Week three has mostly come and gone, and it’s time to hit the trade markets in your leagues. We’re diving into players returning from injury, players coasting on name value, and players who don’t find themselves in ideal situations this week. As always, I’ve got three players to buy and three players to sell with an early eye on week four and beyond.
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Three Players to Buy
The Green Bay Packers have primarily struggled to run the ball while Aaron Jones has been injured, and he should take a commanding hold of the Packers’ backfield when he returns. Jones had over 120 yards from scrimmage and two scores in week one on just eleven touches against the Chicago Bears, and the team should be glad to add his explosive ability to their offense when he returns. Look for a team in your league that is needy at wide receiver if you have depth there, and send an offer for a player who offers weekly RB1 upside when healthy.
Playing the extrapolation game early in the season is always dangerous, but it feels fair to begin considering some trends we’ve seen after three games. Sam LaPorta is on pace for 124 targets, 102 catches, and 1,054 receiving yards. While the reception and receiving yards totals could certainly end up lower than that, the encouraging thing is the target share he’s commanded through three weeks on an offense we know likes to throw the football. He’s finished as a top-12 tight end each week this season and needs to be treated as an elite option at the position moving forward. Try and strike now before his value is fully realized in every league.
Chris Olave has picked up exactly where he left off last season. He’s a bonafide WR1 option weekly, and I fully understand you likely can’t “buy low” on Olave. With that being said, he’s worth every bit of the hype he receives, and maybe now you can try and get a slightly discounted offer sent out in your league while there is uncertainty regarding Derek Carr‘s shoulder. Olave would still thrive with Jameis Winston under center. He’s a player worth paying up for if you need to level up your wide receiver group.
Three Players to Sell
It’s tough to recommend selling any piece of an offense that was part of winning a game by 50 points but hear me out. The changing of the guard is coming for the Miami Dolphins, and Raheem Mostert could see opportunities decrease over the remainder of the season. He’ll still be involved, but De’Von Achane had over 200 rushing yards on 18 attempts against the Bears and figures to see his involvement in the Dolphins offense increase. Dangling Mostert in trade talks fresh from his four-touchdown performance in week three is not the worst idea.
Things are not going well for the Chicago Bears, and while some of the blame might rest on the coaching staff and front office, a lot of it should be shouldered by quarterback Justin Fields as well. Fields is still displaying many of the inconsistencies as a passer we saw in his first two seasons, except right now, he’s not offsetting that with high-level rushing performances like we’ve grown accustomed to. This looks increasingly like a lost season for the Bears, and Fields looks less like the franchise quarterback everyone hoped he was.
It hasn’t necessarily been a bad start to the season for Miles Sanders, but it could be seen as slightly disappointing coming off a 2022 season that saw him perform like a borderline RB1 more often than not. His rushing attempts have decreased in the first three games, and while his receiving work increased in week three, some of that could be thanks to Andy Dalton being under center in place of the injured Bryce Young. Sanders is likely in for an inconsistent 2023 season, and if I could pair him with another depth option from my roster to find a clear upgrade at running back, I’m on board.