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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 3

2RXDDJ8 DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Detroit Lions RB (26) Jahmyr Gibbs in action during the game between Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions on September 24, 2023 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI (Photo by Allan Dranberg/CSM) Credit: Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News

De’Von Achane breaks out: The Dolphins' third-round rookie ran 18 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns and caught another two touchdowns. He is the must-add player off waivers this week.

Jahmyr Gibbs and Breece Hall take positive steps: Both backs were drafted as top-15 running backs and both got an increase in playing time this week.

The Zach Ertz early-season buzz has softened: Ertz’s role in the Cardinals offense has declined in recent weeks, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this is the new normal for Ertz.

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PFF's fantasy football recap focuses on player usage and stats, breaking down all the vital information you need to achieve fantasy success in 2023. Here, we touch on only players who are relevant in fantasy football leagues.

These are my 10 biggest reactions to the games from the Sunday slate. To get a more in-depth breakdown, check out my full Sunday recap.

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Add De’Von Achane: The rookie back and the rest of the Dolphins put up an incredible performance, making Achane a must-add for fantasy purposes.

  • Achane was off to a slow start to his career after dealing with injury in training camp and falling behind Salvon Ahmed on the depth chart. Achane only played offensive snaps last week after Ahmed went down due to injury. Ahmed was inactive for this game.
  • While Mostert took every offensive snap on the Dolphins' first drive, Achane started mixing in significantly on the second drive. The two were used interchangeably throughout the game.
  • If anything, Mostert was used more in passing situations while Achane played more in short-yardage situations. We could probably expect the opposite on a larger sample of plays.
  • Achane is no sure thing going forward. Ahmed should be back from injury sooner rather than later, Jeff Wilson Jr. should be returning from injured reserve soon, and Raheem Mostert certainly isn’t going away after a performance like this.
  • The third-round rookie is too exciting to not prioritize adding to your fantasy roster because he has the potential to have a game like this again.

Jerome Ford takes over the Browns backfield: Nick Chubb suffered season-ending injuries on Monday Night Football, leading Ford to become the Browns' lead back.

  • His usage was exactly what fantasy managers wanted, as he played the majority of snaps on early and third downs while also taking the one goalline opportunity.
  • He wasn’t all that effective running with the ball, but it was against a strong Titans run defense. We can expect better rushing performances from him going forward.
  • Kareem Hunt, who was signed earlier in the week, was the primary backup. He was reportedly on a snap count for this game.
  • The former Patriot Pierre Strong Jr. was also involved, but five of his eight snaps occurred within the last five minutes while Cleveland maintained a 24-point lead.
  • There is a chance Hunt cuts a little into Ford’s playing time more in the future, but Ford should still be a weekly starter in fantasy football.
  • The Browns have several difficult matchups in the near future and some relatively easy ones late in the season. Ford might be a good buy-low target if he experiences a bad game in the next week or two.

Jahmyr Gibbs role increases without David Montgomery: The first-round rookie set career highs in carries (17) and rushing yards (80)


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