Here we go again.
You know the drill by now, so let’s keep this short… like the season of a team who drafted Saquon and Antonio Brown with their first two picks (might have been me). As always players are kept to those owned in under 50% of Yahoo! leagues. Let’s get it:
The Running Backs:
Wayne Gallman, Giants (8%)
Nothing against Wayne, but nobody wants to see that name here. It means one of the most talented players in the league is about to miss time. This is reality though, and with Saquon down for likely eight weeks, someone has to attempt to fill in for him.
Enter Gallman, a third year back out of Clemson, and the only healthy RB on the roster. For now… They’ll bring someone else in, for depths sake at minimum, but Gallman will get his chance. I’ll be honest, he doesn’t excite me.
He’s not particularly fast (4.6) or explosive (29″ vert), and is obviously nowhere near the freak levels of Saquon, which means you can’t expect near the production of what he was able to give in that offense. That should go without saying. He is going to be a starting RB though, and that alone is enough to roster him.
In his rookie season (before Barkley), he averaged 4.3 yards per carry on over 100 carries, and had a stretch at the end of the season that saw him grab 19 of 24 targets in a three game span. With newly inducted Hall of Famer Daniel Dimes under center, I could see him putting up some nice numbers in a PPR league based off of that sample.
His biggest detractors is the early schedule here. The Giants face Washington, Minnesota, and New England in the next three weeks, and all three can put a damper on running games. You’re picking him up, but don’t do so with the expectation that you’re getting a plug and play top RB situation.
He’s best seen as a FLEX for now.
Darrell Williams, Chiefs (8%)
You’ve gotta keep an eye on this one. Much like when I listed Darwin Thompson here last week, this is heavily dependant on Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy’s status. If both suit up, Darrell isn’t someone who you can trust enough to put in your lineup.
But if one, or both fail to suit up this week, he showed what he can do last week with 109 total yards and five receptions.
More importantly, Andy Reid showed you what you can expect. We talked about Thompson, and all his hype, but Reid showed he’s not ready to trust the young RB. Reid was quoted before the game saying he “trusts” Darrell, and proved it by having him on the field for 54% of the snaps.
He was seeing an even split with McCoy even before he left with an injury. If no Damien and no Shady, I can see Darrell having another 100 yard game and adding a touchdown.
Guys we’ve talked about, that are still available:
Ronald Jones II, Bucs (26%)
We talked about Jones as the upside back in that backfield before after his Week one performance, and then the Bucs went out and used Peyton Barber as the lead back in Week two.
Production wise, Jones was back in front in Week three with 121 yards on 15 touches, but he was still behind Barber in snap percentage (36% to 30%). I still like Jones here in the long run, and think he’s worth the add.
Chris Thompson, Redskins (45%)
The PPR machine won’t be on this list anymore after this week, already right up against the cutoff, he had four catches on five targets and 107 total yards against a stout Bears defense in front of everybody on MNF.
Sure a lot of it came late, but as we’ve said before with this offense, they’re gonna be playing from behind often. Double digits in PPR scoring every week, and all without the aid of a touchdown.
Others: Rex Burkhead (25%) is still widely available. James White will be back this week, but maybe if Edleman miss, Burkhead gets a few of those touches back that way.
Justin Jackson (29%) averages >5ypc for the third straight week, but is still not seeing enough touches and just waiting for a real opportunity.
Jeff Wilson Jr. (5%) picked up two more touchdowns this week, and has as many goal line touches as anybody in the NFL. Breida, Mostert, and when healthy Coleman are eating up the yardage and touches, but if you play in a touchdown heavy league, Wilson is a bye week fill in option. I won’t go in on Tony Pollard, because that was the Dolphins and not something I expect weekly, but obviously if you’re a Zeke owner, he’s someone you need to have.
The Wide Receivers:
Philip Dorsett II, Patriots (33%)
I left Dorsett off the first week we did this, because Antonio Brown was on his way in, and that surely meant the end of any kind of target volume for Dorsett. Well, that didn’t last long.
two weeks later and AB is a student at Central Michigan, and Dorsett is back to being one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets.
Six catches on seven targets for 53 and a score in Week three brings Dorsett’s totals up to 13 of 14 for 187 and three touchdowns through three games.
He’ll normally slot in as the WR3 for New England, which is plenty relevant on it’s own, but with Edleman suffering from a chest injury, that stock could soar even higher for the next week or two. Buffalo is a tough matchup next week, but Josh Gordon should draw Tre White, which would be great news for Dorsett. After that it’s the Redskins, Giants and Jets, all easily exploitable matchups.
Golden Tate, Giants (37%)
Tate won’t help you this week, because he’s still got one more week to go on his four game suspension, but now is the time to scoop him up rather than wait until next week when he’ll have many more suitors. He’s coming off of a mediocre year (74 catches, 795 yards, four Touchdowns) that saw him split time in Detroit and Philly, but in the four years prior to that he put up 90+ catches in every one and had 1,000+ yards in three of the four.
He’s a high volume, PPR kind of guy that has never scored too many touchdowns (career high seven in 2012), but can provide a nice floor for a WR3 or FLEX spot.
Time will tell what type of chemistry he has with Daniel Jones, but with what I saw from Jones on Sunday, I expect it to work. Jones made all the right reads, and Tate is a great safety blanket type for a young QB.
Paul Richardson Jr., Redskins (1%)
This a deep play, but Richardson caught eight of nine targets on Monday Night, and is averaging five catches for 45 yards this season. Add two touchdowns in three games, and they’re respectable numbers for a guy that’s one percent owned.
He’s the number two and doesn’t have a lot of competition for targets at the receiver position outside of Terry McLaurin for the number one.
Diontae Johnson, Steelers (4%)
Last week I listed James Washington as a speculative add due to his past history with Mason Rudolph. I still think that eventually comes to the forefront in Pittsburgh, but it definitely didn’t happen in Week three.
Diontae Johnson saw the most action behind JuJu with three catches on six targets, turning it into 52 yards and a touchdown. Johnson is averaging five targets per game, and while that’s not much, he’s worth keeping an eye on, as I think the Steelers should eventually be able to support two pass catchers, and it’s anybody’s ballgame right now between Johnson and Washington to be that guy.
Guys we’ve talked about, that are still available:
DJ Chark, Jaguars (43%)
Another guy who will be making his last appearance here, Chark continues to put up great numbers. He’s scored a touchdown and put up at LEAST 17.6 points (PPR) in every game so far. Gardner Minshew loves him, it’s easy to see. Why haven’t you picked him up yet?
Preston Williams, Dolphins (3%)
Double digit PPR points in every game, Williams saw 12 targets (!) against the Cowboys in Week three. He worked with Josh Rosen over the summer, and now Rosen has taken over as the starter.
We’ve talked it about it the last two weeks with him, they’re gonna be playing from behind and throwing in every game. If he keeps playing well, he’ll keep seeing a high volume of targets.
Cole Beasley, Bills (8%)
As I mentioned with him last week, he’s purely a PPR play, but Beasley was back at it again in Week three. Eight catches on 10 targets, he was only able to turn it into 48 yards, but added a two-point conversion, and that still plays to 14.8 points. You’ll take that in your FLEX during the bye weeks. Josh Allen likes his new checkdown weapon.
Mecole Hardman, Chiefs (49%)
I don’t think I need to really tell you about him anymore. You’ve been a witness. He turned in the highest top speed of any ball carrier this year on his 83 yard touchdown.
The Tight Ends:
Will Dissly, Seahawks (46%)
He won’t be here after this week either. Already close to 50%, Dissly put up another top notch tight end day on Sunday with 6/62/1. He gets the Cardinals this week, who have been mauled by every tight end they’ve played this season (Mark Andrews, TJ Hockenson, and Greg Olsen all had monster games), so this is the last call. I expect another big week for “Walt” in Week four.
Dawson Knox, Bills (1%)
With Tyler Kroft out with an ankle injury, Knox got his chance and produced. Three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, he showed versatility by scoring from one yard out, and breaking free for a 49 yard gain where he flashed his break tackle ability and his high end tight end speed (4.57). He’ll need to show he can be consistent, but as long as Kroft is out, he’s a guy to keep an eye on at a shallow position as bye weeks start.
Not gonna go in-depth on anybody, but Daniel Jones is for real. He’s probably gonna have a nice floor too, with Saquon out and his ability to run. Gardner Minshew II is for real too, and honestly, how can you not want to have one of Jones or Minshew on your roster? Fantasy football is all about fun, and those guys are the epitome of fun at the current moment. Jacoby Brissett did what we thought he would do against ATL and still has Oakland, KC, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Miami approaching. Kyle Allen isn’t bad either, I think Cam is only out a few more weeks, but if it becomes long term, he’s someone to keep an eye on.
Good luck in Week four.
– Michael Hogan, PSR/SouthtownUnscripted