Cincinnati Bengals 22, Miami Dolphins 7
A.J. Green had a huge game Thursday night with 10 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown. He’s on pace for 176 targets, which would be highest amount since 2013 (178). Jeremy Hill had 21 carries but struggled to find running room, finishing with 71 yards. The Bengals have struggled to run the ball as a team (3.1 YPC) but Hill has out-carried Gio Bernard 58-25 this season. Each should continue to be matchup based, low-end RB2/flex plays.
Adam Gase stated that the team would move away from the dreaded four-man committee we've seen the last two weeks. This is potentially good news for Jay Ajayi, who had the most success Thursday night with six carries for 33 yards. However, Arian Foster may be back next week and would resume the lead back duties if healthy. Kenny Still has played more snaps than any Dolphins WR this season. Yes, including Jarvis Landry.In deep leagues, he’s worth a roster spot based on usage. He has double-digit fantasy points in each of the last three games.
Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Indianapolis Colts 27
T.J. Yeldon had his best game of the season thus far with 14 carries for 71 yards and four catches for 46 yards. While Yeldon will most likely be the pass catching back, it appears this offense will ride the hot hand with the carries. This is a tough rushing attack to project. Allen Hurns scored his first touchdown of the season on a 42-yard-catch-and-run in the fourth quarter. He’s more of a WR4 going forward after their bye week until we see more consistency.
Phillip Dorsett saved his fantasy day with a 64-yard touchdown reception in the 4th quarter Sunday. He only saw three targets which is a bit concerning as we expected to see his usage go up after Donte Moncrief’s injury. However, Andrew Luck was under duress much of the day – sacked six times – and wasn’t able to take many shots down the field. Dorsett will be a boom-or-bust option next week against Chicago.
Chicago Bears 17, Detroit Lions 14
Jordan Howard showed why he was the top waiver wire pick up last week with 23 carries for 111 yards. With Jeremy Langford out 3-5 more weeks, Howard will continue to be the bell cow back. If he continues to produce, he could remain the lead back even with Langford healthy. He’s a rock solid RB2 going forward. Kevin White left the game Sunday in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury. Before leaving, he had six catches for 55 yards. He has 23 targets in the last seven quarters he’s played in. A breakout game could come next week against the Colts if he’s healthy enough to play. He's having an MRI Monday.
My guy Dwayne Washington left the game in the first half of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown as of this writing but it’s disappointing, as he seemed to be primed for a bigger role in the offense going forward. Zach Zenner would be next up if Washington misses a significant amount of time. Golden Tate appeared to be benched in the second half after miscommunication with Matthew Stafford led to an interception right before halftime. Not sure what this means going forward but Tate can be safely left on your bench in a touch matchup with Philadelphia next week.
Houston Texans 27, Tennessee Titans 20
Will Fuller V bounced back with a big week Sunday catching seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also went untouched for a punt return touchdown in the 2nd half. Fuller led the team in targets and is a solid WR3 as a big-play threat. On the other side of the coin, DeAndre Hopkins only had one catch for four yards Sunday. A disappointing result for a player that averaged 116 yards per game against the Titans in his career going into the game. Hopkins will get back on track but has another tough matchup next week at Minnesota. I wouldn’t panic if you’re a Hopkins owner.
Derrick Henry only played nine snaps Sunday, his lowest of the season. Part of this was due to game flow as the Titans were playing from behind the majority of the game. DeMarco Murray continues to dominate the touches in the backfield (29 total on Sunday) and is a must play every week.
Washington Redskins 31, Cleveland Browns 20
Jordan Reed broke out with a big game scoring his first two touchdowns of the season while also catching nine passes for 73 yards. I expect more big days going forward as a top-3 TE option. Matt Jones had his best game of the season with 22 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown. He continues to get nearly all the carries – 59 of 85 total this season – and appears to be destined for a heavy workload as long as he’s healthy.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. didn’t have the same type of day as he did in Week 3, but Pryor did score a touchdown to go with five catches for 46 yards, giving him a solid fantasy day. He didn’t play any snaps at QB this week, so don’t anticipate that package for him every week. That said, with Josh Gordon not returning this season and Corey Coleman still a few weeks away, Pryor is a WR2 for me going forward. Speaking of Josh Gordon, he's safe to drop in all leagues. I wish him the best in his battle with addition.
Seattle Seahawks 27, New York Jets 17
Russell Wilson looked great Sunday with 309 yards and three touchdowns, not bad for a guy with a sprained right ankle and sprained MCL in his left knee. He should be close to 100% after their bye next week. C.J. Spiller scored a touchdown in his first game with Seattle. However, he’s not someone to pick up right now as he only had four touches total. Christine Michael dominated the touches with 18 carries, five catches for a total of 90 yards and a touchdown. Michael is an every week RB1 for me and I believe he’ll remain the lead back when Thomas Rawls returns.
Brandon Marshall had four receptions for 89 yards and caught his first touchdown of the season Sunday. He received 12 targets and I expect Marshall to be a target hog in the coming weeks as there is no word on when Eric Decker will return. Quincy Enunwa had a bigger role in Decker’s absence with six catches for 60 yards on seven targets, he's a every week WR3 as long as he's the #2 option in the passing game. Decker is a hold in leagues until we find out how long he’ll be out for. Matt Forte went to get X-Ray's after the game Sunday. No word on what his injury is at the moment but Bilal Powell should be on rosters in the event it turns out to be serious.
Buffalo Bills 16, New England Patriots 0
Sammy Watkins was placed on IR last week because of his foot injury, which you hate to see for such a great talent. If you have an IR spot, I’d stash him there. If not, feel free to drop him as he can’t come back until Week 12 at the earliest, if he even returns at all this season. LeSean McCoy will be heavily relied upon this season as the centerpiece of the offense. He had 25 touches for 108 total yards and a touchdown. He’s a RB1 the rest of the season.
It’s official, Tom Brady is no longer suspended. He should be inserted into lineup immediately as a top-5 option next week against the Browns. Brady’s return boosts James White’s value, as Matthew Berry mentioned in preseason, Brady threw the fifth-most passes to running backs in the league last season so I’m expecting more usage going forward. Gronk, Martellus Bennett and Julian Edelman receive a bump up in value as well. On the other side, I believe LeGarrette Blount's value drops a bit. As we’ve seen in the past, he’s been more inconsistent and game flow dependent with Brady under center, as they tend to spread things out more.
Atlanta Falcons 48, Carolina Panthers 33
Julio Jones bounced back from his one-catch performance Monday night in a big way by becoming the sixth player to ever have 300 yards receiving in a game. He’s pretty good. Matt Ryan had another big game with 503 yards passing and four touchdowns. I believe he’s a sell-high as his value will never be higher and there will be some regression from his fantastic start. His schedule is going to get tougher as well with games against Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Los Angeles still to come. Quick note, Tevin Coleman may not play next week in Denver due to sickle cell trait. Something to monitor this week.
Cam Newton left Sunday’s game with a concussion after taking a big hit going into the end zone on a 2-point conversion. He did not return to the game and was replaced by Derek Anderson. As of this writing, there’s no word on his status for next week but his owners should keep an eye out for backup plans incase he has to miss a game or two. Newton’s absence would bump down the value of Kelvin Benjamin. However, Greg Olsen’s value would stay the same as Derek Anderson looked for him quite a bit in Sunday’s game.
Oakland Raiders 28, Baltimore Ravens 27
Michael Crabtree had a big game with seven catches for 88 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the 4th quarter, on 12 targets. He’s had more targets in 11 of the 20 games he and Amari Cooper have played together. He’ll continue to be a WR2. Latavius Murray had only 19 yards on eight carries. Hopefully you were able to sell while you could as that window may have closed.
Justin Forsett was a surprise healthy scratch Sunday leaving the backfield to Terrance West and Buck Allen. West didn’t disappoint with 21 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. West will likely be the starter going forward and should be owned in all leagues. However, Kenneth Dixon is targeting being back next week and will likely be worked in slowly over the next few weeks. Dixon should be stashed while Forsett can be dropped in most leagues.
Denver Broncos 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7
Trevor Siemian left Sunday’s game in the first half with a left shoulder injury and did not return. Rookie Paxton Lynch received his first action of his career and was solid with 170 yards and a touchdown. If Siemian were to miss time, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders value stays the same for me as rookies tend to be inconsistent as they learn the position. That said, they do have more upside as Lynch has a bigger arm and is more likely to take deep shots down field. Lynch can be left on the waiver wire's until we see him put a few good fantasy games together.
Cameron Brate led the Bucs in receiving yards with 67 yards on five receptions. He’s a high-end TE2 and a fine bye week flier/streaming option going forward. Charles Sims struggled to find running room in a tough matchup but did receive 15 carries. Despite the fumble, he’s still expected to be the lead back next week against Carolina. Doug Martin is potentially back Week 7 after their bye week.
Los Angeles Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 14
Todd Gurley had another tough game on the ground with 19 carries for 33 yards. However, he was more involved in the passing game catching all five of his targets for 49 yards. I expect the Rams to continue to manufacture ways to get Gurley the ball, he’s too important to their offense. Three of Brian Quick’s last four catches have been touchdowns. While he’s making big plays, he’s not getting enough volume for me to recommend picking it up at this time.
John Brown is back. Brown had his biggest game of the season with 10 catches for 144 yards on 16 targets. Not only did he receive his second consecutive game with double digit targets, but he also saw his highest snap count of the season with 70 out of 77. Brown is back on WR3 territory against the San Francisco on Thursday night. One thing that could slow Brown’s momentum is that Carson Palmer left Sunday’s game with a concussion. He did not return and his timetable to return has yet to be announced. With a short week, there’s a decent chance Palmer sits out Thursday. If Palmer is out, it would be a downgrade for all the Cardinals WRs, while David Johnson’s value should remain intact as he’ll be heavily relied upon.
New Orleans Saints 35, San Diego Chargers 34
John Kuhn drew the ire of the fantasy community on Sunday by vulturing three touchdowns. My favorite (and by favorite, I mean the one that had me in the most rage) was seeing him leap up to take away a touchdown reception from my TE Coby Fleener, who was wide-open in the end zone. Kuhn will have these days here and there leaving him in Adam Rank’s “That Helps No One” Hall of Fame. Fleener had another quiet day with three receptions for 19 yards. His day may be viewed different if he had caught that touchdown but I can’t blame you if you drop him during his bye week.
Melvin Gordon came through with two touchdowns – his fifth and sixth of the season – but only gained 36 yards on 19 carries. Through four games, Gordon is averaging 3.2 YPC and has rushed for over 57 yards just once. While the volume will be there the rest of the season, the touchdowns will eventually regress. He’s not a must sell but I would see what I could get for Gordon while his value is so high. With the injuries sustained to the RB position, you could get a nice haul. Dontrelle Inman surprised Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams owners with seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. I still believe he’s behind Benjamin and Williams on the depth chart, but his presence will make the Chargers receiving corps a bit harder to predict.
Dallas Cowboys 24, San Francisco 49ers 17
Dez Bryant has a crack in his fibula causing him to miss Sunday’s game. Brice Butler saw extended time in his absence, catching five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown while tying for the team-lead in targets with nine. Jay Glazer reported there’s a chance Dez Bryant will be back Week 5 against Cincinnati. If Bryant remains out for an extended period of time, Butler becomes an intriguing add in deeper leagues. Ezekiel Elliott is the only RB to have had 20 carries in all four games this season. Elliott has lost some goal line carries the last couple weeks but received most of them on Sunday. He's a top-5 RB in fantasy.
Garrett Celek started at TE with Vance McDonald out and had a solid game with five catches for 79 yards. Blaine Gabbert likes to throw to the TE so Celek is a potential streaming option in deep leagues while McDonald is sidelined. Jeremy Kerley turned in a nice game with six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. He has some PPR value but he didn’t have more than 29 yards the last two weeks. I wouldn’t worry to much about him at the moment.
Pittsburgh Steelers 43, Kansas City Chiefs 14
Le'Veon Bell is back and he didn’t miss a beat with 18 carries for 144 yards and also saw some snaps at WR, catching five passes for 34 yards. He’s a top-2 option for me the rest of the season. Ben Roethlisberger bounced back with a huge game of 300 yards and five touchdowns. Ben had two six-touchdown games last season so he has the potential to do this every week when all his weapons are healthy.
Jamaal Charles returned Sunday night for the first time since he tore his ACL in 2015. He saw limited time with only 11 snaps but it was good to see him back on the field again. They have a bye this week but he should see much more playing time afterwards in Week 6. Spencer Ware will still have a role in the offense but I expect the touches to be more 50/50 going forward. Ware is a hold going forward and will still have RB2/RB3 value while sharing time with Charles.