Fantasy Insider Scott Engel offers guidance on who you should be picking up as you prep for Week 3 of the fantasy season. Scott Engel
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It was another outstanding week for Seahawks players in terms of Fantasy Football production. For the second consecutive week, Russell Wilson finished as the top quarterback in Fantasy Football, scoring 39.8 points in the Sunday night win over New England. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf finished in the Top 12 at wide receiver, which put them in Fantasy WR1 territory in 12-team leagues. Lockett scored 19.7 points and Metcalf finished with 19.2 on a night when he faced premier cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
The performances of Wilson, Lockett and Metcalf proved that they should remain locked into Fantasy lineups regardless of the matchup. Chris Carson also scored 19.8 points and has a new career high of three TD catches after just two games. Carson is RB4 overall in Fantasy Football scoring after two weeks. He already has nine catches after two games, and if he continues to be a more frequent contributor in the passing game, Carson could be headed for his best Fantasy season yet.
Elsewhere, though, we witnessed an unfortunate wave of injuries that will force many Fantasy players to rush to the waiver wire this week in hopes of claiming adequate replacements. Many of the guys you will find on the free agent list are not the types who can serve as the ideal fill-ins for superstars such as Christian McCaffrey or Saquon Barkley. You may have to make a trade to effectively replace one of the consensus top two draft choices in leagues this preseason. But you should certainly prioritize the recommended players this week to fill depth needs. Having a quality amount of players you can keep in reserve is obviously very important with the amount of injuries we have seen so far.
The McCaffrey and Barkley injuries should also serve as a reminder to keep the primary NFL backups to your top starters at running back rostered if you can. This week's top adds are listed in order of preference for acquisition.
Mike Davis, Panthers (0.1 rostered on NFL.com): The former Seahawk will become Carolina's main RB while McCaffrey is out, which is expected to be four to six weeks. Seahawks fans will recall how Davis took advantage of some opportunities in 2018, when he rushed for 101 yards in late September and had three rushing TDs in his third and fourth games of the season. He also totaled 187 yards from scrimmage in the first two games of November and caught eight passes for 63 yards in a mid-December outing. Davis is versatile, and he has good vision. He runs with power and can break tackles. Davis at figures to be at least a good flex play for a month-plus. He caught eight passes for 74 yards in Week 2.
Jerick McKinnon, 49ers (15.7): Raheem Mostert was looking like he was continuing to build on his incredible performance in last season's NFC Championship Game before he suffered a knee injury on Sunday. McKinnon stepped in and ripped off a 55-yard run and also added a TD. He now has two scores in two games and looks to be recovered from some major knee issues that robbed him of the two previous seasons. He may share time in the 49ers backfield, but McKinnon will continue to be needed to catch passes as the Niners deal with some other offensive injuries and concerns. He has some upside as a possible flex play.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins (1.4): Miami acquired Matt Breida and Jordan Howard in the offseason in hopes of bolstering their backfield, yet it has been Gaskin who has been the most impressive performer so far. He caught eight passes and totaled 82 yards from scrimmage in Week 2. Gaskin has operated well in open space and could actually turn out to be the most productive Dolphins Fantasy RB from their committee. He is worth a depth add and may be useful when the bye weeks begin.
Brian Hill, Falcons (0.1): Here is an example of a player you should add because he appears to be the top NFL backup to one of your starters. Hopefully, Todd Gurley will remain healthy, but if he does not, Hill will be the first in line to take over the lead RB role at any time. After seeing the mostly highly regarded pair of RBs go down in Week 2, you should also add essential depth players at the position in case of a Fantasy emergency. Other injury insurance targets at the position include Chase Edmonds, Jamaal Williams, Royce Freeman, Darrel Williams and Duke Johnson. The clear NFL backup to your best RB starters may not always be available on the free agent wire or fully clear on a depth chart. But in situations where the "insurance" player is available and identifiable, make the move for safety's sake.
N'Keal Harry, Patriots (9.1): He caught eight passes for 72 yards and it is clear the second-year wideout is progressing and becoming more involved in the New England passing game. Cam Newton is looking better than ever as a passer. He is more mechanically sound and can buy time because of his outstanding mobility. Those traits make his pass-catchers more potentially productive than expected. Harry was also a first-round pick by Bill Belichick last year. Both the QB and head coach will make sure he continues to play a prominent role in the Patriots air attack.
Golden Tate, Giants (14.4): Another former Seahawk, Tate was a key member of the Super Bowl XLVIII squad and fully developed his excellent yardage-after-the-catch skills when he was in Seattle. Entering the 2020 season, he led all receivers in YAC over the past five campaigns. He still has those abilities and should step forward more in the New York passing game in the upcoming weeks, especially if the Giants start to throw more without Barkley.
Keelan Cole, Jaguars (0.3): Gardner Minshew has played well early and is doing a good job of spreading the ball around. Cole has been one of his favored targetson key passing downs so far, and has totaled 11 catches for 105 yards and two scores in the first two games of the season. The Jaguars will be throwing a ball a lot this season, so add Cole and see if he continues to be a significant contributor. Get him on your roster now, because with another good game or two, he will start to deserve stronger lineup consideration.
K.J. Hamler, Broncos (0.3): A downfield threat, this rookie was expected to earn a niche role as a deep playmaker this year. But with Courtland Sutton now out for the season, Hamler will have the opportunity to emerge as a more significant part of the Denver passing game. Hamler made his NFL debut in Week 3 and caught three passes for 48 yards. He has the talents and potential to move up quickly on the Denver depth chart.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (0.3): He had a surprise breakout-type of performance in Week 2, catching nine passes for 88 yards and a TD in the role that was originally ticketed for the injured Blake Jarwin. Schultz can continue to be a well-utilized member of a highly potent offense. But he will not be a recommended starter in Week 3. The Seahawks safeties have done a fine job of quieting opposing TEs in the first two games, limiting them to five catches for 57 yards.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts (0.1): Jack Doyle sat out in Week 2, and Alie-Cox, who has flashed some promise in the past, seized an opportunity to contribute more. He led the Colts in receiving yards with 111 on five receptions. Alie-Cox has been an internal favorite in Indianapolis who may continue to see targets even when Doyle returns. He is definitely worth an add at a very thin Fantasy position.
Justin Herbert, Chargers (0.6): Pressed into emergency service on Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champions, Herbert delivered in impressive fashion, throwing for 311 yards and a TD and running for another score. He was unfazed by the challenge of facing the Chiefs, as he was poised, often aggressive, and decisive. Herbert also displayed some mobility. There is a good chance you will see him as starter again in the near future, and Herbert could develop into a quality Fantasy streamer if he builds on the Week 2 outing next time we see him.
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