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2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up-Stock Down


Another week down, another crazy weekend of NFL football action. We saw another tie- this time it was between the Packers and Vikings. We saw a ton of kickers struggling to connect on field goals and extra points. Ryan Fitzpatrick continued to impress the league with another stellar performance to help lead Tampa Bay to an early 2-0 record.

Patrick Mahomes made history-throwing the most touchdown passes in the first two weeks of an NFL season with 10. Ben Roethlisberger threw for north of 450 yards on 60 pass attempts despite taking the loss. Let’s not forget who led the league in rushing this past week, Matt Breida. You truly never know what to expect week in and week out in the NFL.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up-Stock Down

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After every week of the regular season, I will take a look at some of the key players who’s stock either went up or went down following their performance during that week.

It’s time to look at some of the players who’s stocks have changed following their week two performances.

Stock Up

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

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JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 13-of-19 targets during the loss Sunday afternoon going for 121 yards and a touchdown. The 13 catches along with the 19 targets were both career highs for the 21-year-old receiver. He has now started the season with back-to-back 100-yard games.

Through two weeks now, the former USC Trojan has caught 18 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown. Smith Schuster holds top-15 upside on a weekly basis and should continue his recent success with a week three matchup against the Buccaneers. He’s nearly as elite as they come serving as your team’s WR2 or WR3 on fantasy rosters.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What was a magical week one performance seemed to carry over to week two for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This time, the 35-year-old completed 27-of-33 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns. What better way to start the game off than with a 75-yard touchdown pass to speedster DeSean Jackson.

Through two games now, he has completed 48-of-61 passes, throwing over 800 yards and eight touchdowns. Many have doubted but Fitzpatrick has proved a lot of us wrong thus far. He has surely earned the right to start on fantasy teams as he may be monitored as a QB1 for week three. If he continues to produce and pull together wins for Tampa Bay, he may just keep the starting gig even when Jameis Winston comes back.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Patrick Mahomes had himself a day Sunday against the Steelers. The 23-year-old completed 23-of-28 passes for 326 yards and six touchdown passes during the shootout win against Pittsburgh. The second-year pro was nearly unstoppable as he was just shredding the Steeler defense all game.

With dynamic receiving options like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Kareem Hunt and Sammy Watkins along with his stellar deep ball accuracy, Mahomes has potential to be one of the leagues top quarterbacks this season. He’s pretty much locked in as a QB1 every week.

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

No receiver in NFL history has caught more passes (28) than Michael Thomas has in the first two games of an NFL season. Thomas has caught 10 more passes than the next closest receiver thus far. Sunday against the Browns, Thomas caught 12-of-13 targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Through the first two games of the season, he has caught 28 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. The connection he has built up with Drew Brees will make Thomas a lock to be an elite WR1 each week.

Stock Down

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Despite Derrick Henry out-snapping Dion Lewis this past week, Henry failed to produce any value during the win. Henry ran the ball 18 times for just 56 yards, beating out his 10-for-26 stat line back in week one. He has failed to provide any upside in the passing game- seeing just one target in the first two games.

It’s going to be hard for Henry to produce fantasy viable numbers throughout the course of the season as he splits carries with Dion Lewis. With a limited role in the passing game and failing to show anything on the ground early on, Henry remains to be a touchdown-dependent running back moving forward.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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It’s been a very long and brutal first two weeks to the season for David Johnson fantasy owners. This past week, Johnson had 13 carries for just 48 yards- while seeing just one target during the loss to the Rams. Sam Bradford and the Cardinals have struggled to produce anything on the offensive end thus far, scoring just six points in two weeks.

Johnson is faced with stacked boxes throughout the entire course of the game due to minimal production on the offensive end. With a new head coach and system in Arizona, Johnson isn’t nearly being used the way he should be in that offense.

For now, until we start to see some change in the Cardinals offense, Johnson can be viewed as an RB2 moving forward.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins

A promising week one start left fantasy owners disappointed at the end of week two. Adrian Peterson logged 11 carries for just 20 yards in week two. A negative game script left the Redskins passing most of the second half and fourth quarter to try to push for a come-from-behind win.

This may be something to keep an eye out for when deciding to play Peterson in any given week. Week three presents another tough matchup, this time against the Packers. Peterson can be viewed only as a flex option this week against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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It was a struggle to start any Arizona Cardinals player this past week. Larry Fitzgerald caught just three passes for 28 yards during the blowout loss to the Rams. It appeared that the 15-year veteran came down with an injury in the third quarter, keeping him out the rest of the game.

Albeit he got injured, the fantasy value of Fitzgerald takes a vast hit this season due to the quarterback struggles early on for the Cardinals. On one of the worst offenses in football, it’s going to be an up-and-down season for Fitzgerald.

There is some upside to Fitzgerald this season though. The 35-year-old has seen a 24 percent target share through two games, leaving some hope for fantasy owners moving forward.

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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a huge NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for the past five years. His love for fantasy football goes beyond FantasySixPack as he was also a Cleveland Browns News Correspondent for during the 2017 season. If you want to follow more of his writing, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Mike_Triv.

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