Our NFL Nation reporters answer questions about fantasy football every Tuesday during the NFL season. Here’s what they said after the third week.

Consecutive large scale games for Marquise Brown. Can we count on that during the last three weeks of DeAndre Hopkins’ suspension? What is reasonable to expect when D-Hop returns?

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If the defense doesn’t completely take Brown out of the game, then it’s safe to count on him to be the #1 target for Kyler Murray. Between their relationship and Brown’s ability – and the fact that the Cardinals can lose to all their other top receivers – Brown will be the primary playmaker in the passing game. Brown’s workload will likely be determined after the first game or two after Hopkins returns from a six-game suspension. By then, the Cardinals and the defense will know what to expect from Hopkins. It could open the field for Brown, which would mean more than what he’s doing now. — Josh Weinfuss

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Khalil Herbert could be __% of what David Montgomery has been offering for the last two seasons?

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When Montgomery moved to IR with a knee injury in 2021, Herbert was averaging 19.5 carries and over 70 yards per game in weeks 5-8, giving the Bears an idea of ​​just how effective a run game can be. without his defender number 1. When Montgomery pulled out early in Houston with an ankle injury, Herbert outlasted all Texans (19 carries, 157 yards, and 2 touchdowns) and leads all runners in over-expected yards per try, according to Next Gen Stats. In short, Herbert can be everything Montgomery provides to the Chicago offense. The Bears will have to rely on the running game while they work out problems with passing offense, so Herbert will have plenty of room to keep busy no matter how much time Montgomery may miss. — Courtney Cronin

Is Romeo Daubes WR1 in this offense or will he change every week?

Judging by how excited Aaron Rodgers was for him after Sunday’s game, Dubs could be next in line for the role. While Rogers will always rely on Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard, it’s undeniable that Daubes can do what others can do. His combination of trail running and athletic ability combined with rapidly improving hands makes him the most likely player to break out on this offense. That’s not to say that Christian Watson won’t, but Daubes starts much faster and may not look back now. — Rob Demovski

Is it a full fledged backroom committee where no one cares about fantasy?

The Chiefs still don’t find it convenient to use Clyde Edwards-Heler in most third-down situations, and until they do, the backfield will be more of a committee. But don’t ignore the fact that Edwards-Heler has three touchdowns in three games. He probably won’t keep up that pace, but he appears to be the Chiefs’ favorite at the net. — Adam Tycher

Will Joshua Palmer be a viable option when Keenan Allen returns?

Yes. When Allen returns, he will be Justin Herbert’s target again, but expect the third-year quarterback to keep spreading the ball, including Palmer. During the training camp, they established mutual understanding. — Lindsey Thiry

How do you expect the touch split between Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. to move forward?

How the game develops 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 streak, Sean McVeigh continued to lean on him and he and Henderson ended the game with a 50/50 carry split. I would rely on that going forward, expecting there to be a few games this season where McVeigh just keeps playing hot. — Sara Barshop

Three games in a row with Jaylen Waddle’s 40-yard throw. Should we be worried about Tyreke Hill’s gender if the Waddle is going to be used more as an explosive play option than it was as a rookie?

While the impact of Hill’s arrival in Miami cannot be underestimated, the reality is that the Dolphins have two interchangeable receivers, just like the WR1. The use of the Waddle last year was a parody – it’s more what Miami imagined when it was selected last year. The teams plan their defense to stop Hill; he deserved it with his career. Sometimes that means he won’t be delivering the explosive numbers we saw in week two. But Sunday’s game was more of an exception than usual, so don’t be afraid to have Hill on your team. — Marcel Louis Jacques

What do we do with Justin Jefferson’s consecutive losses?

Jefferson’s attempt to play minor players, as he did in Week 1 against the Packers, was likely the exception rather than the rule. The Eagles and Lions have limited him in Weeks 2-3 to permanent double teams, but coach Kevin O’Connell is determined not to let defense interfere with Jefferson’s production. Expect the Vikings to continue fiddling with their plan to capture Jefferson in the coming weeks. “I have to do a better job,” O’Connell said, “giving Justin different aspects of queuing in different places, different groups of staff, whatever I need to do to help him.” — Kevin Seifert

13 goals in consecutive games for Chris Olav. Is he someone we can count on every week?

For now, yes, because the other options are shrinking every week. With Tice Hill, Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, Deonte Harris, and Tre’Quan Smith all injured in one form or another, Olav may be the last survivor. On a positive note, the newbie seems to be getting better every week. — Katherine Terrell

Consistent big games for DeVonta Smith. Are you buying “a few Batmans” when Jalen Hurts can sustain two weekly fantasy castles at the WR position?

The Locks seem a bit strong, especially when we look back at the first week and see that Smith didn’t catch four goals. Brown is targeted by 33.3% of his routes, the 10th highest total in the NFL, compared to 23.9% for Smith, who is ranked 65th. It’s probably best to expect consistent production levels from Brown and more variability in Smith’s production from week to week, with his ceiling clearly superheroic. — Tim McManus

Two targets for Treylon Burks, six for Derrick Henry and nine for Robert Woods. Should we remain patient with the rookie, or are we looking at an unreliable fantasy asset for the rest of this season?

Stay patient. Burks continues to play an increasingly important role in the Titans’ game plan. Targets will keep appearing in his path. Offensive coordinator Todd Downing wants him to have more ball-handling opportunities to take advantage of his yards after being able to catch the ball. Downing said that Burks is growing every week and is gaining confidence from the coaching staff because of the way he has embraced the opportunities that have presented him. A playful pass through the center that used to result in touchdowns for AJ Brown is now for Burks. Ryan Tannehill called Burks a big, strong, physical receiver with great hands and good body control. — Turron Davenport