Free Agency and Injury report week 3 2019
Week 4 saw a half of the undefeated teams fall, a handful of running backs finally broke out, and even more passers went down. How does this affect the fantasy landscape? Let's get to it.
John Ross Goes Down SlingingJohn Ross may end up missing time with a shoulder injury. He was spotted in a sling after the Monday Night game. If he does, Auden Tate will likely start in his place. As a starter on one of the league’s most pass-heavy teams, Tate is an obvious waiver-wire add. However, he and Ross couldn’t be more different of players. Ross is a 5’11” burner who owns the 40-yard dash combine record. Tate is a lumbering 6’4” and runs a 4.64. It may be Tyler Boyd, who has shown the ability to win in all phases of the game, who is the biggest beneficiary. Boyd leads the team in receptions and is just behind ross in yards. Boyd will also be much more likely to score without Ross in the lineup. Ross has three of the team’s five receiving touchdowns so far.
Dwayne Haskins Gets the Nod
After going down early to the Giants, Jay Gruden made the move to Dwayne Haskins, benching Case Keenum. Haskins was promptly crushed by a subpar Giants defense, throwing three interceptions in the process.
No matter who starts, the weapons on this offense can be mostly forgotten for fantasy purposes. Neither passer in Washington looks capable of supporting wide receiver production and Terry McLaurin, the one bright spot on this team, wasn't able to suit up in Week 4. Scratch Washington off the list of fantasy-viable offenses.
Mitchell Trubisky Set to Miss Serious Time
Trubisky went down with a shoulder injury against the Vikings and was ruled out almost immediately. After the game, reports were optimistic that he would return this season. That's not a good sign for his chances of playing in the next few weeks. Trubisky can safely be dropped in season-long leagues.
The third-year quarterback couldn't produce against any defense that wasn't Washington this season. Chase Daniel, Chicago's next passer up, isn't that much of a downgrade compared to what Trubisky is done this season. However, this team may look to run even more with their starting passer out for multiple weeks. David Montgomery saw 25 carries in Week 4.
T.J. Hockenson Suffers a Scary Injury and May Miss Time
The young tight end made an attempt to hurdle a defender and came down hard. He appeared to lose consciousness and was carted off the field. Hockenson was ruled out with a concussion and did not return. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones may get an uptick in with Hockenson out. Jesse James could also be in line for a role as the team's featured tight end until Hockenson returns. He's likely the best tight end on the waiver wire at this point in the fantasy season. James will return to hs blocking role when Hockenson returns but for now, he'll see a significant uptick in routes run and targets.
Jarvis Landry Leaves with a Concussion
Despite Landry leaving and not returning, Landry still worked the Ravens' defense with an 8-167-0 stat line. Odell Beckham Jr., on the other hand, did almost nothing. He caught just two passes for 20 yards.
If Landry misses time, the other wideouts on this team are in great positions to bounce back. Beckham will be the unquestioned No. 1 wideout on this team after disappointing in back to back weeks. If Rashard Higgins can suit up, he may take on some of the volume left behind by Landry in Week 5. Antonio Calloway, who missed the first four weeks while serving a suspension, posted 586 yards as a rookie on a dysfunctional offense last year. He will be a very interesting player to monitor when he Browns face the 49ers next Monday night.
Marlon Mack Sits for Most of the Second Half
Mack was given just two carries in the second half versus the Raiders. However, the Colts were down double-digits going into the second half and Mack was banged up with an ankle injury. Frank Reich chose to play Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins for the final two quarters.
Mack's absence in the second half was likely precautionary, plus the Colts have a very good receiving back in Hines who they were fine with rolling out while down multiple scores. If Mack does end up missing time, Hines is the best waiver-wire add of the week.
Josh Allen Knocked Out Cold
Josh Allen took a shot to the helmet from Patriots defender Jonathan Jones and did not return. Matt Barkley filled in for him. If Allen misses time, most of the Bills receivers will see their fantasy value turn to dust. Allen is an erratic passer but he can make incredible plays with his arm. He also forced linebackers to respect his ability to carry, opening up holes in defenses for his receivers to find.
John Brown is particularly dependent on Allen's health. Brown is the perfect fit for Allen as one of the most effective deep-ball specialists in the NFL. Barkley is anything but that. Cole Beasley may see an uptick in targets if Barkley opts to play the short game. Still, the offense would project to score fewer points which isn't good for any fantasy weapons.
Kenny Stills Sidelined for the Day
Houston's newest receiver was sidelined with a hamstring early in the day and did not return. This would normally be a boon for Will Fuller, the other long-ball receiver on this team, but Fuller and Deshaun Watson have struggled to connect this season. Fuller has converted less than half of his 399 air yards into actual yards this season.
Fuller is a good flex option with Stills out, despite his shortcomings in four weeks. If Stills is in for Week 5, Fuller is a fringe-play for season-long leagues and a dart-throw in DFS tournaments.