The first two weeks of the NFL season were light on excitement, but that wasn’t a problem in Week 3.
With eight games decided by seven points or less and a wave of national anthem protests across the league, fans had every reason to stay glued to their television screens on Sunday. With so much going on, fantasy football almost felt like an afterthought, but the weekend still offered plenty of twists and turns that could affect your league going forward.
Below, check out 10 names you should consider adding to your fantasy roster for Week 4.
Wendell Smallwood, RB
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Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3 stats: 71 rushing yards, 9 receiving yards, 1 reception
One thing to know: Thanks to a season-ending injury to Darren Sproles, Smallwood rushed 12 times during Sunday’s game, nearly doubling his total from the first two weeks. While starting running back LeGarrette Blount appears to be back in Doug Pederson’s good graces after a 67-yard performance, Smallwood will still receive plenty of opportunities.
Sterling Shepard, WR
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Team: New York Giants
Week 3 stats: 133 yards, 7 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: The Giants offense finally came alive on Sunday, and while Odell Beckham generated a lot of value with his pair of touchdown catches, Shepard was the most prolific receiver on the field. The Oklahoma native has caught over 70% of his targets this season.
Jamaal Charles, RB
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Team: Denver Broncos
Week 3 stats: 56 rushing yards, 1 receiving yard, 1 reception, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: His All-Pro days may be behind him, but Charles remains a useful option for fantasy managers, especially given C.J. Anderson’s longtime penchant for inconsistency. The former Chief went on a 12-yard run to score the Broncos’ only touchdown on Sunday.
Deshaun Watson, QB
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Team: Houston Texans
Week 3 stats: 301 passing yards, 41 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
One thing to know: Watson showed continued improvement on Sunday, completing two-thirds of his passes in a narrow loss to the New England Patriots. No one knows for sure where his ceiling is, but there’s at least a chance he develops into a legitimate dual-threat fantasy quarterback by the end of the season.
Marqise Lee, WR
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Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3 stats: 65 receiving yards, 4 receptions
One thing to know: Even though Blake Bortles has been as inaccurate as ever, the Jaguars offense looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun this year. Lee didn’t score on Sunday, but with Allen Robinson nursing a non-contact ACL injury, he should see a steady stream of targets.
Branden Oliver, RB
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Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Week 3 stats: 16 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards, 4 receptions
One thing to know: Starting back Melvin Gordon aggravated his injured knee and saw just two carries after halftime on Sunday, making Oliver an intriguing handcuff option for Week 4. The Buffalo product hasn’t had more than 50 touches in a season since 2014.
Charles Clay, TE
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Team: Buffalo Bills
Week 3 stats: 39 receiving yards, 6 receptions, 1 touchdown
One thing to know: Clay has pulled in every one of his targets over the last two games, posting a combined 62 yards and a touchdown. That’s not a huge body of work, but Tyrod Taylor should have more confidence in his tight end than ever as he prepares to face the Falcons this week.
Brian Hoyer, QB
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Team: San Francisco 49ers
Week 3 stats: 332 passing yards, 9 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
One thing to know: Hoyer threw an interception on the first drive of the game, then settled down to post one of the finest fantasy performances of his career. Now that we know he can still throw for touchdowns, the Michigan State product could make sense as a backup quarterback, especially if your starter’s bye week coincides with one of his easier matchups.
Randy Bullock, K
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Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3 stats: 1-2 field goals, 3-3 extra points
One thing to know: Don’t look now, but the Bengals might be good again – Andy Dalton looked like his old self on Sunday, completing over three-quarters of his passes for a 124.1 passer rating in an overtime loss to the high-flying Green Bay Packers. Next on the schedule are the winless Browns, who could give Bullock a ton of chances to score.
Week 3 stats: 7 points against, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery
One thing to know: The Jaguars’ unit has been inconsistent, but at least they rank as one of the top-scoring defenses in the league. Their Week 4 opponents, the Jets, haven’t looked all that bad on offense so far, but given their depth chart, that productivity shouldn’t last much longer.
Now check who makes the most on every team.
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