Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

This week Larry Fitzgerald scored zero points in standard fantasy football leagues, but Dante Rosario of the San Diego Charges caught three touchdowns.

That does not, I repeat does not, mean that you should be dropping Fitzgerald or wasting a waiver pickup on Rosario.

But someone will.

Now that Week 2 is nearly over, fantasy owners are starting to solidify their lineups.

Owners at 0-2 are starting to panic, but good owners are keeping their calm.

You can still make playoffs from 0-2; heck, you can make playoffs from 0-4.

So don't accept those ridiculous trade offers you might get this week. Don't panic. Keep your head.

It's only two weeks.

With that mantra in your mind -- don't panic! -- let's take a look at some good buy-low opportunities this week.

Trade Targets

Your first step is to look for a worried owner, one whose team is 1-1 or 0-2.

Next, scan that lineup for any stars who have underperformed so far. For example, do they own Fitzgerald? Let's start there.

Wide Receiver

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona - So far he has five catches for 67 yards through two games. Owners likely picked Fitzgerald early in the second round, so they're panicking now that he isn't living up to that draft ranking.

Keep this stat in mind: with the same terrible quarterback duo last year, Fitzgerald hauled in 80 passes for 1,411 yards and eight touchdowns. He'll bounce back this year, and this is the time to buy low.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago - After a stellar Week 1 (nine rec, 119 yards, 1 TD), Marshall collapsed against the Packers, due in large part to a terrible offensive line that allowed seven sacks.

Remember, however, that the game was played on a short week, and Chicago has nearly ten days between games to prepare for their week three matchup against the Rams. This is a receiver who hasn't finished a year with fewer than 81 catches since his rookie year in 2006.

If you can find a skittish owner, scared after Week 2, Marshall could be a steal.

Here are a few more players you might buy low this week.


Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh - Roethlisberger hasn't done anything flashy this year, with 520 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception through two games. But look at the matchups: the Steelers have played a gritty Broncos' defense and the strong Jets' secondary.

Despite those tough matchups, Roethlisberger is completing 64.8 percent of his passes and has a 99.5 quarterback rating. Now that Mike Wallace is starting to feel comfortable with the new offense, the Steelers have no shortage of options for Roethlisberger to throw to. He'll have a strong year going forward.

Running Back

Jamaal Charles, Kansas City - Charles has 22 carries for 90 yards through the first two weeks, which is far from stunning, but recognize that his competition, Peyton Hillis, has only 18 carries. Charles will continue to get touches, and he's the far more explosive back.

Remember, this is a running back that's only 25 and who had two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons before his knee injury last year. Don't pay No. 1 RB value for Charles as long as the Chiefs continue to struggle, which means they stop running in the second half, but Charles has strong upside if you can get him for No. 2 RB value.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cincinnati - Green-Ellis isn't flashy, and he's a near-opposite of Jamaal Charles. Where Charles may run ten times a game, with one going for 60 yards, Green-Ellis will average 18 carries a game, with 5 yards per carry. Through two games, he has 166 yards and only one touchdown.

Look for a big game next week against a Redskins team who just lost two starting defensive linemen to injuries.


These are just five examples to get your mind working. Your key this week is to keep repeating the successful owner's mantra: don't panic! Keep your feet on the ground, whether you're 0-2 or 2-0.

Scan your league's rosters, look for a panicky owner with a player that's underperformed so far, and see if you can pull off a favorable trade.

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