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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 4

Week 3 was odd in a lot of ways, with upsets like the Dolphins defeating the Bills and, more surprisingly, the Colts beating the Chiefs. Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about.


RISING


Quarterbacks


Lamar Jackson, Ravens: Jackson's impressive start just keeps getting better. He made history Sunday by throwing for three-plus touchdowns while rushing for 100 yards in two games in one season. He did it in back-to-back games.


Joe Burrow, Bengals: Burrow had his best game of the young season against the Jets, tossing three touchdowns with no interceptions. He gets to face the worst (Dolphins) and second worst (Ravens) defenses against QBs coming up.


Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars: He's improved every week but has some true tests coming up. We'll see if he's the real deal soon enough.


Running backs


Dameon Pierce, Texans: The rookie had his first 20-carry game as he finished with 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. He has a good matchup against the Chargers in Week 4.


Jamaal Williams, Lions: D'Andre Swift has trouble playing at 100% and Williams took the Lion's share of carries in Week 3. He did well with them, gaining 87 yards and scoring twice.


James Robinson, Jaguars: He logged his first 100-yard game of the season and is on a three-game scoring streak to start the season.


Wide receivers


DeVonta Smith, Eagles: After a season-opening goose egg, Smith has improved each week, catching eight passes for 128 yards and a score in Week 3.


Amari Cooper, Browns: Two straight 101-yard games with scores precedes two great matchups coming up for the former Cowboy and Raider.


Chris Olave, Saints: The rookie has been targeted 13 times in two straight games. In Week 3 he caught nine passes for 147 yards.


FALLING


Quarterbacks


Tom Brady, Buccaneers: It's not like he's playing terribly, but he's not putting up the numbers you're used to seeing. He has just three TD passes in three weeks.


Russell Wilson, Broncos: After a solid start in Week 1, Wilson's fantasy scores have gotten worse and worse. He didn't account for a TD and threw for just 184 yards in Week 3. Be very worried if he doesn't do well against the Raiders.


Matthew Stafford, Rams: For the second week out of three, Stafford logged a poor fantasy performance. Now he has to face a tough 49ers defense in Week 4.


Running backs


Alvin Kamara, Saints: Fifteen carries for 61 yards after missing Week 2 is OK, but you didn't draft him to be just OK.


James Conner, Cardinals: The good news is he hit a season high in rushing yards in Week 3. The bad news is it was 39 yards.


Joe Mixon, Bengals: Each week has been worse than the previous since a good start in Week 1. We'll see what he can do against the Dolphins while dealing with an ankle injury.


Wide receivers


Justin Jefferson, Vikings: After a huge season opener, Jefferson has nine catches but just for 62 yards and no scores through two games. He caught three balls for 14 yards in Week 3.


Jerry Jeudy, Broncos: Like Jefferson, Jeudy had a great Week 1, catching four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Since then he has just three catches for 28 yards.


DJ Moore, Panthers: Robbie Anderson is already taking some opportunities away from Moore, but now so is Laviska Shenault.




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