The Bears moved from Trubisky to Foles on Sunday but it could make a huge difference to players like Allen Robinson, David Montgomery and more importantly your fantasy team, says Dave Gray...
"In fantasy, volume is the key and Montgomery should get a lot of it. He had just 45 yards in that game so if you are trying to trade for him then now may be as good of a time as any."
The Bears are fantasy relevant
The Bears benched Mitch Trubisky for Nick Foles before the former Super Bowl MVP staged a huge comeback to beat the Falcons. While I am not a big Foles fan and do not really believe in them as a team going forward, for fantasy purposes the team is now on the up.
David Montgomery could be a big winner from the change. Not only is Tarik Cohen - his only real rival for touches in the backfield - now out for the season, Foles coming in should mean defences are playing the run quite as tough as they will have to respect what the quarterback can do through the air. That could and should open things up in the run game. In fantasy, volume is the key and Montgomery should get a lot of it. He had just 45 yards in that game so if you are trying to trade for him then now may be as good of a time as any.
Allen Robinson's outlook obviously gets a boost but the likes of Anthony Miller and Darnell Mooney, the latter of those is almost certainly available on waivers right now in your league, are now players that you can bring in and actually feel comfortable starting. The Bears are not going to be an amazing team and even at 3-0 I do not like their chances of making the playoffs, but the fantasy outlook is suddenly very interesting. In one quarterback leagues Foles is not really worth picking up unless you are desperate, but in superflex and 2QB he is a must add.
Time to sell high on some star names
Todd Gurley once again put up good numbers. 80 yards and a touchdown is more than adequate but his injury history and complete lack of involvement in the passing game make him a candidate to sell now. The Rams gave up on him because he could not handle the workload and there is no reason to think a move to Atlanta has made him any more durable. While I would not just sell for any offer, maybe throw out some offers to teams that are needy of a running back if they have lost McCaffrey, Barkley or any of the other star running backs that are out and see what you can get for Gurley before he drops off.
This may sound like a weird one but it may be time to move Aaron Rodgers if you can find a taker. He has had an incredible start to the season but Matt LaFleur has made it clear since he has been in Green Bay that he wants to be a run first team. In one quarterback leagues you can find a replacement for Rodgers pretty easily, even if you just play match ups. Joe Burrow and Gardner Minshew are both likely to be available with easy week four opponents and you are unlikely to see much of a drop off in terms of fantasy.
If you can get improve at running back or wide receiver by trading Rodgers then you really should do it. In standard fantasy leagues quarterback is just not a position you should be investing lots of your assets into and Rodgers may never be as valuable as he is right now.
Get those rookie receivers before it is too late
Some rookie wide receivers broke out in week three and now is the time to grab them or you may not be able to again. Justin Jefferson has made the number two spot behind Adam Thielen his own and he had an incredible 175 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings offence bounced back from a miserable week two. A little sidenote but I hope you went out and got Kirk Cousins and Thielen as I suggested last week. Jefferson had incredible production in college as part of that electric LSU offence and he is showing that he can step up and bring that to the NFL.
Tee Higgins, another rookie with incredible production in college, got on the scoreboard twice on Sunday and his target share in the Bengals offence is increasing every week. While he may be tough to start until we see it more consistently, he is well worth picking up to put on your bench as the bye weeks approach or for if one of the players ahead him goes down at some stage as he could step in and put up some big numbers.
Gaskin can fill your RB needs
Like with Montgomery and the Bears, volume is key and in Miami right now Myles Gaskin is making the backfield his own. He has competition from Jordan Howard and Matt Brieda but the second year running back is quickly dominating the touches for the Dolphins. He had 27 total touches in the Thursday night game with Jacksonville for a total of 95 yards. He is still out there in so many leagues and there is not often an opportunity to add a clear lead back on waivers. In a season where other running backs are dropping like flies you cannot afford to leave somebody like Gaskin sitting out there any longer.
Dave Gray's Regular Season NFL 2019/20 P/L