Week 3 Fantasy Football Review

Surprising Stars

Sam Darnold

It’s not surprising that Darnold had a great game against the lowly Houston Texans, but it is a shock that he scored two rushing touchdowns. Not known for his mobility, Darnold’s fantasy upside is much higher if he starts running the ball at a higher clip. Something to watch out for, especially with Christian McCaffrey sidelined for a couple of weeks.

Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley

Sanders had 5/94/2 and Beasley had 11/98 in the Bills’ blowout win over Washington. If Josh Allen is dealing, both Sanders and Beasley can be legit starters in fantasy.

Giovani Bernard

Bernard took over a lot of the work at RB for the Bucs. That figures in a game in which TB was playing from behind. The former Bengal had 9/51/1 receiving, but got hurt at the end of the game. Look out for a big Fournette performance in Week 4 against New England. 

Peyton Barber

The Raiders leaned on Barber in a big way against the Dolphins. Without Josh Jacobs, we thought Kenyan Drake would be the lead back, but Barber rushed for 23/111/1 and caught three passes, as well. If Jacobs is unable to return soon, Barber could be a fantasy steal.

Injuries to Monitor

Christian McCaffrey

McCaffrey suffered a hamstring injury on Thursday night against the Panthers and did not return. However, the team is not going to put him on IR, which means there’s a chance he returns in the next three weeks. Hamstring injuries can linger, so it’s likely that CMC misses at least a couple of games. Next up, Chuba Hubbard. 

A.J. Brown

Brown also exited his game with a hamstring injury and is considered week to week.

James White

White left the Patriots game with a hip injury and will likely be headed to IR. This is a similar injury to the one suffered by Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Smith-Schuster had to leave the Steelers’ loss on Sunday with a rib injury. He is officially day to day and questionable to play in Week 4.

Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton

Shepard and Slayton both suffered a hamstring injuries and it remains to seen how serious those injuries are.

K.J. Hamler

Hamler tore his ACL and is out for the season. A tough blow for the second year receiver.

Quentin Nelson

Nelson was carted to the locker room in the Colts’ loss to Tennessee with an ankle injury. Nelson likely suffered a high ankle sprain and could be out at least one week, if not longer. 

Justin Herbert

Herbert was seen with a wrap and ice around his throwing hand after the win over the Chiefs. He is expected to be fine, but it’s worth paying attention to.

Elijah Moore

Moore left the Jets game with a concussion. It’s worth monitoring, though he should be able to go in Week 4.

Confusing Usage

Rondale Moore

In a great spot, Moore only had 2 receptions (for 1 total yards) and 1 rushing attempt. Christian Kirk continues to be the WR2 in Arizona. Still, Rondale is a fantasy hold. He should be on your roster.

TJ Hockenson

2 catches for 10 yards. Not a great game from the 3rd best TE in fantasy football. 

Damien Harris

This figured to be a tough matchup for Harris and the Patriots rushing attack, but the Alabama product only managed 14 yards on 6 carries. That’s not good. He should be utilized more in the passing game with James White sidelined for now.