Week 3 Value Hunting

Entering Week 3 of the season, it’s time to go value hunting! Last week I went into some buys, now I’m taking a look at some sells- the other part of value hunting. After two weeks of the NFL season we’ve seen some high and lows in the dynasty stock market. Let’s take a second to look at some of the players that have risen the most through two games.

Tua Tagovailoa QB (MIA)

Tua entered the 2022 season with lots of question marks. Most fantasy managers valued him as a mid-range QB2. That all changed at a week two performance vs the Ravens that saw him put up 469 yards and 6 passing touchdowns.

The Dolphins quarterback was the hottest waiver add of the week and soon saw his lifetime value rise by 12.83 to a total of 57.4 putting moving him up to QB11 in dynasty as per Player Profiler. Whether this is a one-week anomaly or a sign of things to come is yet to be determined, but if you roster Tua and aren’t a believer now is the prime time to sell at his career high.

Saquon Barkley RB (NYG)

Barkley has been bitten by the injury bug for the better part of the last three seasons, so entering 2022 his stock was at an all time low. Half of fantasy managers wondered if he could stay healthy while the other half wondered if he was still good enough to overcome an incompetent Giants offense.

After two weeks it appears we have an answer. Barkley has totaled 39 carries for 236 yards rushing and one touchdown, he also chipped in 9 catches for 46 yards. This early season production has seen his stock shoot up by a whopping 49.98, good for the biggest gain of any player this season. Barkley’s lifetime value now sits at 226.90 putting him back into the top 5 dynasty running back at RB4 overall.

Barkley is a prime candidate to sell sky high if you are a rebuilding team or a running back that you can hold onto and ride all the way through the season.

Michael Pittman WR (IND)

Pittman arrived in week one and racked up a stat line of 9 receptions, 121 yards and a touchdown. Pittman’s value quickly began climbing to a new high not even seen during his offseason buzz period and rose by 31.06 to a lifetime value of 179.64 as per Player Profiler.

The second year receiver likely would have continued to sore if it weren’t for a quad injury that forced him to miss week two, Pittman looks to be healthy and ready to go for week three and this may be your last chance to buy high on Pittman before you will be forced to buy sky high.

He currently sits at WR5 in lifetime value and has low limit to his ceiling. If he is your guy, go out and get him now!

Amon Ra St. Brown WR (DET)

Amon Ra saw his share of skepticism during the offseason as most analysts had their doubts as to whether or not he could replicate his end of 2021 stretch. Most managers waited on St. Brown in drafts and he went at an ADP of 63.

Enter week one! Even with a healthy D’Andre Swift and TJ Hockenson and the addition of DJ Chark, St. Brown was able to be productive to the tune of 8 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.

St. Brown had proven he was the real deal and managers started to buy back in, then week two came around an he soared through the roof. In week two he put up a stat line of 9 receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns, he had truly arrived.

This week two outburst saw his stock shoot up by a massive one week climb of 36.95 as per Player Profiler. He now sits as WR13 on Player profiler and still has room to gain value, act now before he jumps into the top 10.

Drake London WR (ATL)

Drake was the first wide receiver off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft going 8th overall to the Falcons. Being drafted by the Falcons did little to help his dynasty value as most analysts assumed Pitts would be the only pass catcher who would be of value in the Atlanta offense.

Through two weeks the exact opposite has happen and it has been London who has outshined Pitts. After his first two games London has put up 13 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown, this has caused his Player Profiler lifetime value to increase by 13.99 to a total of 145.68.

London currently sits as WR17 in dynasty. Many managers have been slow to react to this early breakout do to the Falcons being a bottom of the league offense, which makes this the time to acquire Drake London before he makes his way into the top 15 and beyond.

Christian Kirk WR (JAX)

Christian Kirk was a controversial topic this offseason as the perennial Cardinals bench receiver suddenly set fire to the wide receiver market after signing a 4 year/$72,000,000 contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Many in football assumed this contract would make Kirk the WR1 in Jacksonville by default but few believed he had what it took to be an elite producer. In his first two games in Jacksonville Kirk put up 6 catches for 117 yards and 6 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Despite the fact that the Jaguars offense still has it’s limitations it is clear that Kirk is the guy. Kirk’s value has climbed by 22.77 points on Player Profiler to a lifetime value of 84.78. That puts Kirk at WR43, this is criminally low.

By midseason Kirk is sure to be a locked and loaded WR2 and MUST be acquired now while he is being valued as a WR4.

Gerald Everett TE (LAC)

Everett had been all but left for dead coming into the 2022 season with the Chargers. Everett started off the seaon with 3 catches, 54 yards and a touchdown and then seen his targets rise in week two due to a Keenan Allen injury.

This opportunity led to a stat line of 6 receptions and 71 yards. It is unclear whether or not Allen will return for week three, but if he is unable to go it could be another solid outing for Everett.

His value after two weeks has risen from the dead by 22.55 points, good for a Player Profiler lifetime value of 38.27. If you can get one more excellent outing from Everett in week three it could present you with the perfect chance to cash in on his new high in value.

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