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Last week, the best of the storylines to watch involved running backs being injured. Well this week the tables are turned… a little bit.

The level of receiver injury is nowhere near what has happened, again, to top running backs. However, of all the storylines to watch the receiver injuries has to be at the top.

There are elite options that will be missing at least this weekend, if not more. With wide-out injuries, it is harder to decipher who will be the beneficiary. Targets are much more fluid than carries.

Anyway, as we get to the storylines to watch for Week 4 of the NFL season, keep that in mind.

NFL Week 4 Storylines To Watch

Dallas Passing Offense

I said it earlier this week but I’ll say it again: Cole Beasley is leading the Cowboys in targets, receptions and yards this season. Now Dez Bryant is out, so Dak Prescott will have to find another option for many of his targets.

This shouldn’t affect Beasley as much, but you never know. It seems like Brice Butler or Terrance Williams will take over the extra target-share, but it could siphon down to Beasley and Jason Witten.

Dez could be missing the next month or so, so this issue could linger. If you are a Dez Bryant owner, I might look at Butler or Beasley as a pick up to help get you through the mean time.

Buffalo Top Receiving Option

Sammy Watkins has not delivered much to Fantasy Owners this season. He was selected in the third round of the majority of drafts, yet has just 63 yards and no touchdowns.

He sat out last week’s game and has been placed on the Injured Reserve until at least Week 9 at this point. The key factor is who will step up and get the top option in the Buffalo offense?

Marquise Goodwin had a huge game. Robert Woods is the obvious choice by ability and size. This is truly an unknown that will have to be figured out as the game plays out this weekend.

This is one of the storylines to watch that can really help your Fantasy Team. Goodwin and Woods are both widely available. If one breaks out, he will be a hot commodity during the next waiver period.

Sleeper Darlings?

There were a couple of more running back injuries last week with Shane Vereen and Jeremy Langford going down for at least a month each. This opens the door for a couple of widely loved running back sleepers from the pre-season, Paul Perkins and Jordan Howard.

Howard has been the hot pick-up this week, as he will now be the lead back in Chicago. The only issue with that, is what is that role worth? Chicago has been awful, so who knows how many solid touches/scoring opportunities he will get.

Paul Perkins, on the other hand, has not been picked up much. Orleans Darkwa has actually been the hotter commodity on the waiver wire. I think Perkins will end up in the Shane Vereen role catching passes out of the backfield. He will be a factor in PPR leagues, so this is one of the storylines to watch that should be paid attention to for next week’s waiver wire.

Baltimore Running Back

This is the first week that all of the Ravens’ running backs will be available. Kenneth Dixon is back from injury, so the full stable will be available.

Justin Forsett is still the starter, but Terrance West has seen more touches the past couple of games. Javorius Allen is still in the mix as well.

This is a muddled situation and definitely one of the storylines to watch for the weekend.

I don’t think even John Harbaugh knows who will get the most touches. This will probably be a trial by fire and whoever performs the best over the next couple of weeks will get the lead role. Most of the backs can be picked up on the waiver wire, so keep an eye on this situation.

Quick Hits

  • LeVeon Bell comes back this week from his suspension. Will DeAngelo Williams still have a role in the offense? He has started very strongly so this is something to watch for.
  • Will Marvin Jones be the lead option again for Detroit? Golden Tate has had a slow start to the season, so it looks like Matthew Stafford still hasn’t finally figured out how to have two legit Fantasy Wide Receivers.
  • Christine Michael is the lead back in Seattle… for now. Thomas Rawls is hurt, so it’s Michael’s job to lose. Can he hold onto it?
  • Todd Gurley found the end zone a couple of times last week. Can he add to it with more yards per touch?
  • This is the last week without Tom Brady for the Patriots’ offense. If you want to try to buy low on any of their options, do it now.
  • I believe I said that Tevin Coleman was the better option than Devonta Freeman. I know see that there will be space for both of them as Fantasy Starters going forward… at least I think.

That’s it for the Week 3 Storylines for Fantasy Football! If you have any Start/Sit questions, consult our article on it, or shoot them to us on Twitter @Tomlin3 or @SoCalledFanEx .

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Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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