averaged 4.7 yards per carry and he’s on a team under a head coach that is going to run the football consistently. He may not produce highlight reel material, but he will put up numbers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – Houston Texans
There was a time where Ryan Fitzpatrick was good enough to earn a long-term extension from the Buffalo Bills. He again flashed that potential last season for Tennessee when he rained four touchdowns on the tough Arizona Cardinals defense. Fitzpatrick isn’t a star, but if an NFL fantasy owner plays his cards right and recognizes the ability of Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien to mold quarterbacks, then the veteran could have a few standout moments in 2014. It all depends on the timing and the matchup. Remember he will be throwing to Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Greg Olsen – TE – Carolina Panthers
With Jimmy Graham ripping up the league in New Orleans, overlooking a guy like Greg Olsen has become too commonplace. The Carolina Panthers tight end is not a superstar but he is a proven, consistent pass catcher who has averaged over 800 yards and at least five touchdowns the past two seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year way back in 2007. In terms of being a start in NFL fantasy leagues, that is arguable but as a key reserve there might not be a better bargain.