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AFC Week 4 Fantasy Takes
Buffalo Bills 40 vs. Houston Texans 0
- Whatever was ailing the Bills early in the season, has been corrected. The Bills D/ST is not to be messed with. Zack Moss has taken back command of his starting RB role. He received the same carries as Devin Singletary (14), but Moss received all the goalline and red-zone work and finished with the only rushing TD between the two.
- Josh Allen went 20/29, with 248 yards and 2 TDs. Dawson Knox caught both TDs on 8 targets. He’s a legitimate weapon for Allen and should be a top waiver priority. Stefon Diggs went over 100 yards on 7 receptions (10 targets) and Emmanuel Sanders just over 70 yards on 5 receptions (6 targets).
- Brandin Cooks remains the only viable fantasy asset for the Texans. It was too windy/rainy for him to show it, and he still went 5 of 7 for 47 yards.
Indianapolis Colts 27 vs. Miami Dolphins 17
- Carson Wentz looked very efficient going 24/32 for 228 and 2 TDs. Maybe spraining both ankles was the key to success all along! Mo Alie-Cox caught both TDs. I wouldn’t chase that production if I were you.
- Jonathan Taylor was a beast rushing for over 100 yards and a TD. I wouldn’t have thought that dominance to be the case against the Miami defense, and missing Quentin Nelson.
- Miami’s rushing game was non-existent. Mike Gesicki and DeVante Parker woke up, but with Jacoby Brisset throwing to them, the only thing in your favor seems to garbage time TDs and yardage, if you own them.
- Don’t expect consistency from Jaylen Waddle at this stage in his career.
Cleveland Browns 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings 7
- Baker Mayfield didn’t eclipse 200 yards passing or throw for a score. He missed a wide-open Odell Beckham Jr. for a TD, but they were still good enough to beat a good Vikings team. This kind of performance is why I don’t love Baker this year in fantasy. He doesn’t have to be superman to win, so he won’t be.
- Chubb went for 100 yards on 21 carries. Hunt scored a TD on 69 yards and 14 carries. OBJ and Higgins tied for the team-high in targets with 7.
- This Browns defense proved itself against a Vikings team that had all their weapons. Clowney and Garrett on the edges is menacing. It might not be a terrible move to stash this defense. I see a lot of takeaways/sacks in their future.
New York Jets 27 vs. Tennessee Titans 24
- You read that score correctly. As it turns out, the team does need to have Julio Jones and AJ Brown to succeed. Henry isn’t enough, even though I thought it would be.
- Tannehill threw 49 times for under 300 yards and 1 TD to Batson (who you don’t need to roster). That’s the type of game this was.
- Henry ran 33 times for 157 and 1 TD. Though, they still were not able to control the clock. His handcuff, Jeremy McNichols is worth picking up on the waiver wire. He was the leading receiver with 8 receptions and 74 yards. He’s had production all season despite his lower snap count. If Henry gets hurt, he’s a must-start.
- Zach Wilson showed that with protection, he can show you why the Jets were impressed with him. Just under 300 yards and 2 TDs to 1 Int.
- Corey Davis had a nice revenge game, topping 100 yards with 1 TD. Jamison Crowder is healthy and in the mix as well, with 7/61/1.
- Michael Carter looks like the RB to own on this team, but I’m not sure you’d want to. I still don’t anticipate many positive game scripts for the running game.
Jacksonville Jaguars 21 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 24
- Joe Burrow threw for just under 350 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 Ints. Boyd, Chase, and Uzomah couldn’t be stopped. They each went for 9,6, and 5 catches respectively, and 118, 77, and 95 yards, respectively. Uzomah got both the TDs.
- Joe Mixon punched in a TD on just under 70 yards and 16 carries. I’m not sure the Bengals are good, but they’ll get their weapons the ball, no matter what. I respect that. I think the passing assets have become the best assets to roster, considering their defense is porous.
- Trevor Lawrence still has the training wheels on a bit. He made his fantasy impact on the ground with 1 rushing TD. James Robinson kept Jacksonville in this game. He controlled the clock and rushed for 78 yards and 2 TDs. Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
- Jacksonville WR success is going to be greatly matchup dependent. There doesn’t appear to be a true go-to receiver. Shenault Jr. was the #1 in this game, with 7 targets for 99 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs 42 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 30
- Patty Mahomes was as advertised. I’m not sure there’s a more consistent fantasy QB in the history of the game. His 5 TDs outscored the Eagles, alone. Clyde Edwards Helaire topped 100 yards rushing again and scored on a TD shuffle pass (something to keep an eye on for his managers. He’s creeping into RB1 territory).
- Tyreek Hill looked like a video game with 11 catches, 186 yards, and 3 TDs. Kelce only had 6 targets and didn’t need to be a factor.
- Josh Gordon gets thrown into the mix next week, it should be fun to see what kind of snap share he’ll get in this offense. I’m not expecting him to become the #3 WR, but even if he did, I’m not sure he’d have better numbers than Mecole Hardman has now. Buy at your own risk.
Baltimore Ravens 23 vs. Denver Broncos 7
- Lamar Jackson controlled this game as he does most games. He threw for over 300 yards, including a long bomb to Brown (he’s clearly Lamar’s number 1 receiver).
- Lamar didn’t do much on the ground, and neither did Lev Bell, who ran for 11 yards on 4 carries in his debut. The team made Williams a healthy scratch for this one, which was curious considering his success. It looks like the rotation going forward will be Murray, Bell, and Freeman.
- Look out for the debut of Rashod Bateman next week. He’s the only receiver that may challenge Brown for WR1 status.
- Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of the game with a concussion. I wouldn’t read much into the performance or the stats for the Broncos on this game.
Pittsburgh Steelers 17 vs. Green Bay Packers 27
- Ben Roethlisberger didn’t look like a corpse, but he didn’t look great either. 26/40, 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int. JuJu was shaking his head on multiple occasions, as a result of his bad targets. However, Ben threw an absolute dime to Diontae Johnson. Expect inconsistency from Ben the rest of the season.
- Najee Harris scored on the ground, and only received 7 dump-offs from Ben this game, a far cry from the 17 he had last game, but still a weapon in PPR leagues.
- If you’re in dynasty leagues, I’d try and buy low on JuJu. He’s still got all the talent of a WR1, and he’s still incredibly young (24) for all of his experience. He’ll have a serviceable QB in a year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19 vs. New England Patriots 17
- Mac Jones looked very comfortable when the Patriots were running no-huddle offenses. The passes were crisp, accurate, and largely intermediate. He went 31/40, 275 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 Int. The Patriots completely abandoned the run, so I wouldn’t expect 40 throws again any time soon.
- Jakobi Meyers is Jones’ number 1 receiver. 12 targets, 8 catches, and 70 yards. Hunter Henry caught the TD on 5 targets. Whether Henry or Smith is the TE to roster remains a mystery, but Henry’s stats are better at this point in the season.
- The Patriots’ defense is coming on. I didn’t expect Tampa Bay to struggle as they did, but the weather was also miserable and was most certainly a factor.
- Buy low on Damien Harris if you’re able. In a more normal game script, he’s the head of this RB committee. With Stevenson’s healthy scratch, it looks like JJ Taylor and Bolden are the only other RBs.
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