I’m going to begin giving many more options now that the season is progressing and you’ll need to start separating yourselves from your league mates.
*Availability (% owned) and statistics based on Yahoo! PPR leagues.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (60%) — With how unpredictable the QB position has been in fantasy this year, Smith is going to give you at least 15 points per game. That’s not sexy, but it’s the sad state of affairs. So far, Smith is averaging 269 total OYPG, is completing 77.4% of his passes and has a 7:0 TD-to-INT ratio.
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (41%) — Like Smith, Taylor is a pretty steady option that will give you something almost every week but is unlikely to give you those huge 40-point games. Taylor is averaging 222.7 OYPG, is completing 67.1% of his passes and has scored 2 TD’s in two of Buffalo’s three games.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (14%) — You can see Watson getting more comfortable and taking more control each week. He needs a little more discipline, already having thrown 3 INT’s, but his run game counters that (54.0 RYPG in two starts). In Week 3, he had 342 total yards of offense and 2 TD’s.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (12%) — Goff has shown things this year that shows he is actually becoming a good QB, not just a flash in the pan. He is throwing for 272.3 YPG, has 5 TD’s to just 1 INT and is completing 70.4% of his passes. The Sean McVay-Jared Goff marriage is going really well so far.
DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns (9%) — This is for dynasty purposes. Re-watching the Colts-Browns game, I struggled coming up with a pro comparison for Kizer and honestly never came up with anything. He’s got the mobility and play extension of someone like Andrew Luck but passes the ball like Ryan Mallett. If he can get more control of his passes then he should get much more consistent.
Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (85%) — What Cohen is doing does not appear to be a fluke. He is averaging 94.3 OYPG and has already caught 20 balls. Cohen makes plays with the ball consistently, and like Daniel Jeremiah said about him pre-draft, he turns chicken s*** into chicken salad. Cohen is a must-have in PPR leagues.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (82%) — After this week against the Giants, Martin is due to return from his suspension. Scoop him up before your league mates do.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (80%) — Buck Allen’s not going anywhere, friends. He has out-carried Terrance West each week so far and is averaging 17.7 touches per game. Alex Collins’ involvement in the Baltimore offense does bear monitoring for both Allen and West owners, however.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (76%) — Fantasy owners and Jay Gruden alike just need to commit to Chris Thompson. He is a playmaker who’s been proving it since he got in the league. This won’t be sustained but he is averaging 116.7 OYPG and has scored 4 TD’s.
James White, New England Patriots (76%) — Don’t let a down week against the Texans deter you from picking up White. He is averaging 9.7 touches per games and arguably has the most defined role among New England’s backfield outside of goal line packages.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (76%) — Gore’s touches are going to continue getting cut into throughout the year, but he’s definitely been the featured back thus far. He still runs as determined as ever, he’s just not very fast. At 34 years old, he got 25 carries last week against Cleveland. He has also scored a TD in each of the last two games.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (76%) — Carson has led the Seahawks’ backfield each of the last two weeks, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. He is the type of big, physical back who runs angry like they covet. He is averaging 12.1 FPPG over the last two weeks.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions (59%) — Riddick has also been a must-have in PPR leagues. As a flex, he is almost guaranteed to give you some sort of production (9.7 FPPG).
Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (52%) — This isn’t just because of his game against Indianapolis (22.4 points), but Johnson is very similar to Riddick in that he’s a decent PPR flex play each week (12.5 FPPG).
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (40%) — The Alvin Kamara Era is coming at some point this year. So far, he’s averaging 44.7 OYPG from 6.7 touches per game.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (19%) — Now that there is a new offensive coordinator calling the shots in Cincinnati (and it’s going well so far), it raises everybody’s value a little bit. Joe Mixon should take over as their RB1, and Bernard’s role as the third-down back should remain intact. So far, he’s averaging 6.7 touches per game and 8.5 FPPG.
D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (17%) — It’s not Lamar Miller’s fault that he has been made out to be more than he is, but Foreman seems to be a better long-term option in this offense. Foreman’s fantasy output has gone up each week, from 0.40, to 4.00 and then 11.00 against New England in Week 3. In the last two weeks, he has 22 touches for 130 yards (5.9 avg).
Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts (9%) — Only the faithful will go for this one. After a solid 11.50-point effort in Week 1, Mack wasn’t able to get anything going in Week 2 and then missed Week 3 with a shoulder injury. This has obviously made people impatient, but Mack is someone you should be patient with. He has proven to be a playmaker all throughout the summer and into the season. He’s already had a few big plays in his 18 touches.
Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles (7%) — My Wendell Smallwood hype if finally (maybe, tbh) coming to fruition! With LeGarrette Blount being mostly ineffective in Philly’s system and both Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey being placed on season-ending Injured Reserve, Smallwood’s workload is about to get a substantial boost.
Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (6%) — At one point, it looked like Kerwynn Williams would be the chief replacement for David Johnson, but it is most definitely Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington. Ellington being a weapon in the pass game makes him the biggest asset if he stays healthy. He’s touched the ball 15 times in the last two weeks for 104 yards.
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (0%) — Like Smallwood, Clement’s responsibilities should be going up now as well. Clement saw his first 6 carries of his career on Sunday, resulting in 22 yards and 1 TD.
Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers (83%) — Garcon is a WR1 in a capable offense. He should be owned in almost all leagues, especially since he is productive (13.6 FPPG).
Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans (76%) — Matthews is seeing 8 targets per game and has turned that into 13.4 FPPG. 76% ownership isn’t enough.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (53%) — Now that Amendola is back from injury, he’s due for those sneaky 10-15-point games like he had in Week 1. He’s a nightmare to try and predict, but he’s there to have if you’re in a pinch at WR.
Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (47%) — Having Blake Bortles as the QB is what turns people away from Jaguars WR’s more than anything, but now that Allen Robinson is out for the year, Bortles’ top two targets (Allen Hurns also, 38%) need to be owned more commonly in fantasy. Lee is averaging 9.5 targets in the last two weeks, and Hurns is averaging 5.0 and has scored a TD each of the last two weeks.
Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (47%) — Like Garcon, Kearse is the top receiver, so that alone warrants consideration. The Jets offense is worse than San Francisco’s, but Kearse has been productive since joining New York. He is being targeted 6 times per game and is averaging 55 yards. He also scored 2 TD’s in Week 2 against the Raiders.
Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns (44%) — Britt hasn’t been the most inspiring WR for Cleveland so far, but he is the top target in a high-volume passing offense. With Corey Coleman out for a while, Kizer targeted Britt 10 times on Sunday.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (35%) — Shepard is proving to be more consistent so far this year than as a rookie in 2016. He is being targeted 7.3 times per game and has caught 7 passes in two of three games.
Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons (32%) — I’m not sure why the WR2 for an offense like Atlanta’s would only be owned in 32% of leagues, but Sanu is killing it so far. He has been very consistent, averaging 5.0 catches (7.0 targets) for 53.3 yards, and scored on Sunday against the Lions.
Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks (11%) — Richardson is becoming a legit WR2 for Seattle. Russell Wilson has targeted him 6.2 times per game, and he has scored each of the last two weeks.
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys (5%) — I’ll start by saying, yes, Williams has been maddeningly inconsistent during his career. However, if you’ve got deep rosters, he’s not a bad option. In three games, Williams averages 4.3 catches (5.3 targets) for 44.0 yards.
Evan Engram, New York Giants (38%) — It looks like it’s officially Evan Engram time in New York. Now as the starter, he’s had at least 4 catches and at least 44 yards in each game.
Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens (32%) — As awful as things went for the Ravens last week in London, Watson came through again. After catching 8-of-8 targets for 91 yards in Week 2, he caught Baltimore’s only TD against the Jaguars.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (22%) — Clay is arguably Taylor’s most favored target. Clay has seen 6 targets per game and has scored in two out of three games.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (7%) — Njoku is getting more involved in the Browns’ offense, and it has resulted in him scoring a TD (and seeing 4 targets each) the last two weeks.
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