With two weeks of the NFL season complete, we now have a small, yet notable sample size for how players are projecting to be used by their respective teams. While some teams are likely quite satisfied, other teams are going back to the drawing board and will begin to adjust opportunities for their skill players moving forward.
Last week we cautioned you to remain patient and not to panic-drop anyone. This week, we’ll look at some of the more polarizing fantasy football players and what to make of their current trade values.
Hold On for Now
Derrick Henry: It has been an incredibly shaky start for Henry as he was mostly game
scripted out of Week 2 with how quickly the Titans vs. Bills game got out of hand. The road will get easier this week as the Titans host the Raiders and the volume is still elite for a team that needs to run to win. Instead of trading for pennies on the dollar, give him another week to figure it out.
Kyle Pitts: Arthur Smith is even bringing up his lack of targets in press conferences and claims they’re trying to win games and not play fantasy football. Smith’s Falcons currently sit at 0-2 ... but Pitts has played 88% of Atlanta’s snaps and has run 57 routes because of his ability to line up all over the field. Be patient here with the generational talent.
Dameon Pierce: It appears that he has finally been given the unconditional trust from the
Texans coaching staff. In Week 2 against a stout Denver defense, Pierce was given 15 carries for 69 yards and an 8-yard reception. Expect him to have a breakout game against the Bears who are giving up a league worst 189 yards per game.
Take What You Can Get Now
Cordarrelle Patterson: After a career high in touches Week 1, Patterson managers were quite
surprised to see the Falcons take a running back by committee approach in Week 2 despite
Damien Williams missing the game. It wasn’t just rookie RB Tyler Allgeier eating into the
workload, but Avery Williams took a healthy percentage of the 3rd down work for Atlanta. Likely a sign of things to come.
Amari Cooper: Cooper had a breakout game in Week 2 where he amassed a 9/101/1 receiving line. But we’ve seen for years that the big games for Cooper are often few and far between. Also consider that at Cleveland’s core they’ll be a run first team and despite Jacoby Brissett’s best game in years with an 81.5% completion percentage he only threw for 229 yards. Sell-high on Cooper if you can.
Antonio Gibson: This hurts as a person who is a believer in Gibson and thinks highly of his
ability as a runner and slot WR. However, his 3.1 YPC is awful. His offensive line was caved in by Detroit. Most importantly, he’s about to lose a good chunk of snaps to rookie Brian Robinson which will likely cost Gibson short yardage and goal line carries. I like him more in PPR formats, but don’t count on him to maintain his RB11 status much longer.
Try To Trade For
Garrett Wilson: This will potentially be one of the last few weeks you can snag Garrett Wilson
before his value is officially through the roof (or he simply is untouchable). He usurped the WR1 role from Elijah Moore with a monster week that included a 8/102/2 receiving line and was the go-to guy for an offense that will likely need to throw more to win this season.
Rhamondre Stevenson: The Patriots stunk Week 1 on offense and Matt Patricia’s answer was
to play Stevenson more. It certainly helped as Stevenson’s snap percentage jumped from 25% to 62% with a significant spike in passing down usage. He may not win you weeks by himself, but Stevenson could turn into a consistent RB2 thanks to his passing downs work. Expect that to be a trend moving forward and look to pick him up while the price is manageable.
Cam Akers: After landing in the doghouse Week 1, Akers finished Week 2 with 15 rushes for 44 yards and two receptions for 18 yards. Before the Rams offense starts to click and his volume stays high, see if you can pull a fast one on the Akers manager who is likely still a little disappointed.