Studs and Duds from Week 4

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Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs the ball and is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill (49) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that is extremely important is to review your lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight some studs and duds from the previous week and go over some waiver wire pickups.



Patrick Mahomes – If you had Mahomes on Sunday, you must be happy with his overall performance in Philly. While the yardage was pretty average against the Eagles (278 passing yards), Mahomes managed to throw five passing touchdowns while rushing for 26 yards on five carries. These are the performances that you look for when taking Mahomes off of the draft boards early.

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Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Jones – Danny Dimes had himself an afternoon as he led his New York Giants to a come-from-behind victory in the Superdome on Sunday. Jones completed 70% of his passes for 402 passing yards while managing to toss two touchdown passes while also running for 27 yards.

Running Backs

Cordarrelle Patterson – The top fantasy running back in PPR formats this past weekend was none other than the former wide receiver and kick return specialist. Patterson is being heavily utilized in this Falcons offense as he saw six carries for 34 yards but did all of his damage through the air as he hauled in five catches for 82 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions!

Saquan Barkley – Barkley did it all for the Giants on Sunday afternoon and he was a main reason they were able to pull out the win against the Saints on the road. Barkley has 13 carries for 52 rushing yards and a touchdown while also managing to bring in five catches for 74 yards while also recording a receiving touchdown as well.

Wide Receivers

Tyreek Hill – After two quiet weeks, Hill had another monster performance and this is what we can expect from him every couple of weeks. Hill was targeted 12 times and managed to bring in 11 of those for 186 receiving yards and three touchdowns. If you had Hill in your leagues, there’s probably a good chance you won your matchup in week 4.

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Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs after a catch as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi (28) attempts a tackle during the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Deebo Samuel – Samuel is off to a strong start to the 2021 season and had a big-time game on Sunday against Seattle. Samuel hauled in eight catches on 12 targets for 156 receiving yards while also managing to bring in two of those for touchdowns. Samuel has seen double-digit targets in three out of four of his games this season and it seems like his usage will be through the roof in this Kyle Shanahan offense.

Tight Ends

CJ Uzomah – One of the biggest surprises of the week came from Bengals tight end. Uzomah had a dominant performance on Thursday Night Football against the Jags as he brought in five of six targets for 95 receiving yards while finding the end zone twice. Despite having a big performance, Uzomah could be a red zone threat for this Cincinnati offense as the season progresses.

Dawson Knox – Knox is quietly turning into a TD machine for this Buffalo Bills offense and he has now recorded a touchdown catch in three straight weeks. Knox brought in five catches on eight total targets for 37 receiving yards but is finding success in the red zone as he brought in two receiving touchdowns and has managed to record four receiving touchdowns over his last three games.



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Oct 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) eludes the tackle of Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield – Mayfield struggled in his week 4 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. He only completed 45% of his passes for 155 passing yards but was unable to record a touchdown throughout the game. The most important thing for Baker is that he was able to lead his team to a win but he might not have led your squad to a win this past week.

Tom Brady – In his return to New England, Brady and the Bucs were able to collect the win but he did not produce from a fantasy standpoint like people would have hoped. Brady completed 51% of his passes for 269 passing yards but was unable to find the end zone through the air.

Running Backs

Dalvin Cook – Cook struggled to get going on Sunday afternoon and was a big disappointment for fantasy owners. He only saw nine carries for 34 rushing yards and hauled in two catches for 10 receiving yards so this could be a byproduct of him not fully being healthy due to an ankle injury that he suffered back in week 2.

Chris Carson – After three solid fantasy weeks to start the season, Chris Carson had a hard time getting anything going on the ground. He had 13 carries for 30 rushing yards while only hauling in one catch for one yard. His backup, Alex Collins, saw 10 carries for 44 rushing yards and vultured a rushing touchdown from Carson so this is a little concerning for Carson fantasy owners.

Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins – Hopkins had a very quiet week 4 and struggled to produce like the top-5 receiver that he is. Hopkins was targeted seven times but was only able to bring in four of those for 67 receiving yards.

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Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinalsat SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp – After lighting the fantasy world on fire through the first three weeks of the season, Kupp came back down to earth and had a mediocre performance. Kupp saw 13 targets but was only able to bring in five of those for catches for 64 receiving yards. The encouraging thing for Kupp fantasy owners is that he has seen double-digit targets in every game so far this year and this might be his worst fantasy outing if he continues to see double-digit targets every single game.

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce – Kelce had a very underwhelming performance on Sunday despite Mahomes tossing five touchdown passes. Kelce brought in four catches on six targets for 23 total receiving yards. This will probably be his worst outing of the season so continue to roster him with confidence moving forward.

George Kittle – Kittle saw a season-high in targets as he was targeted 11 times in their week 4 matchup against the Seahawks but wasn’t able to do much with those targets. He brought in four of them for 40 receiving yards and Kittle is still searching for his first touchdown reception of the year.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Kenneth Gainwell – Gainwell is carving out a nice role with the Eagles and if you are a MIles Sanders fantasy owner, you should be looking to handcuff him by picking up Gainwell. Gainwell is owned in just 24% of fantasy leagues on ESPN and is being used on the ground and through the air so there is no reason to go pick him up and potentially use him with bye weeks approaching.

Damien Williams – David Montgomery went down with a knee injury and it looks like he could be missing a little bit of time which means Williams could be getting the start for the Bears moving forward. He was effective this past Sunday as he had 55 rushing yards on eight carries while managing to find the end zone for a touchdown.

Jamison Crowder
– The reliable slot receiver finally returned to action here in week 4 and he picked up right where he left off last season. Crowder brought in seven catches on nine targets for 61 receiving yards and a touchdown. Crowder will help this sluggish Jets offense and could be a great pickup in PPR formats as he will see plenty of underneath routes and act as a safety blanket for Zach Wilson.

Dalton Schultz – Despite all of the big-time receiving weapons that the Cowboys have, Schultz is carving out a really nice role in this Dallas offense. He has caught touchdown catches in back-to-back games and has brought in six catches in three out of four of his games played this season.