With two weeks in the books, we have reached peak overreaction season in fantasy football with managers ready to bail and trade away talented players. The fantasy football trade analyzer helps us look for potential targets that managers could be hitting the panic button on in Week 3. Additionally, it highlights players that you might want to sell before a downward turn in production.
Week 3 fantasy football trade analyzer | Players to trade for
With poor opening performances shifting the narratives, these players could be potential trade targets before Week 3 games are underway.
Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
Look, I never said that we would be shopping at Dollar General. Sometimes you have to make big swings when making trades in fantasy football. There is no bigger trade than pulling one off for Christian McCaffrey, the best player in fantasy football. Before Thursday Night Football, this would have basically been impossible, requiring your liver, firstborn, and probably your soul. Heck, even that might have been declined!
But injuries change everything. In the second quarter, McCaffrey suffered a hamstring injury of unknown severity. After losing CMC for 13 games last season, managers are likely nursing a hangover today. Images of 2020 Austin Ekeler come to mind, as he missed extended time last year with a severe hamstring injury.
The Panthers have been giving McCaffrey a ridiculous amount of work (nearly 30 touches per game). He is the unquestioned RB1 when on the field. Shoot a message to the current manager that has McCaffrey and see if you can acquire him for ~80% of his trade value. That manager might be panicking.
It’s only Week 3, and we have 14 games still to come. Yes, McCaffrey will miss time, and we do not yet know the injury severity, but McCaffrey will likely return at some point. When he does, he will go right back to the No. 1 spot, making any fantasy team he is on infinitely better and an instant contender.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
There’s no denying that Jonathan Taylor has been disappointing in 2021. He was viewed as a top-five pick in many 1QB formats after a ridiculous end to the 2020 season that saw him finish as the RB3 from Weeks 11-17 (23.1 points per game). Taylor was second in rushing over this stretch with 741 yards (123.5 per game) and scored 8 total touchdowns.
Thus far, he is averaging only 12 PPR points per game as the RB24 overall. So far, Taylor has 32 attempts for 107 yards and has caught 7 of 8 targets for 62 yards. However, things will get better.
Taylor is averaging 20 opportunities per game but ranks as one of the worst RBs in expected fantasy points. That’s because he hasn’t been able to find the end zone despite being tied for the league-lead in red-zone carries (12), with 7 of those coming from inside the 10-yard line. Even with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines on the roster, Taylor has 88.9% of the Colts’ red-zone rushes.
Taylor is coming off a difficult matchup against the Rams but will enter a very RB-friendly stretch starting in Week 3 against Tennessee. Given his usage, expect Taylor to positively regress, making this the perfect time to trade for him before his blow-up.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
Tight ends are a wasteland outside of a select few. George Kittle is one of those, even though he has not been producing as a top-tier option this season. Kittle is the TE12 overall, but he’s coming off a TE26 finish in Week 2, during which he saw just 13.3% of the target share. That lack of involvement came despite Brandon Aiyuk becoming a complete no-show in San Francisco’s offense.
Kittle is still one of the best tight ends in fantasy with weekly top-three upside. The 49ers’ offense will only get more dynamic once Trey Lance eventually takes over under center.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals
Typically, you never trade for a rookie coming off a hot game. However, you can do it when you think the player’s value will only increase — and that’s where we are with Rondale Moore.
After 4 catches on 5 targets for 68 yards in Week 1, Moore went ballistic in Week 2. He posted 7 receptions on 8 targets for 114 yards, including a 77-yard TD where there were no defenders to be seen for miles. Moore leads the Cardinals in targets with 13, ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and A.J. Green.
Players to trade away
With solid games under their belt and positive narratives surrounding them, these players could be sell-high candidates if you’re looking for maximum return.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
Devin Singletary is the perfect sell-high trade candidate for Week 3. He is RB16 through two weeks and has the starting job locked down. Singletary has 24 carries for a highly efficient 154 yards and a TD, adding 5 receptions on 8 targets for 17 yards.
However, after a surprise scratch in Week 1, Zack Moss was back in a big way in Week 2. The second-year back recorded 10 touches on just 18 offensive snaps while finding the end zone twice as Buffalo’s primary goal-line runner.
When both Singletary and Moss are active, they each cancel out the other’s upside. I would be looking to move off Singletary, especially with the Bills set to take on a talented Washington Football Team defense in Week 3.
Marvin Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marvin Jones has been Jacksonville’s best WR, and I don’t feel that is an exaggeration. He leads the Jaguars in targets (20), receptions (11), yards (132), touchdowns (2), snaps (116), and air yards (281). Correspondingly, Jones leads the Jacksonville wide receiver corps from a fantasy standpoint as the WR16 (18.1 PPR).
However, we’re likely to see rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence developt better chemistry with DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault as the season moves on, while Jones could watch his target share start to taper off. I would have no issues trading Jones for a more stable WR3-range player on a better offense.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I know this might not sit well with everyone because we all enjoy watching Rob Gronkowski do vintage Gronk things on the field. But is 2 touchdowns per game sustainable? I don’t believe so — but I guarantee someone else in your fantasy league does.
Gronkowski is averaging 6 catches and 64.5 yards per game, so if those touchdowns start to taper off, his fantasy value could begin to decline. Additionally, Tom Brady will start to target Mike Evans in the end zone at some point, taking away some of those upside opportunities Gronkowski has feasted on during his career. Selling high in a trade involving Gronkowski would make sense while he is still riding this hot streak heading into Week 3.