So far this has to be the most confusing start to an NFL season in a long time.
Elite offenses started slow and came back to life, much to my dismay. Todd Gurley is looking like he is the best running back in the NFL. Well second best actually to a rookie, Kareem Hunt. But who did not see that one coming?
This is one of those seasons where owners will need a month to figure out where their teams stand, so one more week until panic buttons need to be hit.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Watch
New England Patriots
I will always tell you when my predictions are right, but I will also tell you when they are wrong.
Forgive me of wise Bill Belichick, for I have forsaken the great name of Tom Brady. He shall throw rainbow touchdown passes from 40 yards out until his cyborg body can no longer see a challenge in our mere mortal football.
Brady, after a disastrous second half in week one, is currently outplaying the entire league. I said that he would not be able to bounce back to his former self, and I was right in a sense.
He appears to be even better, posting eight touchdowns against no picks, five coming against a stout Houston Texans’ defense. Obviously, if Brady is dealing, then the rest of the offense will go as well.
Actually, just the receivers are, as the running backs seem to have faded into Belichickian obscurity. No back is fantasy relevant right now, while every receiver is fantasy gold. As the weather turns cold I still expect Brady to show his age, but for now, this team is on fire.
Jared Goff, LA Rams
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Goff seems to be living up to his draft hype now that he has an offensive line, wide receivers, and a coaching staff.
So far he has 817 yards and five touchdowns against one interception. The San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins are not elite defenses by any means but the early results are encouraging.
Goff is still not safe enough to put in your starting lineup, but he can be a good QB2.
Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
This is an up with a huge asterisk. Keenum proved he can run the offense well after having his feet underneath him. He absolutely torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and outdueled Jameis Winston.
Until Sam Bradford comes back and sends Keenum back to the bench, he can be a streaming option for owners who are currently suffering through Cam Newton.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
He still is not a great start but at least he has Odell Beckham Jr. back healthy. With him in the fold, the offense will be average. The team still has no running game so Manning will be forced to pass every game.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I may have never seen such a horrible passing display in a long time. Winston was often lofting the ball deep but seemed to throw it right to the defense.
Mike Evans showed his frustration on Sunday and owners should as well. Winston has yet to take that next step we all expected and right now is muddling in below average quarterback play.
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
Fournette is already a bell cow back but gets an up this week not for his play, but for Blake Bortles’ great week.
With Bortles having a great week in London, Fournette should see softer boxes. As long as Bortles can be an average quarterback, then Fournette will be a great fantasy running back.
Todd Gurley, LA Rams
After a horrible sophomore slump, Gurley seems to have found the spark that made his a great rookie running back.
Nothing about his 3.8 yards per carry is sexy but he is getting in the end zone, and for fantasy owners, that’s all that matters. He already has six total touchdowns and as long as Goff continues to get better under center, then Gurley will rack up the touchdowns.
Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
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Montgomery is absolutely lost as a runner. He is still a great pass catcher as a former wide receiver but his numbers are leaving a lot to be desired, to say the least. Just 124 rushing yards on 41 carries will not cut it. It is only a matter of time before he is replaced.
Unless you are in a PPR, Ty has no business being in your lineup this week against a surprisingly good Chicago Bears’ defense.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
Diggs is not a huge name outside of Minnesota but right now he is playing like a top-five receiver, even with a backup quarterback throwing him the ball.
A monster performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns, showed that Diggs can put up huge numbers with anyone under center.
Yes, I was wrong about Keenum, at least for one week. Keep Diggs in your lineup no matter who is under center.
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
Cooper seems to have regressed a lot and so has the offense. With a bad case of the drops, Cooper is suffering through a bad slump and owners need to ignore the name and move him to the bench.
Denver’s “No Fly Zone” defense is just another reason why Cooper should be on your bench in week 4.
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