As the NFL season is getting into its groove, so is Fantasy Football. We’ve seen some great performances by rookies and offseason free agents but who will continue to produce and who will start to fall off? Here’s some help to figure out who you should look to get or look to get rid of.
Willie Snead, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
After a strong rookie season, Willie Snead looks to make a big impact for the Saints this season. He’s now the clear No. 2 option in the Saints offense after Marques Colston’s departure this offseason. In his first three games of the season, Snead has 14 receptions on 17 targets for 226 yards. Snead has also put up two touchdowns. With the Saints horrific defense, they have to put up massive point totals per game to keep up, and that looks to benefit Snead. He’s a good start for your No. 2 receiver or Flex in all leagues, as he will be targeted often.
Joran Reed, tight end, Washington Redskins
After arguably the best season of his career, Jordan Reed is poised to continue his dominance of opposing team’s secondary. With a steady quarterback for the first time in Kirk Cousins, Reed has the ability to be considered one of the elite tight ends in the league. This year, however, has not started as he had hoped. Reed has posted 16 receptions for a mere 190 yards. He’s been unable to find the end zone through three games. However, Reed is poised to make a big impact in the next few weeks as he is still Cousins’ go-to guy.
Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver, Denver Broncos
After a year with two quarterbacks, Emmanuel Sanders is hoping to be the No. 1 target for quarterback Trevor Siemian. Coming off a down year where the passing game wasn’t strong, Sanders and the Broncos receiving corps are looking to find themselves as major contributors in the offense once again. Sanders has amassed 205 yards on 17 receptions over three games. He’s found the end zone twice on 29 targets. However, the Broncos have been relying on the run game and that doesn’t look to change. Siemian has also had only one breakout game and we should hold back on him having another game like that. With all those issues, Sanders is just too much risk with not enough reward.
LeGarrette Blount, Running Back, New England Patriots
In the absence of a strong passing game at the start of the season, LeGarrette Blount has seen his touches increase tremendously. Blount hasn’t disappointed, as he has rushed 75 times for a league-leading 298 yards and has found the end zone twice this season. Blount has had trouble holding onto the ball, fumbling twice. The bad thing for Blount is Tom Brady is coming back into the starting lineup. With Brady at quarterback, Blount will see a significant drop in touches, as he averages only 14 touches a game with Brady under center. Therefore, sell Blount high now and reap the benefits later as his value will drop as the year goes on.
Matt Ryan, quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is coming off an abysmal year in which he saw himself drop off in completion rating and struggle in the red zone. For Ryan and the Falcon, this year is a chance to make up for the total dismantle that occurred last season as the team failed to make the playoffs after starting 5-1. Ryan has come out firing in his first three games of the season, already tallying 970 passing yards to go along with 73 completions. He’s also been able to amass seven touchdowns while allowing only one interception. The downside is that Ryan and the Falcons face off against three top defenses in Carolina, Denver and Seattle in a row. Therefore, look to get rid of Ryan now before his value drops after a few lackluster performances.