Fantasy Football Final Thoughts: Running Back (Video)
Brandon Marianne Lee gives you her final thoughts on the running back position heading into the 2018 fantasy football season.
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M. Bryant - K
Bryant did not attempt a field goal, but connected on all three of his point-after tries during Sunday's 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans.
Fantasy owners invested in Falcons skill-position players are thrilled with the team's red-zone resurgence on Sunday, but those with stock in Bryant are underwhelmed with the veteran kicker's production through Week 3. Bryant has yet to break eight points (standard scoring) in any of Atlanta's games this year, and his three-point outing against the Saints marks his lowest output since Week 7 of the 2017 season. He hasn't missed a field-goal try yet this year but the volume just hasn't been there, as Bryant has only three attempts to his credit on the young season.
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V. Davis - TE
Davis caught both of his targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Packers.
Davis didn't need much volume to lead the team in receiving yards during a game in which Alex Smith attempted just 20 passes. The 34-year-old is doing his usual efficient thing as arguably the best No. 2 tight end in the league, catching each of his four targets for 86 yards through three weeks. It's still hard to envision Davis offering much fantasy value unless Jordan Reed (6.7 targets per game) misses time with yet another injury. Reed seems to be quite healthy as the Redskins enter a Week 4 bye.
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C. Thompson - RB
Thompson took six carries for 17 yards and caught one of two targets for no gain in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Packers.
Coming off back-to-back big games to start the season, Thompson showed us how low his floor can be when the Redskins win by a comfortable margin. With Adrian Peterson getting 19 carries and Alex Smith attempting just 20 passes, Thompson was only on the field for 41 percent of Washington's snaps on offense. There should be better days ahead after a Week 4 bye, particularly in Week 5 when the Redskins travel to New Orleans. Thompson still leads the team in targets (23) and catches (20), with only Peterson ahead of him in scrimmage yards (238).
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J. Doctson - WR
Doctson was held without a catch on three targets in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Packers
Alex Smith threw for 220 yards on just 20 attempts in the comfortable win, directing seven passes to Jordan Reed and four to Jamison Crowder. Despite playing 88 percent of the snaps on offense through three games, Doctson has accounted for just 14 percent of the team target total while catching five of 13 passes for 48 yards. He's now looking at a Week 4 bye, followed by a dream matchup Week 5 in New Orleans.
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J. Crowder - WR
Crowder took one carry for six yards and caught each of his four targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Packers
Alex Smith attempted just 20 passes in a comfortable win, with Jordan Reed accounting for seven targets and Crowder the only other player to draw more than two. With Reed managing to stay healthy and the Washington offense displaying an unexpected degree of balance, preseason expectations for Crowder's volume need to be adjusted. He's drawn just four targets in each of the team's three games -- a massive drop-off from last year's 6.9 per contest. He'll now head into his bye week with a first-rate matchup (at New Orleans) waiting on the other side in Week 5.
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J. Matthews - WR
Matthews played 33 of 82 snaps (40 percent) on offense in a 20-16 win over the Colts on Sunday, Daniel Gallen of PennLive.com reports.
Signed earlier in the week, Matthews immediately stepped in as the Eagles' No. 3 wide receiver behind Nelson Agholor (80 snaps) and Kamar Aiken (45). The 26-year-old hauled in both of his targets for 21 yards, but No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert was the real story of the afternoon, posting a 7-73-1 receiving line while handling a 67 percent snap share. It isn't clear which of Matthews, Aiken or Shelton Gibson will serve as the No. 3 receiver once Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is available. Whatever the case, Goedert made a strong argument to continue the heavy use of two-TE formations.
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E. Jackson - DB
Jackson picked off a pass while adding three tackles in Sunday's 16-14 victory over the Cardinals.
Jackson has yet to record more than three tackles in a game in 2018, but he's had a sack and an interception over the last two weeks, which an example of the upside he showed on occasion last year when he was a rookie. Although he's not yet a star IDP, his weekly upside makes him a strong streaming option.
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A. Gates - TE
Gates caught three of five targets for 45 yards Sunday in the Chargers' 35-23 loss to the Rams.
Gates' reception, target and yardage totals were all season bests in what amounted to an impressive showing for the 38-year-old, who had been listed as questionable on the Chargers' injury report heading into the weekend with an illness. The 1-year veteran offered more clarity into the matter after Sunday's contest, revealing that he had been battling bouts of dizziness and light-headedness throughout the past week and had been diagnosed with vertigo. Gates could receive more frequent rest in practice during subsequent weeks with the hope of avoiding a recurrence of the vertigo symptoms, but it doesn't sound like he expects the issue to impact his availability for game days. More concerning for Gates' outlook is the fact that he's not garnering a larger share of playing time at tight end, as he drew fewer offensive snaps than blocking stalwart Virgil Green for the third consecutive contest. Gates played only 22 of a possible 52 offensive snaps (42 percent) in Week 3, while Green handled 33 snaps (63 percent).
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