Fantasy Football: Players to sell high heading into Week 3

9/18/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

DeMarco Murray (RB - DAL): He's been a nice asset for those who own him in PPR leagues, but he has not been productive on the ground. If he continues to run at his current rate of 3.5 YPC, Lance Dunbar (who ran once for 12 yards in Week 2) could begin to factor in. In addition, Murray has missed nine games in his two-year NFL career - he's always an injury risk. I wouldn't mind selling him to a running back needy owner.

Darren McFadden (RB - OAK): This pains me as a Raiders fan, but I just don't trust McFadden's health or the Raiders' offensive line. McFadden played a great game against the Jaguars in Week 2 which has owners buzzing about his return to form, but keep in mind that he averaged 2.8 YPC in Week 1 against the Colts, who ranked 26th in opponent YPC last year. McFadden has the ability to rack up fantasy points, but I don't trust the offensive line to consistently pave lanes for him to produce - and even if they do, it's likely a matter of time before McFadden gets hurt. I would not be opposed to selling high on McFadden now, but I will also mention that he plays the Redskins - who rank dead last in run defense and are giving up 5.5 yards per carry - in Week 4. You may want to roll the dice on him staying healthy until then, hope that he lights up the Redskins, then sell super high.

Sam Bradford (QB - STL): I love what I've seen out of Bradford so far under the pressure of what some are considering a make-or-break year. What I don't love, however, are Bradford's chances of maintaining his sensational fantasy production. I understand that the Rams are taking on more of a pass-first approach this year, but they have been forced to throw even more than expected thanks to falling behind in games. Bradford's 46.5 pass attempts per game (which would have led the NFL last year) are not sustainable, and his fantasy production will drop as his pass attempts do. I still believe he's one of the top bye week/injury fill-ins in fantasy football, but if an owner is willing to acquire him as his starter, I'd explore that trade.
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