Welcome back to another edition of Beard’s Boys. Before we get into it I want to take a moment to reflect on a sombre moment in time. Anyone who has anything to do within the NFL Fantasy industry, whether that’s just playing the game, reading and listening to podcasts, or writing their own articles or doing their own podcasts, knows just how influential the man affectionately known as “Tags” is within the community.
Sadly Mike Tagliere lost his battle with Covid and leaves a massive void within this community. His work ethic and professionalism is something that so many aspire towards, yet seldom few actually achieve. Time may heal all wounds but this loss will be felt for as long as the NFL Fantasy community continues.
RIP Tags #TagsStrong
Ok so week 3 is now in the books and we saw some great games with some wild finishes. Sadly injuries again caused some chaos with some big names either missing the week, or getting injured during the game.
Let’s get to it with my Studs and Duds for the week.
QB: Josh Allen
We got the vintage Josh Allen this week as he put on a show versus Washington.
Allen put up a stat line of 32 of 43 for 358 yards and 4 TDs. Also adding a rushing TD on 4 carries for 9 yards.
With a nice schedule ahead Allen could find himself on the Studs list a few more times over the coming weeks.
RB: Najee Harris
I’m not sure if it’s ever happened before, where a workhorse RB has put up a stat line having the same amount of receptions as they had rushes in a full game when rushing the ball 10+ times, but that’s exactly what Najee Harris did in week 3.
Najee caught a staggering 14 passes coming on a mammoth 19 targets, turning it into an impressive 102 yards.
Najee wasn’t quite as impressive in the rush game, carrying the ball 14 times for 40 yards. This Steelers O Line is still a major concern for Harris’ rushing output but he can easily make up for it from a fantasy perspective with his ability in the receiving game.
WR: Mike Williams
While Davante Adams could’ve very easily found himself as the man here after putting up a vintage performance, I just couldn’t go past Mike Williams.
Having his best start to his career to date he continued to be a Fantasy Stud in this game.
Posting 9 targets for 7 receptions 122 yards and 2 TDs it was another monster day for Fantasy managers.
Williams has stamped himself as one of the best Fantasy WRs this season and shows no signs of slowing down.
TE: Dalton Schultz
What a massive bounce back game for Schultz. It was always going to be interesting to see how Schultz would be used with Blake Jarwin returning this season. So far Schultz has still remained an important piece in the passing game.
After a down week last week he returned to form with 7 targets for 6 catches 80 yards and 2 TDs.
This Dallas offense is so explosive and has so many weapons that someone like Schultz can find himself in a lot of open space, leading to these types of performances.
Now time for those that underperformed and let Fantasy managers down with a rough week.
QB: Justin Fields
This one hurts to say and a large part of it rests with his HC Matt Nagy but there would’ve been a lot of Fantasy managers who started Fields hoping for him to repeat some of his preseason performances.
That wasn’t the case as he threw for a total of only 68 yards on 6 of 20 passing.
Fields also took a mammoth 9 sacks on the game as the Bears just couldn’t do anything on offense.
Fields was unable to use his rushing ability which Fantasy managers would’ve been hoping to see more of.
RB: David Montgomery
Unsurprisingly another Chicago Bears player makes this list in David Montgomery. With the Bears unable to get anything going on offense it had a massive impact on Montgomery’s Fantasy output.
Rushing the ball only 10 times for only 34 yards, also adding a pair of catches for 21 yards.
For the 2nd week in a row Montgomery failed to find the end zone which will have Fantasy managers concerned moving forward.
Expect a better showing from him next week.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins
While I very easily could’ve gone the Bears trifecta here with Allen Robinson I can’t do that to poor Bears fans who have suffered enough.
DeAndre Hopkins was massively underwhelming with 6 targets 3 catches for 21 yards and no TDs.
The expected volume for Hopkins isn’t quite there so far this season and Fantasy managers have been bailed out by receiving TDs the first 2 weeks. That wasn’t the case this week and managers will be hoping they get the volume of old from Hopkins moving forward.
TE: T.J. Hockenson
What on earth happened in this game between Hockenson and Goff?
After the first 2 weeks of 11 targets and 9 targets it all came crashing down for Hockenson managers after receiving only 2 targets.
2 catches for 10 yards led to an extremely poor score and Fantasy managers will be hoping it’s a big bounce back next week for one of the best Fantasy TEs in the game. Consider this week an outlier and better weeks lie ahead.
That brings to an end week 3 in the NFL. Hopefully we can have a change of luck on the injury front and our Fantasy teams dont become even more decimated.
I’ll be back next week with another round up of the weeks Studs and Duds, but in the meantime you can catch me on Twitter @Beard_82.
Stay safe and tell your loved ones what they mean to you whenever you have the chance.