After three weeks, the Las Vegas Raiders have the highest-scoring offense in the league. In turn, Vegas just became a gold mine in fantasy football this season; so much so that two Raiders players made our list here of Week 4 waiver wire targets. The same could be said about the 3-0 Carolina Panthers, who join the Raiders as one of only five remaining undefeated teams this season thanks to a couple of key players on offense.
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Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers
- Pct. Owned: 9%
It’s about time we start taking Sam Darnold as a serious starter in fantasy football this season. The former second-overall pick is having his best season in the pros thus far after languishing with the Jets prior to this season.
Darnold is currently ranked as the 11th-best QB in fantasy; better than the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert, and Dak Prescott. Although the Panthers are currently (+5.5) road underdogs against the Cowboys in Week 4, Carolina’s schedule ahead is relatively soft, with dates against three NFC East teams as well as Minnesota and Atlanta in the next five games. That being said, Darnold is a decent start this coming Sunday and a superb stash for deeper leagues needing QB depth on the bench.
Peyton Barber – Las Vegas Raiders
- Pct. Owned: 11.3%
With Josh Jacobs on the sidelines due to injury, Peyton Barber has stepped up as the lead back in Vegas and not Kenyan Drake. Barber saw his touches increase from 13 carries in Week 2 to 23 this past weekend, and he made the most of it with 111 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Barber was also more involved in the passing game, finishing Week 3 with five targets for three catches and 31 receiving yards for a total of 23 fantasy points in PPR leagues. Take note, though, that Barber’s value will severely diminish once Jacobs is healthy and producing close to his usual rate again. But for the meantime, the Raiders’ offensive weapons are all attractive options right now, including another player that we’ll get into later.
Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers
- Pct. Owned: 11.3%
Similar to Barber, Chuba Hubbard’s value in fantasy hinges on the health of Christian McCaffrey. Still, Carolina’s fourth-round pick from Oklahoma State looked ready for the pros in his first official NFL start this past week with 11 carries for 52 rushing yards and five receptions for 27 receiving yards.
While Hubbard’s numbers are far from what one would expect out of McCaffrey, the opportunities are still there for the Canadian-born running back in the offense. His production could still have a decent floor when CMC returns if the Panthers can sustain their hot start. At the very least, Hubbard is a must-have stash regardless considering McCaffrey’s knack for getting injured lately.
Hunter Renfrow – Las Vegas Raiders
- Pct. Owned: 11.3%
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Barber, Hubbard, and Hunter Renfrow are all owned in less than 12 percent of fantasy leagues. Perhaps the fact that they’re in teams that had lackluster 2020 campaigns plays a huge role. But, again, the Panthers and Raiders are flying high on offense as we speak, turning their supporting cast into playable fantasy options in the process.
Renfrow is one of the more attractive wide receivers on the market right now, as the third-year wideout from Clemson has seen no less than six targets and five catches in each of the first three weeks. Renfrow has double-digit fantasy outputs for PPR leagues in each of his first three outings, giving him a nice floor unlike most-boom-bust WR options right now.
A.J. Green – Arizona Cardinals
- Pct. Owned: 24.6%
Many fans forgot that A.J. Green is a member of Arizona’s high-flying offense mainly because of the number of weapons in the Cardinals’ receiving corps. However, the former Bengals standout wide receiver has actually seen six targets in each of the first three weeks to compete for looks against the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and last week’s waiver wire suggestion in Rondale Moore.
Green finally turned those six targets from Week 3 into five catches for 112 receiving yards for his first 100-yard receiving performance in what feels like ages. This week, the Cards are in a matchup between two undefeated NFC West teams against the Rams, and there’s plenty of potential for Green to explode in what should be a barnburner of a Week 4 showdown in Inglewood.
Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings
- Pct. Owned: 2.6%
Minnesota’s odds of winning the NFC North title this season slightly improved to (+375) after the Vikings won their season opener last Sunday versus the Seahawks. Kirk Cousins finally got his tight end involved on offense, as Tyler Conklin hauled in seven of eight targets for 70 receiving yards and a trip to the end zone.
Conklin is still leagues behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen for looks in the Vikes’ passing game, but the mere fact that he’s the sole tight end getting decent reps in passing plays warrants enough consideration in fantasy. Not only that, but Conklin’s Week 3 breakout performance bumps him up to the seventh-best tight end in fantasy this season, which goes to show how thin the TE position is this season more so than in recent years.
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