It’s Time To Sell High On Cordarrelle Patterson In Fantasy — Here’s What Trading the Falcons RB Now Could Net

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  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 2 fantasy football ranker through four weeks of the 2021 NFL season according to FantasyPros -- makes the case for selling high on Cordarrelle Patterson.
  • Patterson has broken out in his first season with the Atlanta Falcons, who have deployed him as a pass-catching running back. But his playing time has been curiously low.
  • Find out why, despite the hot start, Koerner is expecting Patterson's fantasy production to take a dip -- and why you should consider trading him before it does.

Ninth-year NFL veteran and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson has been the biggest surprise of the 2021 fantasy football season (so far). The time to sell high is now, though — especially coming off his three-touchdown game against the Washington Football Team.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Patterson’s season has been how productive he’s been in limited playing time with the Atlanta Falcons. He’s averaging only 30% of the team’s rush attempts and running a route on only 30% of Matt Ryan’s dropbacks, yet is the RB3 in PPR scoring through four weeks.

Patterson’s rushing production hasn’t been anything to write home about — he’s averaging 6.8 attempts for 29.8 rushing yards per game at a 4.4 yards per carry rate — but he’s been incredibly productive through the air. He leads all NFL backs with 235 receiving yards as well as four touchdown catches through Week 4. And that’s on only 18 total receptions, the fourth-most among all running backs, including 12 behind the leader Najee Harris (26).

Something has to give, though. We will see Patterson’s efficiency regress, though it’s worth noting that could be offset with any increased playing time.

I’m projecting Patterson as a low-end RB2 for the rest of the season, but I would imagine you could trade him for a high-end RB2 right now.

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