Week 3 presents some interesting buying opportunities. Some players have disappointed two weeks in a row while their frustrated owners are facing an 0-2 start and looking to make a deal. There are a few injuries of note that have created opportunities for some guys who may be on your waiver wire.
RB Jaylen Samuels: James Conner is questionable to face the 49ers this week if he misses any time Samuels will once again take over the role he had at the end of last season in Conner’s absence. His upside is a bit capped with Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, but if Conner misses time Samuels has RB2 upside.
RB Darwin Thompson: Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy left the Chiefs game late. Darwin Thompson looked great in the preseason and could be at least a flex play if he carves out a role in this offense with the top two RB’s out. He is a great guy to stash for late in the season if you have the bench space for him.
WR Demarcus Robinson: Robinson had a big game against Oakland in the explosive Chiefs offense. He and Mecole Hardman may be very tough to predict from week to week, but they both have huge upside catching passes from Pat Mahomes. Next week the Chiefs face the Ravens in what figures to be a high scoring game.
WR Devin Smith: Michael Gallup could miss up to a month which should mean a boost in production for Devin Smith. Smith played well against Washington catching 3 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and should see an expanded role.
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: JJAW played 74 snaps against the Falcons with Alshon Jeffrey, DeSean Jackson, and TE Dallas Goedert out on Sunday night. He only saw four targets, but he is extremely talented and his role could grow in this offense down the stretch.
RB Frank Gore: Devin Singletary suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday and if he misses time the aging vet Gore would benefit. Against the Giants, Gore saw 19 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Next week the Bills play the Bengals who were shredded by the 49ers in Week 2.
Players to Sell High:
WR John Ross: The current #2 wide receiver in fantasy football followed up his big Week 1 performance with another big performance in Week 2. If Week 1 was flukey, Week 2 was even more so. Most of Ross’ week two fantasy points came on a 66-yard touchdown in the final minutes of a blowout against the 49ers backups. A.J. Green will be back in the lineup soon and Ross will return to your bench in fantasy. Sell high.
TE George Kittle: Kittle has disappointed so far in fantasy, but it could get a lot worse. The 49ers lost starting left tackle Joe Staley for the next six weeks and Kittle could be used to help out as a blocker in Staley’s absence.
Players to Buy Low:
RB David Montgomery: Montgomery is off to a slow start so far this season, but he saw 18 carries in week two after seeing only 6 in week one. He clearly looks to be the Bears best running back and should pay off if the offense starts playing better.
RB Miles Sanders: Similar to Montgomery, Sanders is clearly the best running back on an offense that is currently struggling. Now is the time to buy-low on Sanders, you may need to sit on him for a few weeks, but he should pay off once the Eagles’ offense gets going.
TE O.J. Howard: I know his stats are bad, but the underlying numbers are also bad. He’s running fewer pass routes and being targeted on only 11% of his routes. I know it doesn’t look great, but that’s the best time to buy-low. Howard still has top-5 tight end upside and you can acquire him right now for next to nothing.
RB Melvin Gordon: There are indications that he intends to return to the Chargers this season. He may only play half of the season, but you only have to pay half price for him.
WR James Washington: Washington has been a bit of a disappointment in his first two regular seasons despite shining in the preseason. Washington has played his best when catching passes from Mason Rudolph whom he played with at Oklahoma State. With Ben Roethlisberger out for the rest of the year, Rudolph will take over as Steelers starter — it also helps Donte Moncrief was benched on Sunday and that could lead to Washington seeing more opportunity going forward.