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Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 WRAPUP

-Different team but same old ugly results for Miami Dolphins QB Jay Cutler who completed 20-of-28 throws for 163 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT.  The Dolphins offensive attack is simply not working right now and Cutler no doubt is part of the problem.  While his arm has always been intriguing, Cutler has zero value yet again in fantasy football.

-Hope you didn't drop Alvin Kamara  Despite some up-and-down early results and a three-headed attack at running back, the pass catching dynamo hauled in a crazy 10 balls for 71 yards and a score, while also rushing for 25 yards on 5 carries.  Those in PPR need to be all over Kamara if he is available on waivers this week as Sean Payton has clearly found something that works.

-Adrian Peterson is a square peg in a round hole right now for the New Orleans Saints as he played all of six snaps in the London win over the Miami Dolphins.  It is amazing how pathetic Peterson has been and how bad the setup has been as well.  You wonder if Payton was not on board with the Peterson signing but he has zero value no matter who endorsed bringing him aboard.  What a joke this whole thing is.

-Holy crap DeShaun Watson.  That will be the collective response after seeing Watson complete 25-of-34 throws for 283 yards with 4 TD and 1 INT.  Watson also rushed for a fifth score as part of a 4 carries for 24 more yards.  Watson already looks like a star and unlike Cam Newton, the Clemson product can pass accurately from the pocket.  If Watson is still out there, put in the waiver add now.

-There was finally a Lamar Miller sighting Sunday as the Texans running back rushed for 75 yards and a score on 19 caries, while adding a second score on 4 catches for another 56 yards.  With QB DeShaun Watson tossing four touchdowns in the game, the big takeway here is that now Miller could be looking at fewer defenders in the box and thus find more open space.  This is one stock looking up.

-It might be time for rookie QB DeShon Kizer to take a seat as the Cleveland Browns rookie was terrible again on Sunday as he completed just 16-of-34 throws for 118 yards with 0 TD and 1 INT.  Kizer is the future for the Browns but the present is looking very ugly.  Obviously he has zero fantasy football value but Kizer is also hurting the rest of the Browns offensive players.

-The terrific ascension of DeShaun Watson has unleashed the beast for wideout DeAndre Hopkins who caught ten balls for 107 yards and a score Sunday.  Hopkins has been phenomenal with Watson under center and we are seeing his WR 1 ability that he always had.  Those who bought low on Hopkins this summer are being rewarded in a major way.

-Andy Dalton has put together two very good weeks in a row now which just so happens to coincide with the change at OC for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Dalton tore apart the Browns on Sunday in completing 25-of-30 passes for 286 yards with 4 TD and 0 INT, while adding 29 rushing yards on four carries.  We can now say that Dalton should be started again in two QB formats.

-A.J. Green has been another beneficiary of the change at OC for the Bengals as he too had a second big week in a row by catching five balls for 57 yards and a score in the win over the Browns.  Fully back now to WR 1 status.

-Will Fuller made his return this week and he jumped right into action by catching 4 balls for 35 yards and two scores for the Texans.  While DeAndre Hopkins is the clear top dog in the Texans' receiving hierarchy, Fuller has talent as a former top pick by the team.  Yes Fuller tends to drop passes but the offense is humming so well now that he is worth adding this week.

-Cam Newton got well against the New England Patriots defense of all things Sunday as he completed 22-of-29 throws for 316 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  The Patriots defense is so awful that they should be dropped.  Meanwhile as much as I hate on Newton, this outing could signal that he is finally feeling good physically.

-Tyler Krioft has put himself on the fantasy football map after catching 6 passes for 68 yards and two scores for the Bengals in place of the injured Tyler Eifert.  There is no consensus return date for Eifert and so Kroft should continue to be used until that takes place. 

-We touted New York Jets running back Bilal Powell all week leading up to the team's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars given the prime opportunity at hand with the injury absence of Matt Forte.  Well as he almost always does, Powell delivered as he rushed for 161 yards and a score on 21 carries, while also adding 4 receptions for another 27 yards.  Powell was not alone in Jets runners going wild as Elijiah McGuire had a big day himself in rushing for 93 yards and a score on just 10 carries, while adding 2 catches for 38 yards.  Obviously days like this won't happen often for the Jets running the football but Powell has some major PPR upside and even is well worth a look in standards. 

-It has been impressive regarding the pure passing improvement of Dallas Cowboys sophomore QB Dak Prescott who completed 20-of-36 passes for 252 yards with 3 TD and 1 IN in the team's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.  Adding 25 yards rushing on 3 carries and it looks like Prescott is ready to move up to another level as a passer. 

-There we go.  Le'Veon Bell is now fully ready to go coming off his preseason holdout.  After some listless performances to open the season, Bell rushed for 144 yards and 2 TD's on 35 carries, while also adding 4 catches for another 42 yards.  While the high amount of carries is a bit concerning, this is vintage Bell who is the top player in all of fantasy football given the injury to David Johnson.

-Joe Flacco had a second straight hideous game Sunday as he completed just 31-of-49 throws for 235 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT.  While Flacco is in no danger of getting benched, even in two-QB formats he can be let go. 


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