COMMENTARY | We're entering Week 9 of the fantasy football season, and if you are like me, you're desperately clawing your way toward a playoff berth.
But even if you have the luxury of a first or second place position, chances are you'll be scouring the waiver wire looking for one or two players to help lock up a playoff seed and propel your team to a fantasy title.
On the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stink. But, there's a strange thing about fantasy football, and it's why this game is so fun -- a team may stink in real life, but its players still have value from a fantasy perspective. The 2008 Detroit Lions were winless. But they had Calvin Johnson. His 1331 yards and 12 touchdowns were fantasy gold. Running back Kevin Smith nearly ran for 1,000 yards and scored eight touchdowns. His 174 fantasy points ranked 49th-best in the league.
A team can be bad, but its players can be useful on a fantasy roster. Such is the case with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here are a few guys to target in the free agent pool:
Mike Glennon: Over the last four weeks, he's outscored popular fantasy quarterbacks Tom Brady, Robert Griffin III, Philip Rivers, and Joe Flacco. He's averaged 45 passing attempts in his first four games as a starter, and has thrown for at least 250 yards in his last three games.
Although Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano wants him to throw less, Tampa Bay's winless record suggests Glennon won't have much of a choice except to keep throwing. He's not a big name among fantasy circles, but he should provide some value the rest of the season.
Tim Wright: Other than wide receiver Vincent Jackson, Wright has been the biggest benefactor since Glennon took over as the starting quarterback. He has 19 receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown with Glennon under center, and has emerged as the quarterback's No. 2 receiving option due to the loss of wide receiver Mike Williams for the rest of the season.
He's out-performed tight ends Tony Gonzalez, Martellus Bennett, and Antonio Gates over the last four weeks, and his production won't slow down any time soon. He's especially valuable in point-per-reception leagues. Pick him up now.
Doug Martin: Perhaps no other first round pick has disappointed owners as much as Martin. Quarterback changes, poor offensive line play, and bad luck have turned this fantasy hero into a fantasy afterthought. After suffering a torn labrum Week 6, many speculated that he would miss the rest of the season.
Don't tell that to Martin. He avoided surgery and has been regaining strength in his shoulder in hopes he can return Week 11 when Tampa Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins on 'Monday Night Football.'
Pick him up, or trade for him while this value is down. A playoff spot is on the line.
James LoPresti lives in Tampa and has a journalism degree from the University of South Florida. He has eight years experience working in print media with the Tampa Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @JLoPresti3114.
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