Week 3 Fantasy Football Trade Targets: Let’s start wheeling and dealing and bolstering up our lineups, especially for those of you who are 0-2 and looking to make a move. I am talking to you Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson owners. Let’s get it started with five players to move on and five others to snag while the asking price is low.
Week 3 Fantasy Football Trade Targets
Josh Gordon (WR, NE)
As a Patriots fan this acquisition is exciting, as Josh Gordon is one of the most athletically gifted talents in the NFL, but I am more in the realm of being a realist. The wide range of outcomes with Flash is what makes me nervous. He could be a top 10 WR or off the team in two weeks. The Patriots playbook is one of the most difficult to learn, and add that with the having to gain Tom Brady’s trust and it could be a recipe for failure. Nonetheless, now is the time to cash in on selling Gordon. His value is at an all-time high. Even if Gordon gains form in NE it won’t be for at least two or three weeks into his tenure, if all goes well, for him to make a big impact. Look to sell Flash for a high upside RB, especially if you play in a league with those fanatic Patriots fans.
Tevin Coleman (RB, ATL)
Let it be known that I am a huge Tevin Coleman fan. When being the lone back for the Falcons in the four games Devonta Freeman has been out he has averaged 18 carries for 88 yards. He has also scored 3 TDs in that span. Coleman is a great RB1, but it’s only until Freeman comes back. The Falcons are going to give Freeman every opportunity to regain his workhorse production. With the uncertainty of Devonta coming back in two weeks or four weeks it is best to sell high on Coleman. One thing to remember: fantasy football is a marathon not a sprint. While Coleman’s value is high right now, we must remember that it will rapidly drop to nothing more than a mere PPR flex when a healthy Freeman is back on the field. Find a team in need of a short term RB fix, possibly a Freeman owner, and find a way to get a solid flex/WR2 in return.
James Conner (RB, PIT)
I know James Conner has been a breath of fresh air for fantasy owners, so I wouldn’t blame you for not wanting to trade him. The fact of the matter is at some point this season Le’Veon Bell will be back on the playing field. Whether it’s Week 3 or Week 10, it doesn’t really matter. James’ totals of 152 rushing yards and 105 receiving yards look great. Here’s the thing: the Steelers moving forward have the 8th hardest SOS for RB’s the ROS. It’s more likely you’ll see Conner’s Week 2 performance of 17 yards rushing and fantasy games-saving TD than you will his Week 1 dominance. Look to sell high on Conner, maybe to a Bell owner, or someone in desperate need of an RB2.
Desean Jackson (WR, TB)
What an amazing first two weeks it has been for DeSean Jackson. I mean, just amazing: 120+ yards in 2 games, and total that with 3 TD’s. I must be crazy to trade him, right? Wrong. While D-Jax’s 31-year-old legs seemed to have reversed 10 years, his numbers are just unsustainable. Not only do I fear the Buccaneers will start Jameis Winston over Ryan Fitzpatrick at some point this season, I also fear the emergence of Chris Godwin, who has seen just one less vertical target than Jackson, and he will emerge as the No. 2 for the Buccaneers. D-Jax stock right now is through the roof. While not everyone will buy into the fool’s gold, there are certainly those in need of a better flex. Look to trade Desean for a steadier flex player who will put up consistent numbers throughout the year.
Jordan Reed (TE, WAS)
Yes, Jordan Reed has looked good in his first two weeks with Alex Smith, who we all know loves his TE’s. My fear here is buying into Reed playing a whole season. In his five previous seasons, Reed has never played a full 16 games. Now, I know the tight end position as a whole is quite slim, but this is precisely the reason to sell high on Reed. The return for a TE of his caliber, when healthy, can far out way his possible production. Look to trade Reed to those unfortunate Delanie Walker owners in return for a RB2 or WR2.
Devonta Freeman (RB, ATL)
On the flip side of Tevin Coleman, I am a firm believer of buying low on Devonta Freeman. Atlanta has made it known that the money invested in Freeman is going to be put to good use. With conflicting reports about the length of his absence, now is the time to jump on the Freeman train. He was able to top 800 yards and 7 TD’s in 14 games last season. Barring any drastic setbacks, Devonta should be seen as a top RB2 and borderline RB1 once he’s back in the fold.
Royce Freeman (RB, DEN)
Many believe that Royce Freeman has been surpassed by his rookie counterpart Philip Lindsay, but I am not sold. Through the first two weeks, Royce has seen the third most stacked boxes of any RB in football. He produced 15 carries for 71 yards in his first game after facing the most stacked box in football. He then saved his Week 2 fantasy day with a goal line TD. After this week in Baltimore, Denver’s RBs will have the 3rd easiest SOS against run defenses. At best, you get a solid RB2 and at worst you get a goal line workhorse in an offense that has been scoring at a steady pace. Buy low on Freeman while his fantasy owners are giving up on him.
Kenny Golladay (WR, DET)
Although we’re only two weeks into the season I think it is safe to say that Kenny Golladay has overtaken Marvin Jones as the WR2 in the Lions offense. Golladay has had two big weeks and there’s nothing suggest that his production is going to slow down. With Detroit likely to play from behind a lot this season and their lack of RBs, expect Golladay to be heavily involved week-in and week-out in this high-volume passing offense. Grab Golladay now before the price goes up. Slot Golladay in as an every week flex with WR2 upside.
David Johnson (RB, ARI)
How low can you really buy David Johnson? Truth be told, he will still cost you a solid package of players. Here’s the thing: D.J.’s struggles come from his lack of usage in the passing game, combined with a new OC and a less than exciting offense, which is why fantasy owners are ready to ditch him. Johnson will have to be more involved in the offense if this team wants to win. I see an uptick in D.J.’s usage in the coming weeks. He’ll no doubt finish the season as a low-end RB1. Go out and make an offer while his value is at the lowest it will ever be.
Keelan Cole (WR, JAX)
The perception of Blake Bortles’ lack of ability has really put a damper on Cole’s true value. The truth is Cole is a legitimate WR2 with WR1 upside some weeks. Since Week 13 of last season Cole has performed as the No. 8 fantasy WR. Keelan is mostly being used as a flex/bench stash on most fantasy teams. Do not let the opportunity pass you by as Cole is by far Bortles’ go to WR. With a defense that will allow the Jaguars offense to be on the field A LOT, grab Cole for a cheap price and slot him in as your WR2/flex from here on out.