Jared Goff, Quarterback, Los Angeles Rams
At this point, it's rather obvious that Goff is going to be a fantasy relevant quarterback moving forward on the season. He's coming off a Week 3 performance that saw him complete 23-of-28 passes for 292 yards and three scores against the San Francisco 49ers. It was good enough for a QB1 performance. Now, heading into Week 4, Goff is the 11th-ranked fantasy quarterback on the season.
What makes us think this is sustainable is Goff's level of success throwing to his top-three receivers. In passes to Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp, Goff boasts a 73 percent completion mark. That's big time right there.
Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Houston Texans
Watson has now put up four total touchdowns in 10 quarters of action this season. That's not terrible at all for a bottom-end QB2 option. And his ability to make the dynamic play will come in handy if your starter misses some time or is on a bye week. Last week was a prime example of this.
Watson put up 342 total yards in a narrow loss to the New England Patriots on the road. If he can perform well against that level of competition, imagine what Watson will do against the AFC South moving forward this season.
Brian Hoyer, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
This might surprise some folks. But it's starting to look like Hoyer is thriving under first-year 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. This came out in droves Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams. After opening the game with an interception, Hoyer would go on to complete 23 of his next 36 passes for 332 yards with three total touchdowns. This included five plays of 20-plus yards against a good defense.
Simply put, Shanahan gives his quarterback and receivers the best opportunities to succeed. His play calls creates wide open throwing lands and the ability of yards after the catch. And while Hoyer is far from a great quarterback, he will benefit from it moving forward. Bottom end QB2 option with significant upside moving forward this season.
Jamaal Charles, Running Back, Denver Broncos
Sure Charles is still in a committee situation with C.J Anderson, but he's most definitely proved that he can be fantasy relevant over the short term. An injury plagued back heading into the season, it's clear Charles has not lost his burst. Last week against the Buffalo Bills, the former All Pro put up 56 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts. The very same game saw Anderson touch the ball eight times for 36 yards.
There's definitely a concern here that this committee approach could hurt moving forward. But as a deep bench option, Charles provides significant upside. With an average of 5.1 yards per carry this season, that's magnified even further.
Wendall Smallwood, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
This is almost a near identical situation as the Broncos. Now that Darren Sproles is lost for the season, both Smallwood and LeGarrette Blount are taking on advanced roles. Though, the even distribution we saw this past Sunday could be an issue moving forward.
Each player attempted 12 runs, with Smallwood putting up 71 yards in comparison to 67 for Blount. Though, Smallwood definitely provides more upside when it comes to making the dynamic play. This leads us to believe he'll see more action moving forward with Sproles out.
Rishard Matthews, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans
With Corey Davis still banged up, Matthews has clearly become Marcus Mariota's favorite receiver. He caught 6-of-10 passes for 87 yards and a score against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense on Sunday. This came on the heels of Mathews putting up 945 yards and nine touchdowns en route to finishing as a top-end WR option last season. While his ADP did take a hit heading into the 2017 campaign, we can now conclude Matthews is as fantasy relevant as he was last season.
Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams
If we're going to recommend picking up Goff,one of his favorite receivers has to be included in this list, right? It's obvious that Goff and Woods have built a nice connection with one another early on the season. The former Buffalo Bills receiver has caught 10-of-16 targets for 169 yards. It won't show up much in terms of fantasy because he has yet to score, but there should be no issue with picking up Los Angeles' No. 2 receiver as a potential FLEX play depending on matchups.
Cameron Brate, Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As we mentioned last week, rookie tight end O.J. Howard has yet to play a major role in the Bucs' offense through two games. And that's a fantasy boon for a player in Brate who finished sixth among players at his position in points last season. Brate has now caught 6-of-7 targets with a touchdown in two games. He's also set to go up against a Giants defense in Week 4 that has yielded a touchdown to tight ends in each of its first three games.