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Immediate Fantasy Football Trades That You Should Make Ahead of NFL Week 3

Jason Schandl
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Heading into Week 3 of the NFL season, things start to get very interesting in fantasy football. With a second week of games to draw from, we get a better idea of which Week 1 performances were flukes, and which were indicators of something bigger.

Two games is still a small sample though, leaving plenty of situations in which a player's production doesn't match up with what their true value may be in fantasy football. This leaves us with some great fantasy football buy-low and sell-high opportunities.

Here are four fantasy football trades worth pursuing immediately as we look forward to Week 3 of the 2019 season.

1. Trade For: Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Fantasy football owners have every reason to be disappointed with Mike Evans so far — 14.9 PPR points through two games is not what you were hoping to buy with a second or third round pick. It's not time to hit the panic button yet though, and if your league mates are then this could be a nice buy-low opportunity. If Evans was even just posting career-average efficiency on his current workload, we'd expect him to have about 36 percent more fantasy points than he's mustered. Efficiency is highly variable in the short-term, so that's already an encouraging sign for a bounce-back. More volume should be coming Evans' way as well — he only saw 13 or fewer targets in a two-game stretch twice in 2018 and twice in 2017.

2. Trade Away: Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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This isn't to say that Calvin Ridley can't continue to post solid fantasy numbers, but rather that he's not likely to keep up nearly as high a level of production as we've seen so far in 2019. He ranks 13th among WRs in PPR points per game, but there are 45 wideouts with higher market shares of their teams' targets than Ridley's 18 percent. He obviously showed some impressive TD upside as a rookie, but his current pace of one per game isn't going to hold up either, especially because he's scored twice while only recording two red zone targets. His value isn't going to completely disappear, but with two of his next three games coming against defenses that have allowed bottom-10 passing yardage to start the season, his trade value's unlikely to ever be as high as it is right now.

3. Trade For: Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Leonard Fournette has one of the bigger discrepancies between workload and production at the RB position so far this year. He's seen the third-highest snap share (92 percent) at the position and is one of only 11 backs with at least 40 opportunities (28 carries plus 12 targets), but he sits only 23rd in PPR fantasy points scored. Volume trumps everything for RB value in fantasy football, and Fournette's slow start to the year creates a great buy-low window for a guy whose workload could make him a top-12 RB for the remainder of the season.

4. Trade Away: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

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On the other side of the coin, Derrick Henry ranks fourth among RBs in fantasy scoring on only 39 opportunities. He's found the end zone three times in two games despite notching only three goal line touches (inside the 10-yard line), and his 6.8 yards per touch is unlikely to be sustainable when his previous career high is 5.1. Especially concerning for Henry's value is that his snap share fell to only 50 percent — matching Dion Lewis' — in a Week 2 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. This wasn't a blowout loss that forced a pass-heavy game flow either, and Henry's apparent breakout could be followed by a serious let down if he continues to see such limited playing time.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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