Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay
It’s just a matter of time before Jones takes over the starting job in Tampa. He’s much better than Peyton Barber and has been more productive so far this year as well. Jones received 15 touches last week and turned that newfound attention into 121 total yards. Now, it was against the Giants, but he’s definitely the back to own for the Bucs. Jones has a tough matchup coming up with the Rams, but he needs to be owned in all formats and is a good bet to put up RB3/FLEX numbers on Sunday.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
Where to begin with Conner? He’s had everything go against him so far in 2019. His quarterback is out for the season, he’s been plagued by negative game script which hurts his workload, he’s been banged up. The list goes on and on. That being said, he still hasn’t looked great with the opportunities he’s received. Conner has faced some tough defenses thus far, but even still, he only has one touchdown and his yards per carry is under three. It might be a rough season for Conner and his fantasy owners so brace yourself. He’s not someone you can exactly bench either so keep riding him and hope that the Steelers offense turns a corner.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England
With the Antonio Brown saga coming to an end, no one appears to have benefited more than Dorsett. He’s had a solid season so far with three touchdowns in three games. He is also out there for all three wide receiver sets and has caught 13 of his 14 targets. It’s taken a few years, but Dorsett has built very good chemistry with Tom Brady and has earned his trust. He should continue to see at least five targets a game and will be a solid fantasy option in plus matchups. Julian Edelman is a little banged up this week so look for Dorsett to see some more work on the outside.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta
Hooper has quietly had a big start to 2019. He’s averaging just over seven targets and six receptions a game and managed to find the end zone twice last week. Those are pretty good numbers for the always scarce tight end position. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Atlanta, but Hooper should still see 5-7 balls thrown his way each week. He’s been a Top-8 player at his position so far and should be started in all formats.
Lock of the Week
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati
Even though Boyd hasn’t found pay-dirt yet, he’s still enjoying a great start to his season. Through three games, Boyd has seen an absurd 32 targets and has caught 24 balls for 250 yards. It doesn’t look like A.J. Green will be back until at least Week 8 so Boyd is going to be the man in Cincinnati. He gets a great matchup against a struggling Pittsburgh defense and will score his first touchdown of the season. He’s a high-end WR2 at this point because of his volume — enjoy the ride.