I sit in a Boston train station dealing with Wi-Fi more spotty than the New England Patriots’ secondary wondering about the great mysteries of life.
Namely the vast and never-ending pit of despair that absorbs too much of my time. Naturally, I am talking about the hot mess that is the tight end position this year. Seriously, it would be easier for owners to just get rid of the spot and add a second kicker.
Yes, my disdain for tight ends has grown that much in just four weeks. Jason Witten seemed to be a great pickup after the first two weeks. Since then he has two catches in two weeks. Well, what about other “great” tight ends from last year?
Well, Kyle Rudolph has just over 100 yards and one touchdown, in four games. Jack Doyle is floundering without Andrew Luck, Delaine Walker has yet to find the end zone, Jimmy Graham is still sleepless in Seattle, Rob Gronkowski has two good games and two meh games.
Zach Ertz and Charles Clay are the most consistent so far, but with this yearly trend, they will score 10 points this month. So as I sit waiting for my train it has dawned on me finally.
I spend an unhealthy amount of time worrying about my Fantasy Football teams. Well, such is life, and surely I could do worse things. Like drafting a quarterback in the first four rounds. That’s for another time. Let’s get back on track and get into this week’s piece.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Storylines to Watch
New Englan Patriots
See they are the New Englan Patriots because they have no D. Get it?
The Pats had a bold strategy of leaving receivers and running backs wide open in the passing game and for some reason, it just did not work out for them. Cam Newton looked like an MVP passing for 316 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 44 yards and a touchdown.
The secondary was consistently lost with a severe lack of communication and the pass rush was nonexistent. They are allowing nearly 33 points per game and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers up next on Thursday night, things do not look good for the defense.
If Cam Newton could exploit this team, expect Jameis Winston and Mike Evans to have huge games against the Pats. Winston and Co. looked great against a stout New York Giants defense, so expecting 500 total yards and 35 points Thursday for the Bucs should not be a stretch.
Another Round of Injuries
Dalvin Cook is out for the season with an ACL tear. Chris Carson looks like he is lost for the season with a leg fracture, that has yet to be confirmed. Julio Jones left Sunday’s game with a hip injury, nothing serious but nagging injuries continue to hurt the superstar.
Cook owners should look to grab Latavius Murray on the waiver wire, but expect him and Jerick McKinnon to be in a split backfield. Murray will get the goal line touches and McKinnon will be the change of pace back. Neither will do anything special in terms of points.
Murray is a 4-6 point floor without touchdowns. McKinnon is a PPR play with no value in standard scoring leagues save for a bye week fill-in player.
The Seahawks should go back to Thomas Rawls once he is healthy, but the backfield is a mess. Eddie Lacy could be the lead back, so could C.J. Prosise. If I was gambling on one waiver pickup, Prosise would be my guess to have the most upside, he looks to be healthy for a Week 5 return.
Houston We Have Liftoff
A moment of silence for those owners who were playing any Houston Texans and thought they had an easy matchup.
I was one of those owners who saw the matchup and laughed at my fortune as I was playing Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Lamar Miller. Then I refreshed my app and fainted.
A 57 point outburst firmly cemented Watson as the future of the franchise, leaving no doubt that he can win in the NFL, and clinching Rookie of the Year. A little early, but who is going to beat him?
Now Watson will not throw for four touchdowns every game, but the important takeaway is that he can run the offense and do it at a high level.
Hopkins’ owners know how futile quarterback play had sunk his value, now with Watson under center Hopkin will once again be a top tier WR1.
The Return of Super Cam?
As mentioned above, Cam Newton had quite a day in New England. I sat in the end zone at Gillette Stadium and witnessed his dismantling of the Patriots. Well, actually it was more him throwing to receivers with no defender in a five-mile radius.
Cam seems to have shaken off the rust, and owners can finally sleep easy knowing that he is healthy and running smart (he slid on his runs instead of taking unneeded hits).
A date with the Detroit Lions should give owners a lot better insight than in Week 4, but do not worry about starting him. He is back to being a consistent QB1.
Easy As Stealing Crab legs From A Store
Oh, Jameis I feel like I buried you last week, but alas you have risen once again to tease owners with a high-flying passing game and the always elusive “next step.”
He seemed to be left for Fantasy obscurity after he looked lost against the Minnesota Vikings, throwing three really bad interceptions. Then the New York Giants come into town and he throws for 332 yards and three touchdowns with no picks.
Winston is destined for an up and down year as he appears to sling the ball at a high risk/high reward level. A very favorable matchup with the New England Patriots should only fuel the hype but expect an inconsistent season with highs and lows.
Jay Cutler Does Not Care
I love Jay Cutler…. Memes. The guy is just a picture perfect meme machine, from his amazing Wildcat distraction to his “smoking” he is the best around.
Wait this is a Fantasy Football article, I forgot. He is just an absolute dumpster fire of a quarterback and the whole offense should be avoided like the plague. The New Orleans Saints shut them out, RIP to those who thought he was better than Ryan Tannehill.
Try again in 2018 Dolphins.
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