Myles Gaskin (RB, Miami Dolphins)
ESPN ownership: 45.9%
Week 3 stats: 22 carries, 66 rushing yards; 5 receptions, 29 receiving yards
Gaskin became the focal point of Miami’s offense on Thursday night with 27 touches. Jordan Howard has been reduced to a goal-line role, while Matt Breida only had three carries. Playing with the lead allowed the Dolphins to run the football more. They ran the football a season-high 36 times, and their 138 total rushing yards was their highest single-game total since December 16, 2018. Consequently, it appears highly unlikely that Gaskin will continue to receive 20+ carries a game. Nevertheless, Gaskin has been the Dolphins go-to pass-catching back this season. He has 16 targets this season, and Breida and Howard have only two targets combined. So, Gaskin has the potential to be productive, even if the Dolphins are playing from behind. He is a flex option in PPR leagues.
Justin Jefferson (WR, Minnesota Vikings)
ESPN ownership: 33.8%
Week 3 stats: 7 receptions, 175 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
In 2018, the Vikings were able to produce two 1,000-yard wide receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Diggs now in Buffalo, 2020 first-round pick Justin Jefferson has the opportunity to take over his role. Jefferson got off to a quiet start with five receptions for 70 yards in his first two games, but a lot of that can be attributed to Kirk Cousins. Cousins got off to a horrible start. Last week, he had 113 passing yards and three interceptions against the Colts. With improved play by Cousins, Jefferson had a monster breakout game on Sunday that was highlighted by a 71-yard touchdown. He has WR2 potential, but unfortunately, his production will depend on Cousins.
Brandon Aiyuk (WR, San Francisco 49ers)
ESPN ownership: 16.8%
Week 3 stats: 5 receptions, 70 receiving yards; 3 carries, 31 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
Without Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Raheem Mostert, Aiyuk took on a larger role in the 49ers offense this week. The rookie has big-play ability and obvious chemistry with Nick Mullens. He has short-term appeal due to the 49ers injury struggles.
Mo Alie-Cox (TE, Indianapolis Colts)
ESPN ownership: 8.5%
Week 3 stats: 3 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Alie-Cox had a big game last week with five receptions for 111 yards. However, tight end Jack Doyle was out, so his role moving forward was uncertain. Well, Alie-Cox had a strong showing against the Jets with Doyle back. He is officially on the fantasy radar.