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Welcome to the Week 3 Stock Report!

Staying on top of the waiver wire and staying a step ahead of your competition is the key to success in Fantasy Football.

Players start to show some promise before really becoming start-worthy for your team, and watching their stock rise is how you win.

It is still early in the year, but even now you have to be ready to make moves before someone in your league does. The arrows on the following players are certainly pointing up.

So let’s take a look at a few players whose stock is rising so you can get a jump on your competition and grab them from the waiver wire.

Week 3 Stock Report

Quarterback

Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

Johnny Football looked a little more like an NFL quarterback in Sunday’s game, or maybe he just ate a Snickers bar. I am not sure that this is going to turn into a lot of Fantasy success. The Browns are going to be a run-first team, and Manziel only threw 15 passes in the game. He certainly appears like he has a better grasp of an NFL offense, but Manziel is still a long way from being someone you can trust your Fantasy team to. However, the way NFL quarterbacks are getting injured, he is looking more and more like a guy who at least belongs on Fantasy rosters at this point.

Running Back

James Starks, Green Bay Packers

This one might not have long-standing value, but for the next week or two perhaps, Starks could have nice Fantasy value. Starks showed Sunday night that if Eddie Lacy is going to miss any time, he could be the every down back to keep the Packers offense going. He even had four catches, making him a well-rounded back that can bring plenty of value in PPR leagues as well. He is going to be a hot waiver claim this week, even if it isn’t for a long period of time.

David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals

This kid hasn’t been on the field much in the team’s first two games, but holy hell he has made the most of his playing time! He already has a touchdown on the ground, through the air, and he has returned a kickoff. As of right now, Chris Johnson is still at the top of the depth chart while Andre Ellington is hurt, but it is getting harder and harder to keep Johnson off the field. If he isn’t already owned in your leagues, get this guy now!

Wide Receiver

Rishard Matthews, Miami Dolphins

DeVante Parker isn’t quite ready for Primetime, Kenny Stills is down the depth chart, and Greg Jennings just isn’t good any more. Jarvis Landry is still the top receiver, but Matthews looks like he might be the second-best in Miami right now. His one long catch was a bit of a fluke on Sunday, but through two games he has been solid. Right now he is a bye week and injury insurance guy, but if things keep going the way they are, Matthews could have solid PPR value.

Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots

Danny Amendola was forgotten again, and Brandon LaFell isn’t expected back for weeks. Someone has to fill the role of the next receiver after Gronk and Edelman, and last week it was Aaron Dobson. There have been many questions about his hands, and I like to call him Dropson. However, Brady looks like a man possessed this season after DeflateGate and I believe that the Pats will throw a ton. Look for Dobson to have continued success.

Tight End

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

Once a fixture among the Top five to seven tight ends, Davis has fallen off the face of the earth the last two seasons. However, through two games it appears that the San Francisco offense has remembered that they have a legitimate receiving threat at tight end. In two games Davis already has eight catches and is starting to get back to Fantasy relevance. I’m not saying run out and get yourself some VD right away, but if he has one more good game you might want to scratch that itch.

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

After a very disappointing rookie season, Ebron has gotten off to a great start to 2015 as he has scored a touchdown in both games. He already has a third of the catches that he did all of last season, and was targeted a whopping 10 times in last week’s game. Matthew Stafford isn’t 100 percent, but it looks as though Ebron has improved his game and will be a viable part of the Lions offense. He might not be startable yet, but he’s definitely roster-worthy.

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Ryan Hallam has been writing about Fantasy Sports for over a decade, starting with his own blog Fighting Chance Fantasy Sports. Throughout the years Ryan has been published all over the web and print, from Fantasy Alarm, USA Today Sports Weekly, Bruno Boys Fantasy, DFS Edge, among others. He lives in Upstate New York with his beautiful wife and two daughters.
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