Hopefully your fantasy team isn’t mirroring the Bengals 0-3 start, but if it is we are here to help. We have a list of players who could help turn your season around, or that could keep you on your winning ways.
Also all percentages are based on Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Here are the players you should be picking up and dropping after Week 3 in fantasy:
Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots (owned in 24 percent of leagues): Burkhead should be a popular pickup in points per reception leagues, but he seems to be pretty valuable in standard as well. Without Antonio Brown eating into wide receiver snaps, Burkhead could be used more as a slot receiver like he was during Week 1. He also got two goal line carries over Sony Michel. Burkhead saw extended playing time due to James White being inactive, but he still out snapped Michel and every other running back on Sunday. A total of 69 yards (11 carries and six receptions) and a touchdown is a pretty decent line.
Kyle Allen, QB, Panthers (owned in two percent of leagues): There are likely some teams still hoping to fill the void at quarterback on their fantasy team. The huge caveat here being whether Cam Newton returns. Still, Allen tossed four touchdowns, and he had the offense running smoother than it had all season. If you’re desperate for a quarterback, this could be your guy.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots (owned in 32 percent of leagues): Another Patriot benefits from Brown’s release. Dorsett caught his third touchdown of the season along with catching six passes on the day for 53 yards. It isn’t a stellar stat line, but Dorsett should have a high floor in this Patriots offense with the ability to explode every so often as well.
Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City (owned in six percent of leagues): Another one where injuries may play a factor. Williams played second fiddle to LeSean McCoy, who left the game with an ankle injury. Damion Williams was also inactive this week with a knee injury. Damion Williams hasn’t looked that great this season, and Kansas City could go with the hot hand of McCoy (if healthy) and Darrel Williams, who had over 100 total yards on 14 touches (nine carries and five receptions). At the very least, McCoy and Damion Williams owners will want to add Darrel Williams just in case.
Wayne Gallman Jr., RB, Giants (owned in three percent of leagues): It looks like Saquon Barkley could miss some time with what appears to be a high ankle sprain. That clears the way for Gallam to take his spot. Gallam isn’t my favorite add as he didn’t do much with his opportunity on Sunday (13 rushing yards on five attempts and a target). Gallam should be getting volume over Barkley’s absence, but I wouldn’t count on him being more than a flex option.
Dawson Knox, TE, Bills (owned in zero percent of leagues): Know was invisible the first two weeks of the season, but he came alive against the Bengals. He caught his first touchdown of his career, and he received a very crucial target on a catch and run that paved the way for the Bills game-winning touchdown. I may wait a week to start Knox if you can just to make sure this wasn’t a one time thing, but this could very well be the blossoming of a beautiful connection.
Duke Johnson, RB, Texans (owned in 83 percent of leagues): Johnson has been reduced to a minor role after only receiving 10 touches the past two weeks. It is just hard to play someone who you can’t count on to get enough touches. Running backs are thin enough I get not wanting to drop Johnson outright, but now may be a good time to firmly sit him on the bench.
Corey Davis, WR, Titans (owned in 55 percent of leagues): It is weird that Davis isn’t producing. That is until you remember that Marcus Mariota is his quarterback. Davis has a total of six catches for 82 yards in three weeks. It is hard to see those numbers getting much better for Davis with Delanie Walker, Adam Humphries and even rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown all out performing him.
Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans( owned in 84 percent of leagues): Cook seemed like a pretty popular sleeper option for fantasy players this offseason. The idea of him having Drew Brees tossing him the ball seemed like a dream come true after he was the center of the Raiders’ offense last year following the Amari Cooper trade. Even when Brees was healthy, Cook was not part of the offense. A total of five catches for 69 yards would be a nice game for a tight end, but it is a very droppable three week span.
Antonio Brown, WR, free agent: This one goes without saying. It’s time to throw in the towel on Antonio Brown. While there have been several teams reportedly interested in the embattled receiver since he was cut by the Patriots, he’s facing long odds in terms of being signed and being able to make an impact for another team this season. The NFL could put him on the commissioner’s exempt list if he is signed by a team, and it’s hard to see anyone dealing with all his bagged. It’s time to cut bait, even if you spent a high draft pick on Brown.