March 4, 2024

3 Guys to trade

Brandin Cooks

While I know Cooks has been a fantasy stud to this point and seemingly has been the poster boy for consistency on any team he is on, I still think it’s time to deal him. The fact of the matter is Davis Mills does not look good. In the past two weeks since Davis Mills took the reigns at QB, the Texans have scored a combined total of nine points. This has much more to do with who is throwing the ball rather than who is catching it. Last week may have been a foreshowing of what may be ahead of Cooks’ fantasy future. With no timetable for Tyrod Taylor’s return, it is hard to take any stock in this Texans offense. The Texans’ schedule does not get any easier for Cooks, their next four matchups are New England, Indianapolis, Arizona and the LA Rams. Trade Cooks while he still has WR2 value.

Chris Carson
When you watch the Seahawks play, Chris Carson seems to be a valuable aspect of their offense, but from a fantasy perspective, we can see he is quite obviously not the focal point. Chris Carson is currently ranked as RB 23 and has yet to go over 100 yards or even get 20 touches in a game. What has saved Carson to this point has been his touchdown consistency. Having to rely on touchdowns week-to-week, as we know, is less than comfortable. It is almost as if Pete Carol only uses Carson as a setup man for DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett downfield. Carson also is not getting any run in the receiving game, hauling in a total of three receptions for three yards in his last three games. Trade him while he still has RB2 value.

Robert Woods
This is a sad one to put on here, but I think it may be time. Robert Woods has been the ultimate value pick for many years. In some instances, Woods may have even been a league winner; I know he was that for me. While it’s hard to see him on this list, we can still be thankful for the production Woods gave us these past few years… Salute brother. Cooper Kupp has seen his targets increase by one in each of the first four weeks of the season and does not look to be slowing down. I think an argument can be made that the Rams offense hit their peak performance in the first three games of the season. Now, that is not to say that is all downhill from here, or that they cannot maintain that level the whole year. However, in an offense that has been clicking Woods’ production should mirror that proficiency. With an obvious WR1 in the fold and now Van Jefferson stealing targets away from Woods, it is hard to see him giving you that WR2 product that you drafted him to be.

Guys to Stash
I want to be clear, these are guys that you may want to stash if you are in a deeper league or have an open roster spot.

Leveon Bell
We have no idea how the Baltimore backfield will shake out. Bell finally got elevated from the practice squad, and while he did not get a lot of run, it was still nice to see him back on a football field. With Tyson Williams battling injuries and both Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray in the same situation as Bell in terms of learning this offense on the fly, taking a flyer on Bell may not be a bad idea. Look, I am a big advocate for this Ravens running game. Having Lamar Jackson changes the dynamic for a run game and makes it that much more lethal. While Bell is not the #1 fantasy running back he used to be, he is still only 29 and is in an offense with Lamar Jackson. Another reason Bell intrigues me is his pass-catching ability. Lamar Jackson has never had a back that can catch the ball out of the backfield like Bell and with his inconsistencies throwing downfield, maybe John Harbaugh decides to use Leveon as a major piece in the Ravens passing game.

Marlon Mack
The Colts and Mack are heading for a divorce. Both sides have agreed to part ways and Indianapolis is currently working on finding a new home for Mack. Depending on what team he is traded to could make his fantasy value skyrocket. There have been rumblings that the 49ers, Eagles, and Jets have been involved in discussions for Mack but no team has acted as of now. Obviously, Mack is not restorable in any league, but if he were to get shipped over to a 49ers team whose backfield cant stay healthy, or a Jets franchise that clearly does not have an RB1, he may be worth the roster spot and could be a yield legit fantasy production.

Demetric Felton
This kid is a problem catching the ball out of the backfield. If you are a Browns fan, you are pleasantly surprised with how this rookie has performed with the limited touches he has gotten to this point. Felton put the league on notice in Week 2 vs. the Texans when he broke off a screen pass and put the Texans defense through a spin-cycle before rumbling in for a 35-yard touchdown. Obviously, in a crowded backfield with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the snaps have been limited for Felton. It seems as if Kevin Stefanski is starting to use Kareem Hunt and Felton in tandem on passing downs. If either Chubb or Hunt goes down, Felton could be a fantasy game-changer with how the Browns run their offense. If you have the space, he may be a good handcuff option to Hunt.

Coming Out Party

Kyle Pitts
Pitts has been disappointing in terms of fantasy capital this year, but we need to remember that he is still just a rookie in an entirely new game. Honesty, Pitts has been impressive in terms of his target share and involvement in the Falcons offense early on. Pitts is among the leaders at tight end with 26 targets in the first four weeks of the season. The volume is there it just seems as if Pitts is always right on the cusp of having the breakout game that will catapult him into fantasy providence. Going against a tough Jets defense will be a challenge for Atlanta, and I expect Matt Ryan to use Pitts as a safety blanket and check it down early and often.

Trey Lance
I have been saying it since the draft, this kid is going to be a problem. Sunday all eyes will be set on Trey Lance as he leads the San Francisco 49ers against a tough Cardinals defense and I think he will be up for the task. Lance replaced Jimmy Garrapolo in the second half of the 49ers game against the Seahawks. Garoppolo left the game with an apparent calf injury that may rule him out for a few weeks. While Kyle Shannahan has not officially ruled out Garrapoolo, all signs point towards him being out this week. In only one-half of offense, Trey Lance looked pretty good from a pure football perspective. He finished 9/18 with 157 yards and two touchdowns passing and rushed seven times for 41 yards. But, from the fantasy perspective, Lance owners should be very encouraged. In only one half of football, Trey Lance put up 24 fantasy; points based on standard scoring leagues. That was more than Lamar Jackson, Matt Stafford and Tom Brady had in and they all played four quarters. The Cardinals defense has been stout, but the only way that the 49ers will have a chance is if they can keep up with Kyler Murray and that high-powered Cardinals offense. Expect a good day from Lance if he is under center Sunday.

Michael Pittman
I have been high on this guy all year. Pittman has been right on the brink of putting together a monster game a few times this year but has yet to break down that barrier. That being said, he has built a strong rapport with Carson Wentz and it seems as if he is Wentz’s favorite target. Monday night primetime is where legends are made and I think Michael Pittman may be primed for a big game. We know that the Colts are going to have to keep pace with the high-powered offense of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, which means Wentz will have to throw… A LOT. The Ravens have one of the best cover corners in the league in Marlon Humphrey, but due to Pittman’s hybrid play style, he will be able to be versatile in where he lines up. I expect the Colts are going to want to utilize him in the slot and on the outside to give opportunities away from Humphrey.

Let me tell you, I am proud of the team that I picked last week. Discount the Gronk and Swift pick since Gronk’s injury status came later in the week and Swift got hurt early. Other than that, if you were to have drafted my team on FanDuel, you would have won yourself some cash. Tell your friends, I am making people money now.
Results from Standard leagues:
Patrick Mahomes: 33pts- 1st Among QBs
James Robinson: 20pts- 7th Among RBs
Tyreek Hill: 36pts- 1st Among WRs
Stefon Diggs: 12pts- 22nd Among WRs
Rodrigo Blankenship: 10pts- 7th Among Ks
Buffalo Bills: 23pts- 1st Among Ds

Three #1 picks aren’t too bad. So without further ado, here is my nine for this week.
QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB: Derick Henry
RB: Dalvin Cook
WR: Justin Jefferson
WR: Jamar Chase
TE: Travis Kelce
K: Rodrigo Blankenship
D: Patriots

Good luck this week!

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