Dynasty Football Stock Guide: Week Three Waivers

Matt Forte

Dynasty football is all about maximizing value by buying low and selling high. These three players could be available for cheap to help your dynasty team. Plus, one player worth selling high on following the second week of the football season. The third in a weekly series for the 2015 NFL season, here is the Dynasty Stock Guide, week three addition.

Buy Low

Gary Barnidge (TE, Cleveland)

The Cleveland receiving corps is ugly, and aside from a few splash plays from Travis Benjamin the team lacks any production at the position. Barnidge put up a 6 reception, 105 yard and 1 touchdown game on 10 targets in Cleveland’€™s week three game against the Raiders. The veteran tight end actually leads the entire Browns skill position players in snaps, logging 154 snaps through three weeks of play. Barnidge is unlikely to be owned in most leagues, but has produced with quarterback Josh McCown at the helm, logging a 3 reception 38 yard day in week one. He’s a low level replacement and likely nothing more than a TE2 but Barndige has a chance at moderately decent numbers this season and could provide some production if you’re looking for a replacement for an injured TE like Julius Thomas or Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

 

Thomas Rawls (RB, Seattle Seahawks)

Rawls is an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, and his play this preseason (30 carries, 158 yards and 1 touchdown) allowed the Seahawks to trade former second round pick Christine Michael to the Cowboys. He’€™s played more snaps than former Bills back Fred Jackson and with Marshawn Lynch slowing to start the year Rawls could provide outstanding return on investment for a waiver claim. He may burn a spot on your bench or a few weeks but if Lynch slows down any more this season or ends up retiring in the next few season, Rawls would be primed for an every down role. Jackson is not going to compete for a long term role in the Seahawks offense and Rawls is the only RB left on the roster.

 

Rishard Matthews (WR, Miami Dolphins)

Matthews has logged the second amount snaps for wide receivers on the Dolphins behind Jarvis Landry. Even with first round pick DeVante Parker back healthy, Matthews has produced in a larger role than last year. He put up a very good line in week three against the Bills logging 6 reception, 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Matthews is actually twelfth in the league in receiving yards for receivers, ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Matthews and Emmanuel Sanders. While DeVante Parker will certainly carve out a role in the future Matthews has played his way to meaningful snaps for 2015. In addition, Matthews is a free agent after the season and could end up on a team that needs wide receiver help and could end up as a starter for in 2016. Matthews is still only 25 years old, and has finally come into his own a bit for the Dolphins. I’d be willing to claim or buy low on Matthews and hope for a favorable landing spot come next year.

 

Sell High

Matt Forte (RB, Chicago Bears)

Forte is nearing the end of the line of top tier production, and if you’re close to the point where you’re considering rebuilding it might be smart to unload while his value is still at its peak. Forte has long been a PPR monster over the past few seasons, but the way the Bears season is going its tough to imagine a whole lot of production out of the aging back. While he will still score with receiving prowess, its tough to imagine a team that is rebuilding itself would continue to rely on a back nearing 30 years old and the end of his contract this offseason. While Forte could certainly sign with a team as a feature back its tough to imagine a team giving him a big contract in free agency based on his age and position. Right now is likely the highest Forte’s value will be for a long time if not the highest it will be for his career. If you’re rebuilding shipping Forte away is an easy decision, and you can still net some high value with the current fantasy running back landscape in the NFL this year.

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