Week four was yet another example of the NFL being a roller coater ride week-to-week. In the NFL, any team can win, which explains the Jets having the same record as the Patriots and Cowboys, who both lost at home this weekend.
It was also a week that saw some struggling offensive superstars get back to their usual form. Le’Veon Bell finally showed out for the Steelers, and Todd Gurley continued his dominance through 4 games.
The two biggest surprises at QB were Cam Newton, who scored as many fantasy points against the Patriots as he had in his first three weeks, throwing for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, and one on the ground. The other was Deshaun Watson who exploded for 5 touchdowns and nearly 34 fantasy points. Both have played exceptional against the Patriots D, that can no longer be looked over.
DeAndre Hopkins capitalized on Watson’s big day, leading all wideouts with 27 fantasy points. His 10 catches for 107 yards were a huge part of Watson’s day, but Will Fuller V’s 2 touchdown catches make him a must pick up going forward. If the offense for the Texans stays hot, then those two along with Lamar Miller will be fantasy commodities for the rest of the season.
For Fantasy owners utilizing the running back rookie movement, it was a good and bad day for that group. Alvin Kamara might have officially won the job, after his day catching out of the backfield. He caught ten balls from Drew Brees, scoring 25 fantasy points. But if Dalvin Cook is your feature back, it might be time to snag Latavius murray because Cook’s torn ACL is a season ender.
Joe Mixon’s slow week was a surprise, especially after his usage was up so much under the new OC. Mixon still racked up 17 carriers, but even against the Browns, that only added up to 29 yards. That’s a bad day for RB2/FLEX. Chris Carson, who had all but wrapped up the running back battle in Seattle, but his broken ankle means Lacy and Rawls will get another go at the spot. If JD McKissic is available in your league (which he will be) he is a must add, because he was the guy when Carson went down.
WEEK 5 MUST STARTS
QB – Jameis Winston – against New England, Winston will be the next quarterback to give their defense a go. Week after Week, QB’s have torched the defense, and with Doug Martin coming back, that offense will be firing on all cylinders.
RB – Ty Montgomery – if helthy, he should be able to capitalize on the porous Cowboys Run-d who let Todd Gurley gain over 200 yards of offense.
WR- Sterling Shepard – he will be lined up against the Chargers, who will put their big focus on Odell Beckham. With Brandon Marshall continuing to struggle, Shep has become a lock at WR2