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2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 F6P Rapid Reactions


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 F6P Rapid Reactions!

Each week, a rotating cast of Fantasy Six Pack writers will give their immediate thoughts about the biggest storylines of the weekend games.

This week, we’re looking at:

  1. Deshaun Watson going forward
  2. Players who had their breakout party in Week 3
  3. Week-to-week tight end strategies
  4. Priority waiver wire grabs

You’ll hear from:

Let’s get started!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 F6P Rapid Reactions

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1. With just an average of 17.53 fantasy points per game through three weeks (QB16), is Deshaun Watson still a must-start?

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Watson is still a must-start. He had a brutal schedule in the first three weeks in the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers. In addition, he has new offensive weapons that he still needs to develop chemistry with. His upcoming schedule eases up significantly and I would like to buy low on Watson if possible. – Dennis Sosic

Watson has played just okay through a tough schedule and also has no true weapons to rely on. Watson is no longer an elite fantasy option because he has no help. I’m not benching him but unfortunately, he’s not an elite must-start option without DeAndre Hopkins. – Dave Eddy

Sadly I don’t think Watson is a must-start QB. With a terrible offensive line in front of him and little to no weapons of consequence around him, he’s failed to meet expectations. It may be difficult to bench him, but you may need to consider other options or see if the waiver wire has a viable option. – Bob Van Duser

Deshaun Watson is no longer a must-start. He’s got the talent to burn and a history of excellent fantasy output, but a lot of this can be attributed to the loss of DeAndre Hopkins. Since he’s been gone, Watson has had a tough time getting into a rhythm. Everything also has to be taken with a grain of salt as he’s faced the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers. Because of the extremely difficult schedule and his QB16 output, it’s nearsighted to drop him. At the same time, he’s certainly not a must-start QB at this time. – Tyler Mulligan

Unfortunately, he is still a must- start! He wasn’t a late-round QB so you spent some high draft capital on him. With his running ability, his upside is higher better than anyone on waivers at this point – unless you want to take a shot on Nick Foles. Also, I would rather see him score 17 points in my lineup then 30 points on my bench. – Jesse Baum

2. Which young player had their breakout party in Week 3 and will be a fantasy stud going forward?

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Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers

With the 49ers dealing with numerous injuries, I believe WR Brandon Aiyuk has a great opportunity to be the focal point of the Niners offense. Aiyuk displayed his versatility by catching five of nine targets for 70 yards while adding 31 rushing yards and a score on three carries against the Giants on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan has plans for the rookie in this offense and can’t wait to see what he contributes from this point forward. – Dennis Sosic

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

I know he struggled a bit at times but you can see a fantastic fantasy quarterback in the making. He became the third quarterback ever, joining Cam Newton and Kyler Murray, to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two games. The only concern is that Anthony Lynn, who is a player’s coach, may give Tyrod Taylor the starting job back when he is healthy. – Dave Eddy

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

This is a huge toss-up between Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins for me. Though the Tennessee secondary was banged up, having Jefferson as a focal point in this offense finally seemed to wake them up a little bit. On the other hand, Tee Higgins forced the benching of former first-rounder John Ross, and seems to be a favorite target in the red zone for QB Joe Burrow. I’d probably lean with Justin Jefferson due to the fact he was consistently targeted goal line to goal line, as was a huge factor in this offense moving the ball. – Bob Van Duser

I’ve said it from the beginning: Justin Jefferson is a stud. Last year at LSU, the former Tiger had 111 catches, for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. Jefferson did this as the No. 2 option for Joe Burrow, with his teammate, Ja’Marr Chase, earning Biletnikoff honors as the top receiver in the nation. Now that he’s a Viking, he’s in a similar situation behind Adam Thielen on the depth chart. He showed he can thrive at the NFL level, and those who invested in Jefferson will be tap dancing to the championship. – Tyler Mulligan

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

It is undrafted rookie James Robinson. He is just explosive and hard to tackle. He is a three-down back and he gets all the goal-line work. In the game against the Dolphins, he was still on the field even as they were coming back, which tells me he is not going to get game-scripted out. Robinson could be an RB2 for the rest of the season. – Jesse Baum

3. Through three weeks, there are only six tight ends who have scored more than seven fantasy points in each of their three contests. How are you approaching the position and the potential duds? (Just putting up with it, rostering two guys and playing matchups, streaming, etc).

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Typically, my plan is to play matchups and stream the TE position. I don’t like to pay the draft premium for one of the elite tight ends. For example, I grabbed Logan Thomas, Dalton Schultz, and Jordan Reed off waivers, and each of those players produced top weekly TE numbers for my fantasy rosters. – Dennis Sosic

Personally, I always try to snag a top tier TE early, but it doesn’t always fall that way. If I don’t have a strong TE option I usually have a couple of guys I drafted late on my roster, and I’ll play the matchups between them. I’ll also look to the waiver wire to pivot as needed if those players underperform. – Bob Van Duser

Tight end is probably the most shallow position in all of fantasy football. For those who don’t have one of the weekly locks, the best course of action is to combine playing the waiver wire with a little research. Look at snap counts, goal-line usage, and previous history. Stream a good match-up against a leaky secondary, and combine it with positive underlying stats. Sometimes, the QB is simply off, so if a guy had eight targets the previous week, and only one reception, I’d take a chance, especially if the match-up is favorable. – Tyler Mulligan

To be honest you are just pretty much just rolling the dice. I’m rostering two TEs at this point and playing the matchups. I’m just hoping for a touchdown. – Jesse Baum

4. Who is your number one waiver wire target?

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Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins

I we find out that Chris Carson will miss some games, my top waiver target is Carlos Hyde. Otherwise, I am hoping Myles Gaskins is still available. Gaskins was the workhorse in the Dolphins backfield and if he continues to see that volume of touches, and will be a safe FLEX option at minimum. – Dennis Sosic

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins took over the WR3 role in Cincinnati as former first-round pick John Ross was a healthy scratch. He caught five of nine targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals continue to through the ball a ton and Higgins may be a primary beneficiary of that. – Dave Eddy

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

I’m gonna be going all-in on Justin Jefferson on waivers this week. A performance like that cannot be understated. While expectations need to be tempered, this guy has shown he has the potential to be a star in this league and he can easily factor in as a starter/flex start in a good matchup if you’re hampered with injuries or facing bye weeks. – Bob Van Duser

Tyler Kroft, TE, Buffalo Bills

Typically, the top waiver add is an RB or WR. Not this time. Take a look at Buffalo tight end Tyler Kroft. As mentioned earlier, tight ends are hard to come by. Kroft showed why he’s one of Josh Allen’s favorite goal-line targets in Buffalo. Although he only racked up 24 yards on the day, he emerged as a top-tier fantasy tight end by grabbing two touchdowns. Allen’s trust in Kroft was apparent when he looked his way in the dying seconds to seal the victory. It was a big win for Buffalo, a big win for Kroft, and a big win for those who noticed the diamond in the rough. – Tyler Mulligan

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Braxton Berrios, WR, New York Jets

Braxton Berrios should be on that shortlist. If Jamison Crowder or Breshad Perriman remain out or ineffective, Berrios could factor in a lot more in the offense. – Jesse Baum

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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMHuo

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