Welcome to Week 2 of the fantasy season! After an exciting Week 1, it is time to dig into fantasy football buy or sell options. We’ve seen some position battles play out and playing time, targets and rush attempts speak for themselves to help guide us. I’m here to help you improve your roster for the long term and build a championship caliber team. So, this isn’t advice on who to start or sit for this week, but guys to acquire or drop to help your team moving forward overall. Trades are all about a fantasy owner’s perception of a player. If we can use that notion to our advantage, we can put our teams in a good position and capitalize on the rise and fall of a fantasy player’s stock. Let’s get to it.
Jay Ajayi (PHI, RB)
Ajayi is maybe the most controversial fantasy asset after Week 1. After a slow start that sent Fantasy Football Twitter into a frenzy, Ajayi came on stronger as the game progressed. He ended Week 1 with 62 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 rushing attempts. However, stats from one game can be misleading. Over the course of a long football season, opportunity reigns supreme.
Ajayi is the lead back in Philadelphia, but played only 29 of 72 offensive snaps. He barely played in the preseason due to injury and is a perennial injury risk. Owners should be aware that Ajayi probably won’t be heavily involved in the pass game, which is something you want out of an RB2. The presence of Darren Sproles and Corey Clement certainly damage the “workhorse” appeal of Ajayi. These two will eat into his snap count all season, steal receptions and vulture TDs. After his great Week 1 and good matchup in Week 2, Ajayi is a player that can be flipped for a more reliable player of his value, perhaps one who may have had a lackluster Week 1. Sell high on Jay Ajayi.
Corey Davis (TEN, WR)
Thirteen targets in Week 1 is a great sign. That’s more targets than DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen and T.Y. Hilton just to name a few. That is the type of target share you want out of your WR1, but Corey Davis doesn’t come with the production of a WR1. Six catches for 62 yards with a long of just 18 yards is the best he could muster up. Davis is also a big injury risk so far in his short career. He is already dealing with a hamstring issue, which limited him much of his rookie year. That is not good a good sign. Hamstring injuries often linger or can pop back up at any point throughout the season.
Davis has great potential as the 5th overall pick last season, but I think it is too early to count on him because of the injury issue. Also, he has Marcus Mariota as his quarterback. Mariota is not a good quarterback and he is dealing with multiple injuries himself after Week 1. If he goes down, how confident are you starting Corey Davis with Blaine Gabbert as his QB? I wouldn’t be very confident. People love Corey Davis and his potential. Sell him on his target share and take a more productive, reliable player week in and week out in exchange.
Alex Collins (RB, BAL)
Every Alex Collins owner is fuming about his performance through two weeks of play. Unsatisfied with the point totals and nervous about his role going forward, people are ready to deal him. I’m a little nervous about his usage so far but I think he is too valuable of a draft pick to sell right now after only two weeks. His goal line usage is not what we hoped for from the bruiser so far, but last night he got an opportunity at the goal line and was stopped just inches short. That was the difference between 16.5 fantasy points and 10.5 fantasy points in Week 2. There is nothing you can do about that. Just unlucky.
Collins looked good in Week 2 despite the average fantasy output. He rushed nine times and had three catches for a total of 90 yards and was able to break tackles regularly. His rush attempts will rise during the season, I’m not worried about that. The low number is a result of poor game scenarios in the first two weeks. Buck Allen has been involved but his rushing production will return to Collins. Allen has 10 rushes and two TDs through two games. That rate won’t continue. If Collins can continue to have 3-4 catches and he retains the goal-line duties, he is going to be a solid RB2. Buy Alex Collins low from that tilted owner who can’t wait to get rid of him.
Sammy Watkins (WR, KC)
Watkins disappointed in Week 1 recording three catches for 21 yards. He was targeted only five times. Owners expected more out the talented receiver because of the shootout that unfolded between Patrick Mahomes and Philip Rivers. Each threw for four touchdowns, yet Watkins still wasn’t able to get anything going for the Chiefs. That definitely wasn’t encouraging, but Casey Hayward covered Watkins, so you have to take this into account. It is encouraging to see that a historically reliable target, Travis Kelce, also struggled to get involved for the Chiefs. He had one catch for six yards in Week 1. Their young QB clicked early with Tyreek Hill and there was no looking back.
Mahomes makes the Chiefs an offensive juggernaut and I want a piece of offensive juggernauts in the beginning of the season, no matter what. You have a chance to get a piece of this offense for probably close to nothing since his owners might even consider dropping him. Watkins scored eight touchdowns last year but still has a terrible reputation surrounding him. Use that to your advantage and buy Sammy Watkins on the cheap. He could be inconsistent this year, but you can play the match-ups and reap the benefits of his skill set and quarterback for a cheap price. Buy low on Sammy.
Thanks again for reading Week 2 fantasy football buy or sell! Keep coming back each week as I delve into controversial players and see how to approach them. Find me on Twitter @travisfinkel and shout me out, ask me questions or tell me if I suck. Also, check out great weekly content for redraft, DFS, and dynasty leagues from The Fantasy Authority!