Week 3 is in the books and we are back with another fantasy stock report. There have been many players who have outperformed their expectations and others who have left owners searching for answers. Below is the week three fantasy stock report.
Fantasy running backs are tough to find and if you drafted Dalvin Cook you must be pretty happy about that selection. Cook has been a workhorse back for the Vikings to start the season, getting twenty plus carries in two out of three games to kick off the year. Dalvin Cook has been impressive with his early workload and scored his first NFL touchdown against the Buc’s last week. The young talented back is rising up the stock report because of his heavy workload and fantastic skill set.
It seems as if the Redskins have broken out of the early season struggle that has plagued them the last few years. Kirk Cousins seems to have broken out as well, he posted 26 fantasy points in a statement win against Oakland. Cousins looked flawless and the Redskins offense rolled to victory. The Redskins offense has been more balanced over the last two weeks and that will serve Kirk Cousins well. This balanced approach will allow the passing lanes to open up some more, which will allow Cousins to continue to produce the numbers that led him to be the number five fantasy quarterback last year.
When you are the number one receiver in a Kyle Shanahan run offense, you are going to see plenty of targets. That is exactly what Garcon has seen this year. Last week, Garcon had a fantastic game, posting seven catches for 142 yards. Garcon has some of the most reliable hands in the NFL and the amount of looks he is getting in this offense has his stock climbing.
Todd Gurley owners need to be sending thank you cards to Sean McVay. Gurley is back to his rookie season form in this new offense, exploding for 37 fantasy points against the 49ers. Gurley has proven he still is one of the most explosive backs in the league. This puts Todd Gurley back into RB1 territory and is a must-start every week.
The struggles for Amari Cooper have gone on for two straight weeks and with a matchup against Denver’s “No Fly Zone” this week, his prospects for a bounce-back does not seem likely. Cooper has struggled with drops once again this year. Derek Carr also tends to look for Michael Crabtree when the Raiders get into the red zone, which hurts Cooper’s fantasy value. With only one catch for six years against the Redskins last week, Cooper’s stock is starting to plummet.
The man they call “Beast Mode” has been anything but. Lynch has failed to really get anything going for the Raiders. The Raiders have been limiting Lynch’s snap count to keep him fresh, which limits his fantasy value. Many fantasy owners took Lynch high in their drafts and he has not produced the numbers they would have hoped. Sadly, Marshawn Lynch is past his prime and his stock is getting lower by the week.
One of the best deep threats in the league, Martavis Bryant has not shown his big play ability through the first three games. Bryant did have a 27-yard touchdown in week two but that performance has been sandwiched between two mediocre performances. Bryant is probably the biggest hit or miss receiver when it comes to fantasy football. Unfortunately, Bryant has been more miss through the first three games, thus, lowering his draft stock.
Lamar Miller continues to be one of the most disappointing fantasy running backs over the last few seasons. Miller gets plenty of touches per game but he never does much with those touches. Miller is good for about 20 touches a game but he still has not even cracked 70 rushing yards to start the year. In fact, rookie running back, D’Onta Foreman has looked like a much better back for Houston. Foreman’s carries have been increasing over the weeks and if Miller continues to be mediocre, Foreman might take over that job. As Miller draft stock falls, Foreman’s value rises.