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Paying Dividends: Week 3 Stock Report

Risers and fallers litter the week 3 landscape. @tyler_grez tells you who he’s bullish and bearish on.

Bull Market

Jared Cook

This is a buy for contenders with a need at the TE position. It has been a disappointing start to the 2019 season for Cook. Drew Brees going down isn’t going to help Cook’s case either. So why would Cook be on the rise? Bridgewater didn’t look good, but I expect Sean Payton to right that ship. Cook’s opponents, in fantasy points allowed to the TE, prior to the week 9 bye: 23, 28, 3, 4, 13, 16, 7, 1. With the data we currently have available, Cook will face 4 of the top 10 friendliest matchups for TEs in the next 8 weeks. The veteran TE is a solid option for a contending team with a need at the position and should come rather cheap.

Tyrell Williams

Williams should be a target of any contending team. He is the clear cut number 1 WR in Oakland and has put together 2 solid weeks. His price tag is likely still low enough that he could be had reasonably. Williams could be a good bench addition for a playoff and championship push.

Deebo Samuel

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You might want to get in on Samuel before it’s too late. Right now there is still a good amount of uncertainty as to who the 49ers’ number 1 WR is. Samuel was in on a surprising 88% of the snaps in week 1. Samuel got 24% of the team’s targets in week 2 and when they went up big on the Bengals, Samuel was pulled. To me, this indicates that San Francisco views Samuel as a key part of their offense. Samuel is a rookie with a 2nd round pedigree and is making the most of his opportunities. It won’t be long before his price tag resembles that.

Josh Allen

Allen is an incredibly underrated fantasy asset. With his rushing ability and fantasy floor, Allen is a tremendous option moving forward. His matchups favor him over the next few weeks as well. If Allen is able to put together a couple of weeks where he eclipses 20 points, his price will skyrocket. Personally, I am trying to get shares before that happens.

Demetrius Harris

Harris should receive some looks in Njoku’s absence. If he’s sitting on the waiver wire, he is most certainly worth a pickup.

Bear Market

Philip Lindsay

Lindsay has quickly become a very replaceable asset. Fellow Broncos’ RB Royce Freeman was always going to get every opportunity to live up to his 2nd round hype. In a close game against the Bears, Freeman out-snapped Lindsay and they saw similar utilization rates. It is strictly a running back by committee in Denver. Freeman has been the more efficient of the two. I believe this to be a buy-low opportunity for Lindsay as he is a solid bench option and you should be able to count on him for about 10 points a week.

Duke Johnson

Johnson saw everything drop in week 2. His snaps, targets, carries all declined. The perplexing part is that the game was close. Simply, there are now too many mouths to feed in Houston and Carlos Hyde is a more physical runner than Johnson. I am still holding Johnson, but I’m not too excited about it.

Sammy Watkins

Sell Watkins while you can. If you’ve owned Watkins before, maybe you know to not be fooled by his big performances. They come once, maybe twice a year. You can probably depend on Watkins for about 8 pts a week on average, but his name and recent 42 point performance demand a price tag that he’s simply not worth. There has been a lot of chatter about Watkins looking like a different player to start the year, but I’m not buying it. I am going to cash in when his value is at its peak.

Latavius Murray

The Drew Brees injury affects nobody more than Latavius Murray. Positive game scripts were always going to be the key to Murray’s fantasy relevance. This Saints team will likely be down more often now and will rely on Kamara and company to help keep them in games. Over the coming weeks, I envision Murray’s role being reduced to one of a spell back with occasional goal line touches, but nothing that can be counted on from week to week.

Buy on the Dip

OJ Howard

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Buy now and buy low while you can. The Buccaneers coaching staff recently stated that the receiving opportunities will come. There have also been whispers of Howard being traded to a TE-needy team. If either of those things happens, his value returns to where it was before the season began.

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