Chris Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson will continue to start in Arizona's backfield in Week 4 despite managing just 17 yards on 12 carries in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Johnson has only been back with the Cardinals for two games, so there could still be some rust he needs to shake off. Either way, Andre Ellington looks like the more promising Cardinals running back right now between Johnson, Kerwynn Williams and himself. Ellington deserves to be added at least in PPR leagues.
Wendell Smallwood - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood will have more opportunities going forward due to RB Darren Sproles (knee, arm) being on the Reserve/Injured list, according to offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
Huddle Up: Smallwood is one of the top waiver wire pickups this week, but both Corey Clement and LeGarrette Blount will stint his fantasy ceiling. Still, Smallwood has the most upside in Philadelphia's backfield, but don't expect him to serve as more than a flex.
John Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (quad) is still dealing with the quad injury but was able to get some work in on the field prior to the Week 3 game against Dallas Cowboys after not practicing at all in the week leading up to the game.
Huddle Up: Brown does not seem to be close to a return to game action in Week 4, so owners should not count on him for the time being. He's going to be a very good bet to produce when he does play, but he's been very hit-or-miss in that regard for a while. Consider him little more than a WR4 when he does make it back.
Rob Kelley - RB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley (ribs), who is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Sept. 27, will remain the team's No. 1 running back when healthy, despite the emergence of Chris Thompson has a regular big-play threat. '(Kelley) got (78) yards rushing in a quarter and a half (in Week 2), so he's still our No. 1 lead dog. ? (Thompson is) going to keep pushing me for (more carries), but he's not going to get them,' head coach Jay Gruden told reporters Tuesday.
Huddle Up: Washington has been consistent in not wanting to overwork the 190-pound Thompson, while the 233-pound Kelley is built to handle the punishment that comes along with an early-down workload better. Samaje Perine suffered a bruised hand and fumbled on the same play in the team's Week 3 victory, the latter of which probably temporarily squashed any hopes he had of overtaking Kelley in the near future. When Kelley is cleared, he can be viewed as a low-end RB2/high-end flex option in fantasy.
Kareem Hunt - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt is on pace for 299 carries and leads the league in rushing (401 yards). Head coach Andy Reid told reporters 'we're OK with how we?re using him' and has no plans to scale back his touches.
Huddle Up: Reid's words are music to the ears of his fantasy owners. Hunt is averaging 8.5 yards per carry, breaking tackles on roughly every other run and on pace to record the most touches of any Chiefs running back since Jamaal Charles racked up 329 in 2013. Given Reid's history with running backs, don't expect the rookie's production to slow down anytime soon. Hunt has quickly emerged as possibly the best and safest play among fantasy running backs this season.
Melvin Gordon - RB - Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is dealing with soreness in the same left knee he had microfracture surgery on during the 2016 offseason, but both he and head coach Anthony Lynn believe he is on target to play in Week 4 versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Gordon was limited to two carries in the second half in Week 3 as the Chargers decided to play it safe with him. The third-year back ran for a season-high 78 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone, so he was doing his part to help the Chargers and fantasy owners win even as Philip Rivers was throwing three interceptions. Gordon should be considered a strong RB1 again this week, even against the Eagles' strong front seven.
Cairo Santos - PK - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs PK Cairo Santos (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Chiefs signed PK Harrison Butker off the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.
Huddle Up: It's unclear if Santos is eligible to return this season, but he can be dropped in all formats. Look elsewhere for a kicker for now.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant managed only two catches for 12 yards in the team's Week 3 victory Monday, Sept. 25, against the Arizona Cardinals. He did, however, get into the end zone for the second time this season.
Huddle Up: This was a rare off night for the former first-round draft pick, as he was targeted just twice by Dak Prescott all game. In his defense, the Cowboys only dialed up 18 pass attempts, so don't expect another low-volume game from Bryant like this one any time soon. Despite the lackluster stat line, Bryant can still be viewed as a WR1 for all formats.
Brice Butler - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler set a new career high with 90 receiving yards in the team's Week 3 win Monday, Sept. 25, opposite the Arizona Cardinals, doing so on two receptions. He also scored a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Those catches were also the only targets Butler saw for the evening, meaning owners shouldn't overreact to this rare performance. The five-year veteran would need an injury or two within the receiving corps to become relevant in fantasy leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott registered 22 rushes for 80 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 3 win Monday, Sept. 25, against the Arizona Cardinals. He also added three receptions for 14 yards.
Huddle Up: It was the first rushing touchdown of the campaign for the former Ohio State Buckeye. Elliott's numbers through the first three games leave a little bit to be desired, but this was a nice bounce-back effort following last week's disastrous showing in Denver. He'll continue to be a strong RB1 option no matter what defense he's opposing.
Dak Prescott - QB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had an efficient game Monday, Sept. 25, against the Arizona Cardinals, completing 13-of-18 passes for 183 yards and racking up two touchdown tosses compared to zero interceptions. He also ran three times for 16 yards, picking up a rushing touchdown in the process as well.
Huddle Up: With so few pass attempts Monday night, the numbers may not jump out right away but it was actually a very solid showing overall for the second-year signal-caller. It was also the most fantasy points Prescott has produced in a game this season. Hopefully his owners will get more performances like this one that are reminiscent of his fantastic rookie campaign of a year ago.
Jaron Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown logged two catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: If not for a holding penalty, Brown would have had two touchdowns in this contest, but those who were sharp enough to plug him in will gladly settle for the one. While he only recorded two grabs, the six targets was encouraging, meaning he's drawn 17 targets total in two games. As long as John Brown remains sidelined, the other Brown could be sneaking up on the WR3 radar in many formats.
Kerwynn Williams - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams played only one snap in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys, rushing once for three yards.
Huddle Up: Yikes. Those who invested in Williams as their waiver acquisition following the injury to David Johnson have to be furious right now, as after serving as the starting running back only a week ago, it looks like he's already fallen to third on the depth chart. To try and salvage this move, owners should be vying for the services of Andre Ellington, who could be the new starter after his solid performance in this one.
Chris Johnson - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson managed only 17 rushing yards on 12 carries in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys. He also added one reception for four yards.
Huddle Up: After an encouraging outing in his season debut a week ago, Johnson was terribly disappointing in his second game and to top it off, he also played considerably less than Andre Ellington. Arizona's running game situation is tough to trust right now, but if tonight is any indication, Ellington could be emerging as the new starter, which would kill all of Johnson's value.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington led the team in rushing yards with 22 on just five carries in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys. He also added five receptions for 59 yards.
Huddle Up: It looks like the once mega-popular fantasy commodity will be getting another shot at glory based on how the running game was utilized in this one, as Ellington played considerably more snaps than both Chris Johnson and Kerwynn Williams. It was flashes of the Ellington from years ago when he first broke into the league and was regularly involved in the passing game. After two nothing performances to begin his season, Ellington has revitalized his value and should not be on any waiver wires.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald recorded his most receptions in a game since 2009 when he hauled in 13-of-15 targets for 149 receiving yards in the team's Week 3 affair Monday, Sept. 25, against the Dallas Cowboys. He also scored a touchdown.
Huddle Up: This was very refreshing for his owners after Fitzgerald totaled a measly nine catches for 95 yards combined in the first two games. Opposite the Cowboys, the 34-year-old proved that he can still be a capable WR1 in 2017. As long as John Brown remains out, Fitzgerald should continue to benefit from that as well.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer completed 29-of-48 passes for 325 yards, adding two touchdowns while throwing no interceptions in the team's Week 3 game Monday, Sept. 25, versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: This was Palmer's best game of the young season, and his second good one in a row following his season-opening clunker in Detroit. Even more impressive is that he didn't have John Brown again, though Larry Fitzgerald's monstrous performance certainly helped. If Palmer had a better offensive line, he'd be more involved in the QB1 conversation, but as it is, he's more of a streaming option than anything else in standard leagues.
Doug Baldwin - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (groin) is considered day-to-day after undergoing tests on the strained groin he suffered in Week 3, according to sources. He may have a chance to play in the team's Week 4 game.
Huddle Up: Owners should keep an eye on Baldwin's practice participation this week to see if Baldwin will be in uniform this week. He is coming off a terrific Week 3 performance where he posted 105 yards and one touchdown. Baldwin is a must-start option in all leagues if he is active, but owners will need a backup plan in case he sits out.
Ed Dickson - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he has told coaches that he wants TE Ed Dickson to be more involved in the offense.
Huddle Up: Dickson has taken over the starting tight end job with Greg Olsen sidelined but caught only one pass in Week 3. He could receive a few more targets during games but should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Corey Davis - WR - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) has not been ruled out for the team's Week 4 game at this point, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor Davis' practice participation during the week to see if he has a chance to play in Week 4. Owners in most leagues probably should look for healthier options to use in their lineups because Davis could be limited even if he does play.