Welcome fantasy friends and foes to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down.
The first two weeks of the season went by quickly! What surprised you the most after two weeks? Tom Brady throwing nine touchdowns in two games at 44 years old? Are the Jacksonville Jaguars looking even more helpless this season? Are the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos both really 2-0?
Find out which players have increased their value and which ones need to step up their game in the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down.
2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr is off to an impressive start to the 2021 season. In Week 1, he threw for 435 yards and two touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens. He followed that up with 373 yards and another two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Carr accomplished those numbers in difficult matchups, so I bet he is looking forward to facing the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Through two weeks of the 2021 season, the Las Vegas Raiders lead the league in passing yards with 391 yards per game.
Carr has played beyond expectations which is why his stock continues to rise.
Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys
No one has seen their stock rise more than Tony Pollard. Pollard is leading the Dallas Cowboys in rushing this season. He has rushed for 123 yards and a 7.7 yards-per-carry average on only 16 carries. He also has seven receptions on seven targets for 60 yards.
I am not saying he is better than Ezekiel Elliot, but I'm not saying he is not either. There are two different types of running back. Pollard is a change of pace option, elusive and explosive. Elliot is now a short-yardage back and a phenomenal blocker and still an excellent outlet for Dak Prescott.
His value is sky high, and fantasy managers should confirm if Pollard is in their leagues whether you roster Elliot or not.
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
I believe we see the breakout season for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown. Brown has scored in both games, and he has totaled 12 receptions on 16 targets for 182 yards through the first two games.
Brown is QB Lamar Jackson's top target, and his route running looks to be vastly improved. However, there are also plays missed due to Jackson's inaccuracy which would boost Brown's numbers up to elite WR levels.
The running game will always be the calling card for the Ravens. However, when they need to pass and open up the passing game, Jackson looks to Marquise Brown deep first, which bodes well for his fantasy stock.
Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore exploded in his Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded seven catches on a team-leading eight targets for 114 yards which included a 77-yard touchdown. In Week 1, Moore finished with four catches for 68 yards against the Tennessee Titans.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray looks to be back to the MVP form he was performing last season before he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 11. While there are many mouths to feed in Arizona, fantasy managers should be at the table watching Moore take on the awful Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Henry Ruggs has rare speed and is a deep threat on a Las Vegas Raiders offense leading the league in passing yards. The Raiders high volume passing attack lends itself to want a piece of that fantasy pie.
Darren Waller will always be the alpha in the Raiders offense, but Ruggs caught five passes on seven targets, including a 61-yard touchdown catch that sealed the victory for the Raiders in their Week 2 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ruggs has plenty of boom or bust to his game, but he is exciting to watch, and I want a part of his big-play potential.
Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After a fumble in the second quarter, running back Ronald Jones didn't see the field again for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Thursday night's 31-29 Week 1 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Despite Arians promoting him as the starter going to Week 2, Jones can't be trusted to see the bulk of the backfield work. He got the start but was outproduced by Leonard Fournette.
The inconsistencies of the Bucs' running game have frustrated fantasy managers. So why do they need to run when Tom Brady can throw nine touchdowns in the first two weeks?
Jones has lost confidence in himself, and fantasy managers should have little faith in the future fantasy contributions of Ronald Jones.
Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints
Marquez Callaway generated plenty of fantasy hype in training camp and showed excellent chemistry with quarterback Jameis Winston. In two preseason games with Winston, he had eight receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns. As a result, he was the hot sleeper wide receiver to grab late in fantasy drafts this season.
The New Orleans Saints wide receiver room seems bare with Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss the first half of the season and Tre'Quan Smith placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. These injuries opened the door for Callaway to step up and emerge as the WR1 with the Saints.
Callaway has not stepped up in the first two weeks of the season. He has three catches on six targets for 22 yards through two weeks, with Jameis Winston throwing five touchdowns in Week 1. Callaway is not a WR1 and may not be an NFL wide receiver. His stock continues on a downward spiral.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
The drama in the preseason with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers mercifully came to an end before the season started. The one thing that Rodgers requested and the Packers obliged was to bring back his old friend, wide receiver Randall Cobb. The Packers made a deal with the Houston Texans to make Rodgers happy, and fantasy managers listened.
There was plenty of buzz that Rodgers would want to make sure Cobb is taken care of and worth the minor investment for the Packers. Fantasy managers were clamoring Cobb as a sleeper to grab late in their drafts.
The reality is that Cobb has been a bust after two games. Admittedly a small sample size, but Cobb had failed to live up to any helium he had before we kicked off the 2021 season.
Cobb has a total of four receptions on four targets for 58 yards and is low on the pecking order of targets in a Packers offense that features Devante Adams and Aaron Jones first with plenty of supporting targets.
Unfortunately, the fantasy managers who bought the hype are not seeing Cobb reach the preseason hype. As a result, Cobb should be the likely candidate to drop when fantasy managers grab the hottest pickups off the Waiver Wire.
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