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Fantasy football trade targets: Week 3

Looking to make a trade to bolster your lineup? Here are the players you need to target in Week 3, along with a few names to sell high on before it's too late.

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Injuries stole the show in Week 2, leaving multiple fantasy impact players on the sideline and potentially out for weeks to come. Jamaal Charles has an ankle injury, AJ Green hurt his foot, Eric Decker is dealing with hamstring issues again. It wasn't a fun week.

If you're an owner struggling your starting lineup now without some key players, you should consider a few players as valuable trade targets heading into Week 3.

Last week's column featured Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Hill as players to target while their value was low. Those guys blew up in Week 2. Here are the players I think you should attempt to acquire while their stock is down, along with three names it's time to sell high on.


Eddie Lacy

Lacy is sitting on 77 yards rushing on 25 carries through two games. Surely some of his owners are worrying about him right now. That concern will likely grow after Week 3.

The Packers face the Lions on Sunday. Detroit is allowing just 57.5 rushing yards per game, ranking second in the league in that category. Lacy could easily struggle for a third straight game.

However, Green Bay's schedules gets easier going forward. Lacy was picked in the first-round pick for a reason. He's a workhorse for the Packers and a value commodity at a thin position. Buy now wherever you can.

Pierre Garcon

Garcon only saw four targets in Week 2 against the Jaguars. Washington's gameplan might have been thrown off a bit with Robert Griffin III leaving after suffering a dislocated ankle. Kirk Cousins starting under center should not concern Garcon owners

Cousins played five games in 2013, and Garcon saw 10 or more targets in each of those matchups. The two hooked up for stat lines of 7/129/1 and 11/144/1 in Week 15 and 16 last season.

Jay Gruden still wants to throw the ball with RG3 out. Garcon will be fine, and you should try to get him for cheap coming off a one-catch game.

Cordarrelle Patterson

With Adrian Peterson sitting out Week 3's game against the Patriots, the Vikings offense regressed and finished with just seven points. Patterson caught four passes for 56 yards and did not receive a single carry. That will change going forward.

Patterson is a playmaker with the ability to go the distance any time he touches the ball. Norv Turner makes it a point to get his playmakers the ball. The Patriots secondary kept the Vikings passing game in check, but they'll have easier matchups ahead.

Owners might not be selling Patterson off in a hurry, but there will be some who are looking to get rid of him with the Vikings offense struggling.

Travis Kelce

Kansas City is slowly working Kelce into the offense more often. He saw a five percent increase in snaps in Week 2, and he made the most of his playing time.

Kelce caught four passes for 81 yards, averaging 7.5 yards after the catch per reception. He's one of the few weapons Alex Smith has in the passing game. The Chiefs coaches said they were bringing Kelce along last week, so we can only assume as he gains a better grasp on their offense, Kelce will earn more snaps.

Jamaal Charles is out with an ankle injury. The Chiefs defense is dealing with several injuries of their own. All signs point towards a bigger need for a playmaker in the passing game. Buy Kelce before he goes off.

Other players to target

Justin Hunter: He was on this list last week. Hunter played 43-of-51 snaps in Week 2. A breakout is coming.
Montee Ball: 127 yards rushing in two games. Not the greatest start for Ball, and he gets Seattle next. Should be a good time to buy.
Kelvin Benjamin: A bad week with a few drops will make the rookie less appealing. Still the No. 1 wideout in Carolina who will improve throughout the year.


Stevan Ridley

These owners should be sprinting to the trade block looking for potential suitors. Ridley rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Week 2. The Patriots backfield is going to be a guessing game every week.

In Week 1 Ridley was on the field for just 26-of-82 snaps. If you haven't learned by now, that's the way Bill Belichick likes to run things in New England. Some weeks Ridley will thrive, some weeks Shane Vereen will be the guy to own. You don't want to be a part of that guessing game.

After injuries dominated the headlines in Week 2, surely some owners are searching for help at running back heading into Week 3. Pawn Ridley off on them before he falls off again.

Ahmad Bradshaw

The Colts are hopefully realizing Bradshaw is a better option than Trent Richardson. Bradshaw averaged 5.4 yards per carry and caught two touchdown passes in Week 2, boosting his stock even more in the Colts offense.

If Bradshaw is doing well, why should you sell now? My biggest concern with the veteran is his potential to get injured. He was already on the injury report after Week 1 for "general soreness." He's 28 now and hasn't played a full season since 2010.

If you have a deep roster, a smart move would be to package Bradshaw and another player for a top running back. The aforementioned Lacy has a low price in a lot of leagues. It's worth taking a shot.

Darren Sproles

Sproles is currently ranked as the second-highest scorer in PPR leagues. Don't expect to see him in that spot when the season ends.

While he's become a great value pick for most owners, we can't anticipate 152 receiving yards from him every game. He broke several big plays against the Colts and did almost all of his damage after the catch.

Now is the time to strike a deal with another owner willing to buy Sproles' perceived value. He'll likely be a solid flex play all year if he continues to be actively involved in Philadelphia, but you can obtain more be shipping him out now.