Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league
After three weeks of Fantasy Football and NFL action, it is important to keep a steady outlook and perspective on results and trends. The cliché we have often heard is, "it's not how you start, it's how you finish" and that applies to whatever record one may have. At 3-0 and 2-1 it's not time to start getting overconfident and thinking of a championship or deep playoff run just yet. Do not start trading your quality depth guys because you believe the ideal roster is in place. Continuing to win in Fantasy Football requires constant diligence. The player that may not get off the bench this week may suddenly become useful because of an injury, and we have not even approached bye weeks yet.
At 1-2 or 0-3, a Fantasy Football season is certainly not over. One to two wins can put the team right back into the mix of regaining respectability and then into contention from there. The cliché that applies in those situations is "one game at a time." We still have 11 more weeks of regular season play left in most Fantasy Football leagues. By taking the one week at a time approach, a string of wins can easily be reeled off. Like Pete Carroll says, you can look at each single game as a "championship opportunity" and treat each matchup with individual importance.
I can tell you from experience that the singular game approach of concentration works. In one of my most competitive leagues in 2019, I lost six of my first seven games, and then I never lost a single game the rest of that season on the way to winning all of my playoff games and the league championship. It's natural to put pressure on ourselves about every single decision in Fantasy Football. Less second-guessing and more confidence in your lineup selections and strategies can lead to making firm decisions. That can be a route to success. Set your best projected lineup, do not worry about who the other team starts, and then hope for optimum results. Focus on what you can control and you will be putting your team in the best possible position to win. Once the games kick off, it's up to your players to do the rest.
Week 4 Waiver Wire
Those looking to make significant improvements to their rosters likely won't find what they need on free agency this week. If one is seeking to make an upgrade or fill a needed spot in the starting lineup, trades are the best option. The players to add on the waiver wire can add quality depth, though, and that is always important, as injuries and upcoming bye weeks will force us to go deeper into our roster resources.
Players are listed in order of preference for roster additions.
Chuba Hubbard, Panthers: The rookie will be elevated to Carolina's starting lineup while Christian McCaffrey is out. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry in relief of McCaffrey vs. Houston last week, and Hubbard is a prime add in the short term for Fantasy players seeking some RB help that is hard to find on free agency. The Panthers drafted Hubbard this season as their apparent and projected "next man up" in the event of an injury. He will be the No. 1 waiver claim in all leagues this week.
Michael Carter. Jets: Savvy Fantasy players will always check to see who everyone else in the league dropped when waivers run every week. Carter has yet to unlock his potential, and an impatient league mate may cut him this week. That would be a short-sighted move to take advantage of, as Carter should eventually infuse the Jets offense with a spark generated by his versatility and playmaking promise.
Zack Moss, Bills: He is rostered in only 37.8 percent of leagues on NFL.com. Moss has scored three times in the past two weeks, twice on rushing scores. Moss will continue to be a frequent drive-finishing option for one of the best offenses in the league. He rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries in Week 3. Moss was drafted in most leagues this season and should find his way back onto rosters now that it is clear he is clearly still a part of the game plan in Buffalo.
Peyton Barber, Raiders: He rushed for 111 yards and a TD on 23 carries this week, stepping in admirably for an injured Josh Jacobs. If the Raiders starter misses any more time because of an ankle issue, Barber could be in line for more quality work. For those who roster Jacobs, Barber is the apparent add for Fantasy "insurance."
Emmanuel Sanders, Bills: In games where the Buffalo offense explodes to generate maximum productivity, which will happen frequently this season, Sanders will have a chance of making quality Fantasy contributions. His veteran experience will also make him a viable target for Josh Allen on key passing downs. Sanders scored twice on Sunday vs. Washington as he caught five passes for 94 yards. Sanders' presence as a proven WR in a superb offense can make him worthy of Fantasy lineup consideration.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders: He has scored in double figures in Fantasy Points in each of the first three weeks on NFL.com and is Derek Carr's most established WR. Carr and Renfrow have a great QB to WR connection that is generating improved results so far this season for the wideout. If Carr continues to post outstanding stat lines, Renfrow will remain worthy of a possible WR4 spot on Fantasy rosters.
Marquez Callaway, Saints: Callaway had a strong preseason, and he resurfaced in Week 3, catching four balls for 41 yards and a TD on a highlight reel grab of a Jameis Winston heave under heavy pressure. Callaway has the opportunity to be a top playmaker in the passing game for the Saints and the production can follow if we see the New Orleans air attack start to open up more.
A.J. Green, Cardinals: The longtime Fantasy star delivered one of the stat lines we were used to seeing on Sunday, catching five of six targets for 112 yards. Like Sanders, Green is a proven veteran who has a role in a very good offense. He is worth the add because of his track record and the potential to be a quality contributor in the weeks ahead if his Week 3 performance proves to be the beginning of his re-emergence.
Dee Eskridge, Seahawks: Pete Carroll has indicated that we should see Eskridge back in action soon, and he should certainly be on the radar in deeper Fantasy leagues. Eskridge will add extra elements of speed and yardage after the catch upon his return. He should prove to be a distinct and promising complement to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Eskridge will certainly have some upside working with Russell Wilson, as he will challenge opponents in a variety of ways. He can take some higher percentage passes for sizable gains, beat defenders downfield, and you will see him utilized as a runner, too.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys: He caught two TD passes on Monday night, and we have seen Schultz operate as a key contributor for the Cowboys before. As opponents focus so much on Dallas' other weapons, Dak Prescott will find Schultz open for important receptions very often. He should see regular looks from Prescott in scoring situations. Schultz is a Fantasy TE2, but as part of one of the best offenses in the league, he could soon elevate himself to becoming more of a regular lineup option.
Tyler Conklin, Vikings: Conklin was the top-scoring Fantasy TE of Week 3 through Sunday's games, scoring 20 Fantasy points, on seven receptions for 70 yards. Kirk Cousins has frequently worked the TE into his arsenal in the past, and Conklin is a must-add at the thinnest position in Fantasy Football. He does have appeal as a streamer right now, with the potential to become a more frequent lineup consideration.
Sam Darnold, Panthers: He scored a season-high 25.2 Fantasy points in Week 3. Darnold has the Panthers off to a 3-0 start and he is looking mostly comfortable with his new team. You will get his best production when McCaffrey is healthy and catching passes out of the backfield, but you should roster Darnold now for possible usage in the weeks ahead. He is benefitting from working with a very good supporting cast with the Panthers.
Week 3 Fantasy Lineup Considerations
Derek Carr is going to perform well again in a Monday night matchup with the Chargers. He will get Fantasy QB1 consideration in Week 4. … Ryan Tannehill should be good for two-plus TD passes vs. the Jets. … We will see a big rebound week from David Montgomery against the Jaguars. … Expect more than one TD from Antonio Gibson vs. Atlanta. … James Robinson will be worthy of a flex play after a good Week 3 outing. … Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran hard in Week 3 and is back in the Fantasy RB2 conversation vs. the Eagles. … Myles Gaskin deserves flex consideration vs. the Colts. … Julio Jones should have a big day against the Jets. … Allen Robinson will have his best game of the season so far vs. Detroit. … Michael Pittman Jr. is now an every-week starter as a Fantasy WR3. … Corey Davis is worth WR3 consideration as he faces his former team, the Titans. … Odell Beckham Jr. looked good in his return to action last week and should produce good numbers vs. Minnesota. … Logan Thomas is a solid start vs. Atlanta. … Dawson Knox has potential to score again vs. Houston. … Top defensive streaming options include the Bengals, Saints and Titans.
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Fantasy Insider Scott Engel identifies players to target on the waiver wire in the lead up to Week 4 of the 2021 season.