By Jay Upp
So we’re at that time of year. You know, the time of year where us dynasty nerds can’t get enough of NFL training camps and we read every blurb out there about players we want to “buy and sell”. We follow every beat writer. We follow every fantasy football guru. We click every story relating to training camp. Well if that is you, then feel free to read away.
Today, in my first article of the season, I’m telling you to buy low on Elijah McGuire. Yes, I know he plays for the Jets and by all accounts, they didn’t exactly light the fantasy world on fire last season. But 2018 is a new year. This offense will be much improved. Not just the 1st round pick Sam Darnold at QB. Not a (for now) healthy Josh McCown. Their WR core is vastly better than last year and their defense isn’t really what I would call top notch. To me, this means more throwing and for whatever reason, the team just isn’t sold on Bilal Powell. So much so that they brought in Isaiah Crowell to be the lead back. So why am I so high on Elijah McGuire you ask? No, it’s not because Jets RB coach Stump Mitchell called him the next LaDainian Tomlinson (which I wish he would’ve kept under wraps) but maybe this was going to be his breakout season. I’ve liked this talented back since he was drafted out of Louisiana-Lafayette in the 6th round of the 2017 draft. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch the tape on him.
He ran for over 4300 yds & 42 TD’s as a Ragin Cajun (4 seasons). At 5’10 214lbs he has the perfect combination of size and speed and this is your opportunity to get him on the cheap. On just the first day of Jets training camp McGuire fractured a bone in his foot. Surgery is needed. But that doesn’t scare off a savvy dynasty owner. That screams BUY LOW! McGuire is someone that most probably was drafted in the back end of the 4th, if not, 5th round of their rookie drafts in 2017. Maybe the owner was just “taking a shot” with McGuire. Now it’s your time to strike. I’m trying to get as many shares as I can of this kid before it’s too late. In some leagues he can be had for as low as a 3rd round rookie pick. Other leagues I’ve seen different combos traded for him. With Powell being 29yrs old and not in consideration, the only thing in front of him is Crowell. Crowell is not known as a “receiving back” and that is where McGuire excels. He’s a great addition to your PPR leagues and if you wait to go grab him, you’ll be sorry. I had high expectations for him this year and yes I was disappointed when he went down with the foot injury. But once it was released that he would only miss 4-6 weeks, that killer instinct kicked in and I began trying to buy and you should too. So as you’re sitting there continuing to read about everyone else’s HYPE TRAIN, remember the players no one else is talking about. That may just be your chance to buy low on your pot of gold! Good luck and stay socially active.