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Much has been made about how hard it is to earn Aaron Rodgers' trust as a rookie wide receiver. And I wouldn't dispute it because the history is there. But Romeo Doubs just earned eight targets in his third game with Rodgers, which seems like a pretty good indicator that he's making progress in the area of trust. The fact that he caught all eight targets doesn't hurt anything, either. It might be time to start looking more at what the future could hold for this rookie and less at what the past cautions.

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Doubs did not top a 60% snap share in Week 1 or Week 2, but in Week 3 with Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson out, Doubs played 89% of the snaps and produced 21.3 PPR Fantasy points. Allen Lazard is his only real competition for WR1 on this roster and Lazard's start to 2022 looks suspiciously similar to his 2021 with a low target volume and a high touchdown rate. Through three weeks, it's hard to argue that Doubs isn't in the driver's seat if he keeps progressing as he has. Watson is the only other receiver who could supplant him, but Watson's done nothing to earn the trust Doubs has.

So what could a Doubs season look like if he holds on to this role? I believe eight targets a game is a fine projection for the Green Bay WR1 rest of season, which looks something like five or six catches for 60 to 70 yards on a weekly basis. That's a low-end WR3 without a score and a mid-range WR2 with a score. It's definitely a must-roster wide receiver. And that's well short of the upside of the role on a weekly basis.

Must-roster is a great way to describe Doubs. Must-start is not, at least not in Week 4. The Packers face a good Patriots defense that is paired with a pretty awful Patriots offense. There may not be much volume from the Packers' passing game and Doubs' role as WR1 is still very much speculative. But if he leads the team in targets again, I'll be very interested in starting him in Week 5 against the Giants.

Here is the rest of the Week 4 WR Preview:

Week 4 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 4 at this time. Here's what it means:

ARI Arizona • #18
Age: 34 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch should dominate wide receiver targets.
WR Preview
Numbers to Know
  • 7 -- Garrett Wilson is tied for first in the league with seven end zone targets. 
  • 50.3% -- Amari Cooper leads the NFL with a 50.3% air yards share.
  • 108.3 -- In his past three games versus the Rams, Deebo Samuel is averaging 108.3 receiving yards per game.
  • 156 -- Receiving yards for Devante Parker in Week 3 on five catches, but he had just one catch in two games before that.
  • 38.9% -- D.J. Moore has a 38.9% catch rate this year. He had a 60% catch rate in four previous seasons.
  • 32.9% -- Drake London has been targeted on nearly a third of Marcus Mariota's throws. Only Cooper Kupp and A.J. Brown have earned a higher rate.
  • 18.7 -- Chris Olave's 18.7 aDOT is second in the NFL behind only Devante Parker.
WR Preview
Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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LAR L.A. Rams • #1
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
8.8
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
12
REYDS
88
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.3
SF San Francisco • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR SF -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
19
REYDS
142
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.3
GB Green Bay • #87
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE GB -10.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
11.4
WR RNK
41st
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
16
REYDS
137
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.6
DAL Dallas • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DAL -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
15.7
WR RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
17
TAR
34
REYDS
191
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.2
BAL Baltimore • #7
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
37th
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
16
REYDS
226
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.5
BUF Buffalo • #13
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BUF -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.2
WR RNK
32nd
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
11
REYDS
125
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.8
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 4 Adds (WR Preview)
ARI Arizona • #83
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR CAR -1.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
21st
WR RNK
38th
ROSTERED
39%
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
23
REYDS
198
TD
1
FPTS/G
15.3
Volume alone makes Dorth start-worthy in a full PPR league until Rondale Moore or DeAndre Hopkins returns. The Panthers just gave up 327 yards receiving to the Saints receivers and Dortch is the pretty clear WR2 in Arizona right now.
TB Tampa Bay • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC TB -1 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
51%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
21
REYDS
128
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.9
Tom Brady doesn't have an offensive line that will continually allow him to wait for Mike Evans and Julio Jones to get downfield. Until Chris Godwin returns, Gage should work underneath and catch five-plus passes per game.
JAC Jacksonville • #7
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -6.5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
15th
WR RNK
41st
ROSTERED
39%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
24
REYDS
173
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.1
If you can stash him, Jones would be my second-favorite wide receiver to add. I'd just like to avoid the Week 4 matchup against the Eagles. If someone else adds him and then drops him after a poor showing in Week 4, be prepared to pounce. Trevor Lawrence is making a leap and Jones is a huge part of this passing game.
Stashes (WR Preview)
KC Kansas City
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NYG -3 O/U 39.5
OPP VS WR
10th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
REC
2
TAR
3
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.2
Kadarius Toney and Wan'Dale Robinson should both be stashed if you can find a spot. Sterling Shepard's injury leaves a huge void and Kenny Golladay doesn't look capable of cashing in. Toney and Robinson are the most talented receivers on the roster but have to get healthy and earn playing time. Brian Daboll is not going to hand it to them.
WR Preview
DFS Plays
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DEN Denver • #14
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
14.2
WR RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
28
REYDS
291
TD
0
FPTS/G
16.2
Courtland Sutton is dominating targets and defensive backs alike. His 291 receiving yards rank fifth in the NFL, but he and Chris Olave are the only receivers in the top 20 without a touchdown. If Sutton starts scoring at a rate we'd expect, he could be a top five wide receiver.
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HOU Houston • #13
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
14.1
WR RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
13
TAR
29
REYDS
158
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.6
You can take your pick between Cooks and D.J. Moore. Both have a 20-point PPR game coming in the near future and neither will be rostered in more than five percent of lineups. Cooks is my favorite.
WR Preview
Heath's Projections