Thankfully, the quarterback injuries were kept to a minimum in Week 3, but fantasy football owners still need to look to the waiver wire. Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain, which is going to send his owners looking for a replacement. T.Y. Hilton looks to miss some time with a quad injury, and many fantasy owners are still reeling from the Week 2 injuries. The bye weeks are also beginning. Only the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers are on a bye in Week 4, but it’s never too early for fantasy owners to plan ahead.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (18 percent owned)
Danny Dimes finally made his NFL debut, much to the delight of Giants fans. He threw for 336 yards, two touchdowns and also had two on the ground. He ignited something in the offense and the team responded. To be fair, they also played against a mediocre Tampa Bay defense, but they get another mediocre defense in the Redskins in Week 4. Jones will have a tougher task without Saquon Barkley, but he should be owned in all two-quarterback and superflex leagues.
Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (8 percent owned)
With at least 200 yards and a touchdown in each game so far this season, Minshew has been reliable. He only has one interception and he also has put up some yards on the ground. Minshew isn’t going to put up amazing fantasy performances, but he’s widely available for those that are desperately seeking a quarterback. In many standard leagues (start one QB), fantasy owners have a backup on their bench, making the waiver wire thin. If you can’t orchestrate a trade, you could do worse than Minshew.
Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (7 percent owned)
No one is excited about starting Gallman, but he will be the Giants' starting running back for the next few weeks with Saquon Barkley sidelined. Barkley is expected to miss between four and eight weeks. The Giants don’t have a bye until Week 11, so Gallman will take over, along with Elijhaa Penny. They may sign another back, but fantasy owners should grab Gallman as a low RB2.
Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (7 percent owned)
Damien Williams was out in Week 3 and LeSean McCoy re-injured his ankle. Originally, fantasy owners thought it might be Darwin Thompson as the next running back in line, but it was Darrel Williams that actually had the most touches from the position for the Chiefs in Week 3. He had nine carries for 62 yards and caught all five of his targets for 47 yards. If Damien Williams is out again, Darrel Williams is a RB3. If McCoy is out, Williams moves up to a solid RB2.
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers (4 percent owned)
The San Francisco 49ers have a bye for Week 4, so Wilson can’t help you immediately. However, he has two touchdowns in each of the past two games. Even with Tevin Coleman potentially coming back after the bye, Wilson has established himself as the goal-line back in this offense. Touchdowns aren’t guaranteed, but fantasy owners that have a roster spot can pick him up. He likely will pass through waivers, so this is someone to grab as a free agent.
DJ Chark Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (41 percent owned)
With a touchdown in each of the first three games, Chark should be owned in all leagues that start three wide receivers at this point. He has had at least four targets (nine in Week 2) and at least 55 receiving yards in each game. There will be some regression when the Jags struggle, but for now, he’s being used as the top wideout for Jacksonville.
Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants (37 percent owned)
For teams planning ahead, Tate's four-game suspension will come to an end on Sunday. He should be ready to go for Week 5. With Daniel Jones at quarterback, Tate's fantasy outlook is looking a bit brighter. Tate will slide in as the No. 1 receiver in the Giants offense. If he can get in sync with Jones, the pair should have some solid fantasy days.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (32 percent owned)
Antonio Brown is no longer on the Patriots. Julian Edelman suffered a chest injury, and it is not clear if he will miss any time. Either way, the Patriots need pass catchers and it’s clear that Tom Brady trusts Dorsett. He has three touchdowns on the season and has caught 13 of his 14 targets so far this season. If Edelman is out, Dorsett is a WR2. If Edelman is active, he’s a low WR3.
Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis Colts (4 percent owned)
While Campbell hasn’t done much so far this season, he may have an opportunity if T.Y. Hilton misses time with the quad injury. In Week 3, Campbell had three receptions for 24 yards. This wasn’t a great showing, but it seems like Hilton will miss at least one week. The offense will likely go through the running backs, but Campbell should get a chance to make an impact as well.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears (3 percent owned)
In Week 1, Gabriel had five targets. In Week 2, he had two. In those two weeks, he had three receptions for 35 yards. On Monday night, he caught six passes for 75 and three touchdowns. He left the game early due to a concussion but Gabriel clearly made his presence felt. This could be Gabriel's best game of the season and he will need to clear concussion protocol, but the speedy receiver appears to have a role in an offense that could be quite dangerous if Mitchell Trubisky is able to settle into a groove.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (45 percent owned)
Fantasy owners that thought that Dissly’s Week 2 performance was a fluke were proven wrong in Week 3. To be fair, Dissly’s touchdown was the ultimate garbage-time score in a game that was already over (came on an untimed down on the last play). However, points are points and he ended Week 3 with a 6/62/1 stat line. Russell Wilson spreads the ball around, but he did look for Dissly in the end zone. He’s available in nearly half of leagues and with the tight end injuries and inconsistencies, he may be worth adding.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Atlanta Falcons (3 percent owned)
It’s a little too early to make this judgement, but so far the Falcons have played better at home than on the road. In Week 2, at home, they had three sacks, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery against the Eagles. In Weeks 1 and 3 combined, they had two sacks. In Week 4, the Falcons face the Tennessee Titans. While the Titans have had longer to rest after playing on Thursday night, they need to protect their quarterback. Marcus Mariota was sacked nine times against Jacksonville last time out. The Falcons aren’t as good as the Jaguars on defense, but for those streaming, it’s a DST that is likely available.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.