Buy Julio Jones, Sell Amari Cooper (and Other Buy Sell and Holds After Week Three)

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HOLD:

James Conner –

But you listed him as a sell just last week! Well, this is true, and for the right price I would still sell the running back, however, rumors began circling late yesterday afternoon that the Steelers were at the very least listening to the inquiries coming in about Le’Veon Bell. Most of the potential suitors just don’t make sense as they either already have a running back or aren’t necessarily posed to be in playoff contention and don’t have all the pieces in place(i.e. a 49ers team who just lost Jimmy Garoppolo). If the Steelers do get an offer they can’t refuse and Bell is willing to report elsewhere Conner becomes an instant bellcow back.

Jordan Howard –

Howard has put up decent but not great numbers so far this year. He’ll face a tough Buccaneer’s run defense in week 4 followed by his bye week.If you are a Howard owner, hold on. After his bye week he’ll see the Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Bills, Lions twice, Giants, Packers, and 49ers. A Howard owner may get frustrated after next week and want to sell and if it’s reasonable you should buy based on his usage, avergaing nearly 70% of snaps, and his upcoming schedule.

SELL:

Rex Burkhead –

Another week, another Burkhead injury, this time to his neck. Burkhead saw only 7 offensive snaps in week three while Sony Michel saw 23, good for 48%. Of those 23 snaps Michel saw 17 touches good for a wild 74%. When he’s in they are force feeding him the ball to the detriment of the team. The team operates far more efficiently with White and/or the White/Burkhead combo packages but the Patriots don’t seem to care and are determined to justify Sony Michel’s first round pick status. It certainly feels like Burkhead is going to be a limited piece going forward with Michel’s usage and nursing head, neck, and knee injuries.

Amari Cooper –

Look, he was lights out in week 2. But week 1 and week 3? Yuck. I’m worried Cooper is the next Sammy Watkins, so inconsistent you can never trust him in your lineup and that’s never a good thing. Yesterday it was revealed that Jon Grudens old school tactics and roster construction had caused a divide in the organization. They’re 0-3, moving to Vegas as soon as next year, and have a locker room already pissed off about Kahlil Mack. Outside of potentially Marshawn Lynch as an RB3 I’m avoiding this Raiders offense this year.

BUY:

Jarvis Landry –

Landry started off slowly in week three but with Mayfield seeing action in the 2nd half received a clear boost. Prior to Mayfield’s entry Landry saw 5 targets all of which were incomplete. After, Landry saw 10 targets for 8 catches and 103 yards. Landry will be a must start week 3 against the Oakland Raiders who gave up 5/52/1 to Cooper Kupp and a 4/96 line to Emmanuel Sanders out of the slot. If the chemistry continues Landry could end up being a steal from his draft ADP of round 4 or 5.

Julio Jones –

After his monster week one Julio Jones has put up to so-so showings for him with 5/64 and 5/96 lines and still hasn’t hit pay dirt yet, seeing just 3 red zone targets. In contrast, Calvin Ridley saw 3 just this week for 3 touchdowns. The touchdown woahs continue but Jones has some juicy matchups coming up and should explode in the coming weeks. If you have a frustrated owner in your league that wants out consider a trade that should pay dividends almost immediately.

Mark Ingram –

The Saints have been one of the worst running teams in the league so far averaging just 3.9 YPC and 248 total yards on the ground good for just 27th in the league. Kamara has proven to be an elite pass catcher and certainly a serviceable running back(he did see 16 carries for 66 yards and a 4.1 YPC average in week 3). But Taysom Hill continues to mix in and I believe that Kamara and Ingram will split carries when he returns from his suspension. Get him now while the asking price is reasonable.

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