The Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week Three| Fantasy Takeaways

Alex Kurpeski 

Is anyone else feeling worn down by fantasy season already? I know I am. Week 3 was truly a lesson in tempering expectations (in the case of the Ravens offense besides Mark Ingram) and trusting proven matchups. There’s a lot to cover from this week, so let’s get right to it.

The Good

Mike Evans erupts but the Bucs still fall flat

Mike Evans won the battle, but the Giants won the war

It was a glorious week for Mike Evans owners, as the Bucs all-time leading receiver had himself a day at the expense of the Giants secondary. 8 receptions, 190 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Amazing. Evans is an always was a WR1 for fantasy, so expect yet another top 10 finish for him in all formats. While Evans had a great day, the same can’t be said for his team, as they allowed the Giants to come back from an 18 point deficit, culminating in an ugly field goal miss from rookie kicker Matt Gay. 

Danny Dimes dishes out damage

Poor Mike Evans. Sunday looked like it would be his day, but Daniel Jones had something to say about that. In his first career start, the rookie dropped four touchdowns and eclipsed the 300 yard passing mark despite losing stud running back Saquon Barkley to an ankle injury early in the game. Danny Dimes’s comeback will be one of the biggest highlights from this season, we can only hope that this is just the start of a great career for the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft. From a fantasy perspective, Jones should be owned at least as a backup from here on out, but his upside has the potential to make him a top 12 play in certain weeks. 

Dalvin Cook makes his case for RB1 in fantasy

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 22: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a first down against the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Raiders defense never stood a chance. Cook ran wild yet again, rewarding his owners with a 20 plus point performance yet again. While he is going to be a bit game script dependent for monster performances like this one, Cook is making a strong case for being a top 5 running back play in fantasy. For fantasy owners who already own Cook or are interested in making a move for him, owning his backup Alexander Mattison as well would be a wise move, as Cook’s injury history should not be ignored. 

Mahomes for MVP 2020

Another week, another 300 plus yard passing performance, with 3 touchdowns sprinkled in for flavor. Mahomes is on an Aaron Rodgers (circa 2012-16) like pace that puts him in a class all to himself for QBs from both fantasy and real life perspectives. For those of us that own Mahomes in SuperFlex formats, the investment of an early round pick has been completely worthwhile thus far. 

Waiver Wire Warriors of the Week 

  1. WR D.J Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars 
  2. RB Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs 
  3. RB Wayne Gallman, New York Giants 
  4. WR Philip Dorsett, New England Patriots 
  5. RB Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings 
  6. QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants 
  7. QB Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
  8. RB Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots 
  9. WR Keesean Johnson, Arizona Cardinals 
  10. TE Jordan Akins, Houston Texans 

The Bad

Lamar and the Ravens get grounded

It was bound to happen. The Lamar Jackson hype train has made a stop for the time being, as the young QB was held to just 267 passing yards and a goose egg in the touchdown column. By all means do not lose hope in Jackson and his playmakers, as they will surely bounce back in the coming weeks. 

Barkley’s injury a nightmare for fantasy owners

We never like to see any player miss time due to injury, but it’s even worse this time around considering Barkley was drafted in the top 5 of virtually ever draft. With no solid handcuff to invest in (Wayne Gallman is the next man up but he is no Barkley), Barkley owners are going to have to get creative when it comes to replacing his production. 

Browns offense limited yet again by Kitchens’ playcalling

Oi. The Browns offense is tragically bad considering the talent it has invested in and Freddie Kitchens is to blame. I don’t know what was worse, the constant pressure faced by Baker Mayfield or the decision to run a draw play on a 4th-and-9 play. This roster deserves better, so Kitchens is going to need to step up if he wants to keep his job.

Chiefs running backs

With Damien Williams out for Sunday’s game, many expected to see increased playing time for rookie Darwin Thompson, a popular sleeper targets in many fantasy drafts. However, the absence of one D.Williams led to the emergence of another D.Williams, as Darrel Williams got the start and ran with it, racking up 62 yards on the ground and 47 yards through the air. This backfield just got much messier, so selling your Shady McCoy and Damien Williams stock now would be my recommendation. 

Sony Michel refuses to eat his dinner

It was supposed to be a big day for Sony. No James White, playing a mediocre defense with a third string QB starting on the opposite side of the ball, and an early 14-0 lead. Everything screamed Big Sony Game. Instead we saw just 11 yards rushing on 9 carries, deeply concerning numbers from a player in such an advantageous position. Sound the alarms on Michel, with two awful outings in a three game span, it may be time to abandon ship.

The Ugly

AB leaves a stain on the season

Mercifully, it appears as if The Antonio Brown saga has come to a close, with the receiver declaring himself to be retired from the NFL following his release by the New England Patriots. Brown’s presence has loomed as an issue far bigger than fantasy football, so now that he is seemingly gone for good we can expect order to be restored to the fantasy football universe.

Leonard Fournette’s pathetic Thursday night

Leonard Fournette had a 69 yard run that salvaged his fantasy performance on Thursday night. He finished the game with 66 total rushing yards. Yes these numbers do not add up. Fournette had 14 rushes for -3 yards prior to his big run. Awful. Ditch Fournette ASAP. 

Stefon Diggs suffers in receiver purgatory 

Can we all just take a moment to say a prayer for the Drip God? Diggs is a supremely talented young receiver who is really being wasted in Minnesota’s run-heavy offense. I still have hope that we will soon see the Diggs of old, but time is beginning to run out. 

Cardinals defense exposed by third string QB

Oof. Four touchdowns from Kyle Allen? Unless the undrafted free agent is the next Kurt Warner, I truly believe this game to be a result of an awful defense. Unless you have a top 5 passer on your roster, I would suggest streaming whoever plays this defense, as they have so far let up big games from Matthew Stafford, Lamar Jackson, and now Kyle Allen.

Carson’s fumbles could lead to benching

It was a messy week three for Carson, whose two fumbles proved costly for the Seahawks as they fell to the Saints. With former first round pick Rashaad Penny waiting in the wings, Carson’s starting job could soon be in jeopardy if he doesn’t nip his fumbling issues in the butt. This is a fantasy situation worth monitoring closely in the next few weeks.

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