Week 3 is in the books and there was plenty of scoring, as there was 50 or more points scored in 8 of the 16 games, with 12 of the league's 32 teams scoring 28 or more points. The Patriots scored 51 and two other teams scored 40 or more. Yes, the NFL has become shootout city. Well, for one week at least, but fantasy owners hope it will continue as it makes the game more fun to watch, and I am sure the NFL wants to keep the viewers eyes peeled to their television sets on Sunday afternoon and evening.
Week 4 is the first week of byes, with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots on bye this week, so make sure you check out our waiver wire articles over the coming weeks as we will assist you in finding players to replace your starters at each position.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton scorched a bad Ravens secondary for 383 yards passing and 3 touchdowns on Sunday. In Week 4, he gets to face a bad Chiefs secondary that has given up 8 touchdown passes over the last two weeks. They get cornerback Sean Smith back from suspension this week, but Dalton should enjoy another good day at the office.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
Carr threw for 300+ yards for the second consecutive week and now has thrown 5 touchdowns passes in his last two games. He and Amari Cooper seem to be getting comfortable with each other, so Carr is a must pick up in Week as the Raiders travel to Chicago to face a Bears defense that has already given up 8 touchdown passes in the air.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
If you can't grab one of the first two QB choices, don't hesitate to grab Taylor who had a fine day on Sunday tossing for 277 yards and three scores vs the Dolphins in a blowout in Miami. He has already thrown 7 touchdown passes this season, including three in each of his last two games. He faces a Giants defense that has given up 5 TD passes in the first three weeks.
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills
Williams had a breakout game vs the Dolphins in Miami in Week 3, rushing for 100+ yards and a touchdown in the Bills road win. With Le Sean McCoy already declared out for week 4 with a hamstring injury, Williams is a solid pickup and start this week vs the Giants.
Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Johnson ran crazy on the 49ers defense on Sunday, rushing for 110 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns in the Cardinals blowout win. Johnson gets to face the Rams in Week 4, a defense that is allowing 4 yards per carry and has allowed 3 rushing touchdowns through the first three weeks of the season.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Rawls filled in for the injured Marshawn Lynch on Sunday and performed admirably, rushing for 104 yards on 16 carries. Lynch had an MRI on his bothersome hamstring yesterday, so make sure you monitor his status as the week progresses. The Seahawks are home vs the Lions rush defense on Monday night football, a defense that is allowing 3.7 yards per carry and has yielded 5 touchdowns on the ground already.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals
As Alex Sonty wrote in his Week 3 Studs, Duds and Thuds article, Bengals WR Marvin Jones is fast becoming a bigger part of the their offense:
But Jones scored six TDs on 12 red zone targets in 2013. He was out all of 2014, but his role has increased in this offense, going from playing about two-thirds of the snaps in 2013 to 80.3 and 87% in the last two weeks. He has two RZ targets in the each of the last two weeks with it, so could be safe for 25 more over the rest of the season to get double digit TDs again.
Grab Jones as he faces a rusty Sean Smith in Week 4 and a Chiefs secondary that has given up a whopping 10 touchdown passes in the first three weeks.
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are going to be playing from behind quite a bit this season, and that means that they will be tossing the ball around the field as a result. Hurns was trargeted just 4 times in a Week 3 blowout loss to the Patriots, but one went for a score. Jacksonville faces Andrew Luck who will be looking to make up for his 3 interceptions last week, so another blow out could be in the cards for the Jags.
Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree has been targeted at least 8 times in each of the Raiders first three games, including 16 in Week 2, so his number is being called quite a bit. Crabtree faces off against the Bears pass defense that is the worst in the NFL through the first three weeks, so he should enjoy a nice day on Sunday.