Week 1 is in the books, and for dynasty fantasy football managers, now is a good time to take advantage of overreactions. There are a few wide receivers who had poor Week 1 performances that you might be able to grab for a good price. Here are a few players that you might consider buying low, selling high, or holding in your dynasty leagues.
Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
After catching just two passes on four targets for 10 yards, Williams is one of the most obvious buy-low candidates. Simply put, he’s got Justin Herbert, who is arguably the best quarterback for fantasy football not named Josh Allen. Keenan Allen is dealing with a hamstring issue and is already 30 years old. Williams played on 93% of the offensive snaps last week, and despite the poor performance, I wouldn’t be concerned yet. If there’s any chance of buying low, it’s worth trying.
CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL)
One of the biggest disappointments of the week had to be the Dallas Cowboys and this offense as a whole. Lamb was primed for a breakout season, but the hand injury for Dak Prescott is going to put things on hold for now. Lamb saw 11 targets; only two came from Cooper Rush, but Rush came in with about five minutes left in the game. Either way, this is going to be a temporary low point for Lamb, who still has a ton of upside as the WR1 in this offense. It might be a few months before Prescott is back, but this doesn’t move the needle much for Lamb and his dynasty value. Lamb has all the talent and opportunity in the world, and there’s a chance you can buy low during this period on a potential stud wide receiver.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
After two seasons of being a bust on just about all accounts, Edwards-Helaire kicked off his third-year campaign with a great performance. Two touchdowns through the air are what helped him put up fantasy points because it definitely wasn’t his rushing ability or usage. He saw just seven carries for 42 yards, and he caught all three targets thrown his way for 32 additional yards and the two scores. Just 10 touches are far from ideal, and I’d be using this performance to try and get out on Edwards-Helaire. Running backs who don’t see 10+ carries per week are going to be tough to rely upon, especially when his teammate Jerick McKinnon saw four targets.
If you were on the fence heading into this season, you might want to get out while you can. Don’t rely on these multi-touchdown performances often. The low volume is much more concerning.
Najee Harris (RB – PIT)
I always like to include a more expensive player when looking at who to buy-low or sell-high on during the season. One name that comes to mind is Harris, although he isn’t exactly someone you’re “selling high” on. Right now, he’s ranked as the RB2 in our dynasty rankings and the fourth player overall. Not that you will be able to, but you should be able to trade him for pretty much any player not named Jonathan Taylor, Ja’Marr Chase, or Justin Jefferson.
The biggest reason for concern is that he’s already injured again after heading into the season with a Lisfranc injury. On top of that, now he’s dealing with an ankle injury that is supposedly not serious, but it’s still absolutely concerning to see. Especially after just the first week. It’s always tough to move players of this caliber, but there’s a chance that Harris isn’t as great or sees as much volume as he did last year. Don’t go out of your way and sell him just for the sake of it, but if you’re concerned, he’s someone you might be able to sell for a very strong package that will help you win now.
Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS)
This Washington backfield had some major question marks surrounding it during the preseason. With the re-signing of pass-catching specialist JD McKissic and rookie Brian Robinson being drafted in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Obviously, things changed quickly with the tragic news surrounding Robinson, but Gibson resumes the lead running back role until further notice. He totaled 130 yards from scrimmage, saw 14 carries for 58 yards, and caught 7 of 8 passes for an additional 72. McKissic caught all three of his targets but seeing this type of usage for Gibson was extremely promising for his fantasy value. I’d be taking the wait-and-see approach with Gibson for now because if this usage continues, he’ll be fantastic for fantasy purposes.