Matt Schaub among buy-low candidates

Updated: November 8, 2010, 12:35 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

One of the general questions I get asked most often in fantasy football is about when to finally give up on a player. Is October too soon? Can you afford to wait well into November before seeing production commensurate not with draft position, but with whether said player is even worth owning or dealing for? You know the names of the disappointing players this season. I still cringe at the fact I thought DeAngelo Williams was a top-10 running back. Sure doesn't look like it!

The truth is I don't mark a calendar and then decide I've waited long enough for a running back to produce. Every player is different. Someone like Cedric Benson has generally underachieved in relation to his 2009 performance, but you don't cut the guy. You don't trade him for a kicker, either. However, it's possible you've given up hope that the fellow you drafted in the third round will ever deliver reasonable numbers for a fantasy starter. In the case of Benson, I'm not giving up.

Here is a starting lineup of players that I think can salvage a relatively disappointing first half of the season with useful numbers down the stretch.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans: Many fantasy owners wouldn't call the fellow that led the league in passing yards last season a top-10 quarterback anymore, but I'll stop short of that proclamation. I would like to see more consistency, and I hate to think the rise of running back Arian Foster has deemed this passing game merely average. Through eight games, Schaub has more single-digit fantasy performances in standard leagues than double-digit ones. How does this happen with awesome wide receiver Andre Johnson on the squad? I like Schaub's chances of having a better second half, in part due to the schedule -- the Jacksonville Jaguars twice, the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles -- and also because we haven't seen Foster play a full season before. The passing game will be needed in December.