When the second week of the fantasy season is in the books, an owner who finds themselves in a 0-2 hole may begin to make desperate moves – such as moving stud pieces for quantity. These moves may make their roster stronger, but more than likely won’t. If, on the other hand, you are 2-0 and on the buying end, congratulations are in order for your wonderful start to the season, and good luck in improving your roster further. If you are on the former end of the spectrum, I urge you to not make impulse decisions in respect to your roster. Either way, these are a few subtle ‘trade for’ and ‘trade away’ type targets that could really end up being difference makers at the end of your season.
RB, Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
A dominating 4 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown performance as a rookie in the Super Bowl had Clement entering 2018 as a Sophomore with as much promise as anyone. Then week 1 happened and he saw 5 carries for 26 yards, and didn’t receive a single look in the passing game. Enter week 2 and his role was expected to increase with the news that Darren Sproles would be out with an injury. Shortly after Philadelphia’s first drive, Jay Ajayi was injured and left the game. Corey would go on to receive 11 touches for 85 yards and a touchdown. It was the type of game you were looking for if you were on the fence if you should invest or not. The recent news from Philadelphia OC Mike Groh “indicated there’s a good chance” that Ajayi sits week 2 with his back injury, and Sproles has not yet been cleared to return. It’s week 3 and the Eagles face the Indianapolis Colts in Carson Wentz’s return to action – go get Corey, this might be your last chance to purchase low.
RB, Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers
Many people are elated to see that Aaron Jones has now completed his suspension and is eligible to return to the fold and believe most certainly he is in line to dominate touches for the Green and Gold. Right? Wrong. Jamaal Williams is the best pass blocking running back they have in Green Bay, and with a hobbled Aaron Rodgers, Williams will continue to dominate the snap share. Green Bay has passed 79 times this season for 554 yards, and rushed 42 times for 167 yards. Williams will be on the field for most of the pass plays and will still see carries. Fantasy football is about opportunity, and Williams will receive the opportunity. He is a good receiver out of the backfield, and though he has only hauled in 3 passes, he has averaged 7.4 PPR points per game. He will receive the goal line touches when Green Bay reaches the goal line and will see consistent work throughout the season. Find the Williams owner and sell the Aaron Jones pitch. You should be able to buy low and he will be a solid depth piece for your fantasy team for the rest of 2018.
TE, Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals
You could make a case for any one of the Cardinal’s fantasy assets at this point, as the first two weeks have been brutal. Enter RSJ. Ricky had an exciting finish to the 2017 season, and his opportunity to burst onto the scene in 2018 was improved due to Jermaine Gresham recovering from an Achilles injury. The overall production has been morbid, as has the entire Cardinals offense, but things can only improve from here on out. Maybe a QB change, or maybe a new Offensive Coordinator will be the catalyst. Whatever it ends up being, RSJ has been on the field for 94.9% of Arizona’s offensive snaps (93/98) – so the volume is there. He has only been targeted 12 times and caught 7 of those for just 36 yards. These are all low, but these are also buying opportunities and you need to be aggressive before he has a breakout and you have lost your chance.
QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If you were to tell me a month ago that Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the leading MVP candidate after the first two weeks of the season, I would have laughed in your face. Well, here we are, and famous Jameis Winston, who is suspended, just received a lawsuit notice on top of his suspension. Dirk Koetter can’t possibly think to start Jameis when his suspension is up, and Fitzpatrick is making a solid case for retaining the job if he continues to play at an MVP caliber. That’s the thing – if he plays at an MVP caliber. We’ve all seen the graphic that outlines the Fitz-magic career path – get signed as a backup, the starter gets hurt – thrown into a game, play very well, earn starting spot, get paid, suck, then get released. He has had gigs in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Tennessee, Houston, New York (Jets), and now Tampa Bay. I am not a believer in the 13-year career journeyman who has made over $52 million dollars and seems to have amazing games everywhere he lands. Yes, Ryan has had a 6-touchdown game before – in Houston, versus the Tennessee Titans, Ryan had a career day. On November 30th, 2014, Fitzpatrick went 24 for 33, for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns (if you can’t remember the game, DeAndre Hopkins also had a career day, went over 230 yards and 2 scores that day). Why would anyone release him? Sell high and sell now!
WR Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
Through two games, the supposed WR1 for the Patriots has been targeted 10 times, and caught 6 of those for 53 yards, but more importantly – is coming off a 2 TD performance versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. Why you should sell? The Patriots obviously aren’t impressed with their WR depth, as it has been a revolving door at WR3 – WR6, with Julian Edelman on suspension for 2 more weeks. New England just traded for Josh Gordon, and before anyone sees him with Tom Brady, and the rest of the wide receiver corps for the Patriots becomes moot, you need to cash in on Hogan’s touchdowns.
WR Jordy Nelson, Oakland Raiders
As a Packer fan, I wanted to see Jordy retire in Green Bay. As a football fan, I understand why he was let go. I was really hoping for him to have a great year in the Silver and Black – I envisioned back shoulder touchdown grabs from Derek Carr – just like Rodgers drew them up. So far, it hasn’t materialized, and so far, he hasn’t been used much at all.
Jordy has only been targeted 8 times and caught 5 of those for 53 yards, to this point the Raiders offense has been anemic. Week 3 is as good a week as any for Jordy to cross the goal line, and if it happens, use that as leverage and sell as high as you can, it hasn’t looked very promising to this point.
By Josh Deisinger – @SconnieJosh