Fantasy impact of Week 4

Fantasy impact of Week 4

Game Analysis

Fantasy impact of Week 4


New Orleans Saints 20 Miami Dolphins 0

The Saints much-maligned defense shut down an opponent for the second week in a row. After holding the Panthers to 13 points last week, the Saints shut out Miami, while recording four sacks and an interception.

Extra Points: Alvin Kamara has emerged as the Saints top fantasy running back. Kamara caught 10 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 25 yards. He’s the one Saints back that can be started weekly in PPR leagues…Michael Thomas continues to reward fantasy owners that drafted him high. Thomas caught 8 of 11 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown…After a big opening game, Jay Ajayi struggled for the second week in a row. Ajayi was held to 46 yards on 12 carries (3.8 YPC). Ajay has just 62 yards on 23 carries in his last two games…DeVante Parker was the lone Dolphins bright spot on offense Sunday. He caught six balls for 69 yards.

Buffalo Bills 23 Atlanta Falcons 17

The Bills are one of the early surprises in the NFL with a 3-1 record. Buffalo is winning with defense and…Charles Clay. Clay entered Sunday’s game having scored in 5 of 7 games. He didn’t find the end zone against the Falcons but remained a fantasy factor with five receptions for 112 yards.

Extra Points: LeSean McCoy was held in check on the ground again (20 carries, 76 yards) but he added three receptions and 32 yards as a receiver…Mat Ryan has had a disappointing start to 2017. Facing a tough Bills defense, Ryan only threw for 242 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Through four games, Ryan has four touchdowns and three interceptions…One issue for Ryan on Sunday was Julio Jones left with a hip injury and didn’t return. Without Jones and Mohamed Sanu (hamstring), tight end Austin Hooper led the Falcons in receptions (5) and running back Tevin Coleman led the team in receiving yards (65).

Cincinnati Bengals 31 Cleveland Browns 7

Andy Dalton put on a show Sunday against the Browns defense. Dalton threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns. Dalton played so poorly in his first two games there was talk of him being benched but he now has six touchdown passes and no interceptions in the last two weeks.

Extra Points: A.J. Green caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Green has scored in back to back weeks and been targeted 20 times under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor…With tight end Tyler Eifert injured, Tyler Kroft stepped up and caught six passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Kroft tied Green for the team-lead with seven targets…The Browns did nothing on offense as rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer struggled badly against the Bengals defense. Kizer completed just 16 of 34 passes for 118 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Los Angeles Rams 35 Dallas Cowboys 30

Many owners got Todd Gurley in the late second round of their fantasy drafts. How is that working out for you? Gurley continues to battle Kareem Hunt as fantasy football’s top overall back this season. On Sunday, he kept rolling with 215 total yards, seven receptions and a touchdown.

Extra Points: Jared Goff is turning into an every-week fantasy starter. He threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Goff has five touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two games…The Cowboys continue to struggle covering slot receivers. Cooper Kupp got them this week. Kupp caught 5 of 7 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. If you can start a slot receiver vs. Dallas, do it…Dak Prescott has put up strong fantasy numbers in every game this year. Against the Rams he threw for 252 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 25 yards…Ezekiel Elliott got going in a losing effort. Zeke piled up 139 total yards and scored twice.

Detroit Lions 14 Minnesota Vikings 7

The Lions didn’t get a lot of offense on Sunday but they didn’t need it. Ameer Abdullah led the way with 94 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries (4.7 YPC). Abdullah also caught three passes for 15 yards to help pad his stats in PPR leagues.

Extra Points: Dalvin Cook was on his way to a big game with 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries (5.1 YPC) but he left with a knee injury and didn’t return. Latavius Murray replaced Cook and got seven carries (21 yards) in his absence. Murray and Jerick McKinnon will fight for touches in Minnesota’s backfield if Cook is out long-term…Stefon Diggs caught 5 of 7 targets for 98 yards. Diggs has had strong fantasy outings in three of four games this season…Golden Tate disappointed on Sunday catching just three passes for 29 yards. No Lions receiver eclipsed 43 yards receiving (Marvin Jones) against the Vikings.

Carolina Panthers 33 New England Patriots 30

It’s official: The Patriots defense stinks. Cam Newton was having trouble throwing against air. He had no trouble throwing against the Pats defense. Newton threw for 316 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 44 yards and a touchdown in what was by far Newton’s best game of the season.

Extra Points: With Newton finally playing well, his receivers benefitted. Kelvin Benjamin (4/104) and Devin Funchess (7/70/2) both had big fantasy days…The Patriots didn’t have much of a running game against a Panthers defense that came in allowing just 65 yards on the ground. Instead, it was James White being used as a receiver. White finished with 10 receptions for 47 yards on 12 targets…Dion Lewis stole an 8-yard touchdown away from Mike Gillislee. Lewis is owned in fewer than 5 percent of fantasy leagues and was started by virtually no one this week. Chris Hogan continues to be the Patriots most consistent receiver. Hogan caught 5 of 9 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. He has four touchdowns in his last three games.

New York Jets 23 Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Break up the 2-2 Jets. Some people thought the Jets wouldn’t win two games all year. Bilal Powell was shockingly underused until Matt Forte went down with a toe injury last week. With Forte out, Powell rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (7.8 YPC). He added four receptions for 24 yards.

Extra Points: Rookie Elijah McGuire also had a big day thanks to a 69-yard touchdown run. McGuire finished with 131 total yards on 12 touches…Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a popular play this week. He led the Jets in receptions (4) and was second in yards (46)…Leonard Fournette once again didn’t have a great YPC average but he found the end zone for the fourth consecutive week. Fournette finished with 145 total yards on 28 touches…Allen Hurns led the Jaguars in receiving but only caught four passes for 42 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers 26 Baltimore Ravens 9

Le’Veon Bell lives! Fantasy owners finally got the big game they’ve been waiting for out of Bell. Bell toted the rock 35 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns (4.1 YPC) against a tough Ravens rush defense. He also caught four passes for 42 yards to help his owners breathe a sigh of relief.

Extra Points: With Bell doing most of the heavy-lifting, the Steelers passing game had a quiet afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger only threw for 216 yards. Antonio Brown finished with just four receptions and 34 yards on nine targets…The Ravens have a problem on offense. The problem is they don’t have one. One bright spot is running back Alex Collins. Take away a fumble and Collins played well, running for 82 yards on nine carries (9.1 YPC). That’s two games in a row Collins has looked like the Ravens best running back. On an offense that’s struggling to move the ball, Collins should get more opportunities.

Houston Texans 57 Tennessee Titans 14

So…Deshaun Watson is the real deal. One week after lighting up the Patriots for 301 yards, Watson threw for 283 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 24 yards and a score. Watson has seven touchdowns in his last two games. You can go get him now.

Extra Points: DeAndre Hopkins supported Tom Savage back in August. Do you think he’s had a change of opinion? Hopkins caught 10 of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown…Will Fuller saw his first game-action of the season after recovering from a broken collarbone. He made an instant impact. Two of Fuller’s four receptions went for touchdowns…Lamar Miller got off to a slow start this year but he exploded on Sunday for 131 total yards and two scores on 23 touches…Marcus Mariota left the game with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. He was replaced by Matt Cassel and things went from bad to worse for the Titans. Cassel threw two interceptions, including a pic six.

Arizona Cardinals 18 San Francisco 49ers 15

This game featured nine field goals and one touchdown. The 49ers Robbie Gould was 5 for 5 and the Cardinals Phil Dawson 4 for 4 on field goal attempts. However, it was Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald in overtime for the game-winner. Fitzgerald only caught four balls for 32 yards but his last catch was a big one.

Extra Points: Jaron Brown is starting to become a factor. After scoring last week, Brown caught 8 of 12 passes for 105 yards against the 49ers…The Cardinals still don’t have a running game but Andre Ellington was used as a receiver on Sunday. Ellington caught nine balls for 86 yards…Carlos Hyde was a game-time decision with a hip injury but he played and saw a bulk of the work. Hyde got 21 touches and gained 95 yards…Pierre Garcon got shut down by Patrick Peterson and with Marquise Goodwin out with a concussion, Aldrick Robinson led the 49ers in receiving (3/52). Robinson was targeted a team-high 12 times.

Philadelphia Eagles 26 Los Angeles Chargers 24

It’s hard to believe that three weeks ago LeGarrette Blount didn’t get a carry. Last week Blount emerged against the Giants and rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He built on that performance Sunday, running over the Chargers for 136 yards on 16 carries (8.5 YPC). With Darren Sproles out for the year, Blount will continue to have a big role going forward.

Extra Points: Wendell Smallwood also made an impact with Sproles out. Smallwood ran for 34 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries (3.4 YPC). He also caught four passes for 45 yards. Smallwood looks to be first in line to take over for Sproles as the Eagles pass catching back…Zach Ertz continues to be Carson Wentz’s favorite target. Ertz led the Eagles in targets (8), receptions (5) and yards (81)…Philips Rivers rebounded from a poor outing last week with 347 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions…The Chargers had two 100-yard receivers. Keenan Allen caught 5 of 11 targets for 138 yards, while Tyrell Williams hauled in 5 of 6 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles secondary continues to be a major weakness. Quarterbacks and receivers will be a strong play against them all season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 New York Giants 23

Jameis Winston threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns to help drop the Giants to 0-4. The once imposing Giants defense allowed 434 total yards to the Buccaneers. Every season is new. Don’t shy away from starting fantasy players against the Giants defense. It’s not the same unit it was in 2016.

Extra Points: The Buccaneers scouted the Giants defense well. New York has had trouble stopping tight ends and the Bucs exploited that weakness. Cameron Brate caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, while rookie O.J. Howard caught two passes for 63 yards and a score…Jacquizz Rodgers likely started his last game with Doug Martin returning from suspension next week. Rodgers put forth a solid effort, racking up 105 total yards on 18 touches…Eli Manning had his best game of the year. Manning threw for 288 yards and accounted for three touchdowns…Odell Beckham didn’t score this week but he led the Giants in targets (15), receptions (7) and yards (90).

Denver Broncos 16 Oakland Raiders 10

The Broncos and Raiders played a low-scoring game but the big story is the status of Derek Carr. Carr left the game with a back injury and didn’t return. He had thrown for 143 yards and a touchdown before getting injured. E.J. Manuel replaced Carr. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Carr is dealing with back spasms, so hopefully he won’t miss any time.

Extra Points: The Raiders running game has disappeared. Marshawn Lynch was held to 12 yards on nine carries (1.3 YPC). Lynch has just 30 yards on 15 carries over his last two games…Amari Cooper wasn’t able to do anything even with Michael Crabtree out. Cooper finished with just two catches for nine yards on eight targets…The Broncos main offensive weapon on Sunday was tight end A.J. Derby. Derby caught 4 of 6 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown. Derby had only four receptions in the Broncos first three games…Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for just five receptions and 38 yards on 10 targets.

Seattle Seahawks 46 Indianapolis Colts 18

Russell Wilson shook off a shaky first half to help lead the Seahawks to 36 second half points. Wilson threw for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Extra Points: The Seahawks defense scored two touchdowns, registered three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery on Sunday night…Rookie running back Chris Carson left with what looked like a serious leg injury. J.D. McKissic picked up the slack, racking up 65 total yards and scoring twice…It was a tough night for the Colts offense as expected without Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett struggled. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and one interception.


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