I have always thought of week three as the point where fantasy season becomes real, as this is typically the point in the year where players have established themselves as more than just week-one-wonders. At this stage in the season you may be staring down the barrel of a proverbial shotgun in the form of an 0-3 start. Have no fear, as we here at 3cosports are preparing you a short-list of players that you can target in trades, players who will most assuredly turn your season around.
QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Currently checking in as the QB4 in fantasy, Brady is a near lock for a top-10 finish at the position given the ridiculously talented group of playmakers that surround him. If an owner in your league is stashing the GOAT on their bench behind a player like Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson there is a high likelihood that you could poach Brady for a reasonable price. Make the move for Brady now before the fantasy community realizes that he is gearing up for one more MVP run.
QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
From the oldest starting QB in the NFL to the youngest, Murray has been an above average fantasy player at his position through two weeks. With two 300+ yard passing games so far, Murray has been a high volume passer (we love that for fantasy right guys?). However, I feel like Murray is not even half-way to his ceiling for this season, as he has faced two tough defenses to begin his career. Once Murray’s schedule begins to get more favorable I fully expect him to breach the top-5 of fantasy QBS thanks to a pass-heavy attack in Arizona. If Murray begins to run more that will just add to the potential of his upside.
RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
While touchdown production has been a huge factor in Ekeler’s hot start to the season, there is no reason to think Ekeler cannot continue to produce at his current rate. After all, the Chargers have lost two of their better redzone options (Mike Williams and Hunter Henry) to injuries, leading to an Ekeler-dominated goal line touch distribution. Ekeler is currently the RB1 in fantasy, so grabbing him while there is still a possibility of Melvin Gordon returning would be a major steal at this stage in the season. After all, Ekeler was a viable fantasy running back even with Gordon as the starter last season.
RB Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders
Jacobs has been one of the few three-down backs featured so far this season, so investing in him due to volume alone would be a smart move. It’s an added bonus that with this high-volume, Jacobs has scored two touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. A top-10 finish at the position is not out of the question for this young running back.
WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
So you may or may not have heard, but Sammy Watkins is good again and this time it seems to be the real deal. With the Chiefs offense looking as explosive as ever, grabbing their WR1 (that’s Watkins as long as Tyreek Hill is out) would bring one of the highest upsides at the position. There are most likely a lot of Sammy Watkins doubters out there (how can you blame them?),if any of them happen to be rostering the Lizard King then you must strike before they too become hip to the Sammy Watkins renaissance.
WR Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders
Following years of big plays for the Chargers, Williams was tasked with being Antonio Brown’s counterpart in the Raiders revamped pass attack during a flurry of big spending in the offseason. Well, the Brown experiment came to an end before the receiver could even suit up for a regular season game, leaving Williams as the only established receiver on the team. Through two weeks, Williams (we need a nickname for this guy) is the WR16. Considering the amount of targets vacated by the offense in the off-season, Williams is a viable candidate to finish in the top 10 at his position (although this would likely be attributed to continued touchdown production). Make the move for Williams while he’s still a somewhat unknown commodity.
WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
Crowder is by far the grimiest player on this list, as his Jarvis Landry-esque force feeding is the only thing that makes him so valuable. In PPR formats, the slot specialist has a chance to really put up cheap points, as evidenced by his 14 reception game in week one. If you’re desperate for certainty at the position and he’s there, make a trade for Crowder.
WR Albert Wilson, Miami Dolphins
While he has been banged up to start the season, Wilson has a chance to be the Jamison Crowder for the Dolphins offense. While playing only 6 snaps in week one, Wilson was targeted 4 times. While that is an extremely small sample size, it demonstrated that the team is trying to run their offense through Wilson. At this stage it is likely that Wilson is unrostered in a lot of redraft leagues. Be sure to grab him before he gets healthy, because his dynamic skill set will be on full display during garbage time of every Dolphins game this season.
TE Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
While he might not finish this season as the TE1, Andrews has been an elite option at the position this season, demonstrating Travis Kelce-like ability to stretch the field. Andrews appears to be Lamar Jackson go-to target, so if you believe in the Ravens offense, it’s time to invest in the “Mandrews”.
TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
We saw this episode last season. Every Eagle receiver gets hurt and Zach Ertz goes on to break records for receptions in a season by a tight end. Regardless of what the asking price is (unless it’s a super elite RB/WR) you must make the move for Ertz before his value rises any more.