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Fantasy Football Flashback: Lamar Jackson leads Week 3’s most reliable players

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I’m excited to bring you the first issue of Flashback Fantasy Football, where we’re recapping the top ten Sportzshala Fantasy scorers from the previous week. Each week until the end of the 2022 season, this column will highlight the top performers of the most reliable players and offer actionable tips to help you better deal with these players in the coming weeks. Let’s start.

#1: Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens, 40.42 points

Jackson threw for just 218 yards in the Week 3 win over the Patriots, but was otherwise a statistician who threw for four touchdowns, ran for another goal and scored 107 yards on the ground. The Louisville graduate threw a remarkable 12 touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season, making him the top fantasy scorer in any position to date. Jackson could repeat his 2019 MVP campaign.

No. 2: Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears, 29.90

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Herbert is one of three unlikely names on this list, as he entered Week 3 as an understudy for David Montgomery. But Montgomery left the game early with a knee and ankle injury, and after 157 yards and two touchdowns, Herbert was the top scorer of the week without a QB. Rumors have already swirled that Herbert is a threat to Montgomery’s lead role, and it’s likely that Chicago’s coaching staff will give the 24-year-old a significant workload next week. Fantasy managers should aggressively go after Herbert due to the rejection (he makes up 50% of the list) as he will be very helpful in case Montgomery misses a significant amount of time.

No. 3: Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles, 27:60

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The Hurts got into action early Sunday morning, throwing three touchdowns in the second quarter before turning on cruise control as the Eagles took a 24-0 lead in the fourth quarter. The double threat QB was less aggressive on the ground than usual (20 yards), which was probably a reflection of the score. Hurts is the third QB after three weeks and is positioned as one of the best options for 2022. The Eagles have arguably the most favorable schedule of any team this season, which contributes to my decision to avoid Hurts’ high sales in potential fantasy deals.

No. 4: DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles, 26.90

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Smith eclipsed his more famous teammate AJ Brown on Sunday with 8 of 12 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown in the corner of the end zone. The Alabama alum has made 15 catches in the last two weeks after being oddly off in week 1. My intuition tells me to keep Smith, but the presence of Brown may limit his growth so much that I will at least listen to any solid statements. trade offers that were sent to me.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith gave the fantasy managers who started him a lot of joy in the third week.  (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith gave the fantasy managers who started him a lot of joy in the third week. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

No. 5: Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills, 26.70

The Bills offense was far from smooth in a narrow loss to the Dolphins, but Allen was a fantasy star nonetheless. The bumbling center made a whopping 63 passes, 42 of them for 400 yards and two goals. And he used his size and speed to gain 47 yards on the ground. Allen is second behind Jackson in total fantasy points this season, which is no surprise for someone who was the first QB selected in most drafts. Simply put, those who paid for Allen are getting what they hoped for. And given that many stellar QBs have had disappointing seasons, Allen is more valuable than expected.

No. 6: Mac Hollins, WR, Las Vegas Raiders, 25.96

Hollins produced the most amazing WR results in Week 3, catching 8 of 10 targets for 158 yards and starting a TD. While the absence of Hunter Renfrow certainly helped Hollins achieve more volume, he also tied Davante Adams and outscored Darren Waller twice. This performance didn’t come out of nowhere, as Hollins caught five passes for 66 yards in Week 2. That said, I consider the 29-year-old more of a speculative waiver than someone who is a priority.

No. 7: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 25.18

Lawrence took advantage of a failed Chargers team, throwing for 262 yards and scoring three goals. This is the third week in a row that the former No. 1 overall has put in a good performance that shows he can overcome the Urban Meyer disaster a year ago. However, Lawrence has yet to show some serious play and his place on this list is mainly due to the fact that the third week was generally low. The Clemson alum entered the QB1 debate but remains a frontier start outside of the super flex leagues.

No. 8: Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens, 24.90

Andrews continues to be Lamar Jackson’s favorite long-range target, hitting 13 in a Week 3 game in which no other Raven has been hit more than four times. The five-year-old pro is averaging 81.7 yards per game, which is actually slightly higher than his average in his dominant 2021 season. With so few tight ends holding revolutionary potential, Andrews is a true difference maker and deserves a huge profit in the trading market if you even want to consider the offer.

No. 9: Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions, 23.70

Like Herbert, Williams took advantage of an injury to his team’s best RB to produce amazing stats. The former Packer dribbled 20 times for 87 yards and scored two goals, and he could face a big workload in the next few weeks as D’André Swift is breastfed. potentially serious shoulder injury. Currently listed in 62 percent of Sportzshala leagues, Williams is second only to Herbert as RB’s top pick in this week’s waiver posting.

No. 10: Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 11 p.m.

Burrow pitched in Week 3, taking advantage of an easy game with the Jets, throwing for 275 yards and scoring three goals. More importantly, the LSU product managed to stay upright more than usual, absorbing just two bags after being packed 13 times in the first two weeks. Burrow remains a mid-level QB1 and the Bengals offensive line will be the biggest key to his success in the coming weeks.

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