September 27, 2022, 6:45 pm
With Week 3 in the books, it’s time to take a look at the fantasy options who made their GMs scream with joy as they watched the points roll in. This article is not to help with waiver wire pickups, but rather just to give gold stars to the top performers of the week. To find our waiver wire column, click here.
All stats are based on PPR scoring.
Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars
25.18 Fantasy Points, QB4
28-for-39, 262 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions, three carries for seven yards
Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts have already been featured so far this season, so we are going to steer clear of the top-3 QBs on the week to highlight some other players. Those who drafted any of those three don’t need any additional praise as they have potential week-winners on their team on a weekly basis. That leads us to start off the top-performers of Week 3 with the QB4 on the week.
Lawrence is currently the QB10 on the season through three games as the Jaguars feel like an entirely new team compared to the disaster that went on around the first overall pick back in 2021. He has some really intriguing offensive pass-catchers that are headlined by Christian Kirk, but Zay Jones is doing his best to get featured in this article as he led the team in receiving yards during Sunday’s impressive victory over the Chargers defense. For what it’s worth, the defense of the Chargers were dealing with some significant injuries before or during Sunday’s contest. That being said, Lawrence can be viewed at worst as a very strong streaming option in 12-team leagues. He has another really challenging matchup against the Eagles this Sunday, and it’ll be very interesting to see if he can keep up with Jalen Hurts, who has been a top-3 QB in each of his three performances so far this year.
Joe Burrow, Bengals
23.0 Fantasy Points, QB5
23-for-36, 275 passing yards, three touchdowns, five carries for zero yards
After getting absolutely no time to throw over the first two weeks of the season due to really poor offensive line play after they invested heavily into improving that unit over the offseason, the Bengals offensive line finally came through against the Jets this past weekend. Burrow had the greatest time to throw on his dropbacks according to PFF (2.69 seconds) and was only sacked two times compared to 13 over the first two weeks combined. He turned that kind of offensive line play into by far his best reality and fantasy day of the season as he finally returned at least minimal value based on where he was selected during drafts. Hopefully, the offensive line concerns that went on early on in the year was just the result of an adjustment period for a unit that has mostly new faces. If the offensive line continues to hold their own, Burrow will be perfectly fine for fantasy mangers even if he won’t be the massive win that we witnessed in 2021. The Bengals have a very tough matchup against a very impressive Dolphins defense on MNF in Week 4, but we didn’t draft him to not put him into starting lineups.
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