With Darren Sproles out for the season, Wendell Smallwood gains fantasy value
While the fantasy football-relevant injuries weren't as numerous in Week 3 (thankfully), some players will still make their way onto the injury report and a few more (Darren Sproles) are out for the season. With injuries comes opportunities for others. Between that and some other players finding their stride, here are some names that may still be available if you are looking for a boost or just want to change things up for Week 4.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (41 percent owned)
After Week 1, Taylor was on waiver wire columns across the Web. And then he disappointed in Week 2, finishing with 125 passing yards and no touchdowns. However, he did rush for 55 yards. He bounced back in Week 3 with two touchdowns and he still is running the ball. He's matchup-dependent, but he is a solid QB2 for those needing help at the position.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (14 percent owned)
Watson looked good in Week 3, but he is still a rookie. In his first two games, he had 227 total passing yards, one interception and one touchdown. However, he did rush for 67 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. In Week 3, he threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He added 41 yards on the ground. It's the running game that will give him fantasy value. He's a QB2 with upside.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (6 percent owned)
Likely the top running back waiver wire claim for Week 4, Smallwood will be given a bigger role with Darren Sproles out for the season. LeGarrette Blount will still be in the picture and will likely get the goal-line work. However, Smallwood will enter as the pass-catching back. He had 12 carries for 71 yards and one reception for nine yards on two targets. He's a RB3 with upside.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints (40 percent owned)
Kamara saw two carries, but had five targets in Week 3. He will play behind Mark Ingram, but it looks like he could be the No. 2 back in New Orleans. Adrian Peterson saw more carries, and his presence does make this backfield a mess for fantasy owners. However, Kamara is worth stashing (not starting) for now until the running back situation is figured out. He will likely see value at some point, just not yet.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (35 percent owned)
While Odell Beckham Jr. is the wide receiver to own for the New York Giants, Shepard is slowly showing that he may have more value than Brandon Marshall. While both Marshall and Beckham Jr. had more targets, Shepard had the most receiving yards in Week 3. This was aided by a 77-yard touchdown. Given the Giants' offensive woes, this won't happen every week. However, Shepard is worth a stash as a matchup-dependent WR3.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (20 percent owned)
Even with Kelvin Benjamin out for most of the game, Funchess only managed four receptions for 58 yards. However, with no Greg Olsen and likely no Benjamin for Week 4, Funchess will have some value. Cam Newton is struggling and the only player that fantasy owners want to start on the Panthers is Christian McCaffrey. However, Funchess has low WR2 value with Benjamin out. He hasn't shown that he can be productive for fantasy owners in his three-year NFL career, but it looks like he'll get another chance.
Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (9 percent owned)
It seemed that Davante Adams would be the beneficiary of Randall Cobb being out in Week 3, but it was Allison who capitalized. He caught six passes for 122 yards on eight targets. A bulk of the production came from a 72-yard catch in overtime, but in fantasy it doesn't matter when or how the yards come. Allison may have value for Week 4, as the Packers play on Thursday night and Cobb's status is unknown. If Cobb is out, Allison is a WR3. If Cobb plays, Allison should stay on the waiver wire.
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (21 percent owned)
With two touchdowns in three weeks, Clay is becoming fantasy relevant. He isn't a volume tight end, but Tyrod Taylor does look for him in the red zone. He had four receptions in Week 1, three in Week 2 and six in Week 3. Odds are he isn't going to have more than six receptions or 60 yards, but if he can find the end zone, he's a TE1. However, on a week-to-week basis, he's a TE2.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Jacksonville Jaguars (43 percent owned)
Well, the technique of streaming defenses against the Jets stopped working well last week when the Miami Dolphins disappointed fantasy owners (and many survivor pick players). However, over the past three weeks, the Jaguars have had two great games and one awful game. They do return from London to travel to New York for Week 4, but after the showing against the Ravens, they are a solid option against the Jets.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.