Week 3 of the 2022 fantasy football season saw a bit of everything, led by amazing performances from Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson. So, what developments are worth reading about? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft offer their analysis.

It hurts so good…again

After dropping 27.5 fantasy points on Washington defense in Week 3, Jalen Hurts is now averaging at least 24 points in each of his three starts this season. We are aware of the dual threat capability here. Hurts, who has already hit 35 carries this season, can break the defense with a planned rush or scramble game with a secondary reaction. The Eagles quarterback reads it like a thrower—both before and after the snap—and isolates his targets. He was also aggressive towards vertical concepts. And his pocket move gives him the opportunity to drop the shot window or attack on the edges. Hurts now threw over 330 yards in back-to-back games. And in Week 4, the Birds step up the defense of the Jaguars. — Bowen

Dalwyn Cook quit with shoulder injury

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Possibly the most critical insurance situation in fantasy football, Cooke and Alexander Mattison will be in the spotlight ahead of Week 4 after the former left Sunday’s game early with a shoulder injury. Before leaving, Cook scored a reasonably productive 13.6 PPRs on 17 touches and 42 offensive snaps, while Mattison’s day ended with 25 snaps, eight touches and 11.4 points. While the Vikings’ coaching staff has changed this season, the team’s zonal run play hasn’t changed much from last year’s model, making Mattison an easy-to-play replacement when needed. To that end, he averaged 23.3 fantasy PPRs over his last five starts out of over 40 offensive snaps played while Cook was on the sidelines, during which time Cook averaged 17.3 points in his 12 games of over than 40 snaps played (including this week’s snap). ). Take note, fantasy managers: Mattison is still available in nearly two-thirds of Sportzshala’s leagues, which needs to be fixed immediately if Cooke’s status is in any doubt. — cockcroft

Lamar Jackson made history

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With his best 39.42 fantasy points since 1:00 pm ET, Jackson became the first quarterback since at least 1950 (and presumably in NFL history) to score at least that many in consecutive weeks. embarrassing the Dolphins Defense, which had a decent minor team on paper, and now Bill Belichick’s Patriots. In addition, Jackson now has 102.26 fantasy points in three games, more than any quarterback at this point in the season in history. Nothing more to say other than that with his historical racing prowess he is locked in the weekly top 3. — cockcroft

DeVonta Smith Flashes

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On Sunday, Smith finished with 30.9 PPR points. deep balls. Controversial catches in the red zone. And more target volume. Smith cooked up this Washington minor by hitting 8 of 12 targets for 169 yards and scoring a goal. And after Smith failed to record a reception in the first week, Smith has now caught 15 of 19 passes from the Hurts over the past two games. He is the best addition to AJ Brown’s traits in the Philadelphia route tree, and his ability to hit one-on-one and find gaps in open areas is really showing right now. Smith and the Eagles receive the Jacksonville defense in Week 4. You can lock it as high level WR3 for that. — Bowen

Retreating Lions Committee?

Few fantasy managers could have expected the kind of backfield dip we saw in Detroit, as Jamaal Williams snapped 33 offensive snaps to D’Andre Swift’s 32 and scored a dominant 24.7 PPR on 22 touches to Swift’s 7.6 on 10 touches. Additionally, Williams did most of the short yard dirty work, including stealing another carry from the goal line, which he converted, which is worrying considering he now has all seven rush attempts from the goal combined between two of them. In Swift’s defense, he dealt with an ankle injury in the early weeks and I wonder if the Lions are limiting his workload accordingly. Also, I like what I see in the Lions defense for three weeks, and this year’s model may well be enough to keep both defensemen productive. However, Swift’s injury history is worrying. It could also lead to one of those crazy situations where we’re all screaming into our TVs while watching Williams steal those seemingly “free” fantastic glasses. — cockcroft

Trevor Lawrence climbs the fantasy rankings

Don’t look now – or in fact, please watch right now, because Lawrence is transforming into the appropriate fantasy quarterback before our very eyes. On Sunday, he scored a career-best 25.18 fantasy points, and against the Chargers and their pass, he rushes and has not turned football over for the second week in a row. Lawrence looks much more comfortable on offense with Doug Pederson, and it looks like the week’s worth of experience is going in his favor. He’ll get the Eagles next, which isn’t the easiest matchup, but I took him on as a fixed weekly 2QB/super flexible player who might be a small step away from top 10/standard starting status. when the match-up is correct. — cockcroft

Tristan, we’re seeing improved throwing mechanics with Lawrence. And an upgrade in the offensive scheme. This is Pederson’s coaching. Yes, it’s still a small selection of three regular season games, but Lawrence has improved his game as a pocket thrower. — Bowen

Other observations

DJ Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers: For three weeks, I’m very concerned about Moore’s performance, as he held six targets exactly in every game, accumulating a total of 23.8 fantasy PPR in the process. With the arrival of Baker Mayfield, one would have expected more attention and more performance, but to date Mayfield has only made 81 attempts, and Moore’s status as the best dart thrower was tested every week. I still consider him one of the smartest buyers given his consistency – and I mean constantly. productive, as he’s been in the top 25 positional scorers in exactly seven games in each of the past two seasons, and perhaps his Week 4 matchup against a poor second player for the Cardinals will statistically wake him up. But to be clear, he needs a big game or panic buttons will be pressed everywhere. — Cockcroft

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans: For the second week in a row, Pierce led the Texans with 20 runs for 80 yards and a goal on Sunday in Chicago. The rookie also had two receptions for 21 yards for 18.1 PPRs. While Pierce grounded the ball twice against the Bears’ defense, we see his pros here. He’s a downhill runner who can move down a vertical track, and there’s more shock to his game than you might think. In Week 4 against the Chargers, Pierce will be back in my rankings as a flexible option, and the Texans will once again look to control the pace of attack through running play. — Bowen

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears: Herbert just hit 30.9 PPR (most running backs in an early game) and he only plays in 25.4% of Sportzshala leagues. A must-have addition to the upcoming waiver, Herbert could be in line for even more work in Week 4 against the Giants. After running back David Montgomery left Sunday’s game against the Texans with an ankle injury, Herbert rushed for 157 yards – on 20 carries – including two touchdowns in the red zone. An easy fit for the Bears’ ground game, Herbert is a determined runner who plays with vision. And in this Chicago offense that really lacks a real passing game element for three weeks, you can count on blistering volume. — Bowen

Joe Burrow QB Cincinnati Bengals: After reassuring much like Aaron Rodgers a relatively slow start to 2022 for him and his team, Burrow dominated the Jets’ defense as we’d expect. His fantastic 22.9 points were hardly mind-blowing or winning for the week, but he controlled football well, with zero turnovers, was sacked only twice and regularly contacted his receivers, who often remained open in coverage. Overall, it’s much more like the Nora we’ve all come to expect, and now he’s getting back-to-back matches against a defense that has struggled to hold a pass in the Dolphins (Week 4) and Ravens (Week 5). He will be my unmistakable top 10 quarterback in every game. — Cockcroft

Justin Fields, QB, Bears: On Sunday, Fields made only 8 of 17 passes for 106 yards – with two very poor interceptions. There were problems with decision making and ball placement. And in three games, Fields made just 43 shots. He does not see clearly from the pocket, and the Bears coaching staff limits his ability to throw the ball. On an extremely intense offense, with very little explosive play in passing play, Fields cannot be trusted to start in any scoring format with the Week 4 matchup against the Giants. — Bowen

Chris Olav, WR, New Orleans Saints: I admit that I had my doubts about how heavily he would be used, as well as how productive an offense under Jameis Winston could be, but the last two weeks have convinced me that Olav can influence WR3 on a weekly basis. He received 32% and 33% target shares in those games and scored 11.0 and 23.7 fantasy PPR in the process. Injuries to Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) keep watch throughout the training week, but even with both on board, Olav has become a clear cog in this passing game. — Cockcroft

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Yes, I still believe in Travis Etienne Jr.’s potential when I look at Jags’ offense, which is well planned and explosive. But how can we not talk about Robinson? In the third game in a row, Robinson scored a touchdown. And with 20.6 PPRs on Sunday, he now has at least 15 PPRs in every game this season. Over the past two weeks – both wins in Jacksonville – Robinson has amassed 40 carries. He’s a volume trainer, a professional downhill runner…