We had several backup quarterbacks who suddenly became starters, and most of them didn’t look too bad!
First, let’s take a look at the players who had big games.
Lit it Up!
All the talk in the first 2 weeks was about Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson…and rightfully so. They’ve been killing it. But don’t forget about the guy who finished first among all fantasy QBs two years ago, Russell Wilson. After an okay week 1, Wilson had a 300 yard, 3 touchdown performance in week 2, and then absolutely crushed it in week 3 against the Saints with over 400 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, and 4 total touchdowns. Russ owners will hope that the Seahawks defense keeps giving up points, so Wilson will have to sling the rock all over the field.
Can’t talk about week 3 without mentioning the SAVIOR of the New York Giants, Daniel Jones. What a damn story to go from being booed on draft day just 5 months ago to winning his first career start on the road in a comeback effort. He carried the ball into the end zone himself for the winning touchdown. Am I crazy to say that you need to ADD DANIEL JONES? I don’t think I am. He showed a lot of poise. We’ll see if he looks like a rookie next week. With a home game against Washington, I doubt it. Go get him.
He’s Patrick Mahomes. Next.
Cam Newton needs to hurry up and get back, so he can back up Kyle Allen. Okay, maybe not yet. But maybe? Allen looked good, but it was against the Cardinals, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Four touchdowns and 73% completion percentage is a fantastic first outing as he out-dueled his A&M teammate, Kyler Murray. We’ll find out if it’s a fluke or a trend. On the road in Houston next week will be a much tougher test.
The Bucs didn’t quite eat a W, thanks to Daniel Jones showing out in his debut, but Jameis Winston played pretty well. Chuck it up for Mike Evans seems like a pretty solid game plan at this point. Will Winston be Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde next week? Roll the dice and find out, if you dare. But I’m benching him at the Rams.
Kamara showed you exactly why he is worthy of that top-3-pick status. The guy just puts up good RB number and good WR numbers in the same game…almost every week. He’s a PPR dream
Defenses just aren’t really sure how to defend the Ravens at the moment, and that benefits Mark Ingram immensely. Lamar Jackson has developed some as a passer (didn’t look all that great in this game, though), so defenses can’t just sell out to stop the run. Baltimore is dedicated to running the ball, and Ingram should get multiple goal line carries every game.
Much like Kamara, McCaffrey has a very high floor in PPR, although he did most of his damage on the ground against Arizona. There was some worry that he wouldn’t be as effective without Cam in there, but those worries were squashed by the performance of Kyle Allen. Roll him out every week with a smile.
I’d love to see how many people had Phillip Lindsay on their bench this week. I’m sure it’s a high number because I, personally, had him riding pine in two leagues. It’s been frustrating to be a Lindsay owner so far, but he did get the bulk of the carries this week, and maybe he’ll continue to do so. He is kinda touchdown dependent, though, which makes him a risky start.
There’s probably no bigger fan of Dalvin Cook than Kirk Cousins. The guy basically just needs to get it in Cook’s hands, and the Vikings win. With Cook’s injury history, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to see what you can get for him. But make the price HIGH, or it’s not worth it.
Finally….. Mike Evans HAS COME BACK …to Tampa. I really thought he might score 5 TDs against the Giants. Much like Cook, this is the best time to get rid of Evans. WIll he have more big games? Absolutely. But it might not be every week.
Consistently underrated and underappreciated by football fans (fantasy and reality), Keenan Allen is simply a target monster. Lots of targets, lots of catches, lots of touchdowns. What more could you want from a receiver? Next week? The Dolphins.
Although the Rams spread the ball out a lot, I think Cooper Kupp is the most consistent guy. Goff obviously loves throwing to him. He should be a WR2 for the foreseeable future.
After a worrisome week 1 that consisted of only 1 catch on 2 targets, Lockett has 26 targets over the last two weeks. Metcalf stretches the field and Lockett gets tons of receptions out of the slot. This is what people hoped for when they drafted him.
Three touchdowns in the first half. Yeah, that’s a surefire way to make this list, however, Gabriel is far too risky to start every week unless you’re just throwing him in as a flex option in juicy matchups.
After OBJ left, it was assumed that Shepard was going to be the main receiver there. It didn’t really look that way in the first couple of games, but I think Danny Dimes being the QB now will give everyone on that offense a bump. With Saquon being out for several weeks, Shepard may get more catches. I’m not sure how many scoring opportunities he’ll have, though.
Three games, four touchdowns. The Falcons are going to be throwing a bunch. He’s good. That’s all.
Waller has been so impressive so far this season, and even more so in this game against the Vikings. Yes, the Raiders got crushed, But Waller did his part. He had 13 catches on 14 targets. He’s just hauling them in.
The old man is getting it done. Two touchdowns. He seems to have a rapport with Kyle Allen. Olsen is the ultimate safety blanket for a new QB.
Two touchdowns. Should be a low to mid TE1 depending on matchups.
Engram is getting a crazy amount of targets, as expected. He’s putting up wide receiver numbers weekly. Daniel Jones becoming the starter should be exciting Engram owners.
I’m getting sleepy writing this, so I’m going to be a little less detailed on the guys that didn’t get it done this week.
Thanks for Nothing!
The Packers’ offense looks pretty rough, and Green Bay has some tough matchups this season. Just hope that Rodgers starts to get into a groove.
Let’s face it: if you’re starting Keenum against the Bears, you are in desperation mode. But, still…yuck.
Sony’s lack of production is kind of scary. You’d think that against the Jets, he would have several goal-line chances. Not really the case. Burkhead is actually more impressive so far.
This is more of a Jets thing than a Le’Veon thing. I’m not sure when it’s going to get better. Defenses are basically just sending 11 guys to stop Bell.
Not his fault that he got injured, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t kill your fantasy team this week.
STOP FUMBLING THE BALL.
It hasn’t looked good so far for Pittsburgh’s offense, but, hey, at least they get the Bengals this week.
Remember when Gurley was the consensus #1 overall fantasy pick last year? Yeah, me too.
Adams has scored a crapload of touchdowns over the past 3 seasons. He has none so far this year. That needs to change, or his fantasy owners will be taking major Ls.
Sanders had big games in the first two weeks, and then put up a dud. It happens, but Denver also has some tough competition coming up. Look for other options if you have them.
It was bound to happen. Brown came down to Earth, but I think he’ll launch right back into orbit soon. This guy is a speed demon, and Jackson looks his way a lot.
1 target, bruh? C’mon, Matty Ice. Help the man out.
At this point, it’d be a Minneapolis Miracle if he caught a touchdown.
Damn it, Ross. I had high hopes this week.
Looked good early and then faded. If you had Lamar, Brown, and Andrews in your lineup, you were hurting. I had all three…