Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle
Starter Chris Carson hurt his knee last week and though it doesn’t appear to be serious, he’s probably going to miss at least one week; which bodes well for Hyde’s fantasy prospects in Week 4. Hyde should see at least 15 total touches against a beatable Miami defense. Russell Wilson has been on fire throwing the ball, but that should only open things up more for the run game. Keep an eye on Carson’s health, but it’s looking like Hyde is the one to start on Sunday.
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore
There were really high hopes for a breakout from Brown this year, but after three weeks, it just hasn’t been there yet. He’s only seen six targets in each of the first three games, and although he did break 100 yards in Week 1, the production overall has been subpar. In the last two games, Brown has combined for just seven receptions and 55 yards with no touchdowns. It’s probably best to leave him on your bench this week as he has a tough matchup against a surprisingly stingy Redskins pass defense.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England
Burkhead exploded for three scores last week, but owners need to temper expectations because this is the Patriots we’re talking about. We all know how they’re notorious for using lots of running backs and a different guy is typically the guy each week. Burkhead took control of the backfield last week mainly because James White was inactive. He is expected back this week so that will dip into Burkhead’s receiving touches. He still should see at least 10 touches, but I need to see more before I trust him in my lineup.
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota
After two pedestrian games, Jefferson exploded in Week 3, catching seven balls for 175 yards and a touchdown. The rookie was consistently beating coverage and his touchdown was highlight quality as he made a great catch on the sideline then juked two defenders en route to pay dirt. Obviously, we need to see more before anointing Jefferson as a fantasy star, but he’s on the right track. I think he’s played his way into a starting role now with the Vikings and should be seen as a WR3/FLEX option with a very high ceiling.
Lock of the Week
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay
Lazard has had a great start to the 2020 season. In three games, he’s scored twice and has just over 250 receiving yards. Aaron Rodgers spoke highly of him last year and it seems like Lazard has really come into his own this year. He erupted for 146 yards and a touchdown last week, but some of that can be attributed to star wideout Davante Adams being inactive. Adams is most likely playing this weekend, but Lazard still looks to be useful in fantasy as the WR2 on Green Bay. He couldn’t have a better matchup either, Monday night at home against the pathetic Atlanta defense. Lazard is a must start in Week 4.