5 Immediate Trades to Make in Fantasy Football Week 3
The first two weeks of the fantasy football season are always a topsy-turvy ride. There are a few surprise performances (Curtis Samuel, Christian Kirk) and some stars falling flat on their faces (Davante Adams in Week 2, Aaron Jones in Week 1).
Fortunately, two weeks is just enough of a sample size to start taking real indications of running back snap counts, wide receiver target shares and a team's ability to score in the red zone.
We don't want to make sweeping changes after such a short stretch, but it's important to dig a little deeper and find which performances you should be buying and which were just noise.
With that in mind, here are three players to trade for (and two to trade away) in Week 3.
Fantasy Football Week 3 Trades
1. Trade For: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
With the way the early fantasy season is trending, this could be the last week it's viable to pull off a trade for Saquon Barkley. Barkley looks very much like his old self, putting up RB2 numbers through two weeks. He's been dominating the Giants' backfield reps with an enticing 84% snap share and 89% of the backfield's touches. The hope is to find a manager looking to "sell high" with the belief that this is an aberration. It's not. No running back on New York's roster has the ability or skill set to cut into a near-90% touch rate. Barkley didn't score in Week 2 after finding the end zone twice during Week 1, so this may be your best opportunity yet.
2. Trade For: Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons
If there's one wide receiving group that fantasy managers will overreact to, it's the Atlanta Falcons. Drake London is dominating Marcus Mariota's early looks, racking up 19 targets so far and posting an insane 48% target share during Week 1. This example isn't as easy to take advantage of based on overreactions, but we're here to tell you the production is legit. The 2022 first-round draft pick has done beautifully with these opportunities, piling up 160 receiving yards and 1 TD. It's really easy for fantasy managers to shrug off early performances from a rookie, but London looks like a true WR1 already. He leads the team with a pair of red zone targets and it's time to land him on a fantasy roster.
3. Trade Away: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire is getting a ton of fantasy love after two impressive performances. He found the end zone twice in Week 1 before tallying 74 rushing yards and 4 receptions for 44 receiving yards in Week 2. That's been good enough for an RB5 standing thus far, but it's hard to imagine this lasts. He's been VERY efficient with his opportunities, but 11 touches per game is not an appealing figure. Backups Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon have already carved out 55% of the running back touches and that number will only grow should Pacheco continue to impress on the ground (4.9 yards per attempt) and McKinnon remains a passing back (5-of-6 receptions).
4. Trade Away: Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns
Amari Cooper went off in Week 2 against a bad New York Jets team, catching 9-of-10 passes for 101 receiving yards and a touchdown. Week 2's WR9 is way too much of a boom-or-bust player for my liking. Keep in mind that he scored just 4.7 PPR points in Week 1 with 3 receptions for 17 yards. His string of rollercoaster performances goes back to last year, when Cooper registered six games with at least 15 PPR points. In the other nine, however, he averaged just 7.6 PPR points.
5. Trade For: Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Similar to the statement above, fantasy managers can take advantage of Kyle Pitts' disappearance in the Falcons' first few games. Pitts has seen just 1 measly red zone target and accounted for a mere 3 targets in Week 2. Don't be alarmed by his 40% catch rate, either. This was the TE6 from a year ago despite catching just 61.8% of his targets. Atlanta will find a way to utilize Pitts--it's just a matter of time. He led their pass-catchers with 57 snaps and 29 routes run in Week 2 and we fully expect those numbers to remain above those of any other wideout on the roster.
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