As the fantasy football season continues, more and more injuries pile up. Fantasy managers need to keep an eye on those that went down in Week 3 and look at their rosters accordingly. For those that are in the 40 percent of leagues where Jamaal Williams (RB, Detroit Lions) is available, be sure to grab him. The Lions have said that D’Andre Swift may be out through the team’s bye, which means he won’t be back until Week 7. Williams will become an immediate RB2 with Swift out.
Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (45 percent rostered)
In the first three weeks of the season, Goff has three games with more than 200 yards and a total of seven touchdowns. He has two interceptions, but overall he has certainly been serviceable for fantasy managers. Goff faces the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4, which may be a tougher matchup, but for those managers that have just lost Mac Jones, he may be available on the waiver wire to fill in.
Brian Hoyer, QB, New England Patriots (0 percent rostered)
After Mac Jones went down with an ankle injury, it seems to be good news that it is "just" a high ankle sprain. He will likely miss multiple weeks with the injury, which means that Hoyer will be the starting quarterback for the Patriots. No one is rushing out to pick up Hoyer, but for those in 2-QB leagues, Hoyer will be a starting option on a team that throws the ball. He certainly knows his way around the league, but if you want, wait for free agency on Wednesday afternoon.
Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (49 percent rostered)
Granted, the Bears have struggled on offense. However, they have been able to run the ball – at least Herbert has. In Week 3, after David Montgomery went down, he had 157 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not clear at this point how much time Montgomery will miss, but with Herbert performing the way he did in Week 3, the Bears would be foolish to rush Montgomery back.
J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Commanders (26 percent rostered)
In PPR leagues, McKissic is easily an RB3. He has 19 targets in the first three games, and he has caught 16 of those for 106 yards. He is clearly an option in the passing game for the Commanders, as Carson Wentz is still trying to figure out how to get the ball to his wide receivers and tight ends. McKissic fulfills the role of a short-yardage back that Wentz can check down to. As long as that is happening, add McKissic in PPR formats.
Joshua Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (27 percent rostered)
With the news that Jalen Guyton tore his ACL, the potential for Palmer to have fantasy value is there. Palmer had nine targets in Week 3. He caught six of them for 99 yards. He scored a touchdown in Week 2 with four receptions. It seems that his role is growing by the week, although that may be assisted by the injury to Keenan Allen. However, Palmer will be a WR3/4 even with Allen back in the lineup (higher if he does not return).
Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers (25 percent rostered)
Doubs was in the Beat the Waiver Wire column two weeks ago because all reports out of Green Bay indicated that he had a good rapport with Aaron Rodgers. It took an injury to Christian Watson for Doubs to shine, but he certainly did shine in Week 3. He had eight targets and he caught all of them for 73 yards and a touchdown. The connection and trust between Rodgers and Doubs are there, and he should be a priority on the waiver wire (if you didn’t already grab him).
Mack Hollins, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (2 percent owned)
Hollins isn’t a glamorous waiver wire grab, but he is available in most leagues. He has 18 targets in the past two games alone. In Week 3, he posted eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. Granted, that will likely be his best game of the season, but his usage cannot be overlooked. He was playing behind Hunter Renfrow, but Renfrow was out in Week 3. He should return for Week 4, but Hollins looks to have earned himself a role in this offense. He’s a WR4 with upside for now.
Tyler Conklin, TE, New York Jets (21 percent rostered)
Conklin has been quietly racking up targets this season. He has 24 targets in three games. He has 18 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. Keep in mind this is with Joe Flacco at quarterback, but it still isn’t clear when Zach Wilson will return. While Flacco is still throwing to him, Conklin is easily a TE2 with the potential to be a TE1.
Jonnu Smith, TE, New England Patriots (1 percent rostered)
Initially, I thought that Hunter Henry would be the tight end to grab after this week for the Patriots, however, it was Smith that saw more targets in each of the past two weeks. He caught all four of his targets in Week 3 (although for only 25 yards). He has 11 targets on the season, compared to Henry’s five. Based on usage alone, Smith is a TE option for desperate fantasy managers.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Carolina Panthers (3 percent rostered)
The Panthers face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4, and while the thought of Kyler Murray may scare some fantasy managers away, Murray hasn’t been playing well this season. Perhaps it is that he is missing DeAndre Hopkins, perhaps it was the offseason reports of needing to watch tape (and the short-lived clause addressing that included in his contract), or perhaps it is something else. But the Cardinals' offense isn’t what it was last year, and the Panthers have looked solid on defense. For those streaming DSTs, Carolina is a viable option for Week 4.