Fantasy Stock Report: Preseason Week 3

Wow, week two is now in the books and the injury bug didn’t hurt anyone that would really impact our fantasy teams. If you read my article from a couple weeks ago preseason week 1, you can see players I was willing to draft at their current ADP and the ones I was passing on.

One I want to particularly reference is Derrius Guice. He is out for the year with a torn ACL. For those of you that are in dynasty and keeper leagues, I would target him. Before he went down he was the 1.2 in rookie drafts. My rookie draft rankings would fall as Saquon Barkley, Royce Freeman, Kerryon Johnson and then Guice. I was fortunate enough in an auction keeper league to get him at 1.6, because yes, I don’t have him this year, but next year he should easily give you high-end RB2 numbers. If he doesn’t, go ahead and throw it in my face.

Let’s get to helping you guys for your upcoming drafts this week/weekend with who I am buying/selling heading into week three of preseason.

Players I am Buying

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Sure, Collins didn’t do much in week two, but I think that’s because the Ravens already know what he brings to the table. The team realizes that as their starting running back he doesn’t need much preseason work. At his ADP of a mid third rounder, I will gladly take him as my RB2.

Melvin Gordon, RB, LA Chargers

I understand he is already a late first, early second-round pick. I want to just put him here because in the offseason the Chargers noted that they wanted to get Gordon more involved in the passing game. They put this theory to work in week two of preseason as he was second in targets behind only Keenan Allen. Draft this stud with confidence.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

Lynch had a 60-yard touchdown run against the Detroit Lions and outran everybody. Sure it was negated by a holding penalty, but we can see what Jon Gruden wants to do. He is going to run Lynch. Lynch was a high-end RB2 in the second half of last season. I see this carrying forward into 2018 as this is probably his final season. Sure he is 32 years old, but if you have the opportunity to get him as your RB3 in your draft, just laugh and draft him with confidence.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins

I wrote an article on how he was the RB3 on his own team before he got the chance. I said to pass on drafting him, so on and so forth. He did fumble his first carry and I was for sure clapping because I thought the bust was true. He rebounded well and finished with 54 rushing yards on eight carries while also bringing in three receptions. The catches are what I see here. He will be the dump off option for Ryan Tannehill. He is a strong buy in the fourth round. especially in leagues where you are awarded points for receptions.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Yes, a couple of weeks ago I had Baldwin as a sell. I also said if he falls to the end of the third/beginning of the fourth that I would buy him. Well folks that’s exactly where he is going at. Baldwin is now coming off the board at the end of the third round. The latest reports also have him back on the field and slated to play week one of the regular season. I am sure we won’t see him this preseason, but if you are able to get him as your WR1/2, buy all means take him.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Goodwin has been Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite target in training camp. Week two of the preseason proved that to be true. Goodwin finished with three receptions for 61 yards in just one quarter of action. I see him easily being the WR1 for the 49ers over Pierre Garcon. Draft him with confidence in the sixth round and enjoy the WR3 numbers with potential WR1 weeks.

Taywan Taylor, WR, Tennessee Titans

I liked Taylor last year as a rookie. I knew his potential and what he could do as an NFL player based on his college tape. This past week he proved that AND he is going in the 14th round. YES PLEASE! Even if it doesn’t pan out, you don’t have major draft capital invested in him. Take him if he is there before you get your kicker and defense.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

Graham continued to dominate in the redzone catching an eight-yard TD from Aaron Rodgers on the team’s opening drive week two against the Steelers. He didn’t do anything after that with Brett Hundley, but from what I saw on that first drive with Rodgers, is easily the Jordy Nelson redzone replacement. Graham has double-digit touchdowns written all over him by me this season. Take him at his 5th/6th-round ADP.

Players I’m Selling

Washington Redskins RB’s

Sure they signed Adrian Peterson. They call him AD or “All Day”, but I call him NADA (Not All Day Anymore). This backfield is a mess with Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine and Kapri Bibbs to add to it. It’s hard to say who to take here, that’s why I’m not after anyone from this backfield.

Ronald Jones II, RB, Tampa Bay

I wasn’t a fan when Jones was drafted by the Bucs in the early second round as I believe he is overrated. He can’t pass protect nor can he run the ball with any effectiveness. His sixth-round ADP is way too early for someone who is now second fiddle to Peyton Barber. Easy pass here.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Mack has been out since his week-one hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced since. Christine Michael got the start and Jordan Wilkins and Robert Turbin played behind him. Until I see something, I am passing on his seventh-round ADP and targeting Wilkins in the 13th round.

CJ Anderson, RB, Carolina Panthers

Anderson is better than Jonathan Stewart, but this is Christian McCaffrey’s backfield and he proved it on his 71-yard touchdown run against the Dolphins. Anderson is going in the eighth round which is too rich for my blood. Hopefully he falls to the double digits, because that is where you should really be drafting him.

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen hasn’t even caught a pass from Kirk Cousins this preseason. The chemistry just doesn’t seem to be there between them like it seems to be with Stefon Diggs. Pass on Thielen and target Diggs in the third.

 

Anyone I miss? Curious on how I feel currently about other players? Feel free to comment below. Or hit me up on Twitter @RyanMiner8

Check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys discuss which top NFL receivers they’re targeting/avoiding in fantasy football come draft day.

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