Week 3 has been a strange one for Fantasy football.
We entered the week with a ton of questions about running back situations in Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, Detroit. Well, it's a long list, frankly, and I'm not sure we got any real answers for a lot of them on Sunday.
It's not that it wasn't an eventful Fantasy week -- what week in the NFL has ever been uneventful? -- but there wasn't much actionable information for Fantasy players to go on. Unlike Week 2, there weren't a ton of high-profile injuries, and few players really stood out on Sunday in an unexpected way.
Still, that doesn't mean there was nothing for us to react to. The NFL is, after all, the best sport to overreact to, so there will be no shortage of stories to go crazy about. Here are my biggest storylines for the week:
Melvin Gordon is an elite Fantasy RB
After a tremendously frustrating rookie season, Melvin Gordon is off to a quick start to year two. He has racked up 49.5 Fantasy points in standard scoring through three games, ranking sixth at the position; he was 51st in 2015, with 83.3 Fantasy points. Gordon is much-improved, right? In some ways, certainly. His rushing yards per game is up from 45.8 to 64.7, and, after being held out of the end zone all season, Gordon has already found the end zone four times. And, after splitting time with Danny Woodhead last season -- actually, Gordon played just 33.8 percent of the team's snaps last season -- Gordon is the undisputed No. 1 in San Diego following Woodhead's season-ending knee injury. Gordon is going to get all of the work he can handle this season, and in a league landscape short on workhorses, that alone makes Gordon stand out. On the other hand, Gordon is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, right in line with his per-carry mark a year ago. The situation is different -- and better, of course -- but after three games, it's not entirely clear that Gordon himself is an improved player. That may not hold him back from being a reliable running back in a good offense, but if San Diego can't give him red zone opportunities consistently, things could go south in a hurry.
Christine Michael is a No. 1 Fantasy RB
There's no doubting Christine Michael's physical tools. He impressed at the combine, and has long shown flashes in limited workloads. However, until this season, he had never really been able to impress coaches enough to actually earn a consistent role, leaving the "Christine Michael Truthers" to wonder what he might be capable of if he got his opportunity. We may have gotten an answer in Week 3, as he finally served as the No. 1 back for Seattle and dominated the 49ers, rushing for 106 yards and a pair of scores. If nothing else, Michael has looked like the most effective running back in Seattle this season, averaging 5.2 YPC behind a subpar offensive line. And, with Thomas Rawls expected to miss multiple weeks dealing with a leg injury, we're going to find out once and for all whether the hype worth it. I can't decide where I fall on the Christine Michael debate, but with a tough matchup on the way in Week 4 against the Jets, followed by a bye week, you might not get to deploy Michael as a No. 1 if Rawls comes back in a few weeks.
Marvin Jones is an elite Fantasy WR
After a massive, six-catch, 205-yard performance in Week 3, Jones is off to a better start than anyone could have hoped for. With his 408 yards, Jones ranks 13th in NFL history in receiving yards through the first three games of a season, and he leads all wide receivers in Fantasy scoring entering play Monday as well. He has been, in short, nothing less than spectacular in his new home, and has clearly established himself as the Lions' top option in the passing game. Where he ranks among the wide receivers around the league is, however, an entirely different question. Jones is already halfway to his career-high in yardage, and is surely in the midst of what will prove to be the best season of his career. However, there are a ton of great wide receivers in this league, and breaking into the elite tier is tough. A week ago, we were wondering if Stefon Diggs and Kelvin Benjamin were making their way into that echelon, and they came crashing back down to Earth in Week 3. Each new week is a new data point to consider, and Jones is in an entirely new role, so his track record may not tell us much here. On the other hand, if we really think he is in, say, A.J. Green's tier as a receiver, it begs the question, "Why didn't he show it before this?" Jones is certainly a top-20 wide receiver moving forward, and I would even bet on him being top-15 through the end of the season. But I'm not quite convinced he is one of the 10 or so best for Fantasy players.
Mike Evans is a top-5 Fantasy WR
Now this one, I feel much better about. Evans is right behind Jones in Fantasy scoring after three games, and already has one top-12 season under his belt in 2014. Evans was drafted as WR10 coming into the season, so it's not like he has to make a big jump here. The question is, which of the top-five you're actually bumping out for Evans: Antonio Brown? Odell Beckham? Julio Jones? Definitely not any of those three. What about DeAndre Hopkins or A.J. Green? Those are the top-five in ADP this season, and it's hard to say which Jones has actually surpassed. If nothing else, Evans' career is a good example of why chasing touchdowns is a fool's errand. After scoring once every 10 targets as a rookie, he managed just one every three in 2015; he is at one every 12.7 through three weeks. The Buccaneers have had to throw the ball a ton, and Jameis Winston has had to look Evans' way a ton, so either way, I'm buying in here. He is an elite talent in a good situation, and looks like he could be this year's version of DeAndre Hopkins.
Blake Bortles is droppable
There was pretty much universal agreement on Blake Bortles regressing this season, but this is ridiculous. He has managed to hang around the top-10 in Fantasy points at the position, but Bortles has been rough so far, with more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (five). He seems to have regressed as a player, and is only Fantasy relevant thanks to his ridiculous pass volume. Bortles ranks second in pass attempts at 127 through three games, but is somehow just 10th in passing yards, thanks to a 6.6 Y/A mark. In a bit of a twice from last season, I think Bortles is actually better than he has played so far, which means I would expect improvement from him moving forward, as soon as Week 4 against the Colts; Indianapolis' defense has played better of late, but are still allowing 300-plus yards per game, on 8.0 Y/A. If Bortles can't get going against this matchup, the bye in Week 5 is the perfect opportunity to ditch him.
Randall Cobb won't be a top-30 WR
Cobb's defenders -- a group I count myself among -- are running out of excuses. I chalked up his struggles last season to the absence of Jordy Nelson, with Cobb ill-equipped to face the defense's best looks every week; I chalked up his struggles in the first two games to the Packers' general malaise. Well, Nelson is back and has looked more like himself over the last two weeks, and the Packers' offense finally clicked in their home opener in Week 3, and yet Cobb managed just one catch Sunday. He ranks just 67th among wide receivers after three weeks of play, and just doesn't look much like the dynamic playmaker he was in 2014. I'm not even sure "Cobb isn't top-30" qualifies as a "hot take" at this point; the better question might just be whether he is droppable. If he can't get it going after the Week 4 bye, it might be worth considering.