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What if Buying Low Meant Buying Shady (McCoy)?

How did your fantasy team perform this week?

Week 5 is a great time to reassess your team and look for opportunities to shore up underperforming positions.  I think the key to winning, luck aside, lies in exploiting the waiver wire for breakout rookies or late-draft flyers that fill up points at the flex spot.

Savvy owners – like you, can also go the trade route.  Are you in a league with some (suddenly) panicking fantasy owners because their top picks are having a run of bad games?  It’s a great time to gamble!

So who are good players to buy low right now?

  • LeSean McCoy – Started the season off alright with 11.50 and 16.20 points, injured o-line leaves Shady with just 2.20, 1.70, and 6.60 points since.
  • Calvin Johnson – Had a monstrous 28.40 first game, followed by pedestrian 8.30, 8.20, 1.20, and 1.70 games afterwards.
  • Jamaal Charles – Heads into his bye week with just 3.40, 1.20, 0.00, 28.80, and 8.40 points total.

Let’s compare these players using the Fantasy Player Comparison Tool.


I am comparing purely on matchup, upside, and intangibles. Of the 3 players the tool likes LeSean McCoy.

I want to be 100% sure, so I took Sam Ko’s strength of schedule data and updated each team’s win-loss record.


Key Learnings

  • LeSean McCoy is a prime candidate to bounce back based on his team’s strength of schedule.
  • Player performance can be greatly affected by forces beyond their control.
  • Always buy low when possible.


Based on current standings the Eagles play easier opponents than Detroit, and a much easier schedule than the Chiefs.  The Eagles also have a week 7 bye (some needed healing time for their MASH unit offensive line) so if you’re expecting a week 7 loss or can make up player production through waivers I suggest trading for Shady.

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