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Breakout Breakdown: Week 3

Another week of fantasy is in the books and for many owners, it’s time to return to the waiver. It’s been a rough season so far both in terms of injuries and players underperforming, so chances are you’ve got a few players in your lineup you’d like to replace before week four kicks off.

Breakout Breakdown: Week 3

Breakout Breakdown

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Geronimo Allison

With Randall Cobb on the sideline and Jordy Nelson coming off a minor injury Allison saw increased targets this week, which he turned into a 122-yard game. It’s good to know that Aaron Rodgers is confident enough in Allison to give him a good amount of targets, he looked Allison’s way eight times Sunday and connected six. You have to wonder if those targets will still be there when Cobb is back from injury, which is likely to be this coming week. Cobb and Rodgers were in sync during the first two games of the season and he will undoubtedly be throwing to Cobb upon his return. However, it’s not unreasonable to think that Allison could keep seeing enough to targets to be worth a bench stash or possible flex plugin.

Chance to continue success: 40%

 

Wendell Smallwood

Smallwood’s Sunday outing may not have produced quite as many fantasy points as some players who I’ve listed in the past, but he should still be on your radar after seeing how he was used with Sproles injured. On the 12 carries, he was given Smallwood produced a healthy 72 yards, and also tacked on a nine-yard catch. With Sproles out Smallwood will definitely take over part of his role and see increased touches, but it’s still unclear what that number will be. LeGarrette Blount is still ahead of Smallwood on the depth chart, but he’s still worth the add based on the chance that he carves out a fantasy relevant niche for himself in the Philly backfield.

Chance to continue success: 30%

 

Jaron Brown

The Arizona receiving corps is a bit of a mess right now, but someone has to step up and fill the WR2 role behind Fitzgerald. Could that person possibly be Jaron Brown? After week two JJ Nelson was one of the top waiver adds, with many people (including myself) expecting him fully take over John Brown’s role. Well, Nelson suffered his own injury and while he played in the Cardinals Monday night game he only saw three targets and caught none of them. Jaron Brown meanwhile stepped up and caught two of six targets for 27 yards and a touchdown. While his usage was nice in this game, it’s unlikely that the situation will be the same going forward. John Brown will be returning eventually and it’s likely that Nelson was not at 100% this week. If both of those players are able to return to full health it will be hard for Jaron to get his fair share of targets.

Chance to continue success: 20%

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