Week 4: Bargain Hunter
The New York Giants' investment in a long-term project at wide receiver in Ramses Barden finally paid dividends last Thursday Night when Barden reeled in a career-high nine passes for 138 yards on 10 targets starting in place of injured Pro-Bowl wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Barden, a third round pick out of California Polytechnic in 2009, has always posessed excellent size at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, but there were serious questions as to whether or not he was fast enough or athletic enough to establish himself as an NFL wide receiver. The fourth-year wideout erased any doubt about his ability to make a major impact with a monster breakout performance in Week 3 and has distanced himself from the other options in the Giants' passing attack not named Nicks or Victor Cruz.
It is difficult not to compare Barden to former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, whose mammoth frame made him an elite red-zone target. It is also hard to envision a scenario in which the Giants won't turn to Barden near the goalline because of his size, which makes him a worthy pickup in all fantasy and salary cap leagues. Valued at just $4.14 in Yahoo! Salary Cap leagues, Barden is a tremendous bargain worthy of a speculative pickup.
Martellus Bennett is a perfect example of what a change of scenery and a little motivation can do for a perceived "draft bust". Bennett has exloded onto the fantasy scene at the tight end position in fantasy football this season with 15 receptions for 185 yards and three touchdowns through three games.
The New York Giants will face off with NFC East rival Philadelphia in Week 4 and Bennett will remain a major part of the offensive gameplan. While Bennett's fantasy stock has gone through the roof, his Yahoo! Salary Cap price has not sky-rocketed just yet. Bennett remains one of the best bargains in all of salary cap football right now, priced at just $6.59 entering Week 4.