2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Trends

by Mike LaPlant
2022 Fantasy Football Running Back Committees

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Trends!

It was a fun week of football in the NFL with 12 teams scoring more than 30 points in their games. Six games were decided by only one possession. Almost every game had some excitement with all the big plays. I can't wait for the Monday Night Game with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Kansas City Cheifs.

We even had the first tie of the year in the Cincinnati Bengals and Philidelphia Eagles both ending with 23 points. The Atlanta Falcons blew another 15 lead in the 4th quarter in back-to-back weeks. It's looking like Russell Wilson is going to be the favorite for MVP this year. He set the NFL record for most touchdowns through the first three games with 14.

Let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Trends too see what I found!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Trends

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1. Nick Foles makes the Bears offense better.

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For the second straight week, the Atlanta Falcons collapsed and blew another 15 point lead to the Bears. For the first half of the game, the Bears offense was stagnant only scoring 10 points. Early in the second half, Mitchell Trubisky got benched for Nick Foles and the Bears never looked back.

Foles came in and completed 16 of 29 pass attempts for 188 yards, three touchdowns, and one pick. All three of his touchdowns came in the 4th quarter in four minutes. Allen Robinson finally broke out with Foles throwing him the ball in the comeback. He finished with 10 receptions for 123 yards and a huge touchdown in the final quarter. A-Rob will be back to WR1 status if Nick Foles continues to start.

2. Browns have a new form of RBBC?

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It's only Week 3 in the NFL and the Cleveland Browns have found a successful running game. It's just not what everyone expected with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt splitting the workload in half. The weird thing about this running back by committee is that it's broken into the first half of the game and the second half.

It looks like the Browns want to pound the ball with Chubb in the first half to set up the play-action passing game. Then when the defense is tired in the second half, they use a fresh Hunt. Now that only works if the Browns are in positive game scripts. If they have to play from behind then Hunt is the main beneficiary of negative game scripts. Hunt is the back to play if you think the Browns will be playing from behind.

3. David Montgomery's time to shine.

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After last week's barrage of injuries, I thought we would get through one week without any major injuries. We were so close, but then the Chicago Bears lost their speedy running back in Tarik Cohen. The team fears he may have torn his ACL which is never good news, and my thoughts go out to the guy. But if that news is true, then the backfield is all David Montgomery's.

Hopefully, with Foles leading the offense, Montgomery will get even more red zone carries with the way the Bears moved up and down the field. Montgomery's usage will go up in the upcoming weeks with the news of Cohen's injury. He should get even more work in the passing game since Foles loves to dump the ball off. Expect to see more of Montgomery in the future.

4. Justin Jefferson breaks out in Week 3.

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The Vikings have been trying to replace the loss of Stefon Diggs for two weeks now. It looks like first-round pick Justin Jefferson out of LSU is that guy. Through the first two weeks, he only had six receptions for 70 yards. In Week 3 he broke out with seven receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown. He had more production against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3 than he did in the first two weeks.

If the Vikings' defense is this bad all year long then Kirk Cousins will have to air the ball out a lot. With Adam Thielen always drawing the number one cornerback in matchups Jefferson could take advantage. He will probably be the hottest person on the waiver wire for this week. If the Vikings are down most games, Jefferson will continue to see an uptick in targets.

5. Wait, who is Myles Gaskin?

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I know people tend to stay away from The Miami Dolphins when it comes to fantasy football, and for good reason. They traded for Matt Brieda and signed Jordan Howard in the off-season and neither of them is the guy. It's a 7th round draft pick from a year ago in Myles Gaskin. He got 22 rushing attempts for 66 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

Even though the Dolphins were up most of this game, Gaskin was still involved in the passing game. Because running back depth is so thin every year Myles Gaskin could be an option in PPR formats. He has 15 receptions for 91 yards on the year which are solid numbers for a team who's usually playing from behind. The only problem is that the team is committed to Jordan Howard with the redzone carries.

Come back next week at the same time and we will build off of the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Trends!

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