We’re still in the early stages of the 2023 NFL season. That means fantasy football values are still being formulated. The RB is always challenging since touchdowns can heavily influence perceived value.
Unraveling all that we saw in Week 2 and translating it into Week 3 RB trade targets is where fantasy managers can differentiate themselves. To help you get your head around it all, here are our thoughts on some RBs to buy low or sell high entering Week 3.
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Which RBs Should You Trade for in Fantasy Football?
Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
I know what you’re thinking. In what world is Bijan Robinson a buy-low option? Hear me out. Robinson still hasn’t completely vanquished fellow Atlanta RB Tyler Allgeier. The sophomore back is still on the field a lot, but it’s coming. Robinson played 23 more snaps than Allgeier this week and ran 18 more routes. He saw four targets to Allgeier’s zero.
Robinson is the truth — he is everything we thought he would be. If he keeps outplaying Allgeier, which he will, it’s only a matter of time.
The former Longhorn is already an elite RB1 on limited volume. Right now, the only running back I would rather have is Christian McCaffrey. If you can get Robinson for anything less, do it.
Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
For the second week in a row, I’m going with Javonte Williams. I just really like what I see from him — he looks healthy. Samaje Perine saw far less work this week, so it’s only a matter of time before Williams is seeing 60-70% of the work consistently.
Williams saw 12 carries, and the other two backs only had two. He just hasn’t found the end zone yet. Once he does, his value will suddenly seem much higher. The Broncos gave you one more week to buy, and I would do it.
Which RBs Should You Trade Away in Fantasy Football?
James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals
A big part of James Conner’s appeal was his receiving work. He has the every-down role, but pure rushing isn’t typically going to cut it. Conner didn’t catch his only target against the Giants.
Conner did rip off 106 yards on 23 carries and found the end zone, but the Cardinals aren’t going to play the Giants’ laughably bad defense every week. Now might be a good time to see what you can get for Conner.
Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Did you expect anything less from me? Rachaad White benefited from facing one of the worst run defenses in the league. To be fair, he did what he was supposed to do.
White carried the ball 17 times for 73 yards and added five receptions for 30 yards. If you have confidence in White to do this again, then hang onto him, but I do not.
The Bucs get the Eagles and Saints the next two weeks and then it’s a bye week. Remember last week when he ran the ball 17 times for 40 yards? More of that is coming. If anyone is valuing him as an RB1, sell now.
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Should You Trade D’Andre Swift for Rhamondre Stevenson?
We are two weeks into the season, and we still don’t have an answer on the Eagles’ backfield. After Week 1, it looked like D’Andre Swift was trending toward being droppable. Then, a Kenneth Gainwell injury opened the door for Swift to remind everyone just how good he is. At this point, the only thing we know for sure is that it will never be Rashaad Penny.
Given what Swift did on Thursday night, we can no longer draw any conclusions based on Week 1. Unfortunately, we can’t draw conclusions based on Week 2, either, because of what happened in Week 1. We need to see Swift and Gainwell active together for a true answer.
If Swift just won the lead role, then trading him for Rhamondre Stevenson would be a mistake. If the Eagles plan to go right back to Gainwell when healthy, trading Swift for Stevenson would be a steal. No one knows definitively what the right call is.
My inclination based on two weeks of football and Swift’s entire career would be to make this move if you can. I don’t love what I’m seeing from the Patriots’ backfield in terms of usage. Ezekiel Elliott is too involved for my liking, but Stevenson looks good, and he’s clearly got a stranglehold on the receiving work.
I’m willing to trust that we’ve mostly seen floor games from Stevenson so far and that the ceiling games are coming. It’s unlikely Swift is suddenly this 25-touch-per-game guy. Selling high would appear to be a prudent move, but it is far from a guarantee.
Should You Trade Joe Mixon for Josh Jacobs?
Through two weeks, Jacobs has looked incredibly underwhelming. Of course, so has Joe Mixon. Both talented backs are underperforming.
At first glance, Mixon would appear to be the most likely to break through. He plays on a better offense with a much better QB. However, Joe Burrow’s calf strain is likely to linger throughout the season. It’s possible the Bengals’ offense is just broken for 2023.
Still, it’s not as if the Raiders are lighting up the scoreboard. They’ve scored a whopping 27 points in two games. Last week, Jacobs ran the ball nine times. Had he run the ball zero times, he would’ve finished with more yards than he did on Sunday.
While Jacobs’ efficiency leaves a lot to be desired, he was still a top-five running back last season. That is something I no longer believe to be in Mixon’s range of outcomes.
Additionally, Jacobs is still dominating snaps. He played 80% in Week 1 and 72% in Week 2, which was really lowered by the Raiders pulling Jacobs late in a blowout.
I trust Jacobs’ role far more than Mixon’s. Also, I have concerns about the Bengals’ offense. If Burrow is limited or misses time, the Bengals are suddenly no better of a situation than the Raiders. If someone is offering up Jacobs for Mixon, take Jacobs.
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