Buy or sell: Week 3 fantasy trends for all 32 NFL teams

— -- NFL Nation reporters choose a player from each team and assess whether they're buying or selling his fantasy value headed into Week 3.

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Buffalo Bills

This might sound strange given that Watkins is still battling a foot injury and has been limited to six catches for 63 yards so far this season. But the message from coach Rex Ryan has been crystal clear since he fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman last week: He wants the ball in Watkins' hands. In Anthony Lynn's debut as playcaller Sunday, expect the Bills' new offensive coordinator to make his longtime boss happy. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins

Tannehill lit up the Patriots' defense for 389 passing yards and two touchdowns Sunday, which made for solid fantasy points. Most of Tannehill's production, however, came in the second half after Miami fell behind 24-3 and became pass heavy and sped up the tempo. The Dolphins won't trail big in every game, and Tannehill must prove he can put up numbers when it matters. -- James Walker

New England Patriots

After totaling just three catches for 14 yards in the season opener, the veteran tight end broke out in Week 2 with five catches for 114 yards and a touchdown as he played all 80 offensive snaps. Can he duplicate the feat? With rookie quarterback  Jacoby Brissett likely to start Thursday night against the Texans, that's a tough investment to make. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets

It has become apparent that Forte will be a workhorse back. He has played in 79 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps, more than anyone anticipated. There might come a point where he's slowed by fatigue, but for now, what more could you want in a running back? He's averaging 30 touches per game. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens

No one expects Pitta to keep putting up 100-yard receiving games. Sunday marked only the second one of his career. But Pitta was one of quarterback  Joe Flacco's favorite targets in the red zone before he got injured. It's only a matter of time before Flacco starts finding Pitta in the end zone. What makes Pitta more valuable is the lack of production Baltimore is getting from its other tight ends,  Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals

I'm not saying sit Hill for the rest of the season, but the Bengals' run game is in a funk, and now they have to deal with the Broncos' front seven on Sunday. It's another bad matchup for a struggling unit. I'd look elsewhere in Week 3. -- Katherine Terrell

Cleveland Browns

It's tempting to say that Coleman's two-touchdown, 104-yard game was a harbinger for the future. But Sunday in Miami, rookie quarterback  Cody Kessler will be getting his first start -- way before the Browns planned or wanted to start him. Kessler looked overmatched in preseason, and he's opening on the road. Expecting a repeat from Coleman in a rookie's first start is expecting too much. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers

After 59 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Rogers' production plummeted to one catch and 9 yards against Cincinnati. But I'm sticking with him for at least one more week in this category, because quarterback  Ben Roethlisberger made it a point to say after the game that he wanted to get Rogers more involved. As defenses try to take away the Steelers' vertical passing game, Rogers in the middle of the field will continue to be a viable option for Big Ben. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans

Fuller has joined running back Lamar Miller and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as the three players on this offense whom you can start every week. Even after Fuller had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Bears in Week 1, the Chiefs still focused most of their efforts defending Hopkins. Fuller has been targeted 18 times through two games by quarterback Brock Osweiler. The rookie had his second straight game of more than 100 receiving yards, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to have 100 receiving yards in his first two games. Though the Patriots will likely give Fuller more attention on Thursday night, he could still star. -- Sarah Barshop

Indianapolis Colts

Don't be frightened by Luck throwing his first interception of the season and for only 197 yards (21-of-40) against the Broncos on Sunday. Denver is third in the NFL in defending the pass. Luck will have a chance to bounce back because he'll be facing a Chargers defense that is 28th in the league in defending the pass, allowing 324.5 yards per game. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars

I went with him for Week 2, and I'm sticking with him for another week. Thomas caught four passes for 71 yards against San Diego and has nine catches for 135 yards and a touchdown through two games. Quarterback  Blake Bortles has zeroed in on Thomas across the middle, and Thomas has been able to get 54 yards after the catch. He ranks third in the league in receiving yards by a tight end. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans

Yes, rookie  Derrick Henry was up 10 snaps and Murray was down nine in Week 2. But it was Murray who found room for a 67-yard run, and it was Murray who got the bulk of the work on the crucial, game-winning drive with six of his 19 touches in that scoring march. Murray was quarterback  Marcus Mariota's top target, catching all seven of the passes thrown to him. In a league in which lead running backs can be hard to find, he's close to being one. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos

Buy: Quarterback Trevor Siemian 

Siemian has just one touchdown pass in two games, but the Broncos coaches showed against the Colts this past weekend that they trust Siemian to run all parts of the playbook. After asking Siemian to throw 26 passes in the season opener, they turned Siemian loose to throw 25 passes in the first half alone against the Colts. Siemian has also consistently moved the offense and put the Broncos in position to score touchdowns. And while the Broncos haven't closed the deal enough in the first two games, the opportunities are there. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs

Smith crashed last week against the Texans after an encouraging season opener in which he threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns. The matchups for the Chiefs when they throw the ball should be more favorable for this week's game against the Jets than they were last week. But Smith has showed time and again that he won't reward fantasy players with big stats week in and week out. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders' 6-foot-3 running back has been criticized for running too high, but in consecutive games he has been Oakland's go-to guy from the 1-yard line. He barreled over James Laurinaitis in the season opener in New Orleans, then made people miss on his touchdown plunge against Atlanta. It would seem Murray is the Raiders' guy when they choose to run near the goal line, even if they used 5-foot-8 back  Jalen Richard on a fourth-and-2 situation at midfield against the Falcons. -- Paul Gutierrez

San Diego Chargers

Benjamin finished with six receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars. He likely won't put up those types of numbers every week, but with Keenan Allen out for the season, Benjamin should consistently get six to eight targets a game. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys

Don't give up on the rookie just yet because he had two fumbles against the Redskins and has yet to reach 100 yards in the first two games. He was better against Washington (21 carries, 83 yards, one touchdown) than in the opener. He said it took him a little time to get comfortable at Ohio State where he had 162 yards in his third game. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants

The rookie receiver topped 100 yards for the first time in his career. It won't be the last. But don't expect the same this week against the Redskins. Teams will now start paying more attention to Shepard, and the matchup against the Saints was ideal. He was facing De'Vante Harris, an undrafted rookie playing in his second career game. The Redskins will provide a stiffer test, and the rookie receiver will naturally have his ups and downs. Shepard's not an every-week start. -- Jordan Raanan

Philadelphia Eagles

Playing for the injured Zach Ertz, Burton had five grabs for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Bears on Monday night. Ertz is working through a displaced rib. If he can't go against the Steelers, Burton should get his share of looks once again and could be worth a play if you're in need of a tight end option. -- Tim McManus

Washington Redskins

I'm selling Cousins, at least for this week, until he gets himself righted. The Redskins' offensive success still lies in the pass game, but in three games vs. the Giants, Cousins has thrown three touchdowns to six interceptions. New York's defense appears to be stronger than it has been in recent years, so his job will be tougher. After this week though? Cousins gets Cleveland, which has a poor defense, and Philadelphia, whom he has played well against. So he would be a good play in Weeks 4 and 5. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears

White is part of the offense, but quarterback Jay Cutler clearly has a stronger comfort level with Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal. White is big and strong. The problem is he's not playing fast, yet. The Bears want to keep White involved, but right now, he looks like the fourth or fifth option for Cutler. He had just four catches for 36 yards in the loss to the Eagles. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions

Ebron has nine catches for 99 yards this season and is much more in the flow of the Detroit offense this season than last. He has caught nine of his 12 targets and, more importantly, has not dropped a pass yet. He's rising up the tight end ranks and should be considered a fringe TE1 and strong TE2 the rest of the season, as long as Detroit's offensive strategy is short passes to sustain drives. He is also a red zone target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, who threw him a touchdown in Week 1 and had a touchdown called back by a penalty -- a questionable one -- last week. Ebron is the Lions' clear No. 1 tight end and won't be losing reps any time soon. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers

There's nothing wrong with his 4.3 yards per carry average, but as has been the case with the Packers the last couple of seasons, they don't overload Lacy early in the year. He rushed just 14 times in the opener against Jacksonville and 12 times on Sunday at Minnesota. Lacy failed to score on a first-and-goal play from the 1-yard line, which is perhaps why McCarthy went with James Starks on the failed fourth-and-2 run later in the game. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings

After Adrian Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee on Sunday night, the Vikings could have to turn to Asiata and Jerick McKinnon on Sunday against Carolina. McKinnon, however, has been limited by a foot and lower-leg injury, meaning Asiata could get more carries against the Panthers, particularly around the goal line. He was one of the best short-yardage backs in the league in 2014, when he scored nine rushing touchdowns. And of the two running backs who figure to see more carries if Peterson is unable to play on Sunday, Asiata could be the healthier option. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons

Ryan is the league's highest-rated passer (121.4), coming off a win over the Raiders in which he completed 26 of 34 passes for 396 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception. Next up for Ryan is the rival Saints, a team he has only once thrown more interceptions than touchdowns against in 15 previous meetings. In fact, Ryan has thrown 12 touchdown passes with just two interceptions in his last six games against the Saints. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers

This may be a reach, but with Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart out for at least the next week or two with a hamstring injury, the second-year running back could become the every-down back. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula indicated on Monday that Fozzy Whittaker, who rushed 16 times for 100 yards against San Francisco after Stewart was injured, was best as a change-of-pace back. The team has been insistent since training camp that Artis-Payne could carry the load if Stewart was hurt. He's more likely to get touches than Whittaker close to the goal line. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints

Actually, that's probably terrible advice since Fleener's trade value is so low right now. But the point is that you should lower your expectations for Fleener breaking out in the Saints' offense after another disappointing performance. Fleener had just two catches for 29 yards on eight targets Sunday -- including one drop and one potential touchdown throw in which he and quarterback  Drew Brees weren't on the same page. It should only get better for Fleener, since his biggest issue is finding a comfort level in a new offense, and he will keep playing a ton of snaps every week. But it's getting hard to trust that he'll provide consistent production. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Something is very noticeably off with Jackson and quarterback  Jameis Winston. Jackson caught four passes for 44 yards against the Cardinals, and he had just two catches for 18 yards against the Falcons. What's worse -- two weeks in a row, Winston has been intercepted on short passes intended for Jackson. Against the Falcons, the veteran wideout ran the wrong route. Against the Cardinals, Winston was off target. Until these two figure out what's going on and improve their chemistry, find another wideout for your team. -- Jenna Laine


Arizona Cardinals

The rushing distribution Arizona showed Sunday might just be the formula that works. Johnson had 16 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, while David Johnson had 12 carries for 45 yards and three catches for 98 yards. The more Arizona calls the stretch-zone runs for Chris Johnson, the more effective he will be. And if he's getting touches near the goal line, his fantasy value will only increase. The Cardinals will continue using Chris Johnson to give David Johnson breathers, meaning he could rack up yards and touchdowns in a hurry if he gets in a groove. -- Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams

I'm just not ready to sell on Gurley and his talent. He is being suffocated by opposing defenses, averaging only 0.89 rushing yards before first contact. But he will get going, because he's that good and because the Rams realize it's that important to establish the running game. Rams quarterback Case Keenum was a lot more effective on Sunday, completing 18-of-30 passes and averaging eight yards per attempt. And he had success in large part because of the play-action pass with Gurley. Perhaps that will keep defenses a little bit more honest. Regardless, Gurley is too good not to have breakout games. "Todd is going to get going," Keenum said. "It's Todd." -- Alden Gonzalez

San Francisco 49ers

McDonald was limited to just one catch against the Panthers, and though it went for a 75-yard touchdown, you can't count on such production on one catch from week to week. The real reasons to buy on McDonald has more to do with coach Chip Kelly saying after the game that the Niners would like to get McDonald more involved. "Vance has done a nice job for us all along," Kelly said. "He proved it in the preseason ... and then did a great job today with that one, so we'll try to get him going a little bit more." McDonald has scored in each of the first two weeks, which by tight end standards already makes him one of the more productive players at the position. He should get more chances moving forward at what looks to be a position without many appealing options. -- Nick Wagoner

Seattle Seahawks

Rawls has struggled through the first two weeks, carrying 19 times for a total of 25 yards. Rawls hasn't had a lot of room. On Sunday, he carried seven times for minus-7 yards and was consistently met in the backfield. But his longest run of the year has been for 8 yards, and now Rawls is dealing with a leg contusion. Don't drop him or trade low, but stash him on your bench until he shows he can be healthy and productive. -- Sheil Kapadia