It's hard to find a clear starter at running back on the waiver wire these days, but Jordan Howard has a great chance to run away with the job in Chicago. With Jeremy Langford sidelined 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury and Ka'Deem Carey dealing with a hamstring injury, Howard should get plenty of touches against the Lions. Langford was most ineffective as the starter, but Howard can make guys miss at a much higher rate. Go grab him if he's still available.
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How long will Dez Bryant be out?
Dez Bryant is expected to miss Week 4 against San Francisco due to a hairline fracture in his knee. While missing one week isn't a big deal, it's still unclear if Bryant will be forced to sit longer. Typically a hairline fracture in the knee can take as many as four weeks to recover from, so fantasy owners should be making plans to cover for Bryant's absence.
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Will Julio Jones bounce back?
It was the perfect spot on Monday night. Most everyone (yours truly included) ranked as the top receiver of the week due to his matchup against a terrible New Orleans secondary, but it was Atlanta's running back duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman that did all the heavy lifting instead. There's no reason to panic, though, as Julio will get Carolina and their rookie corners this week. Atlanta won't be able to run the ball so easily every week, especially not against a team like Carolina, so Jones should get his.
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In C-Mike we trust?
For the second straight week, Christine Michael will get true lead back duties with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise both out. The Seahawks did sign former fantasy standout C.J. Spiller on Wednesday, but he's highly unlikely to be a factor this week. That means it's all on Christine Michael's plate again, making him a clear RB1, even against a tough Jets run defense.
Le'Veon Bell the bellcow?
The patience of fantasy owners who drafted Le'Veon Bell early and punted the first three weeks should finally pay off. Yes, DeAngelo Williams will still be involved, especially this week, but the Steelers are already talking up using both backs and having Bell line up and play wide receiver at times. Last year in a similar situation, the Steelers wasted no time getting Bell involved. He had 26 touches in his first game last year, so somewhere between 15-20 should be the absolute floor against Kansas City.
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Will the Cardinals defense show up?
The Cardinals have arguably been the biggest disappointment of any team so far, and it's hard not to blame the defense after letting up 33 points last week to the Bills. With a critical Week 4 matchup against the Rams, the Cardinals need to load up against the run and stop Todd Gurley. They were unable to do that against LeSean McCoy last week.
Melvin Gordon's breakout game?
We've been waiting for what feels like forever for Gordon to truly break out and have a completely dominant game. It's never really happened, but with no Danny Woodhead and a matchup against a Saints defense that was gashed for 217 rushing yards last week, this could be the spot. Gordon is a top-5 running back this week based on matchup and workload alone.
The return of the Ravens?
Steve Smith jumped back onto the fantasy football radar with eight catches last week, which is incredible given that he's still not at 100 percent coming off a torn Achilles. Smith's revival is just one of many on Baltimore, though, as Dennis Pitta is a factor once again and Joe Flacco is hooking up with Mike Wallace for plenty of deep balls. So long as the Ravens continue to be completely inept in the running game, the members of this passing game will have plenty of fantasy value.
What do we make of Marvin Jones?
He's out of A.J. Green's shadow and filling the shoes of a legend in Calvin Johnson, but he's doing better than almost everyone expected at this point. Jones is coming off a 200-yard performance and continues to be Matthew Stafford's favorite downfield target. Is he a true WR1? He's right on the cusp for me, as there are still lots of mouths to feed in this offense, but he's a great DFS target this week against Chicago's shoddy secondary.
Terrelle Pryor to the rescue?
After his incredible Week 3 performance (8 catches, 144 yards, 21 rushing yards, 35 passing yards, 1 TD), Pryor was a hot waiver wire add this week. His follow-up performance will be heavily scrutinized, but as one of the few playmakers left standing in Cleveland's offense, it's clear that Pryor will be heavily targeted and be used in creative schemes with the Browns starting a third-string QB. The garbage time stat potential is real here, and Pryor should be started in all leagues.