Jay Ajayi had seven carries for 29 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Browns.
Ajayi scored the game-winining touchdown on an 11-yard run in overtime. Kenyan Drake started, but he was part of a three-back committee. None of Miami's running back stood out this week in place of Arian Foster. Ajayi's performance should make him the favorite to lead the backfield in Week 4 snaps.
T.J. Yeldon turned six carries into 17 yards and caught two-of-three targets for 11 yards Sunday in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.
Yeldon drew the start but was ultimately out-touched by Chris Ivory 13-8. He had zero running room behind Jacksonville’s non-existent offensive line. At least he was on the field when Jacksonville was trailing in the fourth quarter, which figures to be a frequent occurrence this year. There hasn’t been much to like about Jacksonville’s running game this season. Yeldon should probably be avoided in fantasy next week, even in a plus matchup against the Colts.
John Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 70 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.
It's a big story because Brown's playing time and production were limited in Arizona's first two games. He finally got going against the Bills, drawing 11 targets to tie Michael Floyd for second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald (12) in a game where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws. Brown needs to be picked up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped after a slow start. He has upside WR3 potential the rest of the way.
Chris Ivory tallied 14 yards on 12 carries and secured his only target for nine yards Sunday in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.
Ivory was absent for the Jaguars’ opening drive but resurfaced on the following possession. The good news is that Ivory out-touched T.J. Yeldon by a comfortable 13-8 margin. The bad news is that he was horribly inefficient and the Jaguars’ offensive line did almost nothing to protect him, standing idly by while Ivory and Yeldon spent the afternoon running into brick walls. Jacksonville’s running game has been stagnant all season and that probably won’t change even with Ivory back in the lineup. Ivory will be a touchdown-or-bust RB3 next week when the Jags travel to London to face the Colts.
Dwayne Washington rushed 10 times for 38 yards and caught his only target for -3 yards Week 3 against the Packers.
The final line does not look great, but Washington sparked a struggling running game once he was finally given a chance in the first half and looked like a dynamic weapon on the ground. He is clearly a much better option on early downs than Theo Riddick, and he should start to see more work moving forward. He will be a FLEX option in a great matchup next week against the Bears.
Michael Floyd caught 4-of-11 targets for 65 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.
The Cardinals tried numerous deep shots to Floyd early in the game, but connected on none of them and wound up trying to nickel and dime Buffalo's defense underneath, which didn't work. Floyd scored a touchdown in Week 2 and has gone over 60 yards in his other two games, but he has been a disappointment in fantasy early in the season. He'll get a tougher draw in Week 4 when the Cardinals take on a Rams defense that suffocates perimeter wideouts.
Cody Kessler completed 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards in Cleveland's Week 3 loss to Miami.
He didn't have any touchdowns and lost a fumble. Kessler lost significant snaps to Terrelle Pryor, who had four carries and five pass attempts. He did enough to get the Browns a win, but they missed a game-winnign field goal late in the fourth quarter. With Josh McCown out 2-4 weeks, Kessler will make at least one more start.
Blake Bortles completed 24-of-38 passes for two touchdowns and three interceptions and rushed three times for 17 yards in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.
Bortles started off poorly, completing just 10-of-19 passes for 78 yards in the first half. He fared a little better after halftime, particularly in the third quarter when he connected on 9-of-10 throws for 87 yards and a touchdown. Both of his scores went to Allen Robinson, who played out of his mind on Sunday. Despite a few nice stretches, Bortles ultimately couldn’t get out of his own way, losing the game with a pair of fourth quarter interceptions. The first was a complete misfire to T.J. Yeldon that was tipped by Jalen Ramsey and eventually wound up in the hands of Tavon Young. Bortles was picked again on a desperation heave with 15 seconds left in regulation. Through three games the Jaguars have looked just as inept as they've always been despite entering the year with unusually high expectations. Coach Gus Bradley will be lucky to keep his job after Sunday’s embarrassment.