With three weeks of NFL football in the books, you've probably got a good idea of who needs to be dropped off of your fantasy football team. Who you pick up to fill those spots could determine how well your team performs in the coming weeks, especially if you're in need of a quarterback.
Just this past week, Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was among the highest-scoring fantasy players, despite being on the waiver wire in most leagues for the first two weeks of the season.
Cousins has come in and filled in nicely for the injured Robert Griffin III. Typically, some of the biggest breakout performers come in situations where they're forced to play more after an injury to the guy in front of them.
That's the case in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater. Filling in for an injured Matt Cassel, Bridgewater entered the Vikings' eventual 20-9 loss to the Saints in the second quarter after starter Cassel was carted off the field with a broken foot. Bridgewater finished his day with 12 completions in 20 attempts for 150 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. He also rushed six times for 27 yards. That all came with no preparation for Teddy to play and in just 2.5 quarters of work against a Saints defense that terrorizes opposing QBs at home.
Also, with no Adrian Peterson and no other reliable RB, Bridgewater could be relied on for much, if no the rest of the 2014 season, assuming Cassel misses 1-2 months and doesn't reclaim the starting job. Don't forget that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the OC for Cleveland last year, and they led the league in pass attempts in 2013. Bridgewater could be the next Kirk Cousins in terms of a stat-stuffing QB that's widely available in fantasy leagues.
Another Player in a very similar situation is Blake Bortles. Now starting for a bad Jaguars team that's often playing from behind, Bortles figures to be passing a lot to lead his team from behind for most of his rookie season.
Just this past week in the Jaguars' 44-17 loss to the Colts, normal starter Chad Henne was benched at the half, after completing just 4-of-7 passes for a paltry 33 yards. Bortles was off and on through the second half and completed 14-of-24 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Depending on how much your leagues penalizes QBs for turnovers, Bortles is another guy to add if you're in need of a QB and they're hard to come by on your league's waiver wire.
One player you need to drop now is Bengals QB Andy Dalton. He's not playing bad in terms of his actual performance, but his fantasy impact is almost nonexistent.
Through three games, Dalton has 722 yards with two TDs and one interception to go with one receiving TD. The Bengals are committed to running the ball more and taking advantage of one of the best offensive lines in football while making Dalton more of a game manager.
Hopefully to this point, you've not been starting Dalton, and he's only occupied a spot on your bench. He doesn't need to even do that much now, and with a Bye Week, now's the best time to let him go.