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Fantasy Football Heat Index: Mack Hollins, Khalil Herbert, and Trevor Lawrence (2022)

For those who haven’t read the piece before, every Monday during the NFL season, we examine the players whose Sunday performances stood out to us the most. We’ll rate their remainder of the season prospects on a scale of – to – along with their statistics (half-point PPR scoring) and positional rank for the week. In Week 3, there were a number of unexpectedly strong performances, many of which involved players taking advantage of a teammate’s injury.

Trevor Lawrence, the qb (QB – JAC)

Statistics: Seven yards rushing and 28 of 39 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns, and a 2-point conversion
QB Rank: 3
Analysis: In Week 3, Lawrence dominated a weakened Chargers defence by spreading the ball about and projecting like the top selection in the previous round. With an experienced, QB-friendly coach and a stronger receiving group this season, Lawrence should continue to get better. Additionally, for the most part this season, his schedule appears to be reasonable. To be avoided, though, is the game against the stern Eagles defence the following week.

Index of heat:

Mack Hollins, a wide receiver (WR – LV)

Stats: Eight catches off ten targets, good for 158 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver rank: two.
Analysis: In the Raiders’ aborted comeback against the Titans, Hollins capitalised on Hunter Renfrow’s (WR – LV) injury. Hollins had also led the Raiders in receiving yards in Week 2 and had played more snaps than Renfrow during the first two weeks, so his performance wasn’t a fluke. Hollins should see plenty of outside work throughout the whole season because Renfrow lines up virtually exclusively in the slot. As defenders focus on the Raiders’ other offensive threats, Renfrow, Davante Adams (WR – LV), and Darren Waller, the veteran wideout’s target share will probably decline, but he still appears to be in a terrific position to have his greatest season as a professional (TE – LV).

Index of heat:

Jones, Zay (WR – JAC)

Stats: 10 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, WR Rank: 5.
Analysis: With an excellent 28% target share in Week 3, Zay Jones emerged as Trevor Lawrence’s favourite target. Christian Kirk (WR – JAC), who received the most of the attention this off-season, has one more catch than Jones after three games. Jones will certainly lack consistency week to week because Marvin Jones Jr. (WR – JAC), Evan Engram (TE – JAC), and the running backs are all engaged in the passing attack for the Jags. He has nonetheless established himself as a viable bye-week streamer in plus matchups and in deep leagues.

Index of heat:

Backfield runner Khalil Herbert (RB – CHI)

Two receptions off two targets for a total of 12 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for 157 yards.
RB Rank: 1
Analysis: After David Montgomery (RB – CHI) suffered an ankle/knee injury after only three carries on Sunday, Herbert replaced him as the Bears’ starting running back. He made the most of the ideal matchup and rumbled his way to fantasy acclaim. Herbert demonstrated his superior ability to fill in for Montgomery while he was out last season, averaging 86 running yards and 12.3 fantasy points over a four-week period. If Montgomery is unable to play the following week, he is a must-start and one of the league’s top RB handcuffs.

Index of heat:

Williams, Jamaal (RB – DET)

Two receptions off two targets for a total of 20 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries for 87 yards.
Ranking: 2 RB
Analysis: Williams had the majority of the touches for the Lions on Sunday as they attempted (and failed) to hold off the Vikings in the fourth quarter due to an injured D’Andre Swift (RB – DET). Williams, like Khalil Herbert, was a good ball carrier and a good handcuff. Williams should be selected if he’s still available in your league even if it doesn’t seem like Swift’s injury will prevent him from playing next week. Williams should be added as a top priority, whether via a trade or a waiver, if Swift is already on your squad. Due to the Lions’ preference for managing Swift’s touches and appreciation of his efforts, he also has stand-alone value in deeper leagues.

Index of heat:

David Njoku, a tight end (TE – CLE)

Number of receptions: Nine out of ten targets for 89 yards and a touchdown TE Rank: 2
Njoku and Zach Ertz shared second place among tight ends in Week 2 with 10 targets each (TE – ARI). He only had six targets, in comparison, through Week 2. Njoku’s high level of playing time for the Browns this year has worked in his favour. Through Week 3, he has participated in around 90% of their offensive snaps. Njoku will have the chance if he keeps playing thus frequently, even though his target share will change. Going ahead, think of him as a high-end TE2, with a chance to make the top 10.