Wayne Gallman – Saquon Barkley’s prognosis is to miss 4-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain, and it seems like this variety of the sprain is on the more severe side. The Giants have a bye in Week 11, which would be at the 7-week mark. It would make sense to give Barkley that extra week’s rest, and potentially have him back in Week 12, hopefully in time for fantasy playoffs.
Until then, Wayne Gallman is the guy at the moment. He’ll likely play a 3-down role, which will have value regardless if he sucks – see Leonard Fournette. Elijhaa Penny is the 3rd RB, but he’s currently playing the fullback position, so he’s not going to be the guy or mixed in enough to take away from Gallman. The concern is that the Giants bring in guys like CJ Anderson or Jay Ajayi, which either turns this backfield into a timeshare or the keys get turned over to the new guys. Regardless, they have to sign someone for depth at the very least.
The positive about Gallman is that he’s pretty capable in the passing game, so he should be able to maintain a solid floor off of that, even if they don’t give him 15+ carries per game. The Giants defense isn’t good, so game scripts are not going to be in his favor with respect to the run game. Tate, Shepard, and Evan Engram are are all preferred to touch the ball, so this team will likely be a pass-happy bunch. However, with the Giants offense potentially turning a corner, Golden Tate coming back, running 11-personnel most of the time, there is some optimism if Gallman remains the guy. But remember, he’s just a guy.
I’m not sure I want to break the bank to get him because of the risk involved, but if you lost Barkley or hurting at RB, I’m burn my #1 waiver wire priority and spend a decent amount of FAAB to get a shot at a potential 3-down back. If you don’t need desperate help at RB, I would hold off and put in smaller bids. However, picking up free agents like CJ Anderson or Jay Ajayi for free might not be bad options just to see what happens this week.
Mecole Hardman – Hardman is still available in about 50% of leagues, and the last two games have shown why he should be 100% owned until Tyreek Hill returns. He only had 2 catches last week, but he really only needs 1 from Patrick Mahomes to give you what you need for the week. He’s a long TD waiting to happen, and he’s a great way to increase the upside of your team on a weekly basis. Good matchup against Detroit this week, too.
Rex Burkhead – Losing FB James Develin to IR was potentially one reason why Burkhead played on 74% of snaps, even in a blowout against the Jets. Even if James White was active, these types of games usually favor Sony Michel. With White back next week, it’s possible Burkhead remains the favorite ahead of Michel because of his versatility. If they move towards more spread formations because of the big loss in their backfield, Burkhead can end up being more than a one-week play.
Chris Thompson – Why is Chris Thompson still on the waiver wire in PPR leagues? He scored 15 PPR points in 2 out of 3 weeks, and he’s the RB to have on the Redskins. Catching 4 of 5 targets for 78 yards against the Bears on Monday night is why he’s matchup independent. He has a high floor and ceiling in PPR leagues.
Darrel Williams – Williams was the complement to LeSean McCoy with Damien Williams out, not Darwin Thompson. Thompson came in late once McCoy re-aggravated his ankle, but was a non-factor prior to that, playing only 7% of snaps altogether. Because of that re-aggravation, McCoy has a chance to miss next week. Darrel was involved in both the run and pass game, and looked good handling both. If either McCoy or Damien is out, or both obviously, Darrel becomes a starting option in Week 4.
Ronald Jones – Here we are again. After giving Peyton Barber all of the work in Week 2, Jones out-performed Barber in Week 3 when given an equal amount of touches. Jones totaled 121 yards on 15 touches. He only played on 30% of snaps though, and Barber and Dare Ogunbowale are both still very involved. Jones is a high-upside bench stash at this point in case the stubborn Bruce Arians changes his mind and starts giving Jones more playing time.
Phillip Dorsett – I usually wouldn’t be advocating to pick up another WR for the Patriots (too unpredictable outside of Edelman and Gordon), but the injury to their FB James Develin has a big impact on their run game. It’s possible the Patriots simply don’t run the ball as much with Sony Michel, and move to more 11 personnel and even more of a spread offense. That would mean Dorsett will see the field more, and with all the attention on Gordon and Edelman, Dorsett will likely have a lot of single coverage; Brady has already taken advantage of that this year. Edelman also has a chance of missing this week, so that might give him a slight bump for Week 4.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – MVS had two tough matchups in the first two weeks of the season, and when he finally had a good one with Chris Harris shadowing Davante Adams, he performed on 10 targets. He goes up against Philly at home in Week 4, so all the GB WRs are in play; he’s a plug and play this week if you need the help at WR.
DJ Chark – Chark’s impressing while not even leading the team in targets. There’s a chance he gets a shadow from Chris Harris, since the Broncos knows that most of Gardner Minshew’s big plays have come targeting Chark. Chark is averaging 92 yards and a TD over the last three games, so his upside remains viable going forward, even if Dede Westbrook continues to get the targets. Would temper my expectations of him in Week 4, though. Good long term pickup.
Nelson Agholor – Alshon Jeffery is expected to play on Thursday, but we can’t be sure how effective he’ll be. Agholor remains a play with D-Jax out, but isn’t as surefire of a start with Jeffery active. If you need a spot start, he’s in play.
Golden Tate – With Daniel Jones in at QB for the Giants, there is some optimism that this passing offense can take a step forward. There are a lot of options between Shepard, Engram, and Tate when he returns in Week 5. Still, he is a very talented WR, and will most likely have the best matchups weekly assuming he’s their slot WR. Tate can potentially be Jones’ favorite target, so I would keep him as a bench stash to see if that can happen, especially in PPR leagues.
Preston Williams – Even in a shitty situation, Williams has looked good. Three straight weeks of 10+ PPR points, and two straight weeks of 4 catches and 60+ yards. His 12 targets from Josh Rosen last week is very encouraging for his usage. He was very close to catching a TD, but dropped it at the last second. With the Dolphins likely trailing in almost every game, game scripts will be in his favor. He’s a good player, too.
Taylor Gabriel – Great game from Gabriel. We’ve seen this in the past. I wouldn’t trust him, and would leave him on the wire and let someone else grab him.
TE Adds/Streaming Options
Will Dissly – Dissly’s usage continued into Week 3, and he’s must pickup at TE if you need someone right away. He has a lot of upside, and while his TD wasn’t until the very last play in the game in garbage time, the usage is there. He caught 5 of 5 for 50 yards and 2 TDs in Week 2, and 6 of 7 for 62 yards and a TD. Pick him up and play him; he has a great matchup against the Cardinals this week.
Chris Herndon – He’s the best long term option at TE if you’re hurting at the position. You’d have to hold him until Week 6, but it can be worth it. Sam Darnold and him have a great rapport, and his backup Ryan Griffin is playing 100% of snaps; that means Herndon should slide right into that role. Herndon showed a lot of upside as a rookie, and could be a breakout in Year 2.
Jason Witten – Witten has close to 10 points per week in PPR, so if you’re desperate, throw him in your lineup against the Saints. Will Dissly had some success against them last week.
Dawson Knox – He’s an athletic guy, and can potentially start to become more of a staple in the Bills offense. Tyler Kroft is hurt again, so Knox’s opportunity can go up. He caught 3 of 4 passes for 67 yards and a TD last week, so he’s an add if you are struggling at the position. It’s not an ideal matchup against the Patriots this week, but with the Patriots corners busy with their WRs, Knox has a chance to be sneaky; only if you’re desperate, obviously.
Trey Burton – Darren Waller caught 13 of 14 targets last week, and Austin Hooper caught 9 of 9 in Week 1. Burton is scary to put in your lineup, but you might be in dire straights.
QB Streaming Options
Daniel Jones vs Washington – QBs have averaged 271 passing yards and 3 TDs against the Redskins over the last three weeks. The Skins are on a short week, and the secondary has not looked good this year. Even though Jones is a rookie, he’s capable; He had 34 damn fantasy points last week, and that’s because he isn’t afraid of running into the end zone when he sees an opening. Pick him up for this matchup, and potentially more.
Matthew Stafford vs KC – Stafford couldn’t get it done in Philadelphia, yet here we are again, this time at home against Kansas City. The Lions were up most of the game this past week, but that probably won’t be the case against Patrick Mahomes.
Andy Dalton @ Pittsburgh – Dalton has been solid so far this year, and he’s going up against a Pittsburgh defense where QBs have averaged more than 300 yards passing.
Case Keenum @ NYG – Keenum was absolutely terrible, but he simply can’t play in the league the Bears defense is in. He can play, and excel, in the league the Giants defense is in. QBs are averaging almost 350 yards and 2.67 TDs per game over the first three games against the Giants; that’s an average of 27 standard QB fantasy points per game. He’ll be fine.
Kyle Allen @ Houston – Allen threw for 261 yards and 4 TDs against Carolina. He’s using his weapons well, and is a good fit in this downfield passing attack. This week he goes up against a Houston secondary that shouldn’t scare anyone.
Jacoby Brissett vs Oakland – He could possibly be without TY Hilton, but he’s still an option. Frank Reich’s game plan can hide Brissett’s deficiencies, and will likely put together a game plan to put him in position to succeed. Also, he’s going up against Oakland.
DEF Streaming options
Good luck this week, streaming options are very tough to come by.
Indy vs Oakland might be the only option which is less than 50% rostered that is a decent stream.