NFL Nation Week 3 Fantasy: Panic time for Justin Jefferson?
Our NFL Nation reporters answer fantasy football questions every Tuesday during the NFL season. Here's what they had to say following Week 3.
When Montgomery went to IR with a knee injury in 2021, Herbert averaged 19.5 carries and over 70 rushing yards per game Weeks 5-8, providing the Bears a glimpse at how effective the run game can still be without its No. 1 back. When Montgomery exited the Houston game early with an ankle injury, Herbert ran all over the Texans (19 carries, 157 yards and 2 TDs) and leads all running backs in rushing yards over expectation per attempt according to Next Gen Stats. In short, Herbert can be every bit of what Montgomery provides to Chicago's offense. The Bears are going to need to lean on the run game while they work through issues with their passing attack, so Herbert will have ample opportunity for a consistent workload no matter how much time Montgomery may have to miss. -- Courtney CroninIs Romeo Doubs the WR1 in this offense or is it going to change weekly?Is this a full-blown backfield committee where nobody matters for fantasy?
The way the game is playing out really affects these splits, so it's hard to predict. Akers spent most of the first half against the Cardinals on the sidelines, but after an impressive series, Sean McVay continued to lean on him, and he and Henderson ended the game with a 50/50 split in carries. I'd lean on close to that going forward, with the expectation there will be several games this season where McVay just continues to ride the hot hand. -- Sarah Barshop
While the impact of Hill's arrival in Miami can't be understated, the reality is that the Dolphins have two receivers that are interchangeable as WR1. Waddle's usage last year was a travesty -- this is more what Miami imagined when he was drafted last year. Teams are going to scheme their defenses around stopping Hill; he's earned that in his career. Sometimes, that means he won't put up the explosive numbers we saw in Week 2. But Sunday's game was more of an outlier than the norm -- have no fear if Hill is on your team. -- Marcel Louis-JacquesWhat in the world do we make of consecutive down games from Justin Jefferson?13 targets in consecutive games for Chris Olave. Is he someone we can count on weekly?
"Locks" feels a little strong, especially when we look back to Week 1 and see Smith had zero catches on four targets. Brown is being targeted on 33.3% of his routes, the 10th highest rate in the NFL, compared to 23.9% for Smith, which ranks 65th. It's probably best to expect a steady level of production from Brown and more variance in Smith's output week-to-week, with his ceiling clearly superhero high. -- Tim McManus