By Sam Lane
After three weeks of this NFL season, we have seen some players perform well over their preseason expectations, and we have seen some huge disappointments from players taken early in drafts before the season. Here are a few players to look at picking up for cheap or cashing out on while their value is still high.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: 138 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards
Through three weeks, Jay Ajayi has had only one truly productive week. Owners had high expectations coming into the season, but after two mediocre weeks, owners might be looking to offload the running back. While Ajayi has not been spectacular, there are signs of future success. Through two games, Ajayi is averaging 21.5 touches a game. This level of involvement is rare among running backs outside of the elite few, and with Jay Cutler at quarterback, the amount of work Ajayi is getting will most likely continue.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: 14 Receptions, 144 receiving yards, one touchdown
With two disappointing performances through three weeks, including a one catch for 1 yard disaster in Week 3, Kelce has been a headache for fantasy owners. Kelce did however show flashes of his old self with his Week 2 gem, finishing with 103 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. Kareem Hunt has been the star of the Chiefs offense so far, but the longer the season goes on, defenses will key in on the run more, which will lead to a larger workload for Kelce in the passing game.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts: 145 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards, two touchdowns
The ageless wonder that is Frank Gore has a firm grip on goal-line duties for the Colts, but as for the rest of the carries, he is slowly losing those to backups Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin. Coming off of two weeks with touchdowns, Gore’s value is high, which makes this the perfect time for him to be flipped for a player with more security around their position.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: 235 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, two touchdowns
In the first three weeks, Anderson is averaging 19.67 touches a game, and with the return of second-year running back Devontae Booker, along with the presence of veteran Jamaal Charles, Anderson’s touches look to take a dip. The majority of Anderson’s yards and both of his touchdowns came against a porous Dallas Cowboy run defense, which skew his number slightly, making his season seem much more productive than it has been. Following eight carries for 36 yards against the Buffalo Bills, we were given a glimpse of the struggles that the Broncos’ offensive line can have with an injury to left tackle Garett Bolles, which will hamper the production of the entire Bronco backfield.