The first COVID issues spang up this week, with the Titans shutting down in-person activities for the present time. Their Week 3 opponent, Minnesota, has had no positive results, so that much is good. It does scramble things going forward, and now is the time to plan for backup help if you have Tennessee or Pittsburgh IDP on your roster.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 5-Green Bay, Detroit; Week 6-Las Vegas, New England, New Orleans, Seattle; Week 7-Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Tennessee

Elevator Going Up


Myles Jack JAX

The Jaguar linebackers are a bit banged up, and that has allowed Jack to finally live up to his potential. He has contributed 11 total tackles (TT) each of the first three games of the season, including seven solos against the Dolphins in Week 3.

Mykal Walker ATL

An injury to starter Foye Oluokun thrust the rookie into full time action and he responded with an eight TT effort (six solo) with one of those for a loss of yards (TFL). He also had a QB hit/hurry and forced a fumble (FF) by the visiting Bears. Play him while he has the opportunity to shine.

Nicholas Morrow LVR

Morrow’s production is due to diminish once Nick Kwiatkoski returns to action, but until then, he is likely to provide good tackle numbers. He is coming off a nine TT effort in Week 3 (seven solo).

Avery Williamson NYJ

He almost hit double digit tackles, racking up 9 TT (five solo) on the road at Indy in Week 3. He has a great matchup this coming week, heading into a contest at home against the Broncos who have allowed the most points to opposing LBs through three weeks.

Shaquill Barrett TB

The Bucs LB relieved some of his owner’s concerns by collecting a pair of sacks in Week 3, after going sackless the prior two games. He did see a probably unsustainable increase in sacks last season when he racked up an eye-popping 19, but he also contributes in the tackle department, with six TT (five solo, three TFL) against the Broncos last contest and a pair of QH. He has a good matchup with the Chargers on the schedule this week.

Ty Summers GB

An injury to Christian Kirk sey thrust Summers into a full-time role for the Packers. He responded with nine TT (six solo). He is a IDP who can be slotted in while Kirksey heals up, but be advised that Green Bay is on bye in Week 5, so his utility may be short term. 

Kyzir White LAC

White is now an every down LB for the Chargers, and picked up 11 TT in Week 3 (eight solo). So long as he gets the PT, he is worth employing as a LB2 or LB3 in your starting lineup.

Defensive Linemen

Aldon Smith DE DAL

The NFL sack leader has to lead off the DL category. He now has four sacks on the season, after his three-sack performance against the Seahawks. He should be well rested, too, not having played in the league since 2015. He is playing the majority of defensive snaps for the Cowboys, and is still owned in less than 40% of leagues.

Myles Garrett DE CLE

A pair of sacks plus a FF/FR parlay makes Garrett a solid option at DL. He also forced a QH to go with his four solo tackles on the day against visiting Washington. This week is not the greatest matchup in Dallas, so temper expectations a tad.

Leonard Williams DE NYG

Williams picked up another sack against the visiting 49er offense in Week 3, and a couple of QH. He stacked the stat line with five TT (two solo, two TFL) and now gets to face the middle of the pack Rams (in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing Des) on the road in Week 4.

Kerry Hyder DE SF

Nick Bosa suffered a season-ending injury, which opens the door for Hyder. In Week 4, he faces off against the Eagles and their less than stellar O-line, making for a great matchup. 

Montez Sweat DE WAS

Chase Young’s groin injury let Sweat step in to take up the slack, and he collected his second sack of the season against the Browns. Young’s injury is believed to be short term, so the focus will not be on Sweat on defense, opening him up to continue to pursue the opposing QB. He also had four TT against Cleveland last contest (three solo).

Jonathan Allen DT WAS

Allen’s time on the field has been increasing as the season moves forward, and he is playing like a DL2. He had a great week in Cleveland, snagging a sack and a QH, to go with his nine TT (seven solo, one TFL), making him valuable in all IDP formats.

Jeffery Simmons DT TEN

Another DT with great playing time (PT) stats, the Titan defensive tackle had a sack and a pair of QH while in Minnesota, to add to his five TT (four solo, two TFL). Beware of the COVID scare with Tennessee that developed Tuesday, though, which could put Simmons out of contention in Week 4.

Defensive Backs

Tracy Walker S DET

Coaching decisions in the Lions den are not always coherent or consistent, but at a minimum, the notion to return Walker to the field was a cogent one. He responded with a 12 TT effort in the road win against the Cardinals (10 solo). This week’s matchup is not ideal, but if he is seeing a majority of snaps, the tackle numbers should continue to be valuable.

Antoine Winfield S TB

With Jamel Dean shifting to the outside of the defensive backfield, Winfield gets an opportunity to slide in as nickel corner for Tampa Bay. He is coming off a consecutive one sack games, and also had a PD to go along with his six TT (four solo). He is a talent whose stock is rising and this is a good time to add him to your roster.

Jordan Whitehead S TB

Whitehead is not burning up the stat sheet through three weeks of the season, but he has been collecting tackles (16 TT, 12 solo) as well as an INT and PD. Last week, against the Broncos, he also nabbed a sack, making him valuable across the board in IDP leagues of any format.

Taylor Rapp S LAR

Rapp steps back in to the starting strong safety spot for the Rams, after his replacement, Jordan Fuller went out with a shoulder injury. He had eight TT (six solo) in his new role, and should be poised to return to his prior level of production, ala his 100 TT in 2019.

Julian Love CB NYG

With Jabrill Peppers questionable for Week 4’s contest against the Rams, Love has another opportunity to show his value. He picked up 10 solos last week as part of his 11 TT effort at home against the visiting 49ers. He is a short-term solution if you are seeking a CB in your lineup. 

Jamel Dean CB TB

As the Tampa Bay nickel corner, he has an opportunity to put up good numbers for a defensive back. He had eight TT in Week 3 (six solo). With Sean Murphy-Bunting questionable, he could see significant snaps at an outside CB position, with a chance to contribute in tackles and big plays.

Trevon Diggs CB DAL

The rookie cornerback rule comes into effect, as he is going to be tested early and often by opposing offenses. He collected nine solo tackles last week, along with a FF and a PD. Love to start rookie CBs whose team is prolific on offense, making the opponents have to air it out to keep pace.

Mike Hilton CB PIT

Hilton wraps up the rising player profiles, and his star has been on the rise of late: 21 TT (19 solo), two sacks, an INT, a FR, and a trio of PDs over three games into the season. This kind of pace seems unsustainable, but grab him while he is hot. Beware, though, as the opponent is the COVID-stricken Tennessee Titans this coming week.

Escalator Going Down


Jadeveon Clowney TEN

Clowney has underwhelmed so far for his new team in 2020, with just a pair of TT (one solo) in Week 3 in Minnesota. His ability to pick up the pace is in jeopardy in Week 4, as the specter of COVID hovers over the Titan team, threatening to shut down the team. Keep an eye on this situation.

Cory Littleton LVR

A severe lack of production from the Raider linebacker is surprising, as he was expected to grade out as a LB1 this season. He had six TT (four solo, one TFL) against the host Patriots. He has the potential to turn things around any game, but for now, he is bench-worthy.

Defensive Linemen

None to speak of, save for those listed in the injury report below.

Defensive Backs

Steven Nelson CB PIT

Putting up a single tackle is just continuing a disturbing trend for the usually productive Nelson. He has just eight TT on the season, and has a couple of less than promising matchups on the slate, assuming the game against the Titans even occurs this week.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Broncos, but certainly you will do well if you own a top DL on the Jaguars, or a top DT on both/either the  Bills or Raiders that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Denver @ New York Jets

Washington vs Baltimore

Detroit vs New Orleans

Houston vs Minnesota

New York Giants @ Los Angeles Rams

Defensive Ends

Cincinnati vs Jacksonville

Philadelphia @ San Francisco

Defensive Tackles 

Dallas vs Cleveland

Cincinnati vs Jacksonville

Buffalo @ Las Vegas

Las Vegas vs Buffalo


Buffalo @ Las Vegas

Denver @ New York Jets

Atlanta @ Green Bay


Cincinnati vs Jacksonville

Minnesota @ Houston

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


Myles Jack JAX

Mykal Walker ATL

Nicholas Morrow LVR

Avery Williamson NYJ

Shaquill Barrett TB

Ty Summers GB

Kyzir White LAC

Defensive Linemen

Aldon Smith DE DAL

Myles Garrett DE CLE

Leonard Williams DE NYG

Kerry Hyder DE SF

Montez Sweat DE WAS

Jonathan Allen DT WAS

Jeffery Simmons DT TEN

Defensive Backs

Tracy Walker S DET (Owned in 47% of ESPN leagues)

Antoine Winfield S TB

Jordan Whitehead S TB

Taylor Rapp S LAR

Julian Love CB NYG

Jamel Dean CB TB

Trevon Diggs CB DAL

Mike Hilton CB PIT

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Foye Oluokun ATL hamstring 

Tremaine Edmunds BUF shoulder

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps

Jeremy Chinn CAR hip

Adarius Taylor CAR hip

Jason Ferris CAR undisclosed

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Tae Davis CLE elbow

Sean Lee DAL sports hernia IR

Leighton Vander Esch DAL collarbone IR

Azur Kamara DAL undisclosed IR

Jeremiah Attaochu DEN quadriceps

Austin Calitro DEN hamstring IR

Mark Barron DEN hamstring IR

Von Miller DEN ankle IR

Justin Strnad DEN wrist IR

Randy Ramsay GB groin 

Christian Kirk sey GB shoulder

Rashan Gary GB ankle

Kamal Martin GB knee-meniscus IR

Curtis Bolton GB knee-ACL

Peter Kalambayi HOU hamstring

Duke Ejiofor HOU knee-ACL IR

Matthew Adams IND ankle IR

Quincy Williams JAX abdomen IR

Leon Jacobs JAX knee-ACL IR

Nick Kwiatkoski LVR pectoral 

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Nick Vigil LAC groin

Asmar Bilal LAC calf IR

Drue Tranquill LAC IR

Justin Lawler LAR foot IR

Travin Howard LAR knee-meniscus IR

Vince Biegel MIA Achilles IR

Troy Dye MIN foot IR

Anthony Barr MIN pectoral IR

Ben Gedeon MIN undisclosed

Quentin Poling MIN undisclosed

Josh Uche NE foot IR

Brandon King NE quadriceps

Chase Hansen NO hip

Kiko Alonso NO knee-ACL

David Mayo NYG knee-meniscus IR

Jordan Jenkins NYJ shoulder 

Blake Cashman NYJ groin IR

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

Mark Nzeocha SF quadriceps IR

Dre Greenlaw SF quadriceps 

Jordyn Brooks SEA knee-MCL

Bruce Irvin SEA knee-ACL IR

Derick Roberson TEN knee

Cole Holcomb WAS knee

Reuben Foster WAS knee IR

Defensive Linemen


Takkarist McKinley ATL groin

Yetur Gross-Matos CAR illness

Adrian Clayborn CLE hip

Olivier Vernon CLE abdomen

Curtis Weaver CLE foot IR

Trevon Young CLE undisclosed IR

George Obinna CLE triceps IR

Demarcus Lawrence DAL knee

Jurrell Casey DEN biceps IR

DeMarcus Walker DEN calf IR

Dre’Mont Jones DEN knee-PCL IR

Da’Shawn Hand DET chest

Austin Bryant DET undisclosed

Kemoko Turay IND ankle

Alex Okafor KC hamstring

Chris Jones KC groin

Melvin LAC knee IR

Danielle Hunter MIN neck IR

Kenny Willekes MIN leg IR

Marcus Davenport NO elbow

Anthony Lanier NO undisclosed

John Franklin-Myers NYJ knee

Jordan Willis NJY ankle

Jabari Zuniga NYJ quadriceps IR

Vinny Curry PHI hamstring IR

Daeshon Hall PHI knee-ACL

Dee Ford SF back

Nick Bosa SF knee-ACL IR

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL

Rasheem Green SEA neck IR

Branden Jackson SEA spine IR

Ryan Anderson WAS ankle

Chase Young WAS groin


Grady Jarrett ATL hip

Justing Madubuike BAL knee

Quinton Jefferson BUF foot

Ed Oliver BUF knee

Niles Scott BUF undisclosed

Kawann Short CAR foot

John Jenkins CHI thumb IR

Geno Atkins CIN shoulder

Renell Wren CIN quadriceps IR

Jashon Cornell DET Achilles IR

Kenny Clark GB groin

Treyvon Hester GB undisclosed

Sheldon Day IND knee IR

Khalen Saunders KC elbow IR

Daniel Ross LVR foot 

Justin Jones LAC shoulder IR

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Beau Allen NE undisclosed

David Onyemata NO calf

Jalen Dalton NO triceps IR

Solomon Thomas SF knee-ACL IR

Jullian Taylor SF knee-ACL

DaQuan Jones TEN illness IR-COVID

Matthew Ioannidis WAS biceps IR

Defensive Backs


Budda Baker ARI thumb

Chris Banjo ARI hamstring

Jalen Thompson ARI ankle IR

Darqueze Dennard ATL hamstring IR

Kendall Sheffield ALT foot

Ricardo Allen ATL elbow

Micah Hyde BUF ankle

Sherrick McManis CHI hamstring

Grant Delpit CLE Achilles IR

C.J. Moore DET calf

A.J. Moore HOU hamstring IR

Malik Hooker IND Achilles IR

Andrew Wingard JAX groin

Jarrod Wilson JAX hamstring IR

L’Jarius Sneed KC collarbone 

Derwin James LAC knee-meniscus IR

Jordan Fuller LAR shoulder 

Kavon Frazier MIA shoulder 

Clayton Fejedelem MIA pectoral

Nate Brooks MIA undisclosed

Kris Boyd MIN hamstring

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Johnson Bademosi NO undisclosed IR

Adrian Colbert NYG quadriceps

Jabrill Peppers NYG ankle

Xavier McKinney NYG foot

Ashtyn Davis NYJ groin

Rudy Ford PHI groin

Will Parks PHI hamstring IR

Marcus Allen PIT foot

Jamal Adams SEA groin

Neiko Thorpe SEA hip

Lano Hill SEA back

Marquise Blair SEA knee-ACL IR

Justin Evans TB foot

Chris Jackson TEN hamstring

Dane Cruikshank TEN undisclosed IR


Robert Alford ARI pectoral IR

A.J. Terrell ATL illness IR-COVID

Tavon oung BAL knee-ACL IR

Iman Marshall BAL knee IR

Josh Norman BUF hamstring IR

Donte Jackson CAR toe

Eli Apple CAR ankle IR

Michael Joseph CHI undisclosed IR

Artie Burns CHI knee-ACL IR

Trae Waynes CIN pectoral IR

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder

Denzel Ward CLE groin 

Chidobe Awuzie DAL hamstring IR

Anthony Brown DAL ribs IR

Davontae Harris DEN hamstring

A.J. Bouye DEN shoulder IR

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring

Justin Coleman DET hamstring IR

Mike Ford DET leg IR

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Gareon Conley HOU ankle IR

Rock Ya-Sin IND illness

Brandon Watson JAX knee

Alex Brown KC knee-ACL IR

Damon Arnette LVR thumb

Chris Harris LAC foot IR

Byron Jones MIA groin

Cameron Dantzler MIN ribs

Mike Hughes MIN neck

Julian Love NYG knee

Brandon Williams NYG groin

Montre Hartage NYG hamstring

Quincy Wilson NYJ concussion

Arthur Maulet NYJ groin IR

Kyron Brown NYJ quadriceps

Avonte Maddox PHI ankle

Craig James PHI thigh IR

K’Waun Williams SF hip

Ahkello Witherspoon SF hamstring

Emmanuel Moseley SF concussion

Richard Sherman SF calf IR

Quinton Dunbar SEA knee

Sean Murphy-Bunting TB hamstring

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR

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