Week 4 is in the rear view mirror. All I can say is, “Wow! That was interesting!” Four of the top 10 running backs were blips on the fantasy radar with the 11th RB overall also being a surprise. I’m glad I’m not the only writer who missed the bus on some of those!
Week 3 Recap
RB Starts – I’m going to award myself 1 out of 2 simply because I wrote the article before Chris Carson was called out for the game. Mike Davis was in his place and succeeded! Meanwhile, Kenyan Drake…..why do you own him? Why did I fall for the matchup? Dunce Cap.
RB Sits – 1 out of 2 – Carlos Hyde had a really nice day but I hit the nail on the head with Peyton Barber. Have you picked up Ronald Jones, yet? Do it now! I’ll wait.
TE Starts – 1 out of 2 – Trey Burton was amazing! Austin Hooper, not so much. Spoiler alert, I’m going back to the well!
TE Sits – 2 out of 2 – Neither ASJ nor Rhett Ellison provided any fantasy value in week 4.
Running Back: Start ’em
Chris Thompson (Washington)
Washington is coming off of their bye week. Meanwhile, the Saints offense is still moving along at breakneck speed! The Redskins, at best, will be playing catchup. The Saints are red in your matchup because they played Tampa Bay in week 1, skewing the results. Carlos Hyde, Tevin Coleman, and Saquon Barkley have all had great games against the Saints. It’s Chris Thompson’s turn.
Javorius Allen (Baltimore Ravens)
Buck Allen was already vulturing touchdowns. Then, in week 4, Alex Collins fumbled at the goal line. Adding to that, Alex Collins was on the injury report all week, only recently being removed. Some delicious whipped cream on top of this strawberry shortcake (or insert your favorite dessert here), the Cleveland defense is terrible against the run. Even Isaiah Crowell had a great game. Light him up. Start him without hesitation.
Running Back: Sit ’em
Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia Eagles)
I’m just too nervous to even think about starting Jay Ajayi. Maybe I live in another dimension where fractured vertebrae hurt and prevent movement. I get it, he’s in his contract year and is trying to earn for his future. But, this is a recipe for disaster. You’re playing with fire every week that you start him. Maybe he’ll get you 10+ points like last week. Or maybe the injury catches up to him. I hate playing the lottery.
Lamar Miller (Houston Texans)
Here’s another one. He is still on the injury report and he hasn’t exactly been good this season, anyway. I believe Alfred Blue will get the majority of snaps, allowing Lamar Miller to get some additional rest. Either way, I hope you take a moment on Tuesday to put D’Onta Foreman on your waiver add. You’re on a two week notice before he takes over.
Tight End: Start ’em
Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)
Yes, yes, I know. This seems easy. The reason I included him here is because I’m recalling back to our draft weeks when we were still able to draft Jordan Reed in the 12th round due to the lingering health concerns. Those concerns are no longer *currently* valid. With the bruised up receivers in Washington, who weren’t doing that well when they were healthy, Reed is the best option to have a great week. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended the week as TE1.
Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)
I hope this isn’t a “fool me once…” situation, since I put Hooper on my Start ’em list last week and was wrong. But, I cannot pass up this matchup. There are going to be points! Vegas has this game with a 57.5 over/under. That is incredible. Of course there’s risk! These are tight ends that we’re talking about here. The position is a cesspool of muck and dread, fantasy-wise.
Honorable mention to CJ Uzomah.
After Tyler Eifert’s injury, the Bengals have named Uzomah as their lead Tight End. I hope you have other options, because RISK! But, if the bye weeks or injury have caused heartache and waiver emptiness, Uzomah isn’t a bad dart throw.
Tight End: Sit ’em
Nick Vannett (Seattle Seahawks)
Will Dissly was injured last week which might make you think that Nick Vannett is next in line. For now, you’re correct. However, they’re playing the LA Rams. The *undefeated* LA Rams. I’ll avoid Vannett this week UNLESS there is some weird injury update and Doug Baldwin sits again.
Hayden Hurst (Baltimore Ravens)
I feel like Mr. Miyagi here, saying, “Wait. Not yet.” The Ravens have been playing ring-around-the-tight-end successfully. None of them have individual fantasy value. As a team position, they have done quite well. This is Hurst’s first week active since his injury. I admit that he could have a stellar game in this matchup, but I’m too worried about rust and the 3 other tight ends who are in the mix. Avoid.
Best of luck to each of you in week 5. Unless you’re facing me. In that case, I hope you get sucked into The Walking Dead marathon and forget to set your lineup! (Spoiler alert, Season 8 was terrible. I have very low hopes for Season 9.)