Week 3 is in the books and we have many more injuries happening in the NFL than I can ever remember. Obviously that opens up the door for more rookies to get on the field and show us what they can do. Let us review how they did in Week 3.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles – Goff still has not seen the field, and Los Angeles finally showed some offensive life against Tampa Bay on Sunday. It may be a while before we get to see Goff play.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia – Wentz could be the top rookie right now. It sure looks like the trade of Sam Bradford to Minnesota turns out to be a win/win for both teams. Wentz looked incredibly poised against Pittsburgh on Sunday, and Philadelphia delivered a beatdown. Wentz completed 23-of-31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh and added 10 rushing yards. Wentz was compared to Ben Roethlisberger all week because of their similar size and small school college days, and he sure played a lot like Roethlisberger has throughout his career. Wentz has now thrown 102 passes in the NFL without throwing an interception. He’s remarkably careful with the football.
Dak Prescott, Dallas – The future appears to be bright in Dallas. It sure appears the team has found its next quarterback with Dak Prescott from Mississippi State. Prescott lasted until the fourth round and was the eighth quarterback taken in the draft, but he sure is playing a lot better than his draft status. Prescott led Dallas to a dismantling of Chicago on Sunday night, completing 19-of-24 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown and adding four carries for 36 yards and another touchdown. He did lose out on a couple of scoring passes because the players were tackled at the 1-yard line, otherwise his numbers would be even better.
Trevone Boykin, Seattle –
Seattle’s offensive line is struggling a lot this season, and quarterback Russell Wilson has been banged up with a knee sprain. Boykin came in on Sunday and completed 7-of-9 passes for 68 yards with a touchdown and an interception. With Christine Michael running great last Sunday, Boykin was not asked to do much. If Wilson is out, the competition will be much tougher this week on the road at the New York Jets.
Jacoby Brissett, New England – Can New England keep this up? First Tom Brady is suspended, then Jimmy Garoppolo gets injured. Next man up is Jacoby Brissett and he leads New England to a 27-0 routing of Houston. Brissett did not throw much and completed 11-of-19 passes for 103 yards and added 48 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Brissett was injured in the game and now looks to miss this week. Who will quarterback New England in Week 4?
Cody Kessler, Cleveland – Just like New England above, Cleveland has had to switch quarterbacks often this season. Kessler is the third starting quarterback in three weeks for Cleveland and he may have been the best of the bunch so far. Kessler played well and almost led Cleveland to an upset win against Miami on Sunday, losing in overtime. Kessler completed 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards and a fumble in Miami. Cleveland could have won this game outright had place kicker Cody Parkey not missed threee field goals. Cleveland has already announced that Kessler will be the starter for the immediate future. Will he improve with more time to prepare and more game time? Cleveland is at Washington on Sunday and Washington will be without at least two starters in the secondary.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas – As I said on the Fantasy Sharks Feeding Frenzy podcast last Thursday, Dallas needs to keep feeding Elliott and let the big dog eat. Well, Dallas did that on Sunday night and he carried the ball 30 times for 140 yards with two catches for 20 yards. His fantasy day could have been huge, but he had two touchdowns vultured from him. It was good to see him not fumble this week after seeing him lose the ball twice last week and end up getting benched. I fully expect him to see many more carries in the next few weeks to help him gain more confidence.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee – With DeMarco Murray performing at a high level, Henry has not been given many opportunities the past couple of weeks. Henry had 10 carries for 45 yards on Sunday against Oakland and was not targeted in the passing game. It promises to be a difficult matchup this weekend at an angry Houston defense, so choose a better option if you can.
Tyler Ervin, Houston – Ervin did not get any touches against New England last Thursday.
Jalen Richard, Oakland – It looks like a three-headed running back committee in Oakland, and it will be hard to trust any of them for the time being. Richard had six carries for 28 yards and added a catch for 8 yards. If/when a back gets hurt, it might be a better time to try and play one of them, but until that happens you are advised to stay away.
DeAndre Washington, Oakland – See above. Washington had six carries for 57 yards and added a 5-yard catch.
Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis – Frank Gore is still performing well for his age, so Ferguson is getting minimal play right now. He only had one carry for 2 yards and caught three passes for 29 yards on four targets in the game on Sunday against San Diego. Ferguson is obviously on the field more in passing situations and you should consider that when trying to play matchups.
Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia – Philadelphia seemed to sour on Ryan Mathews on Sunday, and that led to a lot of chances for Smallwood. He took advantage of the opportunity and had 17 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Will Philadelphia change the running back depth chart and move him up? Philadelphia has a bye in Week 4, so the team has some time to think about it. Stay tuned …
C.J. Prosise, Seattle – Prosise was inactive with a hand injury. With all the injuries occurring in Seattle, keep your eyes on the injury report as he could see some action soon.
Andy Janovich, Denver – Jankovich is a fullback and will not get many carries. He had one carry for 2 yards and one catch for 13 yards.
Devontae Booker, Denver – The Broncos sure seem confident in C.J. Anderson to lead the backfield, and Booker is only spot relieving him. Booker had four carries for 8 yards and added a catch for 17 yards. If Anderson goes down, Booker is an immediate add, but until then he should not be rostered.
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore – Dixon was inactive this week with a knee injury. Keep your eyes on his health because when he is healthy, he could breathe some serious life into a running game that is severely lacking in Baltimore. He is a sneaky stash if you have the roster space.
Kenyan Drake, Miami – With Arian Foster hurt, Miami split the workload with Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead and Kenyan Drake all receiving work. Drake had nine carries for 37 yards. It will be really hard to trust any of them for the time being.
Paul Perkins, New York Giants – Perkins did not see any action on Sunday, but the Giants are hurting at running back. With Rashad Jennings hurt and Shane Vereen out for the season, Perkins may be called to action very soon. He is a good add if you have the space. Be advised, however, as the Giants play at Minnesota on Monday night against perhaps the best defense in the NFL.
Alex Collins, Seattle – As I mentioned earlier with C.J. Prosise, Collins could see more work in the coming weeks with all the injuries in Seattle. Collins had four carries for 12 yards and added 19 yards on two catches. Keep your eyes on the injury report.
Rob Kelley, Washington – Matt Jones looked to suffer an injury against the New York Giants on Sunday and opened the door for Kelley to get in a little work. Kelley had four carries for 7 yards before Jones came back in. The depth chart is not deep for Washington, so keep your eyes open in case Jones does get hurt.
Jordan Howard, Chicago – It appears that Jeremy Langford will be out 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury, so Howard should be added in all formats this week. Howard had nine carries for 45 yards and also added four catches for 47 yards on six targets. It would not surprise me if he keeps that starting job even when Langford gets healthy. I have Howard as my top waiver add this week.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit – With Ameer Abdullah out for the season, Detroit needs to find a new back to carry the ball. Theo Riddick was supposedly the guy, but he struggled a lot against Green Bay. Washington looked better as a ball carrier with 10 rushes for 38 yards. Riddick is still going to be on the field a lot because of his ball-catching skills, but Washington might be the better back to rush with. Keep your eyes on this situation.
Kenneth Farrow, San Diego – Did not get any touches this past week.