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Player: C.J. Stroud
Previous Rank: 23
Current Rank: 19
Stroud has been on a rampage the last two weeks and is already playing at a Pro Bowl level. He has shown remarkable improvement since his first start, and I do not see his production slowing down anytime soon. C.J. looks poised in the pocket, hitting receivers with pinpoint accuracy and timing. In Week 3, the Texans notched their first victory. Stroud completed 20 of 30 passing attempts for 280 yards, two passing TDs, and three carries for 14 yards. In Week 2, he threw for a whopping 384 yards thanks to breakout performances from Nico Collins and Tank Dell. He has solid weapons in the wide receiver room and a tenacious young coach in DeMeco Ryans.
Stance: Where I have Stroud, he is a firm hold. If I were to acquire, I would approach it from a slight tier-down perspective by offering Dak Prescott or Deshaun Watson and see if I could get a little extra back. Or tiering up by giving someone like Daniel Jones plus a 2024 2nd, and willing to go to a 2024 1st if necessary.
I just offered Derek Carr a 2024 1st and 2nd to get Stroud, and I was rejected. To give an accurate snapshot of value: the opposing team wanted Dak plus a 2024 1st rounder just as a baseline.
Player: De’von Achane
Previous Rank: 175
Current Rank: 91
In week three, we witnessed the sheer firepower of the Dolphins’ offense as they erupted for 70 points, which was sans Jaylen Waddle. De’Von Achane had a nuclear blast of a breakout performance, rushing for an epic 203 yards on 18 carries and scoring two TDs on the ground. He also contributed to the receiving game with four receptions on four targets for 30 yards and scoring two receiving TDs. What makes this even more impressive is that he only played 41% of snaps. Achane is amazingly fast, efficient with his touches, and is a house call threat every time he touches the ball. Miami’s offense is predicated on speed, outside zone runs, and significant play capabilities from Hill, Waddle, and Achane. Defenses must play two deep safety looks to keep a lid on Hill and Waddle. This allows Miami to take what they want up front in the run game and create space for their speedster running backs. I hope everyone read my write-up on Mostert a couple of weeks ago and bought in. Looks like he and Achane both could be league winners this year.
Stance: Looking to acquire in all builds, but not willing to grossly overpay based on his most recent explosive performance. Let the dust settle slightly, then look to move on an offer in a week or two. It will likely cost an early to mid-first as a starting point.
Player: Sam LaPorta
Previous Rank: 88
Current Rank: 83
Sam LaPorta is shattering the stereotypes of “rookie tight ends never produce year one.” LaPorta’s metrics look incredible through three games: 22.9% target share, 27.5% target rate, 80% snap share, 80 routes run, and 77.7% route participation per PlayerProfiler. These metrics correlate to immediate production in 18 receptions on 22 targets, 186 yards, and one TD. He is utilized early and often in the Lions offense, and that won’t slow down anytime soon. It will be interesting to see how Jameson Williams integrates into the offense in the coming weeks. Williams’s role won’t impact LaPorta, and LaPorta still sees plenty of targets even with St. Brown as the lead dog.
Stance: Firm hold where I have him. I would be willing to move him if someone overpays. A tier-down TE package with a 2024 1st.
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