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  • LAC Running Back #30
    Chargers HC Brandon Staley told reporters there is “no timeline” for Austin Ekeler’s return from his ankle injury.
    Well, that went from bad to worse really quickly. Expect Joshua Kelley to continue serving as the team’s lead back in his absence, after Kelley played a massive 79 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 2. Fantasy managers that sunk first-round capital into the veteran back have to be struggling to fill the void left behind.
  • LAC Wide Receiver #1
    The Athletic’s Daniel Popper said Mike Williams’ season-ending ACL injury will force the Chargers to use Quentin Johnston as a downfield pass catcher.
    The Chargers, according to Popper, “wanted to bring [Johnston] along slowly.” “That plan is out the window” after the team lost Williams to an ACL injury he sustained in Week 3 against the Vikings. Popper expects Johnston to inherit the deep 50-50 balls Williams had seen in the LA offense. Without Williams, Popper said, teams will be more likely to double team Keenan Allen, who has a career day Sunday against Minnesota. Through Week 3, Johnston — a first-round draft pick — has run a route on just 29.8 percent of the Chargers’ drop backs and managed five receptions for 28 yards. Johnston should be picked up in all 12-team leagues as a volatile fantasy producer who will likely play behind Allen and Josh Palmer.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #83
    Tyler Boyd caught 5-of-9 targets for 39 yards in the Bengals’ Week 3 win over the Rams.
    Boyd started the game with three catches on the first two possessions but ultimately could not keep the momentum going throughout the game, routinely appearing to be on a different page than quarterback Joe Burrow on a night when the Bengals desperately needed a secondary option alongside Ja’Marr Chase due to a case of the yips from Tee Higgins. Boyd is simply not able to generate the same amount of separation that he once ways over the middle of the field and has largely been confined to contested catches to this point in the season.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #1
    Ja’Marr Chase caught 12-of-15 targets for 141 yards in the Bengals’ Week 3 win over the Rams.
    The Bengals started the game by peppering Chase on the opening drive and Burrow continued looking his way for easy completions. Chase was largely confined to short area work on a night where Burrow’s mobility was affected by a nagging calf strain, but head coach Zac Taylor was able to move him around the formation enough to get him one-on-one coverage for most of the evening. Fantasy managers have to be happy with the Week 3 production after the electric wide receiver failed to provide solid counting stats during the first two games of the season. Next up is a more forgiving matchup with the pass-funnel defense of the Titans in Week 4.
  • CIN Running Back #28
    Joe Mixon rushed 19 times for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ Week 3 win over the Rams, adding five yards on his lone reception.
    Mixon continued to play heavy snaps for the Bengals and handled all but two running back opportunities in Week 3. His first touchdown of the year masked his continued low efficiency but salvaged his fantasy day, providing the first starter-worthy fantasy week this season. Mixon’s efficiency and upside could improve as the offense improves, after the Bengals have managed just 46 points scored through three weeks. That said, fantasy managers might want to make alternate plans with a matchup with the stout run defense of the Titans on deck for Week 4.
  • CIN Quarterback #9
    Joe Burrow completed 26-of-49 passes for 259 yards and one interception in the Bengals’ 19-16, Week 3 win over the Rams.
    Burrow’s limited mobility showed through in Week 3 but he managed to gut it out through a troubling calf strain to lead his team to their first victory of the season. He keyed in on alpha wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, feeding his top target 15 looks in a primarily short area attack. The inefficiency and low yards per attempt were largely to be expected considering his inability to extend plays with his legs, but fantasy managers that invested a pick in the top six rounds of fantasy drafts will surely want more than what they’ve seen to this point in the season from Burrow. Burrow was also hurt by numerous drops from Tee Higgins which could have padded his stats on the night. Next up for the Bengals is a more forgiving matchup through the air when they travel to Tennessee to face the Titans in Week 4.
  • LAR Tight End #89
    Tyler Higbee caught all five targets for 71 yards in the Rams’ Week 3 loss to the Bengals.
    Higbee maintained an elite snap rate but continued to stay in to block at a high rate to help an offensive line that struggled against the stunt blitz packages of Lou Anarumo’s swarming defense. He was able to flash his dependable hands when in a route, catching all five targets and leading the team in receiving until the final drive of the game. Fantasy managers are sure to want more considering the absence of Cooper Kupp from the lineup, but will have to make do with the adequate fantasy performance in full PPR settings in Week 3.
  • TB Running Back #1
    Rachaad White rushed 14 times for 38 yards in the Bucs’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles, adding three receptions for 24 yards.
    White was bottled up on the ground again this week. It was the second time in three games he has been held under three yards per carry. White also coughed up a costly fumble late in the second quarter after taking a shot from Jalen Carter. The turnover led to a Philly field goal to close the half. White only lost two carries to Sean Tucker in this game, but his bell-cow role is only useful if he can make more of his touches. He will look to rebound as a low-end RB2 in Week 4 against the Saints.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #17
    Puka Nacua caught 5-of-7 targets for 72 yards in the Rams’ Week 3 loss to the Bengals.
    Nacua salvaged his fantasy outing with a 37-yard grab on the team’s final drive of the game to set up a one-yard score by Tutu Atwell. His showing was a far cry from the 35 combined targets he saw during the first two weeks of the season, but he still managed to lead the team in receiving for the third consecutive game. Nacua’s ability to shake loose over the middle of the field has been an integral piece of the offense in the absence of Cooper Kupp, the latter of whom could return as early as Week 5 against the Eagles.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #5
    Tutu Atwell caught 4-of-9 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Rams’ Week 3 loss to the Bengals, adding 22 yards on his lone carry.
    Atwell’s day could have been much bigger but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the two on a jet sweep in the first quarter and narrowly missed catching a second touchdown in the third quarter. His speed and joystick abilities were on full display against the Bengals, moved around the formation to generate mismatches against the swarming defense of Lou Anarumo. Atwell should remain an integral part of the offense even when Cooper Kupp makes his eventual return, which could come as early as Week 5 against the Eagles.
  • TB Wide Receiver #14
    Chris Godwin caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Bucs’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles.
    Three games into the season and Godwin has yet to catch more than five passes or top 60 receiving yards. It could be argued that Godwin saved his fantasy day with a two-point conversion versus the Eagles, but 8.2 PPR points aren’t winning many matchups. Godwin is being thoroughly out-targeted by Mike Evans and the gap is amplified in the red zone. Playing a downsized role in the Baker Mayfield led offense, Godwin will tumble into the WR4 range for his Week 4 matchup with the Saints.