If after week 3 your rosters are overloaded with little red Os, Qs, and IRs… well, you’re definitely not alone. It’s been a tough weekend. We can’t promise to fix all of your fantasy problems, but we can offer some potentially useful additions ahead of week 4. Below is a collection of approved pickups, all available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo’s leagues. Let’s start with a running back that should have been picked up weeks ago…
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If Herbert remains untied in your league, it’s time to finally correct this oversight. He then took over the Chicago backfield David Montgomery got injured on Sunday and almost immediately found the end zone:
That was the first and arguably most impressive of Herbert’s two touchdowns against the Texans. He finished with 157 rushing yards on 20 carries. Last season, during a four-game stretch that Montgomery was out, Herbert averaged 97 scrimmage yards and 22 touches per week. There’s no doubting his ability to play at a fantasy-relevant level despite the otherwise dismal state of the Bears offense. Herbert deserves an essential role even if Montgomery is perfectly healthy.
Suggested waiver offer on a budget of $100: Officially $31. But when you have a blatant need, get aggressive.
Joe Mixon was inefficient again on Sunday (12-24-0) and he has developed an ankle problem, resulting in a better-than-expected dose from Perine, who gained 61 yards on 11 touches. Cincinnati has a quick and disheartening turnaround this week as the team take on Miami on Thursday night, so any ongoing problem is a problem for Mixon (although the Ankle is not expected to be a big concern). Perine seems to share backfield responsibilities to some degree; We already know he’s an able receiver and a crucial, no-nonsense runner. He’s back on the radar and deserves the attention of the league.
Other running backs: Tyler Allgeier (He’s no threat to the 31-year-old Cordarrelle Patterson at the moment, but he sees regular touches as rotation back), Justice Hill (On the long-awaited return of JK Dobbins, Hill actually overtook him 29 to 26; that’s just Check out this ridiculous piece of running), Rex Burkhead (He’s not the most dynamic ball carrier you’ll see, though Dameon Pierce‘s recent ball safety issues should keep the vet updated) JD McKissic (he has made 13 catches on 16 targets in the last two weeks), Craig Reynolds (You probably can’t add Jamal Williamsbut Reynolds is certainly available and will likely run for as long D’Andre Swift absent with a shoulder injury).
Wide receivers on the wire
After a remarkably lively preseason, Doubs had a rotating receiving role for Green Bay to open the year. His snaps were limited in the first two weeks of the season – 35 in the opener, then 25 against the Bears – but at least he was involved.
In week 3 however with Christian Watson and Sammy Watkins With him injured and inactive, Doubs’ services were badly needed – and the rookie showed a near-flawless game. He caught all eight of his goals for 73 yards, including an early score:
It felt like the kind of outburst that could reshuffle the receiving hierarchy for the Packers. Doubs rarely came off the field against Tampa, playing 55 of 62 offensive snaps. The rookie has sticky hands and is pin-point tied to a quarterback, making his situation near ideal. Goals won’t be a problem if he continues to play like he did on Sunday. It’s hard to believe it doesn’t exist someone in any fantasy league that should take a flyer on the freshman.
If you were unhappy with the level of Pickens’ fantasy production for the first few weeks, that’s understandable. Just don’t question his ability to receive:
Pickens pulled in a season-high seven goals Thursday night, hauling in three for 39 yards and delivering catch of the year. He’s a combination player of size and speed who rarely comes off the field for Pittsburgh, having played over 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in each of the first three weeks. A breakout game is coming sometime soon. We may need the Steelers to finally make the switch Kenny Pickett at QB to unlock Pickens, but the rookie receiver’s talent and advantage is evident.
Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills (42%)
With the ecxeption of the whole not-out-of-bounds thing (which may not have been the easiest task) At the end of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, McKenzie excelled in the Miami Heat. He caught seven balls for 76 yards and a TD on nine chances. We had been waiting for a significant target total from Buffalo’s slot receiver; Now that it’s happened, he really needs to be scooped into a few extra leagues. Investing in the Bills offense seems like a decent idea.
Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (11%)
We’ve all joked about Jacksonville’s receiver spending decisions during free agency, but the early returns were excellent. Jones hit 10 of 11 hits, including a 14-yard score, in Sunday’s crucial win against the Chargers. The Jaguars are averaging 28.0 points and 375.7 yards per game, so this seems like an offense that can support multiple fantasy weapons. Trevor Lawrence made exactly the leap we would have expected under a real coaching staff. Jones should be considered a respectable PPR option going forward; When the byes come he will likely be considered a solid starter.
Additional wide receivers to consider: Mack Hollins (We’re three games into his season and he’s already a career-high in yards; technically he’s no more than the No. 4 option, but he’s seen 18 goals in the last two weeks). Michael Gallup (We seem very close to its debut in 2022, and it won’t be long before it’s re-established as the clear #2 receiving option in Dallas). Wan’Dale Robinson (He’s an overachiever worth picking after Sterling Shepard suffered a knee injury Monday night; New York clearly had big plans for the rookie entering the season). Russell Gage (He’s coming off a heroic 12-catch game while battling injuries, but he has almost no chance of seeing that kind of workload when Tampa’s full receiving corps is healthy and active.) Gregory Dortch (He has caught 20 balls in three games and Arizona continues to struggle with injuries and receiver suspension issues).
And a small amount of usable tight ends: Jelani forest (the hulking rookie rarely sees the field, but he scored twice in his 16 snaps on Sunday) Evan engram (had a touchdown wiped out by
Repeat review blatant replay overreach in the win against the Chargers), Robert Tonian (Mileage has been disgusting so far but he saw seven goals against the Bucs on Sunday) Logan Thomas (Yes, he was a notable dud in Week 3, but this is a talented receiver who plays two-thirds of the snaps for Washington).
Quarterbacks to stream or tuck
Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (22%)
OK, sure, Mariota is flipping the ball at an unacceptable rate and he could lose his starting job to a third-round rookie at some point. But if we can put those issues aside for a moment, let’s try to focus on the positive aspects of Mariota’s profile. He’s the guy who gets to throw DrakeLondon and Kyle Pitts, which is nice. He’s also a double threat QB, having rushed for 92 yards and two points in his three games. Atlanta is headed home to face a Cleveland defense that is perfectly centered and failing to create takeaways. So don’t be put off by the upcoming duel. Mariota is a reasonable streaming option for those who can’t commit to a single QB over an entire season.
Also on the approved list at QB: Jared Goff (He’s averaging 250 and 2 TDs a week and hasn’t produced a dud yet and next is Seattle) Geno Smith (Hey, he’s the guy who gets to throw DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett), Matt Ryan (if it feels like this is the same rogue gallery of QBs every week…well, you’re not wrong).
For this streaming defense
Miami Dolphins (15%)
The undefeated Dolphins did a pretty fair job against the Bills on Sunday, all things considered (with a tremendous assist in the scorching Miami heat). That defense gets a tough assignment Thursday night in Cincinnati, but they face a quarterback who’s been fired 15 times in the league high. Joe Burrow is a player’s party, but he puts the ball just as much at risk as any major league QB. Miami has a good chance of three or more sacks with a turnover or two.
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