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Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore hauled in just one of six targets for two yards and added 13 yards on two carries in a Week 3 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Moore is still clearly the Panthers' WR1 as he led the team in targets, but the chemistry with new quarterback Baker Mayfield just hasn't been there to begin the season. A juicy matchup with the Arizona Cardinals is on tap for Week 4, but Moore will be difficult to trust as anything more than a low-end WR2 or flex play going forward.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry finally delivered for his fantasy managers, totaling 143 yards on 20 rushes and five receptions. Capping off his day with a touchdown, Henry scored 25.3 PPR points and will finish the week as an RB1. The Titans' offense looked alive for the first time this season, so perhaps Henry's production could trend up moving forward. He'll take on the Colts in Week 4, and will be a must-start once again after his first big game of the season.
Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert rushed eight times for just 11 yards in Week 3. He was unable to haul in either of his two targets. Mostert struggled with opportunities and yardage, and so did Chase Edmonds. However, the difference between the duo was that Edmonds scored two touchdowns. Mostert will continue to have a role in the offense, but he can't be counted on for consistent production. As a result, he should be left on waivers in fantasy football.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle hauled in four of six targets for 102 yards against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Although Waddle's usage didn't nearly compare to the 19 targets and two touchdowns he amassed last Sunday, he still eclipsed triple-digits and was the top producer in the Miami offense. He should continue to be viewed as a fringe top-12 option in fantasy football.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-41 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns in a come-from-behind win in Week 3. The veteran threw the go-ahead touchdown to K.J. Osborn in the game's final minute, as the Vikings offense looked much better than they did in a disastrous Week 2 effort. Cousins will continue to have QB1 appeal moving forward, but he likely has a limited ceiling in terms of fantasy production.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Robert Woods caught four-of-nine targets for 85 yards in the win against the Las Vegas Raiders. This was his highest yardage and target total as a Titan, so perhaps he's ready to settle into the WR1 role in Tennessee. However, a different player has led the Titans in targets in each of their three games, so it's tough to draw a definitive conclusion just yet. That said, he's worth consideration as a flex play after a solid Week 3 performance. Tennessee takes on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. caught both of his targets and totaled 90 yards, scoring a 67-yard touchdown in a Week 3 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Shenault was a healthy scratch for the first two weeks of the season but showed some explosiveness in his Panthers debut and was on the receiving end of quarterback Baker Mayfield's only touchdown of the day. He will compete with the likes of DJ Moore, Christian McCaffrey, and Robbie Anderson for targets, but could see his role in the offense expand as he continues to familiarize himself with the playbook. He could be worth a waiver wire look in deep leagues, but should not yet be considered in normal 12-team formats.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had another stellar showing on Sunday during the win over the New England Patriots. The signal-caller threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns off 18-for-29 passing. He also kept it moving on the ground, rushing for 107 yards and another score off 11 carries. The 25-year-old is making his case to become the highest-paid quarterback come next offseason while further his chances of adding another MVP award to his resume. Jackson and company will host the visiting Bills in Week 4 to begin October. Buffalo's D has been plagued by injuries, so Jackson may be in store for another impressive outing.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey handled 25 carries for 108 yards and turned four targets into two receptions for seven yards in a Week 3 victory over the New Orleans Saints. McCaffrey has now rushed for over 100 yards in two straight games but his production as a receiver has been down compared to years past. He may not be a fantasy league-winner this year unless the Panthers' offense can improve in the coming weeks, but CMC still looks great with the ball in his hands. He should continue to be fired up as a high-end RB1 in all formats.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 13 of 18 passes for 186 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions during the team's Week 3 win over the Buffalo Bills. Miami improved to 3-0 along the way. Tagovailoa briefly exited with a scary injury but returned in the second half to close out the narrow victory. While his performance didn't quite match last week's six-touchdown effort, Tagovailoa threw only five incompletions, did not turn the football over, and was sacked just once. He ranks as a mid-range QB2 going forward.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 19-of-27 passes for 264 yards and one touchdown to one interception. He added a rushing touchdown, too, delivering a nice fantasy performance for Tannehill managers. He has finished as a QB1 in each of the last two seasons thanks to his rushing upside and touchdowns, so this wasn't just an outlier day for the Titans' signal-caller. Tennessee takes on Indianapolis next, who hasn't been strong against fantasy quarterbacks thus far. That said, he's an interesting streaming candidate for Week 4.
Miami Dolphins running back Chase Edmonds rushed six times for 21 yards and two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. He also hauled in his lone target for an additional six yards through the air. Although Edmonds didn't see many touches or produce a high yardage total, he salvaged his fantasy effort with the two scores. The Miami offense is going to be pass-heavy going forward, meaning Edmonds' fantasy value could be dependent on scoring touchdowns. As a result, he falls into the low-end RB3 category.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 12 of his 25 pass attempts for 170 yards and one touchdown in a 22-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Despite the win, the struggles continue for Mayfield, who has completed less than 15 passes in two straight games. No Panthers finished with more than two receptions in Week 3. The Saints weren't an easy matchup, but it is still clear at this point that the offensive weapons in Carolina are not seeing a boost in fantasy value with Mayfield under center. He is not an ideal starter in any format but should continue to be rostered as a low-end QB2 in superflex or two-quarterback leagues.
Dynasty | Falcons wide receiver Bryan Edwards was a healthy scratch on Sunday. Dynasty Analysis: Edwards was a popular sleeper after flaming out with the Raiders, but he's quickly fallen out of favor in Atlanta and has been overtaken on the depth chart by a host of players, including Drake London and Olamide Zaccheus. At this point, it's likely safe to drop Edwards in all but the deepest of dynasty leagues. At this point, his ranking of WR94 may simply be too generous.
New Orleans Saints wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) are questionable to return against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. Thomas totaled five catches for 49 yards before exiting. He has 171 yards and three touchdowns this season, making him a fringe top-12 receiver in fantasy. Landry, meanwhile, amassed 114 yards in Week 1 but has totaled just 47 yards in two games since then. If both players are forced to miss time, Chris Olave would be the Saints' No. 1 wide receiver.
Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Lance McCutcheon is active for his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. Undrafted out of Montana State, McCutcheon was promoted from the practice squad for Sunday's contest. He'll give the Rams depth behind Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and Ben Skowronek.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. He totaled 17 carries, 97 yards, and one touchdown before exiting while clutching his left arm. If Cook is forced to miss any time, Alexander Mattison will become a must-start in fantasy football.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Justin Houston (groin) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots in Week 3. The 33-year-old has totaled two sacks and six tackles so far this season. Jason Pierre-Paul and Malik Harrison will contribute additional defensive snaps if Houston is forced to miss extended time.
Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Bryan Edwards and Damiere Byrd are both healthy scratches for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Edwards has one catch for two yards this year while Byrd has yet to be active for a game. Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Olamide Zaccheaus should headline the receiving game in this one.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jake Kumerow (ankle) and offensive lineman Spencer Brown (heat illness) have been ruled out for the remainder of Week 3 versus the Miami Dolphins. Kumerow has totaled four catches and 64 yards over his last two games, but he remains buried on the depth chart behind Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, and Isaiah McKenzie.
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