Sport Fantasy Football Buy-Low, Sell-High Stock Watch: Leonard Fournette, Stefon Diggs among trade candidates heading into Week 3
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 3 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks
Is it time to bench Deshaun Watson and play "handcuff" RBs like Joshua Kelley? SN's Vinnie Iyer weighs in on key Week 3 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em calls as he dishes out lineup advice and NFL DFS picks.Yes, injuries were the dominant storyline after Week 2, and that carries over to Week 3. A host of fantasy stars have already been ruled out, and plenty more big-time contributors figure to be "questionable" heading into the weekend. Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Cam Akers (ribs), Jamison Crowder (hamstring), A.J.
Last week saw mass carnage in the form of injuries around the league. Undoubtedly, there are a lot of frustrated fantasy football owners staring at 0-2 or 1-1 with depleted rosters and trying to figure out how to improve. Waiver wire pickups can only help you so much, so it might already be time to look at potential trades. If you have a surplus of good RBs and need a WR (or vice/versa), it's never too early to target the right buy-low, sell-high candidates and make something happen. Fortunately, Fantasy Pros' Mike Tagliere is here to help with his Week 3 Stock Watch that includes notable players like Leonard Fournette, Diontae Johnson, Stefon Diggs, and James Conner.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 6 lineup advice, matchups, DFS picks
It's a tough week for byes and injuries, and schedule changes could happen at any time. SN's Vinnie Iyer is here to answer your Week 6 start 'em, sit 'em questions. Get lineup advice and DFS picks ahead of your Week 6 fantasy matchup.Before diving into the recommendations, keep in mind that this is a big bye week. The Seahawks, Saints, Raiders and Chargers being off has a big effect on every position, as Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Josh Jacobs, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Hunter Henry, Darren Waller, among others, will be out of action. The good news is there are plenty of worthwhile fill-ins who could help your teams if you just know which matchups to target.
Even with just two games on the books, we're starting to see some obvious trends with certain players. When it's targets, touches, or injury concerns, the whole picture is important, not just the final statline. That's where you can really find value, as some owners will simply like at the yards and touchdowns and either give up too quickly on a high-quality player or covet a mediocre player who's simply had a hot start. Either way, you can take advantage if you're willing to be aggressive and take a few chances.
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As we always caution, values can change quickly in fantasy football, so don't get too locked in on a certain trade target. Change your thinking as the trends change, but don't be afraid to strike if you have a good offer on the table. -- Matt Lutovsky
Week 4 Fantasy Busts: Jerick McKinnon, Tom Brady among risky plays in difficult matchups
You might have been lucky to land Justin Jefferson or Jerick McKinnon on the waiver wire recently, but both are potential busts in Week 4 of the fantasy football season. See our entire list, which also includes Tom Brady, ahead of your start' em, sit 'em decisions.This week, more than anything else, we're fading players in bad matchups that have either proven to be ineffective in such situations this year or don't yet have a consistent record of success. It's important to note that these predictions are just educated guesses. So, if you disagree with our analysis or don't have anyone better or comparable to play, feel free to fire these players up.
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Week 3 Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Buy-low candidates
Adam Thielen (WR – MIN)He’s the clear-cut No. 1 option in the Vikings passing attack, and judging how their defense has looked in their first two games, we’re going to see plenty of pass-happy games out of Kirk Cousins. Sure, he looked horrendous in Week 2, but that’s a blip on the radar, and one that will allow you to buy Thielen for WR2 prices.
Leonard Fournette (RB – TB)The Bucs were looking for a reason to go away from Ronald Jones, and he gave them one in Week 2 when he fumbled. From that point, we saw Fournette play more of a featured role, including ripping off a long run that clinched the win over the Panthers. With Tom Brady struggling a bit, Fournette and the run game could be leaned on heavily moving forward. He should be viewed as a high-end RB3 with upside.
Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)
Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes: Should you draft a QB early in fantasy football?
Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are the unquestioned top two QBs in 2020 fantasy rankings. Who should you take, and when should you draft them? We have the draft strategy breakdown here.There's a lot that goes into the decision to pick a QB early, though. First, you have to decide whether it's Jackson or Mahomes you want to take. Then, you've got to decide if that player's relative value makes it worth taking them as early as you have to, likely in the second round.
Based on Johnson’s expert consensus ranking this past week, there are still many doubters out there, which means you might be able to buy him cheaper than you should despite a big performance in Week 2. His 31.5-percent target share is elite. It’s possible that he’s a top-24 option for the remainder of the year who you can still buy at WR3/4 prices.
A.J. Green (WR – CIN)
Gallery: Stock up, stock down after Titans' Week 2 win over Jaguars (SMG)
There are some pros and cons to Green moving forward. The pros are that he’s seen a team-high 22 targets through two weeks and Joe Burrow looks like he’s going to be a good one. The cons are that Green has turned those 22 targets into just 80 scoreless yards and hasn’t looked like the player he once was. His 3.6 yards per target is the 31st-worst mark of all-time from wide receivers who’ve seen 20-plus targets. It seems every time he gets up off the ground, it’s a struggle. He might be working back into game shape after having 2019 off, which must be the hope. If you can find a fantasy owner willing to sell on the cheap, the vital signs are pretty good. He can likely be bought for WR4-type prices at this point.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Julio Jones, Mark Andrews, Deebo Samuel, more impacting Week 5 start-or-sit decisions
Julio Jones, Mark Andrews, Deebo Samuel, Henry Ruggs, and Hollywood Brown are some of the key "questionable" pass-catchers heading into Sunday's games. Here are the latest injury updates that are impacting Week 5 fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For the latest on injured RBs Raheem Mostert, Joe Mixon, and Le'Veon Bell, go here; for updates on Lamar Jackson, click here. For more fantasy injury updates and news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
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Week 3 Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Sell-high candidates
James Conner (RB – PIT)I was a big proponent of drafting Conner before the season began, but he quickly reminded us why he was a risky pick in drafts. The Steelers went back to him in a workhorse role in Week 2, but if he were to suffer another injury, it could be all they need to go into a full blown timeshare. He’s a risky player to own the rest of the season, so put the feelers out there to see what you can get.
Stefon Diggs (WR – BUF)You won’t find a bigger fan of Diggs than me from a talent standpoint, but you’re kidding yourself if you think his WR1 production continues. Josh Allen hadn’t thrown for more than 266 yards prior to Week 1 of this year. He’s now thrown for a league-leading 729 yards through two weeks? This is a situation just begging to even itself out. If you’re able to get top-15 wide receiver value for Diggs, you should take advantage of his hot start.
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Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Players to hold
Allen Robinson (WR – CHI)
Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 7: Mike Williams, Justin Jackson among top free agent pickups after Monday night breakouts
Christian Kirk continued his breakout and Cole Beasley had another solid game on Monday night. Both will be among the top Week 7 fantasy waiver wire pickups. See more potential free agent adds after waivers clear in Yahoo and ESPN leagues on Wednesday morning.Our full free agent list has even more RBs, WRs, and TEs (lots of tight ends this week), including a bunch of guys who should've been picked up last week but might have fallen through the cracks because of their byes (Justin Jackson, Mike Williams, Henry Ruggs).
The only player who had a chance to hold Robinson back in 2020 was Anthony Miller, so knowing Miller wound up with no catches in Week 2 should make you feel better. Robinson quietly had a tough matchup against James Bradberry in that game, so the fact that he saw nine targets is a good thing. He’s the only Bears wide receiver playing in a full-time role, and we’re not expecting the Bears to be in positive game scripts very often. Expect Robinson to remain near the top of the league in targets, which is all you can ask for from your WR1. He’ll have better days ahead.
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI)There’s going to be a lot of fantasy managers concerned about Wentz after his slow start to the season, but I urge you to hang in there. He and Deshaun Watson are the only two quarterbacks who’ve posted QB1-type numbers in at least 50 percent of games in each of the last three years. His receivers and offensive line have been dinged up early in the year, but they’ll right the ship in the coming weeks. It all starts against the Bengals in Week 3.
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Patrick Mahomes admitted to a 'lapse' in judgement in his post-game hug with Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who has since tested positive for COVID-19. A practice squad QB on the Chiefs testing positive also led to Mahomes not sleeping with his