WRITTEN BYFANTASY PROS STAFF
Two weeks are (almost) on the books, and fantasy football owners are busy taking stock of their lists. Undoubtedly, more than a few feel that their RB and / or WR depth is very poor, and even more might be regretting passing at a high-level TE. Whether you’ve been hit by the injury bug or hit by the resignation wire, the answers to your team’s problems will likely need to be resolved through the players already on the roster or through an exchange. That means being patient or finding the right buy low and sell high business targets. FantasyPros is here to help with trading tips and advice on their Week 3 Stock Watch which includes A.J. Brown, Saquon Brown, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jonathan Taylor, and Jalen Hurts, among others.
As always, it is difficult to find a business partner who cares so early in the season; at least one isn’t demanding his first- or second-round pick for a random guy who had a decent two weeks. It is not enough for most people to gain a trade, they have to master a trade. Fair deals that help both teams just aren’t fun for some. So making a trade won’t be easy, but if you have a few types of players in mind and start with a fair offer, you may have a chance. If you come from a strong position and want to play low, that’s fine too, but don’t be surprised if that closes all the negotiations.
Remember, trading values can change quickly in fantasy football, so don’t focus too much on one specific goal. Change your mindset as trends change, but don’t be afraid to attack if you have a good deal on the table, even this early in the season. – Matt Lutovsky
Week 3 Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Low Buy Candidates
A.J. Brown (WR – TEN)
Brown’s catch rate is pretty frustrating in two games, but Fantasy owners should feel good about the 172 passing yards he saw in Week 2. That, in addition to his natural talent, is the reason to stay “in.” AJB. A slow start isn’t ideal, but things can change quickly for a player who has been tremendously productive during his first two NFL seasons.
Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)
Barkley’s attack rate increased from 48 percent in week 1 to 84 percent in week 2. This is even more encouraging when you consider that the Giants were playing in a short week. With extra time to prepare for Week 3 against an attacking Falcons defense, Barkley’s actions are undoubtedly heading in the right direction.
Rondale Moore (WR – ARI)
Moore still doesn’t play as many snapshots as A.J. Green or Christian Kirk, but Kliff Kingsbury is using the rookie whenever he’s on the field. Moore trailed all seven goals for 114 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, and her playing time is in the right direction. It is a priority transfer add-on in leagues where it is still available. Arizona takes on the lowly Jaguars in Week 3.
Week 3 Fantasy Football Stock Watch: High Selling Business Candidates
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB – KC)
Over the span of two weeks, CEH ranks last in PFF’s urgent rating and has seen a total of three targets. He wasn’t the goal in Sunday’s Week 2 game against the Ravens and he also lost a game-changing fumble late in the fourth quarter. He’s still tied to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, but Edwards-Helaire just isn’t delivering the box-scoring results fantasy managers need. This offense runs through Mahomes, making CEH a low-end RB2 moving forward. A Week 3 showdown with the Chargers is on deck.
Fantasy Football Stock Watch of Week 3: Players to Retain
Jonathan Taylor (RB – IND)
Indy’s offense looks shaky in two games, but we should expect a positive regression for Taylor as the Colts have yet to score a TD on the ground. In fact, Taylor has a whopping seven carries inside the five-yard line so far, but he hasn’t been able to find the end zone. We know he has talent. Be patient.
Jalen hurts (QB – PHI)
The second-year quarterback threw for just 190 yards and zero touchdowns in Week 2 against San Francisco. However, he ran 10-82-1 on the ground, putting him above 20 fantasy points for the day. Hurts rushed production gives you the floor / ceiling combination we are looking for in our callers. He starts confidently against the Cowboys in Week 3.