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Dynasty | Saints rookie Chris Olave had nine catches for 147 yards in the Saints loss to the Panthers on Sunday. Dynasty Analysis: Olave has really turned it on the past couple of weeks and had a whopping 13 targets to lead New Orleans on the day. He now has 17 catches for 268 yards in just three games this season. While he's yet to find the end zone, the catches and targets are making him an easy play in PPR leagues even as a rookie. Olave comes in as our 4th ranked rookie overall and looks like a solid dynasty league asset already.
Dynasty | Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had 25 carries for 108 yards and two catches for four yards in Carolina's win against New Orleans. Dynasty Analysis: McCaffrey now has 50 total rushing attempts for 243 rushing yards, and just ten catches for 57 receiving yards on the season. While the 60 touches are encouraging, McCaffrey is on pace for nearly 300 carries on the season, a total that would be close to his career high from 2019. The problem is he's on pace for fewer than 60 catches, bringing his fantasy ceiling down. It's clear the Panthers are having a hard time utilizing his skill set and things need to change quickly for McCaffrey managers to enjoy vintage stats.
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed only 8-of-17 passes for 106 yards and added 47 rushing yards with two interceptions in the team's 23-20 win over the Texans in Week 3. Fields was hoping to bounce back after a poor performance against the Packers in Week 2 but was wildly inaccurate throughout. He was able to pick up an impressive 29-yard in the first half but couldn't get any rhythm in the passing game. The Bears rushed for 279 yards as a team and the coaching staff is beginning to lock into that aspect of the offense as the best path to success. Fields is not worthy of a QB2 play heading into Week 4.
The Minnesota Vikings defense allowed 24 points in their Week 3 victory, as Jared Goff threw for 277 yards while the Detroit backfield collectively ran for 139 yards on the ground. They weren't able to record a single sack in this one, which led to a dud in terms of fantasy production from the Minnesota D/ST. They don't seem like reliable option moving forward but could be an intriguing option when they face a good matchup.
New York Jets tight end Tyler Conklin led the team in receiving yards and receptions in a Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Conklin was targeted eight times, catching all eight for 84 yards. His eight targets were fourth on the team, but he was able to do the most with his chances, catching two more passes than anyone else and gaining 24 more yards. With Zach Wilson (knee) expected back in Week 4, the Jets offense could change a bit, but Conklin should still remain a TE1 option with touchdown upside.
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff completed 25 of his 41 passing attempts for 277 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Since Goff doesn't add any rushing production, a one-touchdown game won't be enough to give fantasy managers a solid performance in their QB slot. However, the weaponry is strong in Detroit, and a matchup against the Seahawks in Week 4 makes him a strong streaming candidate. There's a good chance for a bounce-back next week.
Carolina Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro converted on all three of his field goal attempts and his lone extra-point try in a Week 3 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Pineiro has been perfect to begin the season and has delivered solid fantasy performances in each of the past two weeks. It is generally good practice to start kickers on more productive offenses, but Pineiro could be worth a look for fantasy managers streaming the position. An enticing matchup with the Arizona Cardinals is on deck.
Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki hauled in his lone target for six yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Gesicki's lack of usage was partly a product of his role in the offense, though it can also be attributed to Miami's minuscule time of possession totaling just 19 minutes and 20 seconds. That is the eighth-lowest mark by a winning team since the stat started being measured in 1991. Going forward, Gesicki falls into the high-end TE2 range. He'll face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night in Week 4.
Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet caught two passes for 40 yards in the Bears victory over the Texans in Week 3. Kmet was unable to secure a reception through the first two weeks but was able to haul in some passes in the middle of the field. The Bears passing game struggled again and Kmet's fantasy value should take a hit even though he led the team in receiving yards. Kmet needs to ride the fantasy bench heading into the team's Week 4 matchup against the Giants.
New York Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson led the Jets wide receivers in catches and yards again in a Week 3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Wilson saw 10 targets, making six catches for 60 yards. He missed a few snaps while being evaluated for a rib injury, but was able to return to the game. He and Elijah Moore tied for the team lead in wide receiver targets with 10, both one behind rookie running back Breece Hall's 11. While this was nowhere near as big a game as he had in Week 2, Wilson's usage here showed that he is at this point clearly becoming the unquestioned WR1 in the Jets offense. That's not likely to change when Zach Wilson (knee) returns.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown as he came in relief for Dalvin Cook (shoulder) in the second half of the game. Mattison was able to add a reception for another 16 yards and looked solid when the Vikings had to rely on him. If Cook is to miss any time going forward, Mattison can be valued as a borderline RB1 option in his absence.
Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift (ankle) was an injury risk heading into Week 3, but most fantasy managers were likely willing to take the risk thanks to his elite PPR upside. He totaled just seven rushes, three receptions, and 48 yards in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Moving forward, he clearly carries risk thanks to the ankle injury, but again, his upside makes him tough to bench if he's active on game day. Swift managers should pay close attention to his latest injury updates throughout the week.
Miami Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders went 3-for-3 on extra points during the team's Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills. He has yet to miss a kick through three games this year, though it's worth mentioning that 11 of his 13 attempts have been extra points. As long as the Dolphins' offense continues to thrive, Sanders should be rostered in fantasy football.
Seattle Seahawks running back Travis Homer (ribs) is questionable to return to Sunday's meeting against the Atlanta Falcons. Homer only had one carry for seven yards before going down, with Rashaad Penny currently outpacing the backfield. If he doesn't make it back in Week 3, Kenneth Walker III, who has only one carry for negative yardage, may be even more involved.
The Miami Dolphins' defense looked impressive against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. The unit tallied four sacks and one fumble recovery while holding Buffalo to just 19 points, a season-low for the Bills. Melvin Ingram was the busiest player on defense, totaling two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and three total tackles. If Dolphins can succeed against Buffalo, they can succeed against pretty much anyone. Their defense should be rostered and started in most fantasy leagues for the time being.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney caught two passes for a paltry 23 yards in the team's 23-20 win over the Texans in Week 3. Mooney was targeted six times, dropped one pass and was overthrown on an interception from quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears made an effort to get Mooney more involved in this game but the passing offense is completely disoriented right now. The team's leading receiver last season continues to be a fantasy disappointment and will remain a highly skeptical fantasy option in Week 4 against the Giants.
Chicago Bears WR Equanimeous St. Brown caught one pass for 20 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 3. He also rushed for 43 yards on two carries during the game.
Miami Dolphins tight end Durham Smythe hauled in all three of his targets for 23 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. He finished with the second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards among Miami players. Still, Smythe has just five catches for 42 yards this season and should be left on waivers in all fantasy leagues.
Tennessee Titans kicker Randy Bullock made his only field goal attempt in the win against the Las Vegas Raiders. He made a 48-yarder and was a perfect three-for-three on extra points attempts, so he wasn't a bust, but he didn't provide anything special in the kicker slot. Fantasy managers can continue to monitor his performances, but he's not considered a top-flight fantasy kicker at this point in the year.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn caught five passes for 73 yards and the game-winning touchdown in Week 3 against the Lions. Osborn tied Adam Thielen for the team lead in targets with eight, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect this to continue moving forward. Justin Jefferson is the clear WR1 in this offense with Thielen as the No. 2 option, so Osborn won't have much fantasy value moving forward unless someone ahead of him misses time.
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