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Week 3: Players to Buy Into and Escape While you Can




Buys:

Kyren Williams


Kyren's usage is the stuff of elite fantasy RBs. He was on the field for 100% of snaps vs the Bengals. When pressure got in and Stafford was rushed, he continuously dumped it off to his reliable RB. Anybody with this usage is a must have.



Bijan Robinson


Bijan feels poised for a breakout. All the Falcons want to do is run the ball, and Robinson was on the field for 81% of snaps last week. He also is consistently near the top of the Falcons' target leaderboard.



Calvin Ridley


It's now been two straight weeks where Ridley missed out on should be TDs. He had a failed toe tap in the end zone vs the Chiefs, and this week had a potential score wiped away after being interfered with. This terrible luck shouldn't sustain, and on top of that, I expect Trevor Lawrence, Doug Pederson, and the Jags' offense to get right sooner rather than later. Ridley is still the WR I want in Jacksonville.



Zay Flowers


Flowers is at worst the 1B in Baltimore's offense right now, if not the 1A. He has had double digit targets in 2/3 weeks so far, and out-targeted Mark Andrews 10-5 this past week. He's young, explosive, and constantly in Lamar's plans on the field.



Jerry Jeudy


I gave Sean Payton's game planning and personnel usage a lot of heat this week, and although it wasn't perfect for Jeudy owners, we saw some encouraging signs. Jeudy saw 7 targets - but more importantly in my opinion - Courtland Sutton saw 11. Eventually, I think these tides will shift and favor Jeudy. But either way, 18 targets between the two of them is plenty for Jeudy to succeed.




Sells:

Alexander Mattison


After another fumble this week, I'm done with hoping for a Mattison takeover. Cam Akers is imminent, and Mattison has been awful this year, even without Akers in the building. Get absolutely any value at all out of Mattison while you still can.



De'Von Achane


It may seem counterintuitive to sell off a rookie who is starting to produce value, but - simply put - there is simply not much of a chance that this production continues. Obviously, Achane will not be dropping 50 points a week, (nor will anybody,) but it goes beyond this. He is the RB6 in PPR formats, despite playing in just 2 games. However, with Raheem Mostert (RB1), Jeff Wilson (set to return from injury soon), and Salvon Ahmed also in Miami, this isn't likely to continue. This is almost certainly the peak of Achane's value, so I'd sell at this point before it goes down at all.



Alvin Kamara


Hear me out: Alvin Kamara has a reputation as an elite receiving weapon, but that was when he was the number one in this offense. Right now, he'd probably enter as the number three, after a couple of down years, a new QB, and a worse offensive line. Now that Kamara is coming off suspension, people will listen to your calls. Try to ship him off for a more certain fantasy asset.



Puka Nacua


On Monday Night Football last week, the Rams showed a real ugly side of their offense. The blocking was really bad, and as a result, Stafford was desperately dropping the ball off to his quick game weaponry: Tutu Atwell and Kyren Williams. With Cooper Kupp's return on the horizon, and this sort of result on the table for LA, Nacua probably won't be seeing anywhere near 20 targets many times more this year.



George Kittle


With Brandon Aiyuk out, Kittle and Deebo Samuel were able to be more involved in the Niners' offense. However, we know Christian McCaffrey is the focal point, and when Aiyuk is healthy, he seems to be Brock Purdy's favorite target. There are just too many mouths to feed in the Bay Area to expect consistent weekly production from George Kittle.




Holds:

Jordan Love


Love is looking great so far, but his ceiling only goes up with Aaron Jones set to return and Christian Watson soon to make his season debut. Hold onto him for now as a low end QB1 option, and hope his stock rises even more.



Saquon Barkley


While hurt, there is typically no reason to trade a player, unless you need immediate wins. In case this ankle injury is more serious than being reported, I'm not buying Saquon either, but he will be that same plug-and-play RB1 upon his return to play.



Marquise Brown


With the Cardinals playing a lot harder than expected, this offense seems to have some value that not too many of us saw coming. James Conner - for instance - has been a pleasant surprise so far. If Kyler Murray can return this season - and he's eligible to do so as early as Week 5 - Marquise Brown's value should skyrocket. They have had that chemistry together since college, and it looked good at times last year. Hold onto Hollywood, and hope for a healthy Kyler Murray sooner rather than later.



Adam Thielen


Thielen exploded last week with Andy Dalton at the helm, and although Bryce Young will probably be back this week, it's worth stashing Thielen. Maybe he opened Frank Reich's eyes to some untapped offensive potential with his last performance.



Tank Dell


Dell has led Houston in targets in each of the last two weeks, and added a touchdown on top of each game. You won't be able to get enough value from him now in a trade, but he's a top waiver target this week, and if you already have him, hold tight and see if he can realize this usage upside.



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