All roster figures as per NFL.com fantasy leagues.
Giovani Bernard, RB Buccaneers (4% rostered)
Bernard may seem lost among all the stars that are residing in Tampa Bay these days, but he exploded for 9/51/1 on 10 targets in Week 3– this after he accumulated a total of five targets in his first two games. Last week may have been an anomaly, but I’m willing to take a risk on Bernard. He’s always been a talented receiving back and though he’s never going to be the lead back in Tampa Bay, I’m wondering if Bernard has become the new James White for Tom Brady, i.e., the designated check-down receiver. Yes, Bernard got 67% of his targets in one game, but it looks like he’s positioned as the RB2 in terms of snap count: Leonard Fournette has grabbed 99 snaps to lead the RBs, but Bernard (56) is ahead of Ronald Jones (44), so it seems that Week 3 was less of an anomaly for Bernard and more of a coming out party.
Tim Patrick, WR Broncos (22% rostered)
The Broncos have been hit with a rash of injuries at the WR position: Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and DaeSean Hamilton have all gone down. While this makes Courtland Sutton the undisputed WR1, it also allows Tim Patrick the opportunity to show off his skills. Thus far, Patrick has hauled in 12 of 13 targets (92%) for 174 yards and two TDs. Any time I’ve watched a Broncos game, it seems as if Patrick is making at least one good-looking play a game; he’s a tall receiver with decent hands that seems to have a decent rapport with Teddy Bridgewater. Going forward, he should be able to easily improve on his 2021 numbers (51/742/6), so you’re looking at a strong WR3 that’s only 22% owned. Grab him now if you need a receiver.
Jakobi Meyers, WR Patriots (24% rostered)
Quick, which Patriots’ WR has been targeted the most by rookie QB Mac Jones? Wrong! It’s Jakobi Meyers. Not only does Myers lead the WR group with 29 targets, he leads all New England receivers, including the two TE free agent gems, Jonnu Smith (16) and Hunter Henry (13). This is going to be a situation where QB and WR “grow” together as the season progresses, and in this type of situation it’s worth noting who the rookie signal-caller regularly looks for when he drops back to pass– in this case, Jones seems to always be looking for Meyers. Meyers is setting himself up to be a Jamison Crowder-type of receiver, garnering a bunch of catches but not necessarily making big plays or scoring a ton of TDs.
K.J. Osborn, WR Vikings (15% rostered)
Osborn is someone who was largely overlooked this preseason, and I’m not going to sit here and lie to you: I thought he was nothing more than a special teams player. While I’m not going to sit here and proclaim that Osborne is on the verge on unseating either Adam Thielen or Justin Jefferson, I think he’s worked his way into a streaking Kirk Cousin’s circle of trust. Should an injury befall either Thielen or Jefferson, I think Osborn could slide into a starting role and Klint Kubiak wouldn’t have to radically change the Vikings’ offense. Osborn offers a decent WR handcuff in an offense that’s looks like it’ll have to out-gun most opponents in order to walk away with a “W”.