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2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down


Week 2 was certainly a rough week. A lot of fantasy seasons have been severely impacted by injuries and bizarre inconsistencies. Almost so much happened that it’s hard to fit everything into one article.

Raheem Mostert and Jerrick McKinnon not so quietly got 169 yards and 2 TDs on 11 carries. All while the former Jet, Jamal Adams terrorized the Patriots run-heavy offense.

At the same time, popular Week 1 waiver target Nyheim Hines got dropped right back to the backup role as Jonathon Taylor seems to have adapted fully to the NFL. And in typical Atlanta fashion, the Falcons blew a 20 point lead and Julio Jones had two catches.

As always I try to avoid focusing too much on injury impact. To check the injury impact specifically you can read about it here.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

I wrote about Minshew last week, and despite a matchup against a solid defense, the Jags put up a great effort.

Cole has been a consistent weapon used in the passing game so far, averaging 5.5 targets and 52.5 yards. His touchdown production should come back down eventually but his volume makes for a nice injury fill in.

I expect him to put up solid WR3 numbers moving forward with upside if DJ Chark or Laviska Shenault should miss time.

Justin Herbert, QB, L.A. Chargers

Herbert played remarkably well given the situation he was dropped into. To think he was just a 4th-and-1 away from beating the Chiefs in his debut.

But even with an honorable loss to start his career, Herbert showed real potential. He doesn’t have a whole lot of fantasy relevance in 1QB or redraft leagues. But in deeper leagues he’s worth acquiring.

In addition to whatever fantasy relevance he has, his performance improved the outlook of the whole team. Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, and Hunter Henry all have a brighter outlook moving forward.

However, all of that is assuming that Anthony Lynn‘s comments about “Tyrod still being the starter” were just polite and encouraging coach speak. I can respect a coach trying not to shame his QB, but there is a chance of this being a more delayed process for Herbert to acquire the starting role.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Bucs

Last week I mentioned Tom Brady and the Bucs offense as a wait-and-see option. It didn’t take long for Brady to find his groove, connecting with Mike Evans all over the field. But the biggest surprise was the volume given to Fournette.

What originally looked to be Ronald Jones‘ backfield seems more split today. And given the efficiency of this offensive line, in favorable matchups, both backs seem capable of supporting a flex spot/injury fill-in.

There is, however, that ugly fumbled handoff to consider. Brady’s tendency to shut guys down for mistakes is no secret. For that reason, I’m banking on Fournette being the touch leader moving forward.

Patriots Receivers

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Also mentioned in last week’s Wait-and-See was Cam Newton. I doubted his on-going rushing efficiency but wasn’t willing to write him off as a regression candidate just yet. As it turns out, he can still sling the ball as efficiently as ever. This benefits all Patriots pass-catchers in any game that seems likely to force passing attempts.

Given the goal line touchdown and 2pt attempts being abruptly cut short, this group is also more likely to see redzone passing attempts moving forward.

For now, Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry are the guys to have, with Damiere Byrd being a decent deep league/DFS speculation in ideal matchups.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

The Bills secondary is tough, but they had no answer against Gesicki. It seems that moving forward, anytime Preston Williams has an unfavorable matchup, Gesicki should be considered as an option.

Ryan Fitzpatrick has proven himself capable of supporting multiple receivers in the past. And until proven otherwise, a dinged up Devante Parker shouldn’t pose much threat to Gesicki’s volume.

Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers

When he’s healthy, and George Kittle is out, start him. Nick Mullens has played admirably in the past. And while Jerick McKinnon may benefit most from recent injuries, Reed is certainly start-worthy.

Still widely available, Reed is worth using up the waiver claim. But his upside is limited by the inevitable return of Kittle, so plan accordingly.

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Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

Danny Dimes is having a rough go of it so far in his short career. His top offensive weapon is once again injured and the offense as a whole takes a hit.

It’s unlikely you drafted Jones to be a weekly starter, but he certainly shouldn’t be considered one now. QB2 is now his upside despite the projected increase in passing volume. Overall inefficiency should inhibit the team for the remainder of the season.

This does however benefit the receivers. Touchdown upside has taken a hit but in PPR leagues there should be a noticeable uptick in production.

Ian Thomas, TE, Carolina Panthers

After two very unproductive outings, the tight end sleeper hasn’t given us much. Outside of two targets, he’s had no production, and with the emergence of Robby Anderson there likely isn’t enough sustainable volume to be had.

While you likely had low expectations for Thomas if you drafted him, he is now droppable in just about any format.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets

Despite every other starting receiver and a large portion of the defenders being hurt, he didn’t accomplish anything. Despite the lower expectations for his position, he was a disappointment.

It is hard to imagine a better opportunity for Herndon to come anytime soon. And if Kalen Ballage is going to catch more passes than him, Herndon is an immediate drop candidate.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

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With his snaps declining, there is cause for concern. But with David Montgomery getting passing down work, there is cause for abandonment.

Cohen should be held onto as a top option for a handcuff role. There will even no doubt be some weekly surges in touches and performance when there are favorable matchups. But the flex appeal we were hoping for just likely isn’t going to materialize.

So while I’m not saying cut him, there is very little reason to consider him in the lineup.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks

For those in need at the position, seeing Hyde do well Week 1 in what has always been a productive offense seemed promising. But Travis Homer appears to have muddied those waters for the time being.

Hyde has become almost completely devoid of value outside of a handcuff to Carson.

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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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