The Hangover: Week 4 Fantasy Recap

The Hangover: NFL Week 4 Fantasy Recap


The Thursday Night game was a tale of two halves. The Bengals were sleepwalking through the first half, eventually turning it on for the dramatic 24-21 victory. Joe Burrow led the comeback completing 25 of 32 for 348 yards and two touchdowns. The only concern with Burrow this season has been the lack of volume. Since the Bengals were chasing in this one, the lack of passing attempts was not a concern. Burrow had it working with Tyler Boyd all evening. Boyd caught nine of eleven passes for 118 yards. I would not get carried away on Boyd–we know that Tee Higgins was out on this one and will return soon. Tyler Boyd remains a high-end flex play. Ja’Marr Chase received the most targets of his young career, but because he could not find the endzone, it was one of Chase’s worst fantasy outings. Chase caught six of nine passes for 77 yards. We expected some regression for Ja’Marr Chase, but he remains a low-end WR2. C.J. Uzomah was the revelation in this game. Uzomah reeled in five of six targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns. I’m not saying get carried away with your waiver wire this week, but for those of you struggling at the tight end position, Uzomah could potentially help. Joe Mixon continues to be very solid at the running back position. Joe Mixon rushed for 67 yards on 16 carries and found the endzone. Mixon remains a low-end RB1. James Robinson continues carrying the load for the Jaguars offense, which is paying off for Robinson’s fantasy managers. Robinson ran the ball 18 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson is a mid-low RB2. Trevor Lawrence had the best game of his young career while completing 17 of 24 passes for 204 yards while also running for 36 yards and a touchdown. I would not recommend playing Lawrence in one QB leagues just yet, but the future certainly is bright. Laviska Shenault Jr. was the only receiving bright spot. Shenault caught six of seven passes for 99 yards. For the most part, Shenault has caught short to intermediate passes. Shenault reeled in a 52-yard strike in this one–remember what type of player he has been for 99% of snaps this year. Shenault remains a flex option. 


A slow start in the Washington/Atlanta game did not stop these teams from putting on a show on Sunday. Taylor Heinicke has been good for fantasy football all season long, and Sunday was no different. Heinicke completed 23 of 33 for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Heinicke also ran for 43 additional yards. Heinicke was one of our favorite fantasy plays of the week and remains a back-end QB1 candidate. Terry McLaurin remains the alpha and omega of the passing game. McLaurin caught six of thirteen targets for 123 yards and two touchdowns. There were concerns about what the transition would look like from Fitzpatrick to Heinicke and how that would affect McLaurin–put those concerns to rest. Logan Thomas left this game almost immediately with an injury. Keep an eye on his status for the rest of the week. Antonio Gibson had a solid fantasy performance with 63 rushing yards on 14 carries with a touchdown–Gibson also caught both of his targets for twelve yards. Gibson remains on the low-end RB1 range. J.D. McKissic was also involved throughout seven carries for fifteen yards while hauling in all five of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. McKissic’s fantasy day was bailed out on a 30-yard receiving touchdown on a broken play. 


Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills kept it rolling over the Houston Texans 40-0. Allen had a ho-hum fantasy day completing 20 of 29 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. As usual, Josh Allen added a little something on the ground with 41 yards on six carries. Stefon Diggs caught seven of ten targets for 114 yards. Diggs has been solid this season, but the huge fantasy performances are coming. Dawson Knox continues to become more and more involved in the Bills offense. Knox caught five of eight targets for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Knox is firmly in the TE1 mix. Emmanuel Sanders continues to establish himself as a fixture in the Bills offense. Sanders caught five catches on six targets for 74 yards and is in the high-end flex mix. You can not start any Houston Texans players outside of Brandin Cooks. Cooks caught five of his seven targets for 47 yards and will look to bounce back next week as a WR2.


Justin Fields led the Bears to a 24-14 victory and looked like an entirely different quarterback in the process. The Bears had a conservative offensive gameplan as they ran the ball 39 times and only threw it 17 times–Fields completed 11 of 17 for 209 yards and an interception. The stat line won’t be impressive, but Fields played much better than the numbers would lead you to believe. David Montgomery rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries before sustaining a knee injury. Reports have surfaced that indicate Montgomery will miss 4-5 weeks of action. Damien Williams was banged up in this one as well. Williams would stand to be the Bears RB1 if Montgomery were to miss anytime. Given his ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield Damien Williams would make for a mid-RB2 while David Montgomery is out. Darnell Mooney was the most targeted pass-catcher for the Chicago Bears. Fields and Mooney have a connection on the deep targets. I don’t believe this game is an aberration, rather a sign of things to come. Allen Robinson caught all three of his targets for 63 yards. Now is the time to ‘buy low’ on Allen Robinson. The Bears will not dominate with the running game often. I can see the Bears’ passing volume doubling soon. Jared Goff continues to put up low-end streaming QB1 numbers–completing 24 of 38 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Williams led the Lions backfield in touches and appeared to be the more effective runner. Williams ran for 66 yards on 14 carries, remaining a low-end flex fantasy play. D’Andre Swift had his worst game of the season as he ran for 16 yards on eight carries, hauling in four of six targets for 33 yards. If you can ‘buy low’ on D’Andre Swift–NOW IS THE TIME! Back to back disappointing performances for T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson caught four of eight targets for 42 yards. In two weeks, Hockenson went from untouchable to obtainable–buy low! Quintez Cephus and Amon-Ra St. Brown continue to establish themselves as the desperation receiver plays for the Lions. Amon-Ra St. Brown led the team in targets, catching six of eight passes for 70 yards. Quintez Cephus caught four of five for 83 yards. I still would not trust any Lions receivers for fantasy. 


The Dallas Cowboys took control of this game with a 20-0 run in the 3rd quarter. The concern for Dak Prescott fantasy managers is the game plan and now the lack of passing volume. Prescott completed 14 of 22 passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns. Prescott was great for fantasy due to the four touchdown passes. The issue is if this lack of passing volume trend continues and the touchdown ratio regresses to the mean, Prescott is going to be a fantasy dud. Speaking of the Cowboys’ rushing attack, Dallas ran the ball 34 times versus 22 pass attempts. Ezekiel Elliott was phenomenal in this one rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Zeke has been awesome all season long and remains a Top 5 fantasy RB. Tony Pollard was also mixed in for 67 yards rushing on ten carries as a solid flex option for your fantasy team. Dalton Schultz has established himself as a weekly option for your fantasy team–Schultz caught six of eight passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper made the most of his three targets–catching all three for 69 yards and a touchdown. Cooper remains a high-end WR2. The lack of the passing volume seems to have hurt CeeDee Lamb more than anyone. Lamb caught two of five targets for 13 yards. I would expect a squeaky wheel game for CeeDee Lamb in week five. Sam Darnold continues to be a fantasy supernova. Darnold completed 26 of 39 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Here is the kicker–Darnold ran for 35 yards and two more touchdowns! These types of fantasy performances cannot continue–enjoy the ride while you can. D.J. Moore continues to dominate in his breakout season. Moore caught eight of his twelve targets for 113 yards and two receiving touchdowns. D.J. Moore is a locked-in top ten fantasy receiver and is pushing for Top 5 consideration. Robby Anderson was as involved as he has been all season long. Anderson caught five of eleven targets for 46 yards. If you can ‘sell’ Anderson following this game, do so immediately. Today was a bit concerning for Terrace Marshall Jr. truthers with only one catch for two yards. If you spent up for Chuba Hubbard on your waiver wire, you are likely disappointed with Sunday’s performance. Hubbard ran for 57 yards on 13 carries. The disturbing part was Hubbards’ lack of involvement in the passing game. Rodney Smith subbed him for five catches on as many targets for 48 yards. If Chuba Hubbard is not taking on the Christian McCaffery role for the Panthers, his fantasy value plummets. 


The Indianapolis Colts won their first game of the season behind an efficient passing game and strong rushing performance from Jonathan Taylor. Taylor ran for 103 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in his best game of the season. Taylor remains a back-end RB1. Carson Wentz played his best game of the young season, completing 24 of 32 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. I would like to see another solid performance before I will recommend Carson Wentz as a streaming option. Michael Pittman Jr. was once again the most involved pass-catcher for the Colts. Pittman Jr. caught six of eight passes for 59 yards. Given his involvement in the passing game, Michael Pittman Jr. will have some WR2 weeks soon. Mo Allie-Cox was the go-to player around the goal-line. MAC turned five targets into three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Mo-Allie Cox will be a popular tight-end waiver wire pickup.   


The Cleveland Browns won 14-7 despite the worst game of the season from Baker Mayfield. Mayfield completed only 15 of 33 passes for just 155 yards while missing an open Odell Beckham Jr. on several occasions. Beckham Jr. caught only two of seven passes for 27 yards. Luckily for the Browns, they still have one of the better rushing attacks in the NFL. Nick Chubb ran for 100 yards on 21 carries, while Kareem Hunt ran for 69 yards, and a touchdown on 14 carries. Chubb remains a low-end RB1, and Kareem Hunt remains a high-end RB2. Kirk Cousins had been on fire coming into this one but played poorly for most of the game. Cousins completed 20 of 38 for 203 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Dalvin Cook remains a question mark as he does not look like the same player following the injury to his ankle. Cook ran for 34 yards on nine carries. Alexander Mattison had more carries with ten for twenty yards. Keep an eye on the injury and practice reports this week before making a final decision on the Vikings’ backfield. Justin Jefferson continues as a locked-in WR1/WR2. Adam Thielen was the most targeted option in the Vikings’ passing game–catching only three of eight targets for 46 yards. I would not worry about Adam Thielen, given the number of targets he receives weekly. 


The New York Giants won the coin-flip in overtime, took the ball, and upset the New Orleans Saints on a Saquon Barkley touchdown run. We told you to ‘buy low’ on Barkley–did you listen? Saquon Barkley looked healthy as he ran for 52 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while catching five of six passes for 74 yards and another touchdown. Barkley has moved back into the Top 10 fantasy running back conversation. Daniel Jones played well in this one completing 28 of 40 for 402 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. It was a pleasant surprise to see the outside playmakers as involved as they were. Kenny Golladay had his best game as a Giant with six catches on seven targets for 116 yards. Golladay is in the flex mix, but I would like to see it once more before placing any trust in a player that has been this inconsistent. Kadarius Toney finally showed signs of life, hauling in six of nine targets for 78 yards. Toney saw a bump in his role because Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton were injured. This game was such an odd one for the New Orleans Saints. Jameis Winston took what the defense gave him, completing 17 of 23 for 226 yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara carried the load for the Saints rushing for 120 yards on 26 carries but was not targeted as a pass-catcher. Marquez Callaway was targeted just twice in this game–Callaway caught both targets for 74 yards. Deonte Harris was the most targeted pass-catcher by a wide margin. Harris caught five of eight targets for 52 yards. Do not rush out to pick up Deonte Harris.


The New York Jets got off the snide as they won their first game of the year 27-24 in overtime over the Tennessee Titans. You see the glimpses from Zach Wilson. Wilson completed 21 of 34 for 297 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Given the Jets’ debacle of an offense, you still cannot trust Zach Wilson in fantasy. Corey Davis is the only Jets’ pass-catcher worth having on your fantasy team. Davis caught four of seven targets for 111 yards and a touchdown–remaining a low-end WR2. Was Sunday a step towards establishing Michael Carter as the lead back for the Jets? Carter rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Carter is worth picking up for your fantasy team, but you may not want to start him until you see it again from him. Derrick Henry was again the engine for the Titans’ offense, as he remains the RB1 on the season. Henry rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries. Ryan Tannehill missed AJ Brown and Julio Jones–both missed the game due to injury. Tannehill completed 30 of 49 for 298 yards and a touchdown–targeting Jeremy McNichols TWELVE times! There are no long-term takeaways for the Titans in this one. 


The Kansas City Chiefs got back on track in this one, doing whatever they wanted to all afternoon long. Patrick Mahomes rebounded as he completed 24 of 30 for 278 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception. Mahomes remains in the mix as the top quarterback in fantasy. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has now had back-to-back strong performances. CEH ran for 102 yards on 14 carries, catching two passes for 12 yards and a touchdown. CEH is a solid RB2. We told you that the explosive Tyreek Hill game was en route, and here it was on full display. Hill caught 11 of 12 targets for 186 yards and three touchdowns–just missing out on a fourth. Hill re-announced his candidacy as the top receiver in fantasy. Slow day for Travis Kelce with just 23 yards on four catches. Nothing to see here. Travis Kelce remains the top tight end in fantasy football. Jalen Hurts continues to produce fantasy numbers week in and week out. Hurts completed 32 of 48 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns. Hurts remains locked in as a Top 10 fantasy quarterback. DeVonta Smith was the top pass-catcher for the Eagles Sunday–seven catches on ten targets for 122 yards. Smith just missed out on a long touchdown as he stepped out before the reception. Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz both found success against a leaky Chiefs defense. Goedert caught all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Ertz caught six of eight targets for 60 yards–just missing on a touchdown catch of his own. As odd as it may sound, both Eagles’ tight-end options are options for your fantasy team. We mentioned last week that Miles Sanders has a Kenneth Gainwell problem. Gainwell was the more impressive runner and pass-catcher on Sunday. Gainwell ran for 31 yards and a touchdown on three carries, catching six targets for 58 yards. Miles Sanders is only a low-end RB2 at this point, and with Gainwell gaining on Sanders–Gainwell may be a low-end RB2.


The Arizona Cardinals went into Los Angeles and destroyed the Rams in a statement game. Kyler Murray was the best player on the field Sunday–completing 24 of 32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Murray has been the top fantasy quarterback all season long, and nothing from Sunday changes that narrative. The most impressive thing was how the Cardinals’ offensive line had their way with the Rams’ defensive front. Chase Edmonds ran for 120 yards on 12 carries, while James Conner ran for 50 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Edmonds remains a mid-RB2, and Conner remains a touchdown-dependent flex option. DeAndre Hopkins caught four of seven targets for 67 yards–officially fallen from the WR1 ranks and is only in the WR2 conversation moving forward. A.J. Green continues his resurrection in the desert, catching five targets for 67 yards and a touchdown. Maxx Williams continues to emerge as the Cardinals’ tight end option. Williams caught all five of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. If you are looking for a streaming tight-end option–you could do worse than Maxx Williams. Matthew Stafford turned in an uneven performance on Sunday, completing 26 of 41 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Cooper Kupp remained the alpha in the passing game with thirteen targets. The difference in this one was that Kupp turned the targets into five catches and 64 yards. Kupp remains a Top 5 fantasy receiver. Robert Woods saved his fantasy day with a late touchdown. Van Jefferson was the most prolific receiver in this one with six receptions on six targets for 90 yards and a touchdown. Darrell Henderson Jr. returned to action following a week off due to injured ribs. Henderson immediately reclaimed the lead role in the Rams backfield with 89 yards on 14 carries, catching five targets for 27 additional yards. Henderson remains locked in as a mid-RB2. The Rams offense will be one of the most prolific units in the league–there are no concerns here. 


The Seahawks won what must have felt like a must-win football game on the road in San Francisco 28-21. The Seahawks did not do very much that stands out. Russell Wilson completed 16 of 23 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. With the pedestrian numbers–Wilson is a top ten fantasy quarterback. The day of being considered a top-five option is gone. I don’t believe that Tyler Lockett is quite right. Lockett sustained an injury a week ago. I would temper expectations until you see another strong performance from Lockett. DK Metcalf was the lone standout from the passing game with four receptions on eight targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. Metcalf remains a low-end WR1. The Seahawks had an odd weekend from their backfield as Chris Carson was inept with 30 yards on 13 carries. Alex Collins was the more proficient runner with 44 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. Alex Collins should be considered a hot name on the waiver wire. Could this be the beginning of the Trey Lance era? Jimmy Garoppolo left this game with a calf injury and reportedly will miss several weeks. Trey Lance came into mixed reviews but looked electric at times. Lance completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Lance also ran for 41 yards on seven carries. The multi-faceted capabilities of Trey Lance are clear–his fantasy upside is tremendous. Buckle up. Trey Sermon had a strong day on the ground with 89 yards on 19 carries. How the 49ers handle their backfield moving forward is anyone’s guess. Deebo Samuel‘s re-emergence as the 49ers’ top offensive weapon continues to be a storyline in the early going. Samuel hauled in eight of twelve targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns. I would expect Lance to lean on Deebo Samuel and his value should remain cemented. George Kittle‘s fantasy managers are getting impatient, and I understand. Kittle only caught four of eleven targets for 40 yards. The Lance to Kittle combination will be one of the more fascinating to watch. Brandon Aiyuk remains off the fantasy radar as he only caught one of four targets for 15 yards.


The Ravens outlasted the Broncos in a defensive tilt 23-7. Lamar Jackson was just ok in this one as he completed 22 of 37 for 316 yards and one touchdown. Status quo as a top-five quarterback option with Lamar Jackson. Marquise Brown has dropped some critical passes as of late. Hollywood redeemed himself with a 49-yard diving touchdown catch in this one. Mark Andrews caught five of eight targets for 67 yards. I know it hasn’t always been pretty for Mark Andrews this season, but take comfort that many others have a worse tight-end situation. The Ravens running back pecking order has shifted. Ty’Som William is out of the committee. The Ravens have decided to go with a more veteran committee approach. Latavius Murray is the head of the class, with Lev Bell and Devonta Freeman sprinkled in. Given how much the Ravens run the football, you should treat Murray as a low-end RB2. Teddy Bridgewater is in the concussion protocol so keep an eye on his progress this week. If Bridgewater were unable to suit up next week, forcing Drew Lock back under center, you want to avoid all Broncos pass catchers. The Broncos continue to lean heavily on Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Sutton hauled in three of eight targets for 47 yards. Fant had the most productive day of any receiver/tight end with six catches on ten targets for 46 yards and a touchdown. With Bridgewater under center, Courtland Sutton is a low-end WR2, and Noah Fant is a top 10 tight end. The Broncos backfield remains a 50/50 split as Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III split the touches right down the middle. Both players played well in this one–I can’t say that one back stood out above the other. Expect the committee approach to continue–infuriating fantasy managers.


Aaron Rodgers and a balanced rushing attack led the Packers to their third victory in a row. Rodgers had solid in this one completing 20 of 36 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams is always the most targeted Packer, but it was an off-game for Adams as he caught only six of eleven targets for 64 yards. I would expect a bounce-back performance next week when the Packers take on the Bengals. Randall Cobb was the star in this one catching five of six targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns. With Marquez Valdes-Scantling out of action for a few weeks, it appears that Randall Cobb will be the primary beneficiary. AJ Dillon‘s involvement in the game plan this weekend is intriguing. Was this purely game script or a sign of things to come? Dillon was the more effective runner in this one rushing for 81 yards on 15 carries. Aaron Jones was still good in this game, turning 18 touches into 99 total yards. Consider Aaron Jones a top-five fantasy back on talent alone. AJ Dillon is a weekly flex play. We mentioned last week that Ben Rothlisberger appears finished, and the result of this game did not impact our decision. Big Ben completed 26 of 40 for 232 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. Diontae Johnson remains the alpha in the passing game with nine catches on thirteen targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. Given how heavily Big Ben leans on Diontae Johnson, Johnson remains in the mix for a low-end WR1. Rothlisberger missed JuJu Smith-Schuster all afternoon, completing just two of eight targets to the slot receiver for 11 yards. Najee Harris continues to get the workload–21 touches in this one for 91 yards and a touchdown. Harris remains a low-end RB1. 


Tom Brady and the Buccaneers got a victory in Foxboro on what the former Patriots quarterback would later dub ‘an emotional week’. Brady played his worst game of the season, completing 22 of 43 passes for 269 yards. It was rainy conditions, so I am giving Brady a break–expect borderline top 5 quarterback numbers next week. Mike Evans was the most targeted pass-catcher in this one–Evans caught seven of twelve targets for 75 yards. Antonio Brown was not far behind him with seven catches on eleven targets for 63 yards. A quiet outing for Chris Godwin with three catches on five targets for 55 yards. We feel pretty confident in this group collectively that we know what they are at this point. Evans and Godwin remain high-end WR2 types, and Brown is more of a low-end WR2. Leonard Fournette may have been the most impressive offensive player on either side. Fournette had 23 touches for 138 total yards. Ronald Jones II vultured a touchdown from Fournette, or he would have had an even bigger night. Fournette is the clear lead back for the Bucs and reserves low-end RB2 consideration. I’m not sure how anyone could walk away from Sunday Night’s game and not be impressed with rookie quarterback Mac Jones. The Patriots abandoned the running game against the Buccaneers and attacked only with the passing game. The Buccaneers pass rush teed off on Jones, and the rookie stood in there and delivered strike after strike. Jones completed 31 of 40 for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Mac Jones will never have the fantasy ceiling as the dual-threat quarterback, but Jones will be on the streaming quarterback radar before you know it. I mentioned the Patriots abandoning the run–Damien Harris had -4 yards on four carries in this one. Don’t take away anything from this game as far as the rushing game is concerned–this was a one-game strategy. Jakobi Myers remains the top name to be aware of as Myers caught eight of twelve targets for 70 yards. The Patriots, by design, spread the ball around to a variety of pass-catchers. Very tough to count on any of them for significant fantasy points. 


Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers came out white-hot in this one and never looked back. Herbert completed 25 of 38 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Herbert just missed on another long score, so his fantasy night could have been better–he remains a low-end QB1. Austin Ekeler looked sensational all night–145 total yards and two touchdowns on 18 touches. We have said it all year and will not back off now–Austin Ekeler is a top-five fantasy running back. Interesting deployment for the Chargers receiving group in this one. Keenan Allen was the most-targeted pass-catcher with seven catches on eleven targets for only 36 yards–Allen remains a low-end WR1. Mike Williams has been one of the fantasy football storylines early this season. Unfortunately for Williams’ fantasy managers, he caught only one pass for 11 yards in this one. Herbert missed Williams on what would have been an 80-yard touchdown early in the game, and the two never got it going. Justin Herbert focused on the tight end position as Jared Cook and Donald Parham Jr. combined for eight catches on ten targets for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Cook remains the tight end to play in this offense and is a low-end TE1 in fantasy. Derek Carr had his most subdued fantasy performance of the season in this one completing 21 of 34 for 196 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The running game was no help as Josh Jacobs ran for 40 yards on 13 carries. Jacobs cannot be started in fantasy until we see more positive signs. Hunter Renfrow was the most targeted pass-catcher in this one with six catches on eight targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. Darren Waller continues to be the only target that can be relied upon weekly. Waller caught four of seven passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Henry Ruggs III caught three of six targets for 60 yards, one of which was a 51-yard reception. You start Waller every week and leave all other fantasy options on the bench for the time being.

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