The Good, Bad, & Ugly| Week 4 Fantasy Takeaways

Alex Kurpeski 

So the Buccaneers dropped 55 on a defense that held the Saints to just 9 points a couple weeks ago. That was certainly unexpected. Oh and Leonard Fournette had 225 rushing yards against a stout Broncos defense in his first triple digit rushing game since 2017. Even as a Fournette truther, this outburst shocked me to my core. In general week four was surprising, agonizing, and whole lot of fun. So let’s get to it. 

The Good

Nick Chubb goes full hog

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) avoids a tackle by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Maurice Canady (26) while running for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The RB1 we had been waiting all season for showed up for Sunday’s game against Baltimore. Chubb took an 88 yard rush all the way to the house but he was well on his way to a dominant finish at the position, accounting for two touchdowns prior to the monster run. With 165 rushing yards total, Chubb was easily the best running back in fantasy this week and it will be interesting to see if he can string together a few more performances like this before Kareem Hunt returns. 

A.J Brown making a case to be Titans WR1

3 catches → two touchdowns. Now that’s what I call efficiency. Brown has been as impressive as any rookie receiver through the first month of the season, seemingly usurping Corey Davis as the top target in the receiving core. I’d say Brown is worth rostering or at least monitoring in almost all formats. 

Tyrell Williams is a high end WR2

Four games, four touchdown receptions for the Raiders WR1. While he has yet to blow anyone out of the water, Williams is a high volume target who Derek Carr loves to throw to in the red zone. While he is touchdown dependent at this stage, Williams’ ability to stretch the field could lead to some much higher yardage totals in future games. 

Fournette flattens Denver

Proof that life is a simulation. Somehow, some way, the ultimate plodder was able to rack up 225 rushing yards while his team was at a deficit for the majority of the game. I don’t know what this means for fantasy or real life but good for Leonard. 

Waiver Wire Warriors of the Week

  1. WR A.J Brown, Tennessee Titans 
  2. RB Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts 
  3. WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers 
  4. RB Dexter Williams, Green Bay Packers 
  5. TE Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills 

The Bad

“The Bad Josh Allen” returns

ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 29: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after throwing an interception during the second half against the New England Patriots at New Era Field on September 29, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Patriots beat the Bills 16 to 10. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

God this was just an awful game. Allen finished with 3 interceptions but he threw about 15 passes that were just abominable. I’m sincerely worried about Allen’s development, as he once again looks the part of a raw rookie. In a game where the Bills could have really made a statement, Allen failed to deliver while also allowing himself to be hit far more than he should have. 

Aaron Jones struggles with full workload

Following Jamaal Williams’ scary injury courtesy of a dirty hit by Derek Barnett, Jones was the only running back active for the Pack on Thursday night. He found little to no space to run, finishing with just 21 rushing yards on 13 rushes. While he was able to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective thanks to a short touchdown scamper, Jones was otherwise very ineffective. While he should remain in the RB2 conversation for the time being, Green Bay should address the running back position sooner rather than later, whether through the draft or free agency. 

Texans offense stifled by Carolina 

Sep 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs with the ball as Carolina Panthers linebacker Mario Addison (97) defends during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

This is a big problem. Despite a ridiculously stacked offense, the Texans once again failed to deliver thanks to an elite effort from the Panthers D. So far this season we have seen the explosive deep threat Will Fuller utterly neutralized while All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins has been rather quiet (outside of a monster week one). As for the running game, the split between Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson has rendered both virtually useless outside of multiple flex leagues. The dynamic offensive that we were promised has yet to deliver, leaving us to wonder just what it will take for this team to turn it around.

Patriots offense struggles despite win

Josh Allen wasn’t the only QB that struggled in Buffalo on Sunday. Tom Brady looked every bit like the 42 year old he is on Sunday, throwing numerous passes that lacked touch or direction, including a heinous interception in the endzone. As a whole, nobody on the Patriots offense could get it going, with the only real beneficiary from a fantasy perspective being checkdown specialist James White. Look for a big rebound in week 5 against a passive Washington defense. 

Odell Beckham’s role in Cleveland

The Browns offense looked really good on Sunday. However, OBJ’s part was written out almost entirely as he finished with just two receptions for 20 yards. With Jarvis Landry’s concussion likely ruling him out in week five, Beckham should get an even higher volume of targets thrown his way, so expect a bounce back immediately. 

The Ugly

Trubisky’s injury spells doom for Bears in fantasy

While it is still unclear how much time Trubisky will miss with a dislocated shoulder, his receivers will likely suffer even more with game manager Chase Daniel running the offense. Trubisky has been awful to start the season, but as we have seen in the past, he can really torch a defense once he gets into a rhythm. This week’s matchup against Oakland would have made for an interesting bounce back game for Trubisky, unfortunately he will have to watch it from the sidelines. 

Haskins debut

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

This poor kid. I’m getting Josh Rosen vibes all over again from this situation. Haskins was thrown into the fire with absolutely no help on Sunday and he got picked apart by a Giants secondary that has been genuinely awful this season. I sincerely hope he is able to bounce back from this ugly debut game. 

Goff’s turnover troubles 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

The 500 yard passing game was nice. The three interceptions not so much. If you ignore the ugly stuff, Goff is still a very nice fantasy QB thanks to the passing volume of his offense, so don’t trip about his crummy IRL play. Kudos to Goff for out-Jameising Jameis Winston though, very impressive.

Kirk Cousins is sinking Minnesota’s playoff hopes

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 29: Nick Williams #97 of the Chicago Bears sacks Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

This is getting silly. Case Keenum, a.k.a the Band Aid, was a pro bowl caliber passer in this very same offense two years ago. Cousins cannot seem to hit Adam Thielen or Stefon Diggs consistently regardless of the game script and that’s a massive problem. Replacing Cousins should not be out of the question this offseason. He has become a disaster. 

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