Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Filling the void for Melvin Gordon at the running back position for the Los Angeles Chargers has been the do-it-all tailback Austin Ekeler.
Through three games, Ekeler has 38 attempts for 160 yards, a 4.2 per carry average, with two rushing scores. He also has 19 receptions for 208 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Ekeler has been a machine out of the backfield doing just as good a job as Gordon.
With all of that said, Gordon has reported back to the team and he will take on more of a significant role as the lead back… next week.
Until then, I expect Ekeler to put up a monster game against a suspect defense in the Miami Dolphins.
I expect a rushing or receiving touchdown from Ekeler… perhaps both.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders
After an impressive Week 1 in which he became the first player since Ladainian Tomlinson in 2001 to put up 100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in his first NFL game, Josh Jacobs has cooled down the last two games.
I expect Jacobs to bounce back in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts, who aren’t particularly great against the run, allowed Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman to run for 5.5 yards per carry last week.
I believe the Raiders offense will feature Jacobs early and often, and he’ll eventually get into the endzone.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Last week it was Cooper Kupp, this week it will be Brandin Cooks.
Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, Kupp piled up 101 yards on 11 receptions and was on the receiving end of two touchdowns from quarterback Jared Goff.
Cooks had a solid performance as well. He had eight catches for 112 yards but no touchdowns.
In this Rams offense, each week someone new can step up; this week it will be Cooks.
I believe the speedster will catch a touchdown of 50 or more yards in this one. So, if you have him in fantasy or if you want to bet on him to score a touchdown, Cooks will be the man in Week 4.
DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
The attention has been on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett through three games.
The slot wide out is second in the NFL in targets, he’s managed to put up 22 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns. He had 11 receptions for 154 yards and one score just last week against the New Orleans Saints.
With Lockett getting all of the attention, I expect the rookie out of Ole Miss to have a big performance.
DK Metcalf, the 6-foot-4 monster wide out, has been solid through three games.
His best game came in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals when he hauled in four catches for 89 receiving yards. He then followed it up with a three-catch, 61-yard game and one score against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.
I like Metcalf in this one. I believe he will connect with quarterback Russell Wilson a few times in this one, one of which will go for a score.