03 Oct Fantasy Football Week 4 Busts & Heroes
By: Lou Landers – @realSportsCrew
Week 4 Busts:
Matt Ryan/Julio Jones and Sanu injuries:
Ryan did throw for 240+ yards but only threw for 1 TD, threw 2 picks and fumbled once. Considering this was a home game for the Falcons, Ryan owners definitely expected a better performance. Of course it didn’t help Matty Ices cause losing both Julio and Sanu mid game. For those who had Jones and Sanu in their lineups, they got 1 point from Sanu and 6 from Julio in PPR formats..
This was a complete beat down by the Texans and the Titans were un able to do anything offensively. Mariota was their leading rusher, passer and scorer, but besides him, no one did much of anything. Murray was the lead back in this game totaling just 31 yards on the ground and 2 receptions for 4 yards. Murray has been a very inconsistent RB1 this season and has been frustrating to his owners. You have to continue to start him but he may be more of a flex option until we see the consistency.
This is the 2nd straight week where Ajayi couldn’t get much going. This one is even more of a shocker because he was going up against one of the leagues worst defense in the Saints. Ajayi rushed for only 46 yards on 12 carries and added one reception for 8 yards. The dolphins were shut out in this game and have really struggled to score points the last 2 weeks. In week 3 they mustered just 6 points against the Jets and the TD came on the final drive of that game when the Jets already had the game wrapped up. So far it looks like Ajayi may have been one of the more over drafted players in the league based on ADP.
This is another guy who was way over drafted based on his ADP. He has yet to reach the 50 yard mark on the ground once this season and this week against the Bengals he arguably had his worst performance of the season. He had just 20 yards rushing on the day, averaging under 3 yards per carry and it appears that the RB to own in this Browns backfield is Duke Johnson Jr.
This is one of the major busts at the WR position this week. He had 2 TD in week 3 and had a juicy matchup against the Cowboys and their thin/in experienced secondary. In this game, Watkins only had 1 catch for 17 yards and it came late in the 4th quarter. The Rams did win this game thanks to their TE’s, Cooper Kupp and another big contributor who I will break down in the Heroes section. Goff looked great again and looks like a completely different QB than he did last year. There is no doubt that Sean McVay has had a major impact on Goff’s early season performance and this Rams offense as a whole.
It has been a very up and down season for Gordon and a very tough luck type season for the Chargers in general. They are 0-4 but could easily be 3-1 if not for some missed FG’s and a bad bounce here or there. Gordon had such a great season last year but has struggled in a couple games this year and in this week 4 matchup vs Philly he easily had his worst performance. He averaged just over 2 yards per carry, totally 22 yards rushing yards on the day and added just one reception for 7 yards. Seeing that there is no real threat to take carries away from him in this backfield, he isn’t in danger of losing his job but it may be worth it to sit him next week in fantasy until he gets himself back to where he’s expected to be.
Week 4 Heroes:
Watson just keeps on kicking butt week after week and appears to be improving each time out. The Texans ran away with this football game thanks to his 280+ yards passing, 4 TD passes and 1 rushing TD. He also added 24 yards on the ground which cancelled out his -2 points for throwing an INT. The only thing keeping this Texans team from being a legitimate super bowl contender was a good QB and it appears that they have found their man. He has also helped WR DeAndre Hopkins regain his 2015 form.
What a day for Todd Gurley and the Rams. They walked into Dallas as underdogs and came out with a huge win to improve to 3-1 on the season. Gurley not only rushed for 120 yards on the ground but he also added 7 catches for 94 yards and a TD through the air. This new look offense for the Rams seems to have awakened him again and he could very well be a top 3 RB at seasons end. The ability that the Rams now have to pass the ball as also opened up running lanes for Gurley because teams are no longer able to just stack the box and defend the run because opposing defenses need to defend Goff and this passing attack as well. By evidence of Sunday’s game, they also plan on having Gurley be heavily featured in the passing game.
This was definitely Zekes best performance of the season so far. He rushed for 85 yards and a TD while also adding 4 receptions for 54 yards and a TD. This cowboys offense finally did what they do best, get the ball to Zeke and Dez. The problem is, they couldn’t stop the Rams in the 2nd half. The situation with Zeke is still a merkey one, as he is expected to hear about a possible suspension sometime this week. This would not only really affect the cowboys moving forward, but also fantasy owners too. I think being proactive and adding Alfred Morris this week in fantasy would be a good move especially if you’re hurting at the RB position.
Andy Dalton / Tyler Kroft:
The Bengals finally showed up for an entire 60 minutes of football this past week. They beat up on the browns 31-7, led by Andy Dalton and his 4 TD passes. Tyler Eiferts replacement, also named Tyler, had 6 catches for 68 yards and 2 TD’s, making him another one of this weeks heroes. It may have been a tough start to the season for Cincy but this team is much better than the one we saw the first 2 weeks of the season, and they showed that this week and last week vs GB and this week vs CLE. More weeks like week 4 from Dalton will help them change their fortunes.
NYJ Rushing Attack:
Bilal Powell rushed for 163 yards on the day and had a TD while Elijah McGuire made the most of Matt Forte’s injury by rushing for 93 yards and a TD. The two RB’s also combined for 65 yards receiving and 6 receptions. The jets also have now won 2 in a row and are some how tied with the Pats in the division and ahead of the Miami dolphins. Powell should be considered a high end RB2 moving forward while McGuire also warrants an add in deeper formats.
Not only did Cam Newton finally have a good game this season, but the Panthers went into New England and beat the Pats. The pats are now 2-2 on the season, losing both their games at home, something that is definitely a rarity. Newton led the Panthers to victory, throwing for 316 yards, 3 TD’s while also rushing for 44 yards and a TD. Both Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess were the main beneficiaries of Newtons performance; Benjamin caught 4 passes for 104 yards while Funches caught 7 passes for 70 yards and his first 2 TD’s of the season.