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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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The fantasy football weekly recap for week four is already here. It’s crazy that week five of the NFL season is just days a way. We are almost to halfway point in the fantasy season too! Some people are getting set for playoffs already by adding bench depth while others are trying to secure key players that’ll help them win now so that they can try to make a playoff push.

Week four started off with a blowout Thursday night game between the Packers and the Bears. It was a game where we saw unfortunate injuries, a brutal quarterback performance, and a very dirty hit. Will rookie Mitchell Trubisky get the start week five? Will Ty Montgomery start this upcoming week after he got hurt?

Other questions to ask after Week 4 are, can Joe Mixon be viewed as the featured back in Cinci? How do we view the Ravens backfield moving forward? All of this and so much more needs to be asked after this weeks performances.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Recap

It is about that time I break down some of this week’s winners and losers from Thursday night and Sunday. Every week there seems to be some of the same guys ending up on the lists. While every week there are some shocks and surprising names that pop up on here. See who made the cut this week.

Winners

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Well, what all Bell owners wanted to see from him from week one. Le’Veon Bell finally looked like a top running back that he truly is. He carried the ball 35 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Bell wasn’t done there as he was a threat in the passing game as well.He caught four passes for 42 yards as well. It all started from the first drive as Le’Veon carried the ball nine times on the Steelers first drive.

They came out with determination to feed one of their best players on the team. The red zone is an area will Le’Veon will receive a lot of looks and targets, giving him more upside during any given week. He’ll look to improve off of this stellar week as he faces the Jaguars defense in week five.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley had himself a day against the Cowboys. He went off for 121 yards rushing while adding 94 receiving yards as well. He also combined for three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. It sure seems like we have found the old Todd Gurley and it’s safe to say that he is back and better than ever.

The whole Rams offense seems to be looking better and better each week. Gurley owners should feel safe plugging him in as a locked-in RB1 every week in a high-scoring offense.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

Finally, we see Cam Newton on this list, and in a good way as well. He brought great success to fantasy owners who started him in week four. Cam completed 22-of-29 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He also added a rushing touchdown as well. The Patriots defense has looked awful all year and it continued against the Panthers.

Cam threw all over the Patriots secondary as the win was much needed for the Panthers team. Although he got hit a lot and was shaky getting up sometimes, the performance and the win gives Newton and fantasy owners confident headed into week five against the Lions.

DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

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The second quarterback on the list for week four is a rookie. DeShaun Watson opened eyes around the NFL with his performance against the Titans. Watson completed 25-of-34 passes for 283 yards while throwing for four touchdowns, rushing for one as well and throwing an interception.

The performance Sunday gave Watson his second straight efficient game as the starting quarterback in Houston. What makes him such a threat every week is his ability to gain yards throwing the ball as well as running the ball. He’s one of the premier rushing quarterbacks in the league and he can be viewed more seriously as a starting fantasy quarterback now. Especially now that bye weeks start for this upcoming week.

Losers

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

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In a game that the Broncos would have to fight to win, Demaryius Thomas was a total non-factor in the win. He only caught one pass from Trevor Semien all night and it went for just 11 yards. That catch ended up in the second quarter so he was completely non-existent in the second half. The previous low for catches in a game this season for Thomas was five, which happened twice before week four.

It’s certainly not a good look for fantasy owners as five players on the Broncos produced more receiving than Thomas did. It wasn’t a good day for the veteran but he will have another full week to recover from this humiliating effort as the Broncos get a week five bye week.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams

I was questioning at times if Sammy Watkins was even playing against the Cowboys. He was invisible all game long as he only drew two targets, catching one pass for 17 yards. Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Todd Gurley all drew more attention than Watkins did. In fact, Sammy Watkins didn’t even receive a target until the fourth quarter.

It was definitely an odd week for some players and I am still confused about this performance. Watkins will face a tough matchup week five against the Seahawks defense.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten started off the first two weeks on fire. Catching 17 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, he sure looked like he was back in his prime. Since then, he has only caught two passes for a modest 12 yards. It’s been a rocky start so far for Witten but he faces a very favorable matchup this coming week with the Packers. That game can easily be a shootout and he can become a featured part in that game. Fantasy owners can view Witten as a low-end TE1 for the game against the Packers.

Adrian Peterson, RB, New Orleans Saints

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Is this what we all expected to see from AP after being traded to the Saints? Peterson got just four carries for only four yards during his time in London against the Dolphins. He played just six snaps all game long as it looks like Sean Payton will roll with rookie Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram as his top two options. It has almost become to the point that fantasy owners to drop Peterson for a needed waiver wire add at this point. It’s an unfortunate situation Peterson has evolved himself in as his career is winding down in the NFL.

It has almost become to the point that fantasy owners to drop Peterson for a needed waiver wire add at this point. It’s an unfortunate situation Peterson has evolved himself in as his career is winding down in the NFL.

Injuries

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

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It was not a good day to be a Titan on Sunday. The blowout loss along with the departure of Mariota made the day even worse. Before leaving the game, Mariota has rushed for two touchdowns early in the game. He left the game due to a lingering hamstring issue. The severity is unknown at the moment but hamstring injuries can be a tricky one to monitor. This will be a big blow to any receivers you may own on the Titans team. If Mariota is going to miss time, look for the team to rely heavily on the run.

The severity is unknown at the moment but hamstring injuries can be a tricky one to monitor. This will be a big blow to any receivers you may own on the Titans team. If Mariota is going to miss time, look for the team to rely heavily on the run.

Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

This was the worst injury that occurred during play on Sunday. Dalvin Cook tore his left ACL and he will be shut down for the rest of the year. He along with Kareem Hunt have been outstanding early on as rookies.

This is a tough pill to swallow for Vikings fans as well as Dalvin Cook fantasy owners. Moving forward, both Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray can be added in fantasy leagues. Murray is viewed more as an early-down back while McKinnon is an outstanding receiving back and he becomes a great value in PPR leagues.

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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Another unfortunate injury to another star player. Derek Carr appeared to hurt his back late into the game Sunday against the Broncos. The encouraging sign is that Carr did walk off on his own power but he would be out for the remainder of the game after the hit. We don’t know just how much time Carr will miss, but it remains in his favor to play next week against the Ravens.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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