By Trevor Smith
Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara has emerged from the Saints’ crowded backfield as their primary third-down back in passing situations. Kamara has 147 receiving yards on 20 receptions, as well as 83 rushing yards on 15 carries. He also has two touchdowns this season; one rushing and one receiving. Kamara is a solid waiver wire pickup, as he is owned in less than 20 percent of all ESPN leagues. However, he is a RB2 at best, as he splits snaps with Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. He is a solid FLEX play as Drew Brees loves passing to running backs on third downs.
Latavius Murray, running back, Minnesota Vikings
Latavius Murray is the clear front runner in the Vikings’ backfield to replace Dalvin Cook as the No. 1 back. Murray hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to shine, as he has taken a backseat to Cook; however, he has produced well in the past. He will be competing with Jerick McKinnon for the starting spot, who has been less than productive as he produced negative two points and a fumble in Cook’s absence on Sunday. With all these factors, be looking for Murray on the waiver wire as an RB2 option now but possibly an RB1 later in the season.
Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson has been all business, as he has led the Texans to a 2-2 record since taking over Week 2 against the Bengals. Watson has put up better and better numbers as the season has gone on, culminating in last week’s performance against the Titans, where he accounted for five touchdowns and 283 yards passing. He is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN leagues, therefore hop on the waiver wire quickly before he becomes too hot of a commodity. This may be the last week Watson is available for a cheap QB1 option.
Amari Cooper, wide receiver, Oakland Raiders
Amari Cooper has been less than productive to start the season. After hauling in five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, he has been unable to reach double-digit yardage in his past two games. With the injury to Derek Carr, Cooper’s production looks to dwindle even more, as the quarterback job will go to either EJ Manuel or Connor Cook for the next two to six weeks. Therefore, get rid of Amari now while his name still draws appeal and pick up a more solidified starting receiver before his stock drops too low.
Chris Thompson, running back, Washington Redskins
Chris Thompson has been the premier back for the Redskins, as Robert Kelley has been sidelined because of injury. Thompson has averaged three-plus receptions per game on his way to 231 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his first three games. However, with the progressing health of Jordan Reed and Robert Kelley, his touches will most decrease. Therefore, sell high now for a position you’re weak at while Thompson’s value is high.
DeMarco Murray, running back, Tennessee Titans
DeMarco Murray has been consistent for the Titans to start the season with his best performance coming in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. He had 115 rushing yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ victory. Murray has been the feature back since signing with Titans last year; however, second-year back Derrick Henry has emerged in the Titans’ backfield. Henry has been increasing his carries weekly as he gains a bigger role. The Titans’ offense has struggled for the most part this season, therefore, sell high now before Murray’s value drops big time.