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Week 3 Immediate Takeaways

Woah. Derrick Henry saw next to no work in this game.

Granted, the Titans were playing from behind the entire time, and Tyjae Spears didn’t get a whole lot of utilization on that work – but it seems obvious that Tennessee isn’t interested in this being exclusively Derrick Henry’s backfield.

Kendre Miller didn’t look fantastic in his debut, so that’s something.

Tony Jones and him put up very similar rushing lines, but Miller didn’t get much in the receiving game. Most importantly, he didn’t put himself on the map moving forward. Nothing to panic about and he can still complement Kamara with Williams out, but the arrow is still pointing sideways for his stock.

Tank Dell is looking like a very nice fantasy asset in the pass-first Texans offense.

He’s become C.J. Stroud’s favorite target, and he was targeted down the field in this game where that had initially been Nico Collins’ role. Collins still had a role, but Dell is probably the best talent in Houston’s WR room.

Snap share is not only falling for Dalton Schultz, but the production is nowhere to be found.

If you haven’t dropped him already, there’s nothing to lose by doing so. There are better targets on the waiver wire at this point.

Travis Etienne’s workload is still looking good, even in a negative game script all game.

He saw 24 total opportunities with 19 coming on the ground, and supplemented that work with 50 receiving yards. The trouble? Tank Bigsby vultured the lone touchdown in the ground game. That’s not anything to be overly concerned about in the bigger picture, but the thorn is sticking in Etienne’s side as we predicted.

There wasn’t a play in the Dolphins playbook that didn’t work today, and that’s meant in the most literal sense.

Devon Achane was the highest scorer of the day, and he needs to be a priority waiver wire target heading into this week. Should you expect this type of offensive performance again moving forward? No – you shouldn’t expect this type of performance to happen again inside this decade. But he proved that he belongs in more than a complementary role in the Dolphins backfield, and he should get it.

Zack Moss was a monster again from a utilization standpoint, carrying the ball 30(!) times in the game and adding a receiving touchdown.

Jonathan Taylor’s return is coming so you won’t be able to sell him high – but you can take advantage of his production for one more week, which is made all the more sweet by him likely being a waiver wire addition or a stash that’s come through in a big way for your team.

Josh Downs is a waiver wire target this week after tying Michael Pittman for the team lead in targets this afternoon.

The production was minimal, but he’s got upside to be a useful PPR flex play on a weekly basis as the Colts top slot target.

The Jets are a mess offensively and everyone is suffering for it.

The Garrett Wilson sell window is closed until there’s a change at quarterback, and his breakout is essentially canceled at this point.

Breece Hall is starting to separate himself when it comes to workload, but his upside is hurt by virtue of being on an offense that can’t move the ball to save their lives.

It’s going to be too easy for defenses to play the run, so any value that he picked up this week in terms of his utilization increasing is nullified by the offense playing that much worse.

Sam Howell was awful against the Bills, who are looking much better after their debacle in Week 1 against the Jets.

The Commanders offense had nothing going and were playing from behind all day, and the turnovers kept them from capitalizing on a negative game script. Don’t worry about Howell yet – it’s his first game where he’s truly looked like a rookie, and it’s his fourth start in the NFL.

Keenan Allen did Keenan Allen things today, and we could see a similar target volume moving forward with Mike Williams banged up after being carted off.

Josh Palmer came in and scored the go ahead touchdown for the Chargers, so he could have an inflated value for a few weeks here if Williams misses some time. Quentin Johnston can be added but I’m still not interested in starting him unless it’s in a desperate spot.

Oh yeah, and Josh Kelley has had a lot of trouble doing anything without Austin Ekeler in the backfield.

It’s hard for him to do that with Justin Herbert throwing the ball 47 times, but the reality remains that Kelley hasn’t even come close to sniffing the production he had with Ekeler on the field.


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