With a month of fantasy football now in the books, unless you're in a keeper league like I am where a player was drafted affects his value, it's time to start ignoring where players were selected when making trade offers and looking for value.
It also means it's a good time to start buying low on guys like running backs Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller and David Wilson.
Let's start with Doug Martin. In some circles, he was being drafted ahead of Adrian Peterson as the No. 1 overall pick in August drafts for some insane reason I still can't wrap my head around.
He's been struggling mightily and, for the right offer, he could be yours. Because the Bucs are on a bye this week, you've got a week to try to negotiate something with the Martin owner in your league without another game to change his mind. The Bucs have the Eagles up next when they return from bye, setting up nicely for a big game by the second-year runner (suddenly making him a sell-high candidate). I'd still consider wrangling him away, even after that game, because he has a soft schedule in the week 14-16 fantasy playoff set-up (vs. Bills, vs. 49ers, at Rams).
C.J. Spiller is another player who might be had for shells and beads right now, although his explosive run on Thursday night football might've had some owners change their mind. It did in our CCTimes league, where the Spiller owner had just posted that he was available for a "decent" WR - our definition of "decent" was off, so I didn't make a deal - wrote Spiller was off the table after that performance, suddenly proclaiming him a stud. Some owners may view it as an opportunity to "sell high" on Spiller instead, especially if they left him on the bench Thursday night. Bottom line, there's a good chance Spiller's owner is willing to talk turkey. And since he's been in the league, Spiller has usually been a second-half of the season star. And check out his fantasy playoff schedule: at Tampa, at Jacksonville, vs. Miami. I don't like that week 16 tilt, but at least it's a home game.
Finally, there is David Wilson, a player I traded for earlier this week (coincidentally, with the Spiller owner in the CCTimes league, straight up for Chris Johnson). The Giants second-year back had fumbling issues against Dallas in Week 1, and found himself firmly planted in Coach Tom Coughlin's dog house. He hasn't been putting up great numbers the past three weeks as the Giants continue to struggle. It's worth noting three of New York's first four games were on the road and against tough defenses. However, Wilson hasn't put the ball on the ground and he's been getting more than 70 percent of the team's carries. The team also just cut third-down back Da'Rel Scott, meaning Wilson may seen some passing down opportunities as well. And wouldn't you know it, the Philadelphia Eagles and their porous D come to town this week. Following an unfavorable trip to Chicago in Week 6, Wilson and the G-men get tissue-paper defenses Minnesota, Philadelphia again, Oakland, Green Bay and Washington in five of the following six weeks. The playoff schedule isn't particularly nice, especially a Week 15 match-up with Seattle, but you'd like to hope Wilson and the Giants can be clicking on all cylinders by then.