Week Four is nearly complete. It is hard to imagine that we are nearly one-quarter of the way through the regular season and essentially a third through the fantasy football regular season. Make sure you’re keeping up with the latest news. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
Fresh off his three-game suspension, Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston made his 2018 debut, although not in the manner the Bucs had planned. Winston took over for a struggling QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second half and didn’t perform much better himself. Expect Winston to keep this job moving forward.
Trubisky Enjoys Career Day
We all know passing offenses should flourish against the Buccaneers weak defense and Bears sophomore QB Mitch Trubisky took that to the extreme. Trubisky threw for 354 yards and six touchdowns, including five in the first half. Both numbers are career-highs for the former second overall pick. This was comforting for Bears fans to see but we shouldn’t expect anything close to this level of offensive explosion moving forward.
Fournette Hamstrung Again
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette returned to the field after missing two games only to have his injured hamstring tighten up, forcing him to leave the game in the first half. Fournette has to be considered iffy to play in Week Five meaning he could go the first five weeks without getting in a full game.
Injured Tight Ends
During the practice week leading up to the Week Four action, Broncos TE Jake Butt suffered a torn ACL. That would prove to be just a preview of what was to come on Sunday. Bengals TE went down with a season-ending fractured ankle, while Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was unable to finish the game. Buccaneers promising sophomore TE OJ Howard left with a knee injury and will need an MRI to further evaluate. That’s never a good sign. The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson had been relying on surprise rookie TE Will Dissly but no more as he suffered a torn patella, ending his season.
The much-anticipated Patriots debut of WR Josh Gordon came and went with little fanfare. Gordon did draw the start but played sparingly, finishing with two receptions for 32 yards. This receiver depth chart will become even tougher to read as the Patriots welcome WR Julian Edelman back from his suspension.
Rookie QBs Draw First Start
Browns QB Baker Mayfield and Cardinals QB Josh Rosen both made the first start of their respective careers on Sunday. While both came up on the losing end, each had their teams in the game throughout with a chance to win it in the end. If you are fans of these teams or fantasy owners of these players, things are certainly looking up.
Kamara Stays Hot
The Saints/Giants contest was much closer than expected in the early going before RB Alvin Kamara took over the game. In his final game without RB Mark Ingram, Kamara set a career-high with 134 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns. It is not a stretch to rank Kamara as your RB1 in any format.
After totaling nearly 200 yards and two scores in the season-opener, the Steelers looked like they wouldn’t even miss holdout RB Le’Veon Bell. That’s far from the truth after Pittsburgh lost again on Sunday and Conner was largely ineffective throughout the game. Conner totaled just 44 yards in the game and is a risky fantasy option moving forward.
Boyd is Legit
The Bengals won a shootout with the Falcons in Atlanta Sunday, relying heavily on their passing game. QB Andy Dalton shined and regularly targeted third-year WR Tyler Boyd, who continued his breakout season with career highs in targets (15) and receptions (11), resulting in 100 yards. Boyd can be viewed as a weekly fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
Georgia Backs Dominate
There’s a good reason why the University of Georgia was so successful last season. Rookie RBs Sony Michel (Patriots) and Nick Chubb (Browns) were both Bulldogs a year ago and on Sunday, each back ran for their first career 100-yard game. It came in very different circumstances. Michel served as the workhorse back for New England, carrying 25 times for 112 yards, while Chubb only got three touches but made them count. Chubb scored a pair of touchdowns and ran for 105 yards in very limited action, making a case for a larger role moving forward.
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Every Sunday morning our team of Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto bring you their Bold Predictions of the week. Maybe they are out of their minds or maybe they have the player that can win it all for you this week.
Sterling Shepard Will Post 150 yards and 2 touchdowns
The Giants slot man WR Sterling Shepard has struggled this season, as have all pass-catchers relying on QB Eli Manning to get them the ball. This week though, he enters the game with an ideal spot for a huge game. A pair of injuries should open up the game for Shepard to be a pivotal part of the Giants game plan. First, TE Evan Engram will miss the game with a leg injury. He’s seen almost 10% of the team’s targets on the season. On the other side of the ball, the Saints lost slot CB Patrick Robinson a week ago, meaning Shepard should eat against the Saints disappointing defense. Factor in the Saints expected lead and Eli and the Giants will have to throw a ton to stick with the New Orleans offense. – Ryan Mcdowell
Joe Flacco will have 300 yards passing, Alex Collins will have 100 yards rushing, John Brown will have 100 yards receiving vs Steelers
The rivalry between these two clubs brings to mind hard fought battles that were a grind and often won by a defensive stand or turnover. Joe Flacco has played 22 games against the Steelers and has passed for 300+ yards only twice and neither time had a 100 yard receiver. The Ravens have had one 100 yard receiver over the last six meetings with Steelers and one 100 yard rusher over the last five. But this version of the Steelers defense is not stout, they have given up a 400 and a 300 yard passer this year, three 100+ yard receivers but no 100 yard rushing games. Today the Ravens will post the trifecta as they look to take control of the division back from Pittsburgh. – Sal Leto
Sony Michel Posts 100 Rushing Yards and Two Touchdowns
A preseason injury submarined the value of Sony Michel. A slow start has depressed his value even further. Despite all the negatives, Michel has somehow gained value given Rex Burkhead’s placement on IR and the loss of Jeremy Hill to an ACL tear. Michel received 14 carries in Week 3 and his role should continue to grow given the dearth of talent in the New England backfield and the spark the team desperatly needs on offense. A home favorite, the Patriots figure to feature their best playmakers and Michel is one of them. New England is always written off early in the year before brearking out, which could start this week. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.