2021 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Stock Watch
Samantha Holt digests all of Week 2 NFL football and hooks you up with her Week 3 fantasy football stock watch!
Well, Week 2 certainly didn't disappoint… if you rostered Aaron Jones. Then again if you had Tyreek Hill you might be saying otherwise. Oh, wait I have both of them… in the same league… The fantasy love and heartbreak continues. Now you know you’re holding tight to both of them no matter what, but who should you be moving on from? Which New England tight end am I pulling the plug on? Which San Francisco running back am I holding onto during this injury storm? Read on to find out.
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Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (Stock Up)
I have been a fan of Bridgewater since his days at Louisville. His season-ending injury a few years ago was gut-wrenching. He’s hopped around and finally, looks to have his fit. He’s looking great with the Broncos and I am ecstatic to see it. Two touchdowns in each of the last 2 weeks, and over 300 yards this week (328 yards). You especially love the look of his matchup this coming week against a porous Jets defense.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts (Stock Down)
Adding injury to injury, Wentz is now dealing with issues in both of his ankles. He just had a foot issue in the preseason that should have sidelined him, but he managed to get back for Week 1. I know Wentz has dealt with multiple injuries before, but as he’s the Colts' “future,” I would hope they would slow him down a bit and aim to get him to 100%. In any case, you don't want to deal with him weighing down your roster in redraft, and slide him as far back on your bench in dynasty as you can.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Hold)
Jacksonville looked like a complete mess this week. They clearly need to put in work on both sides of the ball. There will be better weeks ahead for Lawrence, you love the consistency he’s getting out of Marvin Jones as well. Hold on tight to Sunshine.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (Stock Up)
Love, love, love this kid. Week 1 he had a lukewarm start with 4 receptions on his 5 targets and 68 yards. This week he had a handsome 7 receptions on 8 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown. Clearly, Kyler Murray has a wealth of riches in wideouts, even A.J. Green got in on the action this week with a touchdown himself. However, Moore out-targeted both Green and Hopkins this week. Both veterans will draw a decent amount of coverage and looks like Moore will benefit off of their double teams. Stock up while you still can!!
Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (Stock Down)
I said it last week and I will say it again, you need to move on from Brandon Aiyuk. Jauan Jennings was able to make both his catches on his 2 targets and had a touchdown out of it. Not to get dramatic, but seriously what the hell? Where there's smoke, there’s fire, get him off your team before your bench gets singed.
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans (Hold)
Only one offensive player to hold stock on in Houston and it's Brandin Cooks. Huge letdown that Tyrod Taylor left the game with a hamstring injury. As of today he’s undergoing testing and is considered day-to-day. However, even with Davis Mills the likely starter, Cooks is still worth the start. As Houston struggles to remain competitive, Cooks will continue to have a healthy volume of work. 7 targets in week 1, 14 in Week 2 and he’s sitting in the top 5 in terms of total yards on the season for wideouts. Could be early to call it, but Cooks will finish this season with over 1000 yards.
J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (Stock Up)
We were all a little curious as to what the Washington offense would look like with Heinicke under center, who would jump out as a favorite target of his. Surprised to find McKissic in that tier. He had a stellar week 2 with 6 targets, 5 receptions for 83 yards, and 1 rushing TD. Now, Gibson beats him in rushing attempts so with volume alone you don’t need to worry about him, but if you’re looking to back him up or need a flex option on your bench, I think McKissic is someone to grab while you can.
Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons (Stock Down)
Oh, do I hate to say it. I was so pumped for Davis entering this season. I feel he proved his worth with the Panthers last season and outright earned the RB1 role. However, it appears Cordarrelle Patterson absolutely killed it in this matchup. Perhaps as this new offense evolves Patterson fits the mold they need better? I’m not buying up too much Patterson except for extremely deep leagues, but I am looking at moving on from my shares of Mike Davis.
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers (Hold)
Absolutely brutal to have all 3 of the Niners running backs finish Week 2 as questionable. However, initially, it appears that Mitchell’s shoulder issue could be a stinger that he can work through. Even if you miss him this week, he’s clearly the favorite back on the field as he had 17 rushing attempts in week 2, off his 19 attempts in Week 1. Keep an eye on his injury status as the week progresses
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns (Stock Up)
As injuries appear to be hammering Landry and OBJ, someone will look to benefit from their target vacancy and I like Austin Hooper for that role. Hooper caught every one of his 5 targets on Sunday for 40 yards, and he will look to keep that train rolling against Chicago this week.
Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots (Stock Down)
Going into this season we knew that Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith would be eating into each other’s fantasy potential. In Week 2 first look at stats would tell you he outperformed Henry. However, Henry had 47 of the possible 58 snaps while Smith only had 29. Clearly, it’s still a wait-and-see situation. It's possible Henry ends up being a bigger beneficiary in this offense. If you have been waiting for Jonnu Smith to break out with Mac Jones, I’m afraid you’ll be waiting a little too long to reap any benefits.
Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (Hold)
It was a rough week for Higbee but hold tight. The Rams will have to spread the ball in this coming matchup against the Bucs. They will be covering Kupp and Woods, building a wall against Sony Michel, and a wounded Henderson. Tyler Higbee will be left as the big red zone target to bail out Stafford.
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