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.
Eli Manning: He hadn’t had a breakout game until this week with 441 yards and 3 TDs, but he had been very consistent in three games with at least 18 fantasy points. Looks like he could end up as a low QB1 this year.
J.McCown: Three games started, three games with 19+ fantasy points, this guy has been off the charts with at least 341 yards, 2 TDs in every game and just 1 interception. Although I hate his matchup next week, I think he could be a very good replacement if you drafted a guy like P.Manning, M.Ryan or even D.Brees.
B.Bortles: He is 6th among QBs so far with 5 straight games with 16+ fantasy points. I really like him going forward, he has a very good rookie RB, two great WRs and an elite TE now. Plus he has a very relaxed schedule, facing just two defenses allowing less than 15 points to QBs (Jets and Falcons).
D.Murray: Welcome back Mr. Murray, we missed you. Finally he got some decent fantasy production with 83 rushing yards in 20 carries, 37 receiving yards and 1 TD. He showed his coach why they paid so much for him, and it could be the start of the return of Murray as at least an RB2.
T.Gurley: With just two games played, he is among the best 40 RBs in fantasy. Hope you’ve stashed him and played him since last week. In these 2 weeks, nobody has more carries than him (49) and he could end up as a RB1 at the end of the season.
D.Martin: Second straight 100+ yards this week and he is second in carries in the last 4 weeks with 79 (almost 20 carries per game). Looks like the Bucs need to run the ball more to give their QB more of a chance and win games. You could expect more consistency from Martin for the rest of the season.
D.Freeman: One word, STUD. Can’t say a lot about this guy, running or receiving he has been productive and the center of the offense.
TJ Yeldon: He is fifth overall in both carries and touches among RBs and he finally got a TD. If the touches keep coming his way like it has and his offense keeps working, he could be a high RB3 with RB2 potential.
A.Ellington/ C.Johnson/ D.Johnson: Ellington showed why he uswd to be the starter with a 63 rush TD, however CJ2K remains the starter. I think Andre will get his job back sooner than later. However there are still a lot of touches remaining for Johnson since his team has been so good. They lead the games early and then just run the ball to manage the clock with CJ. Finally David Johnson has his value as long as he keeps his red zone touches, which is very likely because of his size.
T.Riddick: Great option in PPR and a very good backup in standard leagues. He leads the RB in both targets and receptions and he hasn’t received for less than 30 yards.
A.Hurns/Robinson: Both Jaguars WRs have fantasy value, but Hurns is really pushing to take that WR1 spot. He has more receptions and more yards with less targets. Now with J Thomas in the mix, both WRs could have more one-on-one matchups and beat the defenders more often.
J.Strong/D.Hopkins: Strong is here just to point out that the WR2 have been really good against that Colts Defense. And Hopkins because he is the NFL target leader with 12 more than second place.
W.Snead: Has 33 targets for 22 receptions and 381 yards and has D.Brees throwing him the ball. He is definitely worth a roster spot and could help you as a flex option.
J.Brown: He has been very consistent (46 yards, 45, 62, 75, 73) and he is clearly the second choice for Carson Palmer. So he is a good flex option and when Larry can’t get out of coverage, Brown could put up WR2 numbers. Hold on to him.
E.Sanders: He has only 5 less targets than Thomas but has 2 more yards and one more TD. He normally runs shorter routes than Demaryius and with Peyton’s arm slowing down, he could become the top option for the Broncos’s QB at the end of the season.
T.Benjamin: Still very involved in a dynamic Browns passing offense and has yet to score less than 7 fantasy points. He is a great flex option every week.
D.Harris: With Beckham dealing with a hamstring and Randle not getting the job done (as usual), Harris could be the second option for Eli and gain fantasy value in the next couple of weeks.
A.Gates: P.Rivers missed him a lot and we all saw it on MNF with that 92 yards and 2 TD performance. He is an elite TE and should produce right away.
G.Barnidge: Another guy benefited from the hot streak of McCown. In the last three games he had received at least 75 yards and score a TD every game. Add him now.
J.Tamme: Had his best game with 94 yards received. If Julio Jones can’t play on any week, he is a very nice start.
fantasyreaList Writer: Aldo Muriá