Week 3 is in the books and we're starting to see some trends. Even if the trend is that some teams still don't know what they're doing with their talented individuals.
Here's the thing…
In most cases, the cream rises to the top. Meaning that the talent will win out sooner or later. And if the talent hasn't won out out yet, then that's where we come in as fantasy owners to swoop in and snatch that talent before it breaks out and value rises on that talent.
Trade tip: Don't hesitate to offer a trade to owners that have run into some bad luck. In fact, that's what you should be doing. So when someone loses an RB, and you have depth on your team, enough to lose a RB from your bench or flex spot, you make an offer to that owner who maybe starting to freak out.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Jets
Crowell has 4 rushing TDs, and at least 10 carries a week in all 3 games this season. However, the last 2 weeks he's only rushed for 35 and 34 yards, respectively. The touchdowns are nice but we've learned that they aren't something you can count on to consistently happen. If he's your flex, then there's really no reason to trade him. But if you want to upgrade to someone that'll be more consistent, then you're going to want to trade him when his stock is rather high. Bilal Powell still out snapped him in the loss to the Browns (34-24) and there has been news of the Jets looking to trade for LeVeon Bell.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks
32 carries is a big deal. But not something I expect to happen again. And no one else should. 30 plus touches on a consistent basis is dangerous for any player. Carson was going late in drafts even after he was named the stater so more than likely he is a flex on most teams. Use this week to get what you can for him. Week one he had 5 targets but only 3 since. He also maybe game script dependent and I don't think the Seahawks spent a 1st round pick on Rashaad Penny to just let him ride the bench.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Raiders
If you think Nelson is going to be the go to WR in Oakland than by all means keep him. If he's your flex there's nothing wrong with you wanting to take that chance. I however, don't want to take that chance and would rather cash in on a pretty good week from the 33 year old (6/173/1). It's going to be a toss up every week in this offense when predicting who's going to get the work.
Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers
With Greg Olsen reportedly ahead of schedule, Funchess’ upside may come to an end. He's had two good weeks without Olsen (11 rec, 144 yards, 1TD), but his bye week is coming so you should try and capitalize from those weeks. Try and package him with one of these RBs to upgrade at another position for more consistency.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
Green got hurt last game and Tyler Boyd has looked good this year (15/249/2). Use that to try and pry away Green from his owner. It'll be difficult but maybe the success of Boyd can help you scare the Green owner. This is a reach as it is early in the season and no one should be freaking out about Green but you should still try because Green's value really won't fluctuate much all year.
LeVeon Bell, RB, Steelers
Although the Steelers have agreed to listen to offers, that doesn't mean that they'll trade him. And even if he does get traded, there's no guarantee that he produces like he did in Pittsburgh. Bell's value isn't the same as it was at the beginning of the season and there's not even a guarantee that he gets traded. Low ball with some depth from your team if can afford it as the Bell owner may want to rid himself of Bell. Remind the owner that if he doesn't get traded, he'll be on his bench until November and may not get a better offer. Hopefully the Bell owner has a team that is not doing too good.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
With Andrew Luck's arm in question, the Hilton owner may be looking to get rid of him before any bad news comes down about Luck. Hilton is more than likely a WR2 on most teams. He was very boom or bust last year with Brissett, but I would try to acquire him to be a flex on my team.
Keelan Cole, WR, Jaguars
Last year Cole had about 700 yards in his last 10 games. He was only targeted more than 5 times in 6 of those 10 games. He has a very good opportunity this year to break 1,000 yards as the teams best WR. Week 2 he was targeted 8 times. Week 2, 9 times. His production week 2 didn't yield much, but he's still going to get the targets and he's getting no respect in many fantasy circles. Maybe Bortles makes you hesitant to believe in him, but your going to have Cole as a high end flex option, not a WR1 or 2.
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