In case you slept through the weekend and didn’t see any football, here are the cliff notes to Week 4. A weekly player analysis to help you figure out what to do with some of your players this week.
P.Rivers: The Chargers QB has been in the top 12 in the last two years and that’s because he throws the ball a lot. Right now, nobody has thrown for more yards than him (1249), but he has 4 interceptions already and that’s what always has kept him out of the best QBs convo in terms of fantasy. This year he may end up in the top 10 and looks like a nice start every week.
E.Manning: He has three consecutive games with 18+ fantasy points, 7 total TDs, 1 interception and 783 yards. Quietly, he’s been a very consistent and reliable option with a high floor and a medium ceiling. With a nice group of RBs and WRs, he could keep this pace week after week.
D.Freeman: Oh boy this guy has been off the charts, he leads all RBs and WRs by 15 fantasy points. Freeman is a dual threat since he runs the ball (very hard so far) and catches the ball as well. Even with the rookie T.Coleman in the mix, Freeman has earned a legit RB2 status and if keeps this streak he could become a RB1 and keeping Coleman out of fantasy radars.
J.Hill/G.Bernard: Yeah, yeah, Hill scored 24 points this week, but did you know that he only rushed for 40 yards and had less carries and yards than G.Bernard? Well you should keep that in mind. Hill, however, got the goal line carries and that is very valuable, but if you ask me, I’d try to trade him for a more reliable option while he is a sell high. He has a high ceiling with RB1 potential and also a high floor that could keep him as an RB3. G.Bernard on the other hand has been very consistent and a nice flex option going forward.
C.Ivory: Had week 3 off and came back like a hammer this week. Looks like the Jets will work the running game hard so Fitzpatrick could have extra time when throwing the ball to find Marshall or Decker. What we saw in the London’s game is very good news for Ivory owners because he played like a RB2 hands down.
R.Hillman: I’m not even going to comment about CJ, at this point he might be a droppable player. However, Hillman had an explosive play vs the Vikings that finally forced Kubiak to practically say that he will be the starter. Since he has the “hot hand” right now and you need a RB, make him your first choice.
T.Gurley: After a limited debut on Week 3, the Rams gave a heavy workload vs Arizona, where he rushed hard for 146 yards showing everyone why he was the first RB on this year’s Draft. He could be a RB2 at the end of the season and a great draft pick for those who drafted him and a potential keeper for dynasty and keeper leagues.
J.Forsett: Welcome back to fantasy football! After three very slow weeks, Forsett came back big against the Steelers in primetime. The veteran looked like last year and his O-line helped him a lot. With S.Smith Sr out for a couple of weeks, the Ravens could (and should) concentrate their efforts to running the ball. Let’s see what Forsett can do against a weak Browns rush defense this week.
TJ Yeldon: Only M.Forte and A.Peterson have more carries than the rookie, and he is top 5 among RB in total touches. So far he hasn’t score once, but he has been a decent RB throughout four weeks (51 yards, 70, 33, 105). We can expect the same and he could have a breakout game soon, so I’d keep playing him as a RB3/flex option every week.
M.Gordon/D.Woodhead: The rookie has a consistent amount of carries every week (14,16,14,12) but he hasn’t been able to explode nor score a touchdown. In his best week, he rushed for 88 yards, but other than that he hasn’t rushed for more than 51 yards. He is someone to stash and wait for his breakout game, he’s not very trustworthy, especially in 10- team leagues. On the other hand, D.Woodhead is still a very consistent player from you could expect, a 35 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving every game and maybe a TD, a very good flex option.
T.Austin: This player has a lot of upside and I think that the Rams should get him more involved every week and not just in trick plays. I still can’t trust him as an every week start, but he is worth a roster spot, wait and see how the Rams plan to use him on a weekly basis.
A.Hurns: He is now the WR2 in the Jags offense and has been more effective than Robinson. Hurns has 9 less targets, 7 more reception, 16 less yards and the same TDs. With Yeldon running the ball and Bortles improving his passing game, Hurns could get a fantasy boost and be a legit WR3 in the near future.
L.Hankerson: He is M.Ryan’s second choice in the passing game and this isn’t a small thing. Although his productivity will be limited by Julio’s targets, Hankerson could help you out in the flex and in the bye weeks without risking a lot.
E.Decker: I wasn’t high on him, but Fitzpatrick has been throwing him the ball and finding him in the end zone: he has 3 TD in his three games played. If this offense keeps Ivory healthy, Decker could be a nice start as a low WR3 every week.
J.Landry: I really love the way he plays and he is without a doubt Tannehill’s favorite target, however he hasn’t been very productive in standard leagues and hasn’t scored yet. So he is no more of a WR3 for now.
D.Hopkins: No one, not even Julio, has more targets than Hopkins. He is the 4th most productive WR and a high WR2 with a serious WR1 potential, especially with some “elite” guys having a tough season (Beckham, Thomas, Megatron).
James Jones: He has Rodgers’s confidence in and out of the red zone. The veteran is a WR2 right now and he could end up in this position at the end of the season.
C.Fleener: I really like him as a TE1 without D.Allen, but when his teammate comes back I would’t trust him as a consistent option.
M.Bennett: When Cutler starts, you should be starting Bennett without a doubt. If Cutler goes down, you shouldn’t start Bennett, so keep a backup just in case.
fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá