Week 3 of the 2022 fantasy soccer season had somewhat little bit of all the things, led by enormous performances by Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson. So which developments are price studying into? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft provide their evaluation.
Hurts so good … once more
After dropping 27.5 fantasy factors on the Washington protection in Week 3, Jalen Hurts has now posted at the least 24 factors in every of his three begins this season. We all know in regards to the dual-threat means right here. Hurts, who has already logged 35 carries this season, can break down defenses on designed rushes or second-reaction scramble performs. The Eagles quarterback is studying it out as a thrower — each pre- and post-snap — and isolating his targets. He has been aggressive on vertical ideas, too. And his pocket motion places him able to reset his throwing window or assault the perimeters. Hurts has now thrown for over 330 yards in back-to-back video games. And the Birds get the Jags’ protection up subsequent in Week 4. — Bowen
Dalvin Cook dinner leaves with a shoulder harm
Arguably fantasy soccer’s most important insurance-policy state of affairs, Cook dinner and Alexander Mattison will come into focus heading into Week 4, after the previous departed Sunday’s recreation early with a shoulder harm. Cook dinner delivered a a lot productive 13.6 PPR fantasy factors on 17 touches and 42 offensive snaps earlier than departing, whereas Mattison’s day concluded with 25 snaps, eight touches and 11.4 factors of his personal. Whereas the Vikings’ teaching employees has modified this season, the group’s zone operating recreation hasn’t actually shifted a lot from final 12 months’s mannequin, making Mattison a plug-and-play sub every time wanted. To that finish, he averaged 23.3 PPR fantasy factors in his previous 5 begins of 40-plus offensive snaps performed when Cook dinner has been sidelined, throughout which period Cook dinner has averaged 17.3 factors in his 12 video games of 40-plus snaps performed (together with this week’s). Heads up, fantasy managers: Mattison stays obtainable in almost two-thirds of ESPN leagues, one thing that wants be rectified instantly if Cook dinner’s standing is in any query. — Cockcroft
Tristan H. Cockcroft says Dalvin Cook dinner’s early harm departure serves a reminder that Alexander Mattison, extensively obtainable in ESPN leagues, is a must have insurance coverage coverage.
Lamar Jackson makes historical past
Along with his best-from-the-1 p.m. ET-slate 39.42 fantasy factors, Jackson turned the primary quarterback since at the least 1950 (and presumably in NFL historical past) to attain at the least that many in back-to-back weeks, having embarrassed a Dolphins protection that had a decent-on-paper secondary, and now Invoice Belichick’s Patriots. Moreover, Jackson now has 102.26 fantasy factors by way of three video games, essentially the most by any quarterback by way of that stage of the season in historical past. Not a lot else to say aside from that, together with his historic speeding prowess, he is a locked-in, weekly top-3. — Cockcroft
Smith completed with 30.9 PPR factors on Sunday. Deep balls. Contested catches within the pink zone. And extra goal quantity. Smith cooked this Washington secondary, bringing in 8 of 12 targets for 169 yards and a rating. And after failing to file a reception again in Week 1, Smith has now caught 15 of 19 passes from Hurts over the previous two video games. He is a chief complement to the traits of A.J. Brown within the Philly route tree, and his means to beat one-on-one protection, and discover open zone voids, is admittedly displaying up proper now. Smith and the Eagles get the Jacksonville protection in Week 4. You possibly can lock him in as a high-level WR3 for that one. — Bowen
Lions operating again committee?
Few fantasy managers may’ve anticipated the backfield breakdown we noticed in Detroit, as Jamaal Williams had 33 offensive snaps to D’Andre Swift‘s 32, and delivered a dominating 24.7 PPR fantasy factors on 22 touches to Swift’s 7.6 factors on 10 touches. Moreover, Williams did a lot of the short-yardage soiled work, together with stealing one other goal-line carry that he transformed, a pattern of concern contemplating he now has all seven of the goal-to-go speeding makes an attempt mixed between the 2 of them. In Swift’s protection, he has been coping with an ankle harm within the early weeks, and I wonder if the Lions are limiting his workload accordingly. Moreover, I like what I see from the Lions’ protection by way of three weeks, and there may effectively be sufficient to this 12 months’s mannequin to maintain each backs productive. Swift’s harm historical past, nevertheless, is a priority. This may additionally wind up a kind of maddening conditions the place we’re all screaming at our TVs as we watch Williams steal these seemingly “freebie” fantasy factors. — Cockcroft
Eric Karabell breaks down how Lions operating again Jamaal Williams continues to get touches and touchdowns, and that will stay the case even when D’Andre Swift will get more healthy.
Do not look now — or truly, please do look, and proper now, as a result of Lawrence is growing right into a related fantasy quarterback earlier than our eyes. He scored a career-best 25.18 fantasy factors Sunday, and towards the Chargers and their go rush at that, and for the second consecutive week didn’t flip over the soccer. Lawrence seems way more comfortable in Doug Pederson’s offense, and plainly week-over-week expertise is doing him effectively. He’ll get the Eagles subsequent, which is not the best of matchups, however I’ve obtained him as a locked-in, weekly 2QB/superflex play who could be a small step away from top-10/standard-starter standing when the matchup is correct. — Cockcroft
Tristan, we will see the improved throwing mechanics with Lawrence. And the improve in offensive scheme. That is teaching — beneath Pederson. Sure, it is nonetheless a small pattern dimension of three regular-season video games, however Lawrence has elevated his recreation as a pocket thrower. — Bowen
DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers: Via three weeks, I am a lot involved about Moore’s manufacturing, as he has been held to 6 targets precisely in every recreation, totaling 23.8 PPR fantasy factors within the course of. One may’ve anticipated extra seems and higher manufacturing with Baker Mayfield‘s arrival, however thus far, Mayfield has tried solely 81 passes and Moore’s standing as the highest target-getter has been in competitors every week. I nonetheless see him as one of many smarter buy-lows contemplating his historical past of consistency — and I imply persistently productive, as he was a top-25 positional scorer in precisely seven video games in every of the previous two seasons — and maybe his Week 4 matchup towards a nasty Cardinals secondary will wake him up statistically. However to be clear, he wants a giant recreation or there will be panic buttons pressed all over the place. — Cockcroft
Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans: For the second straight week, Pierce was the Texans’ lead again, speeding 20 occasions for 80 yards and a rating on Sunday in Chicago. The rookie additionally chipped in two receptions for 21 yards, ending with 18.1 PPR factors. Whereas Pierce did put the ball on the bottom twice towards the Bears’ protection, we’re seeing his professional match right here. He is a downhill runner who can get on a vertical path, and there is extra shake to his recreation than you assume. With a Week 4 matchup towards the Chargers, Pierce will once more discover his manner into my rankings as a Flex choice, and the Texans will look to manage offensive tempo once more with the run recreation. — Bowen
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears: Herbert simply racked up 30.9 PPR factors (the very best operating again whole of the early window of video games) and he is rostered in solely 25.4% of ESPN leagues. A must-add on the upcoming waiver wire, Herbert might be in line for much more work in Week 4 towards the Giants. With beginning operating again David Montgomery leaving Sunday’s recreation towards the Texans with an harm (ankle), Herbert totaled 157 yards speeding — on 20 carries — which included two pink zone landing runs. A straightforward match for the Bears’ floor recreation, Herbert is a decisive runner who performs with imaginative and prescient. And on this Chicago offense, which actually lacks a real go recreation factor by way of three weeks, you possibly can depend on speeding quantity. — Bowen
Eric Moody breaks down what Khalil Herbert’s spectacular Week 3 efficiency means going ahead.
Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: After delivering a really Aaron Rodgers-like reassurance concerning his and his group’s gradual begin to 2022, Burrow dominated the Jets’ protection in a manner we largely anticipated. His 22.9 fantasy factors had been hardly eye-popping or week-winning, however he managed the soccer properly, with zero turnovers, was sacked solely twice, and usually related together with his receivers who had been often left open in protection. All in all, this seems way more just like the Burrow we have all come to count on, and he now will get back-to-back matchups towards defenses which have struggled mightily to comprise the go within the Dolphins (Week 4) and Ravens (Week 5). He’ll be a sure-fire top-10 quarterback for me in every. — Cockcroft
Justin Fields, QB, Bears: On Sunday, Fields accomplished solely 8 of 17 passes for 106 yards — with two actually poor interceptions. Determination-making and ball location had been the problems there. And, by way of three video games, Fields has tried simply 43 throws. He is not seeing it cleanly from the pocket, and the Bears’ teaching employees is limiting his alternatives to throw the ball. In a particularly run-heavy offense, with little or no explosive-play juice within the go recreation, Fields cannot be trusted to start out in any scoring codecs with a Week 4 matchup versus the Giants. — Bowen
Chris Olave, WR, New Orleans Saints: I admit that I had my doubts about how closely he’d be used in addition to how productive a Jameis Winston-led offense could be, however the previous two weeks have me satisfied that Olave could make a weekly WR3 influence. He has loved 32% and 33% goal shares in these video games, and scored 11.0 and 23.7 PPR fantasy factors within the course of. Accidents to Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) bear watching all through the apply week, however even with each on board, Olave has emerged as a transparent cog on this passing recreation. — Cockcroft
Tristan H. Cockcroft explains how Chris Olave’s reference to Jameis Winston bodes effectively for his subsequent two weeks in fantasy.
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Yeah, I am nonetheless a believer within the upside of Travis Etienne Jr. when taking a look at a Jags offense that’s well-schemed and explosive. However how can we not discuss Robinson right here? For the third straight recreation, Robinson scored a landing. And with 20.6 PPR factors Sunday, he has now logged at the least 15 PPR factors in every recreation this season. Up to now two weeks — each Jacksonville wins — Robinson has totaled 40 carries. He is a quantity grinder, a professional runner with downhill means and scoring potential. With a Week 4 recreation versus the Eagles, I will have Robinson ranked as a high-floor RB2/flex. — Bowen
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: For the second time in three weeks, Patterson exceeded 100 speeding yards and 20 PPR fantasy factors, totaling 141 and 22.3 towards the Seahawks. Sure, the matchup leaned closely in his favor, nevertheless it’s a superb signal that he continues to gobble up trip of the backfield, enjoying 76.5% of the offensive snaps even in a recreation through which Tyler Allgeier (37.3%) was energetic. Patterson’s pace was obvious once more on this one, sufficient to make him a weekly flex at minimal, and towards weaker defenses he has top-15 positional upside. — Cockcroft
Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals: This is the reason you drafted Brown. He has breakout potential, with the vertical stretch means to get free. And he is seeing the goal quantity proper now from quarterback Kyler Murray. The Cardinals vast receiver posted a season-high 28.0 PPR factors versus the Rams protection Sunday, catching 14 of 17 targets. That places him at 28 targets over the previous two video games. He initiatives as a strong WR2 — with large play juice — for the Playing cards matchup versus the Panthers’ protection in Week 4. — Bowen
Romeo Doubs, WR, Inexperienced Bay Packers: 21.3 PPR factors. A landing. And eight-of-8 targets within the go recreation. Keep in mind, Sammy Watkins is on IR. And Christian Watson is down once more with an harm. Enjoying with Aaron Rodgers, the very best pure thrower within the league, Doubs must be rostered this week. There’s upside right here for a really environment friendly Inexperienced Bay go recreation. — Bowen
You already know I am a fan, since he was on my preseason “deep sleepers” record, and whereas one recreation would not make a fantasy star, I believe we’re additionally in a spot the place one large recreation may catch Rodgers’ eye week over week. Doubs may not be Watson, however he is an identical kind of upside play who may discover a path into the highest 25 vast receivers with some luck. — Cockcroft
Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens: I actually just like the receiving traits of Bateman. And he will be schemed up on this Ravens offense to assault the third stage of the sphere. However till we see extra quantity right here, I can not elevate Bateman in my rankings. On Sunday, Bateman caught simply 2 of 4 targets for 59 yards within the win over the Patriots. That provides him a complete of eight receptions on the season. He’ll stay a midtier WR3 — with big-play upside — for the Week 4 recreation versus the Payments’ protection. — Bowen
Darnell Mooney, WR, Bears: Via three weeks, he has 11 targets and 6.7 PPR fantasy factors. That is not a typo! It is a damned disgrace that this preseason seventh-rounder has been rendered helpless in fantasy leagues, however for as long as this stays the Bears’ recreation plan, Mooney have to be left to our sidelines. — Cockcroft