Fantasy Football: Studs and Duds from Week 3

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen slips away from Washington's Daron Payne. Jg 09221 Bills 5

One thing that’s extremely important is to review your lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight the studs and duds: the top performances from the previous week, go over some players that failed to deliver and offer some waiver wire pickups.



Josh AllenJosh Allen finally had the big game that we have been waiting for and it came against a very good Washington defense. Allen completed close to 75% of his passes for 358 passing yards while also managing to toss four touchdown passes in the process. In addition to dominating through the air, he was also able to find pay dirt on the ground as he gained nine yards on four carries for a rushing touchdown as well.

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Sep 26, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sets to pass in the first half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford — The Rams look like they made the right choice by trading for Matthew Stafford and he balled out in Week 3 against a very good Tampa Bay Bucs defense. He completed 71% of his passes for 343 passing yards while finding the end zone four times through the air.

Running Backs

Najee Harris — While the Steelers still look to get momentum going on the ground, Najee Harris was a big-time receiving weapon as he hauled in 14 catches for 102 yards in addition to having 14 carries for 40 rushing yards.
Kareem Hunt — The Browns backfield certainly delivered on Sunday but it was no Nick Chubb who had the monster day. Kareem Hunt had a very efficient Sunday as head 81 rushing yards on 10 carries while finding the end zone once while also playing a big part in the passing game as he brought in six receptions for 74 yards.

Wide Receivers

Mike Williams — Mike Williams is finally showing the upside that people have been waiting forever since he was drafted out of Clemson several years ago. Williams hauled in seven catches on nine targets for 122 receiving yards and two touchdowns while managing to record a touchdown in all three games this season.

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) pulls down a long reception against Detroit Lions cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu (26) in the third quarter during their football game Monday, September 20, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Apc Packvsdetroit 0920211450djp

Davante Adams
— The Packers’ offense seemed to have clicked over the past week and a lot of that goes to the fact that Davante Adams is seeing a good chunk of targets every week. Adams brought in 12 catches on 18 targets for 132 receiving yards and a touchdown on Sunday night and this is the kind of performance we should expect from one of the best wide receivers in the league,

Tight Ends

Tyler Conklin —This might be a surprise but Tyler Conklin was the top tight end fantasy producer in Week 3. Conklin brought in seven catches on eight targets for 70 receiving yards and a touchdown. With other strong receiving options in this Vikings offense, this might not be a normal output to expect from Conklin but he has the potential to pop off any given week.

Mike Gesicki — After letting fantasy owners down in Week 1, Mike Gesicki bounced back here in Week 3 and made up for it as he was the second-highest fantasy scoring tight end throughout the entire weekend. He had 10 receptions on 12 targets for 86 receiving yards against the Raiders and he should remain a receiving threat in this Dolphins offense while Brissett is the QB.



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Sep 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) scrambles in the backfield under pressure from Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson – The Jets continue to struggle offensively and Zach Wilson will go through the growing pains of being a QB on a bad team. He only completed 54% of his passes against Denver while tossing two interceptions in the process.

Carson Wentz
– After producing two solid fantasy outings in the first two weeks, Wentz had a quiet afternoon as he completed 51% of his passes for 194 passing yards but was unable to find the end zone which stunted his upside.

Running Backs

Nick Chubb – While Kareem Hunt had himself a day, the top running back for Cleveland did not have the same type of day. Chubb saw 22 carries against the Bears and he really struggled to get anything going on the ground as he only accumulated 84 rushing yards which came out to be 3.8 yards per carry.

David Montgomery – On the other side of the Bears and Browns game, Montgomery also seemed to struggle from a stat production standpoint. He had only 10 carries for 34 rushing yards while managing to bring in 21 receiving yards on two catches.

Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper – Cooper finds himself again on the duds list and he is one that will either win you a week or flat out lose you a week. In week 3, he hauled in three catches on four targets for 26 receiving yards and he will need to do more than just that to earn his way back into most lineups!

Allen Robinson II – The Bears’ offense struggled as a whole in week 3 and one guy that really had a rough day at the office was Allen Robinson II. Despite being targeted six times, he only was able to haul in two of those for 27 receiving yards and he is looking to build upon this performance as they get the Lions this upcoming week.

Tight Ends

Robert Tonyan – Tonyan had a very nice performance in week 2 against the Lions as he hauled in three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown but really had a letdown performance in a competitive game environment against San Francisco. He only saw one target and hauled it in for six yards and this will be the up and down type of performances that we will get from Tonyan throughout the season.

Noah Fant – After having two solid weeks, Noah Fant had a bit of a stinker against the Jets. He only saw three total targets and brought in two of those for just 15 targets. While the Broncos got out to an early lead and just had a conservative game plan, their schedule is about to become much tougher which means Fant could see his usage go up in the coming weeks.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Alexander Mattison – If Mattison was not taken in the draft (this is why you handcuff your running backs with their backups), you should go after him now! Mattison saw the bulk of the carries in the Vikings offense in Week 3 as he had 112 rushing yards on 26 carries and offered pass-catching upside as he hauled in six catches for 59 receiving yards. If Cook is out again this week, Mattison should be started with extreme confidence.

Peyton Barber – As Josh Jacobs remained out in Week 3, it was Peyton Barber and not Kenyan Drake who saw the bulk of the carries against the Dolphins. Barber accrued 111 rushing yards on 23 carries and found pay dirt on the ground as well. If you’re a Jacobs owner, Barber is the one to go out and get from a handcuff perspective.

Tim Patrick – With Jerry Jeudy still out due to an ankle injury and KJ Hamler being lost to an ACL, Tim Patrick should be worth consideration being picked up in your league. He should act as the #2 receiving option in this Broncos offense and is coming off of a 5 catch performance where he racked up 98 receiving yards.

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Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin (83) runs after the catch against the Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Conklin – Don’t look now but Tyler Conklin is emerging as a solid target in this Vikings offense. He is averaging over five targets per game throughout the first three games and is coming off of his best performance of the season with seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.