4 fantasy football players to buy low on


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By Charlie Zwibelman

Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

Watson is currently serving an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual assault. He is slated to be back in week 13. Watson is an ultra-talented quarterback, as in his last three seasons, as he has top-five fantasy finishes in his past three full seasons. In 2020, Watson led the league in passing yards and yards per attempt while throwing 33 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. He did all of this playing on the Texans, where he had the worst supporting cast of any quarterback. He now goes to a team with an offensive mastermind at head coach and plenty of talented offensive weapons, such as Amari Cooper and Nick Chubb. The improved supporting cast along with his immense talent make him a top 3 option at the position when he gets back. If you are 4-0 or 3-1, try to trade for or even pick him up off of waivers if he is there. He will be back just in time to win you your league in the playoffs. 


Running Back: Breece Hall, New York Jets

People who drafted Hall as high as the late third round have to be disappointed with the start he is getting off to. Michael Carter has had a larger role in the offense than most anticipated and has eaten into Hall’s workload. However, Hall’s usage has gone up every week of the season, reaching a new high last week. Hall saw 23 opportunities(carries plus targets), and put up a season high 15.8 PPR points. He also played 66% of the team’s snaps, a season high. It appears as the season goes on, Hall will continue to get more and more touches. His current volume and snap share make him a solid RB2, and there is room for much more with his exponentially growing role in the offense. 


Wide Receiver: Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Coming off of a torn ACL, Godwin miraculously made it back week one, only to injure his hamstring in the first half and miss the next two games. In his first game back last week, Godwin led the team in snap share and tied for the team lead in targets, with 10. Godwin is Tom Brady’s top target, as he also led the team in targets last year while  averaging 17 points per game. Brady has shown less willingness to push the ball downfield this season and is instead working the short to intermediate area instead. This benefits Godwin, as he is elite at getting open in that area of the field. On a throw-heavy offense Godwin is currently a high-end WR2 now and could even approach WR1 territory later in the season. 


Tight End: Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

All signs point to selling Pitts based on name value. Backup tight end Parker Hesse played more snaps and ran more routes than Pitts did in week 4. Pitts is currently the tight end 18 on the season and is averaging a paltry 6.25 points per game. He has a bad quarterback and a coach who seemingly does not want to utilize him. And while all that is true, I am still a believer in Kyle Pitts’ talent. Pitts was drafted using a top five pick in 2021 and was touted as a generational tight end prospect. Running a blazing 4.44 forty yard dash while standing at 6 foot 6, 250 pounds, Pitts is a freak of nature. He showed it in his rookie season too, becoming the first rookie tight end in 50 years to eclipse 1000 yards, en route to a TE6 finish. Pitts is simply too talented of a player to continue his subpar production, and if Falcons head coach Arthur Smith has any sense, he will get his best player the football. I still view Pitts as a top 5 option at the tight end position, and with the lack of depth at tight end, now is the perfect time to swoop in and trade for Pitts.