Take'em or Leave'em
Wow this season is really flying by, three weeks down already. Week 3 saw another rash of injuries to relevant fantasy players. Chris Carson, Tarik Cohen, and Chris Godwin all went down. Cohen tore his ACL and is out for the year. Luckily, Carson and Godwin are believed to have avoided serious injury. Lets take a look at some of the guys that can fill in for those players.
Justin Jefferson - WR Minnesota Vikings
Justin Jefferson, in just his 3rd career game, had 7 receptions for 175 yards and a Touchdown. Jefferson missed part of the offseason due to being on the Covid list, but has now led the Vikings in receiving yards two weeks in a row and has broken out a bit quicker than many expected. Jefferson is a very skilled player. He was drafted 22nd overall in last Spring's draft and was the 4th receiver off the board in a very talented WR Draft class. Jefferson is a rookie so expect inconsistency and the Vikings offense might not throw the ball enough to make you feel confident starting him, but he is a wonderful flex or fill in option.
Verdict: Take'em, Jefferson is a talented player that appears to be the number two option in Minnesota now. He is worth about 10% of your FAAB.
Jeff Wilson Jr. - RB San Francisco 49ers
With all the injuries in the 49ers backfield, we knew someone was going to take over and be fantasy relevant in the RB friendly Shanahan offense. Wilson wasn't efficient on the ground, but received work in the passing game and after Mckinnon went down with an injury received almost all the work.
Verdict: Take'em, Wilson isn't a rest of the season option, but if the other backs miss week 4 with injury he will be in line for a lot of work and could easily be started in any league. I'd only spend about 5% of your FAAB on him - possibly a bit more if you are desperate for a starter in Week 4.
Brian Hill - RB Atlanta Falcons
Toddy Gurley is the starter and continues to get a majority of the work, however, Hill has been very impressive when getting touches. Versus Chicago in week 3 he busted out a 35 yard touchdown run and in all received 10 touches for 80 yards. Hill probably isn't startable yet, but if Gurley continues to not impress or misses time for any reason, Hill will be a weekly flex play in Atlanta's high powered offense.
Verdict: Take'em, Hill is worth a shot. 5% of FAAB
Carlos Hyde - RB Seattle Seahawks
Hyde hasn't been too impressive so far this season, but after starter Chris Carson had his leg rolled up on what seemed to be a dirty play, Hyde should be the starter in Week 4. Carson has appeared to escape any major injury, but is likely out a week or two. Seattle goes up against Miami on Sunday and they just allowed a huge fantasy day to rookie James Robinson.
Verdict: Leave'em, like Jeff Wilson Jr, Hyde doesn't offer much season long value. If you are desperate for a start, Hyde isn't a bad option, but his fantasy day could be Touchdown dependent.
Other Pickup options
Damien Harris - Set to make his return from the IR in week 4, Harris is worth an add. All camp beat writers were raving about Harris saying he looked like the best RB on the team. Patriots RBs have been long been frustrating to own and with Cam getting a majority of the goal line carries his upside maybe limited.
Alshon Jeffery - Also set to make his return in week 4, Jeffery has been a very good player when healthy. The Eagles offense is desperate for help on the outside and Carson Wentz should look to target one of his most reliable and familiar receivers to make things easier on him in a season that has been very frustrating for the Eagles so far.
Brandon Aiyuk - The rookie WR for the 49ers caught 4 balls for 70 yards and added 31 on the ground in week 3. He is worth a look in SF's beat up offense.