Fantasy Football Buy/Sell/Hold Picks (Week 3)
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Whether you’re buying or selling, here’s a list of players to consider making a move on before it’s too late.
Players to Buy
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
He’s going to cost you a lot, but he’s worth it. The zone-blocking scheme has suited him extremely well and despite being down one of his starting offensive linemen in Week 2, he tagged the Packers for 191 total yards and a touchdown. If we were to hold drafts right now, Cook would be a top-five fantasy pick.
Leonard Fournette (RB – JAC)
He hasn’t had a massive performance over the first two weeks, but what’s most important is the reason many wanted to draft him. Volume. Of the 37 touches for Jaguars running backs, Fournette has 36 of them, which is volume you cannot replace in fantasy lineups. Trading for him before he scores a touchdown would be a good thing.
Mike Evans (WR – TB)
You should reach out to the Evans owner to find out just how desperate they are right now. After two subpar weeks, they’re likely panicking over their second-round pick. He’s struggled, sure, but during his Week 1 game, he was dealing with a sickness that had him as a game-time decision, and he then had a tough cornerback matchup with James Bradberry. He may not be the 1,500-yard receiver he was last year, but he’s still a borderline WR1 who you can likely buy at WR2 or even WR3 prices.
O.J. Howard (TE – TB)
You shouldn’t go out and give up the farm to acquire Howard like it was the preseason, but this is the ultimate buy-low, sell-high scenario where you’re getting him for as cheap as humanly possible. He’s been on the field for 110 snaps over the first two weeks, so it’s not a lack of playing time, but rather a lack of targets. They’ll likely be coming soon, and the Giants defense is up in Week 3.
Jameis Winston (QB – TB)
After a shaky start to the year, Winston improved in Week 2, though it didn’t show his full potential. The game against the Panthers was on a short week while having to travel, so his stat line shouldn’t have been expected to be very big. Now having 10 days to prepare for the Giants, Winston should be a solid buy-low candidate. Over the first two weeks, the Giants have allowed 10.6 yards per attempt with a 5:0 touchdown to interception ratio. If there’s a confidence builder, next week would be it.
Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA)
There will be plenty of fantasy owners who drop Drake after another bad performance, but you should be trading for him after we found out the Dolphins have talked with multiple teams about a trade. His situation can only improve from here, so buy him at his lowest price.
Players to Sell
T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND)
He’s scored touchdowns in each of the first two weeks, making fantasy owners believe he hasn’t lost any appeal without Andrew Luck, but think about that statement for a minute. Before his touchdown late in the game against the Titans, he was looking like a bust in Week 2. He’s a solid low-end WR2 in fantasy leagues, but if you can get close to WR1 value, sell.
Matt Breida (RB – SF)
Many were touting Breida as a must-start last week, though Kyle Shanahan had other things in mind, as both Raheem Mostert and Jeffrey Wilson were heavily involved. It’s reminiscent of last year when the 49ers backfield was continually unpredictable. The offense may have had a good game against the Bengals as a whole, but this doesn’t appear to be a potent offense. If someone wants to take on the headache of the 49ers backfield, you should entertain offers.
Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS)
His touchdown run should salvage his value in a game he had just 10 carries, but this is what you get with Peterson and the Redskins offense. They’re likely going to fall behind rather quickly in games, meaning they’ll abandon work with the two-down back, as Chris Thompson is better in clear passing situations. The idea is to eliminate as much inconsistency as you can in fantasy football, and Peterson’s ceiling just isn’t high enough to justify the inconsistency.
Vance McDonald (TE – PIT)
There was a scare in Week 2 when McDonald had to leave the game with an injury, though he returned and scored two touchdowns. Yes, it was just a “scare” but you should remember McDonald’s injury history that’s prevented him from playing a full NFL season. He may also have to play with Mason Rudolph for some time, which, regardless of the Week 2 outcome may say, is a downgrade.
Peyton Barber (RB – TB)
If you watched the Bucs over the last two years, you’d know that Barber isn’t going to be a game-changer. He’ll have games from time-to-time that give fantasy owners hope, and the latest one just happened to be on national TV for all to see. If there’s a running back-needy team in your league, float some offers out there with Barber included.
Players to Hold
Antonio Brown (WR – NE)
There’s going to be mixed emotions about Brown after his debut with the Patriots, but one thing was certain… He’s going to be a favorite of Tom Brady. If you didn’t watch the game, Brady underthrew Brown for what would’ve been a second touchdown. The chemistry will only grow between the two. While there is risk to owning him in fantasy, there’s also massive potential.
Chris Godwin (WR – TB)
Some may be looking to sell Godwin after the hype has reached an all-time high, but you should be holding onto your superstar. He’s playing the big-slot role for Bruce Arians, which is the role Larry Fitzgerald played in during his resurgence in fantasy football. While Mike Evans is going to bounce back before long, Jameis Winston is also going to have bigger games.
Sony Michel (RB – NE)
Some may look to sell Michel after his Dolphins performance, but you should be holding onto him. The Patriots offense is going to be a juggernaut and they’re going to score a lot of points. Michel is their clear-cut goal-line back, as Damien Harris hasn’t even been active on game day. He’s the running back who’s most likely to score 10-plus rushing touchdowns, making him a should-be top-15 running back at year’s end.
Marquise Brown (WR – BAL)
You should’ve been skeptical to start with Brown, especially after learning he played just 14 snaps in the Week 1 game. Those concerns disappeared in Week 2 as he played a team-high 50 snaps. He was also targeted 13 times, which obviously checks off the volume box. Knowing he has snaps, targets, and big-play potential, he’s got upside WR3 written all over him.