2015 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Buy/Sell
Players to BUY
Melvin Gordon – RB – San Diego Chargers
Many said that Melvin Gordon should be the first rookie taken in fantasy football drafts this year with the injury to Todd Gurley. Gordon has lost out on two rushing goal-line touchdowns to Danny Woodhead already in the first week of the season and has essentially split time in the backfield with him as well. Many people look at his six-point performance in week one and his nine point performance in week two and think that it’s time to panic. Gordon wouldn’t be the first rookie running back to be placed as the “work horse” back on a newly drafted team that ends up being a disappointment, but I don’t believe that will be the case. Gordon had a long touchdown run called back because of a penalty in week one and had three runs longer than 20 yards in week two against Cincinnati. This could be the week that Gordon goes for more than 100 and finds the end-zone against Minnesota. After all, we saw what Carlos Hyde did to the Vikings in week one on the ground.
Jeremy Maclin – WR – Kansas City Chiefs
Maclin was brought in by the Chiefs in 2015 to be their primary receiving option, something they have missed in recent years. The last time a wide receiver caught a touchdown for the Chiefs was in the 2013 season by Dwayne Bowe, and Maclin has a great relationship with his former coach in Philadelphia, Andy Reid. Maclin has yet to find the end zone, however, leaving many Maclin owners worried through two weeks. Week one it was Travis Kelce that found the end zone twice and had a huge game for the Chiefs, and in week two, despite the two fumbles, it was Jamaal Charles that had his turn. Reid and the Chiefs have moved Maclin all over the field, and the Broncos have one of the best defenses and corners in the NFL, which made for a tough matchup for the former Missouri Tiger. The Chiefs are on national TV again in week three as they go to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers, which I believe will be the first game in over a full season where a Chiefs receiver finds the end zone.
Mike Evans – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A hamstring injury held Mike Evans out in week one as the Titans dismantled the Bucs 42-14. Evans returned to action in week two against the Saints but failed to haul in a catch on three targets, leaving him with zero catches so far in 2015. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans spent a lot of time working out together this offseason, and Evans was on the field for just 61% of the teams offensive snaps, so there are reasons why I believe Evans is in for a big season to come. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins had a big game in week one for the Bucs, but he is now scheduled to miss four-to-six weeks with a shoulder injury, leaving more targets to come Evans’ way.
Players to SELL
Drew Brees – QB – New Orleans Saints
Many expected a down year from Brees, but through just two games so far in 2015, it’s been a tough pill to swallow for Brees owners. He had a good enough game in Arizona in week one, throwing for 335 yards and a touchdown, but unquestionably he struggled in week two against the Bucs at home. Brees will face Carolina in week three and now has an injured throwing shoulder. The Saints season has started off in the worst way possible in 2015, as they’re a surprising 0-2 and now their franchise quarterback is showing signs of a significant decline.
Travis Benjamin – WR – Cleveland Browns
Benjamin has 209 receiving yards and three touchdowns in two games for the Brows so far this season, all of them coming from Johnny Manziel. Benjamin had three catches last week against the Titans for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and he had a punt return for a touchdown as well. Benjamin benefitted from two deep passes that went for touchdowns last week, and the Browns struggled to move the ball the entire game, despite winning 28-14. I believe Benjamin could have a nice season for the Browns in 2015, but he is unlikely to get anywhere close to the level of production that came from Josh Gordon in his heyday.
DeMarco Murray – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Murray is one of the more controversial players in fantasy football so far, as he has tallied just 11 rushing yards on 21 carries. He does have a touchdown both on the ground and in the air, where he has nine catches for 64 yards. Murray will likely be a huge disappointment to his owners this season if they were expected the same type of production from him in Dallas last season, even if the Eagles get their offense figured out. It doesn’t get any easier for Murray and the Eagles in week 3, as they hit the road to play one of the best defenses in the NFL as they play the New York Jets.