Chuba Hubbard – I’d treat him like a 2-week rental, possibly three weeks. They’re keeping CMC off of IR because they think he can come back before 3 weeks, or they’re at least keeping the possibility open. I just want to remind people that Mike Davis was also supposed to be 3-5 week rental last week… just know that things can change, so don’t drop Hubbard once CMC is back. Wait until CMC puts some games together without getting hurt or re-aggravating this soft tissue injury.
I’d spend up to 30-40% of my FAAB for Chuba if you need a RB2 with RB1 upside over the next two weeks. If you could use him as a flex, I’d spend up to 30%. If you still play with waiver priority, he is no doubt worth that #1 waiver priority.
Usage notes: After McCaffrey left the game, he played on 78% of the remaining snaps, ran a route on 72% of Darnold’s drop backs, was targeted on 22% of Darnold’s throws. 69% of the rushes… he’s also going to be the primary guy inside the 5 yard line… he’s going to be a very good play while McCaffrey is out.
Cordarrelle Patterson – He had 7 carries and 7 targets in each of the last 2 weeks, and he’s doing a shit ton with those targets – 5 for 58 and a TD, 6 for 82 yards this past Sunday… and you can put him in your RB spot. I like that a lot. He’s not rostered in about 44% of yahoo leagues, so I’d make sure to check. He’s a PPR RB2 if he keeps this up. FAAB: 15-20% in PPR leagues depending on how badly you need a RB. I’d spend closer to 5%-10% in non-PPR leagues.
Sony Michel – If Darrell Henderson can’t go again, Michel would be a solid RB2 start with upside next week against Arizona because of a near every-down role on a great offense. Even if Henderson is active, I really think Michel will be the primary back with Henderson only one week removed from the rib injury. James Robinson came back to earth against the Cardinals this past week, and Michel will likely do the same. Very tough matchup for him this past Sunday. FAAB: 10% if you need a RB this week, with future upside of creating a role for himself.
Peyton Barber – Barber went over 100 yards on 23 carries while Kenyan Drake was healthy… we knew this was the case going into this week though. We knew that Drake was the pass catching back and that Barber was the rusher. We can’t take anything away from Barber after he had pretty good production… so if Jacobs is out once again with his multiple foot injuries, Barber is a TD dependent RB2. By the way, Barber even had a couple of catches too. As far as the matchup, the Raiders see the Chargers this week, who have been a run funnel so far this season based on how teams have been playing them and where their weaknesses are. So Barber can potentially get another big workload this week if Jacobs misses. FAAB: 5-7% if you need a RB this week.
JJ Taylor – James White has a hip injury and he’s likely headed to IR. I think Taylor best fits the role White had. He would have some PPR value if he gets White’s role. Brandon Bolden came into the rotation out of nowhere when White got hurt, but I doubt he’s the guy moving forward. I think Taylor is the guy to pick up here if you need a PPR RB. Taylor played very well in the pre-season.
Zack Moss – I’m listing him in case you have a bench spot to spare and just in case he starts to edge out Devin Singletary in a bigger way, and he already has to be honest. He’s playing more snaps, he’s running more routes, he got more carries and more targets than him on Sunday. He’s a stash right now, and not the worst flier in case you’re desperate because he simply seems like the guy they trust near in the red zone too between the two guys on a good offense.
Christian Kirk – Why is Christian Kirk still available? We wrote about him every week in this article, even before the season began. Then he had an amazing Week 1. His Week 2 was just fine, but Rondale Moore stole the show there, and then in Week 3, Rondale Moore runs half the routes Christian Kirk did. I agree, Moore is the new shiny toy, but Kirk was getting the usage, and he’s no scrub. 28 routes run compared to Hopkins’ 36 for Kirk, AJ Green ran 32, and Moore ran 14. Kirk is going to continue to be an upside flex option and if he continues to be somewhat consistent, he’ll be a WR3 with upside for even more. I know Hopkins was banged up in this game, but it’s not the first time Kirk has produced this season. FAAB: 10%
Emmanuel Sanders – He was already near the top of the league in air yards coming into Week 3, he was running all the available routes, and he finally got the production to go with it. He’s in a pass heavy offense, so as long as he stays healthy, he should be able to produce WR3/flex numbers, and then have the occasion upside game like this one. FAAB: 3-5%
Cole Beasley – Another 13 targets in this game. He has two 13-target games through three weeks. If he’s available, pick his ass up and start him in full PPR leagues. He’s a solid flex in PPR, and he just put up a WR1 week this week. He’s available in about 50% of leagues. FAAB: 10%
Hunter Renfrow – He’s been over 10 points in PPR in the first three weeks and that’s without a TD… and he was well above that this past Sunday with the TD… he’s a high floor player for now. FAAB: 3-5%
Henry Ruggs – Out of all the Raiders WRs, he would probably be the guy I pick up… big play ability, saw 7 targets each of the last two weeks. Has looked pretty good too, especially over the last 2 weeks. It would be Ruggs, then Renfrow in a PPR, then Edwards if I’m in a deep league and want a stash.
Tim Patrick – Patrick almost had a 100 yard game, but sees Baltimore this week, so not as good of a matchup. He is solid depth at WR, and he’s a flex option right now, even this week. 5 targets in Week 3, which matched Courtland Sutton.
Terrace Marshall – Marshall is starting to take some snaps away from Robby Anderson in 12 personnel, resulting in only running 6 less routes than Robby last Thursday night. With the McCaffrey injury, we can start to see him targeted more… he was only targeted 4 times in Week 3, but Robby only had 2 targets. I prefer to roster Marshall over Robby at this point. Dan Arnold was also sent packing, so there are a few reasons to roster Marshall ahead of a potential big game – he’s also a pretty good WR. I feel like it’s a matter of time with him.
Bryan Edwards – I’ll pick up Edwards in a deeper league; he’s getting traction. You can stash him in a 12-team league and in a league that has a bench of 6 or more. He needs those targets to come up, but he’s performing with the targets he’s given – he hasn’t gone past 5 targets yet, but he went over 80 yards twice. He does need to be targeted more often, I just don’t know that it happens.
Jakobi Meyers – Meyers should be rostered, but fantasy managers have been dropping him over the first 2 weeks. He had 14 targets on Sunday, and it was coming because he was well ahead of everyone in target share over the first two weeks of the season, and that continued this week. 9 catches, 94 yards. He’s really a PPR play in your flex most weeks because of the non-explosive offense he’s on.
AJ Green – Should he rostered? I guess? He had a TD in Week 2, he had 100 yards in Week 3. He’s a desperate flex in deep leagues most weeks, so only roster him if you’re in a deep league. This offense involves a lot of pieces and things really have to go right for Green to have a solid game.
Rashod Bateman and Curtis Samuel – Pick these guys up and put them in your IR as their return dates come sooner.
Sam Darnold – Three straight very solid fantasy performances. He’s been unGased, and now he’s on the offense that’s basically the complete opposite of what he was running in New York. Let him shine. He’s very fantasy relevant right now, and he sees Dallas next week in a potentially high scoring game.
Derek Carr – Similar concept with Derek Carr. Another near-400 yard passing game for him. He sees the Chargers this week so not the best matchup in the world, and not really a pass funnel. He can still get it done if the Raiders choose to be as pass-happy as they’ve been over the first two weeks.
Taylor Heinicke has quietly put up two good fantasy performances in a row, and he gets atlanta next week. So don’t sleep.
Dalton Schultz – He has separated himself in this game, but keep in mind that the Cowboys had him on the field more because of the fact that they were playing a lot of 12 personnel. Not a ton of 3 WR sets without Michael Gallup, but Dak chose to go his way for a reason. He’s the priority pickup at the TE position for now, but know that he can fall back to earth as this offense continues to evolve.
Dawson Knox – ran a route on 90% of the routes Stefon Diggs ran a route on – that’s enough for me. Caught a TD in 2 straight games. We mentioned him last week He’s now a bonafide streamer.
Mike Gesicki – He was targeted a ton by Jacoby Brissett this past Sunday, and overall, he has a 20% target share of Brissett’s looks so far since he took over after the injury to Tua. If you just count this past game, he had 24% target share, and the reason why that’s notable is because Will Fuller played in this game. What they’re doing on offense is just different with Fuller – with the 3 WRs and now the 1 main TE. I wouldn’t spend anything significant, but a couple bucks to get him and start him over the next couple of weeks while Tua is out might not be a bad idea.
Tyler Conklin – Conklin had a great game, but I have no faith that he’ll continue to do this. The targets this week basically went from KJ Osborn to Conklin. KJ Osborn is this year’s Russell Gage. You never know when he’s going to produce, but when he does, it’ll be a WR2 week. Conklin will be close to zero in those weeks.
Gerald Everett – Everett will probably be the pickup for me this week. His routes have went up each of the last 2 weeks, which resulted in running only 5 less routes than DK Metcalf. He caught all 5 of his targets for 54 yards… solid day for a low-end TE1 if this continues.
Tennessee vs NYJ – You can start them against the Jets, but I just don’t like starting bad defenses, even if they’re against a bad offense. But if this is your best option, that’s fine.
New Orleans vs Giants – a good defense against a bad offense. I like it.
Cincinnati vs Jax – Cincinnati doesn’t have the best defense in the world, but they’re a bit underrated, and they’re at home against the Jaguars.
Chicago vs Detroit – Chicago’s at home against Jared Goff. They have been playing well against RBs, and that’s a lot of what Detroit does on offense.
Indianapolis @ Miami
Green Bay @ Pittsburgh – Underrated play this week. Ben isn’t looking good, he might be short handed a couple of receivers, and Green Bay is at home.