2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Blurbview

by Richard Savill
2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Blurbview

We all know how short a memory Fantasy Football has.

The satisfaction of winning your league is such a fleeting thing because your eye immediately looks to the future the next day. It's also a Christmas thing. I am glad championships happen in the Holiday Season because win or lose, you're still happy.

We who author fantasy stuff see how quickly our output becomes irrelevant in a similar way. Take this piece for example. The Blurbview has a shelf-life of about 48 hours.
That's it.

This is why I have such respect for my fellow fantasy scribes. We aren't writing the Great American Novel here or Pulitzer Prize winning content. Yet we remain happily committed to the chore with no ecclesiastical disenchantments of the futility.

When someone like Mike Tagliere dies, I really have to pause and pay my respects deeply. Mike wrote The Primer on Fantasy Pros - the greatest weekly undertaking I have ever seen in fantasy journalism. All this with podcasts, articles and other fantasy related excursions to fill out his resume. A writer who strove for completeness and brilliancy.

So here I am, basically a candy store fantasy writer by comparison. Nonetheless, I take pride in delivering my content with a similar spirit.

That's something you can count on in my blurbs. I thank Mike Tagliere and others for helping us keep that attitude.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 4 Blurbview

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it's time to watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Panthers (3-0) at Cowboys (2-1) -4.0 50.0

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Somewhat comforting is that Christian McCaffrey will avoid short-term IR status.

McCaffrey would be matchup proof in this game, as always for everywhere, but Chuba Hubbard might not. The Cowboys rank 6th versus RBs in fantasy points allowed. You should start Hubbard, but enter him as FLEX or FLEX2 in Super.

The Cowboys are nearly the reverse for wide receivers, so start your downfield Panthers and yes, Sam Darnold too. Darnold has QB list finishes of 13th, 17th and 5th so far this year and his fantasy stock is on the rise.

The Panthers allow the fewest Fantasy Points to RBs. Ezekiel Elliott remains your starter and owners must brave through it. Thus it follows that Tony Pollard is safer on the bench this week than as a chalky FLEX chance.

Overall, your fantasy Cowboys are in a boom or bust situation with this matchup. This isn't good news for Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb owners. Cooper's two-week plunge in usage needs some remedy and quick. Lamb owners aren't exactly riding high lately either. I wish I could offer a better scenario, but the Panthers have a solid defense.

Give Mike McCarthy all the credit for a terrific game plan if your fantasy Cowboys pull through with high marks.

Fun Fact: The only visit by the Panthers to AT&T Stadium was on a Thursday Night in 2015. They played on a Monday Night in 2009 at the old Cowboys Stadium. So this marks the first time since 2003 that Dallas will host Carolina in the daytime on a Sunday.
Sleeper: Robby Anderson, WR, Panthers
Pick Poll: Cowboys 70%

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief...

Lions (0-3) at Bears (1-2) -3.0 42.0

Horrible NFL debut for Justin Fields (6 of 20-67-0) last Sunday. Nine sacks by the Browns defense. Call it a miracle if the confidence of this kid isn't totally shattered right now. You know how bad things are if you're happy in the hope Nick Foles will start. That's where we are. The Lions nearly knocked off the Ravens until Justin Tucker made NFL history with the longest ever field goal. The basic fantasy formula for this game: start your Lions and fade your Bears.
Pick Poll: Lions 52%

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Texans (1-2) at Bills (2-1) -16.5 47.5

Brandin Cooks continues as the fantasy bright spot for the Texans. The Bills might frustrate the decent WR2 streak Cooks has going, but you still start him. Will we ever get fantasy contentment with the Buffalo backfield? Nope. But Zack Moss is the best bet over Devin Singletary  and you must start him for this game.
Pick Poll: Bills 99%

Colts (0-3) at Dolphins (1-2) -2.0 43.0

Okay, the Colts got Carson Wentz fairly cheap from the Eagles in February. Just because Wentz went cheap, doesn't make him a bargain - as we see. If nothing else, you have Jonathan Taylor for this game because the Dolphins give up the 2nd most FPs to RBs. Let Frank Reich have a good long look across the way at Jacoby Brissett in a delectable mini-revenge game. Start your available Dolphin downfielders with confidence.
Pick Poll: Dolphins 63%

Chiefs (1-2) at Eagles (1-2) +7.0 54.5

Chiefs at the bottom of the AFC West? Who'd a thunk it? Better days ahead, but this game with the Eagles is no softy. The best part? This is a fantasy fest game. Start everyone relevant on both sides. Jalen Reagor is a boom sleeper. Get him in there.
Pick Poll: Chiefs 96%
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Washington (1-2) at Falcons (1-2) +1.5 47.5

Calvin Ridley, where are you? I was very high on him to produce before the season, but so far, the targets are there and nothing clicks. This game isn't the best scenario to turn the page. For Washington, your fantasy starters continue with very reasonable and consistent patterns of upside. Taylor Heinike harms none of it - in fact, he helps. An NFL quarterback who truly earned his way into the job. Look for Heinicke to have a top ten fantasy day in Atlanta.
Pick Poll: Washington 64%

Titans (2-1) at Jets (0-3) +7.5 45.5

With your downfield Titans banged up, guess who's coming to dinner? The thing which concerns me for anyone with fantasy Jets is how many possessions will the offense get in this game. With Derrick Henry draining the clock, any single three-and-out by the Jets would be costly. Sit your Jets and consider Corey Davis a boom or bust fantasy option until further notice. The Titans have a 'Travis Fulgham type' sleeper at hand: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.
Pick Poll: Titans 99%

Giants (0-3) at Saints (2-1) -8.0 43.0

With Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton out, the Giants have a near impossible task of putting together a game plan which ensures consistency on offense. Kenny Golladay all by his lonesome. The unfamiliar names, Kadarius Toney and Collin Johnson, are well outside even dart-throw fantasy usefulness. Save your darts for sleeper Saints instead - of which every receiver on the team seems to be.
Pick Poll:
 Saints 94%

Browns (2-1) at Vikings (1-2) +2.0 51.5

We expect Dalvin Cook to resume his normal duties. Tyler Conklin, had the fantasy shine over K.J. Osborn last week. Conklin's surprise contributions helped the Vikings post their first win. NFL football, yeah, results driven. So there's that to consider with Tyler Conklin. For the Browns, the Vikings are allowing the 3rd most FPs to WRs, so Odell Beckham is an obvious start; plus Demetric Felton is now a "mustache" in all formats before this weekend plays out.
Pick Poll: Browns 74%

Late Sunday: Cardinals (3-0) at Rams (3-0) -4.5 55.0

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I talked a little about the Rams blitzing last week. This is just the straight up number without the splits of safety and corner blitzes, but they average about 14 per game.

With Kyler Murray, they may find regular blitzing a bad idea this week and simply work on keeping contain. The Rams will end up getting burnt if they keep things too loose in coverage; considering the massive downfield talent the Cardinals have.

The Rams have their own guys to worry the Cardinals with. Cooper Kupp is off to a magnificent start and he can open things up massively for Robert Woods and Van Jefferson. So look for Matthew Stafford to spray the ball around just like Kyler Murray.

Sounds like I'm predicting a shootout? Yes, yes I am. Start every fantasy worthy player and their pets for this game.

Fun Fact: The Rams have won eight straight games against the Cardinals and nine of the last ten.
Sleeper:  Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals
Pick Poll: Rams 82%

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief...

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Seahawks (1-2) at Forty-Niners (2-1) -3.0 52.0

The Seahawks lead the league in underachievement. They'll be a tough assignment for the 49ers and very much a carbon copy of the Packers. It's a green matchup for Russell Wilson and Chris Carson. The Seahawks give up the most FPs to RBs, but somehow you feel Kyle Shanahan won't allow Trey Sermon to cash in on that stat. Start Sermon as a FLEX and hope for zero vulturing from Deebo Samuel or Kyle Juszczyk.
Pick Poll: Forty-Niners 53%

Ravens (2-1) at Broncos (3-0) -0.5 45.0

The Broncos will get some respect if they win this game and hit 4-0. In terms of fantasy points, games involving the Broncos are on the stingy side for all skill positions in matchup. That said, consider Lamar Jackson matchup safe. As for the rest of your fantasy Ravens, temper zee eggs. Make Noah Fant a priority start. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are both reasonable FLEX plays.
Pick Poll: Ravens 68%

Steelers (1-2) at Packers (2-1) -6.5 45.5

Fun Fact Bonus: Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger are the oldest active quarterback pairing you can get from a previous Super Bowl - SB45 of the 2010 season! With Dionte Johnson possibly returning, Najee Harris can return to his regular job. Or does he? Juju Smith-Schuster has a rib cartilage issue and could miss this week. Start everyone with fantasy chops in what should be a classic!
Pick Poll: Packers 93%

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Buccaneers (2-1) at Patriots (1-2) +7.0 49.0

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Here it is. The return of Tom Brady to Gillette Stadium.

This is one of those games where fantasy considerations cannot lift expectations from a stat sheet with any reasonable level of confidence. There's too many emotions involved.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick know how each other thinks. But Brady has the better football team at present and that makes all the difference.

The sports media don't care about the outcome, because either way, the post-game presser is what they are looking forward to.

A Brady to Gronkowski touchdown might seem an obvious chapter to include for this game, but how often has a non-bold prediction like that fallen flat? Often enough - we can show the bite marks. Here's another bite - Gronk (ribs) didn't make the trip and won't play.

Oh well, sigh, you should start all your Bucs, except Ronald Jones. That's the easy part.

Who on the Patriots can you start is the real conundrum. So complicated.

With James White lost for the season, this actually brought down the value of Damien Harris. Read this blurb about Brandon Bolden on NBC Sportsedge and you'll see why.

Jacobi Meyers remains the safest start with Nelson Agholor as a sleeper. Kendrick Bourne? He was the sleeper last week; as a fantasy rule you should never chase those points.

Fun Fact: The last time Rob Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium was in Week 1 of the 2018 season against the Texans. 160 weeks ago. With Gronk out, that will remain the last time.
Sleeper: Nelson Agholor, WR, Patriots
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 96%
(updated Sat. 1pm ET)

Monday Night: Raiders (3-0) at Chargers (2-1) -3.5 52.0

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The Raiders come into Monday night as the top passing yard offense and the Chargers come in as the fourth. Both sides rank near the bottom for rushing yardage. No prizes for making an educated guess where this game ends up.

What a start for Derek Carr! Since entering the league from 2014 to 2020, Carr averages 744 passing yards after his first three games . After his first three games of 2021, he has 1,203 passing yards. That's a 62% increase!

The resulting transfer of fantasy wealth to the receivers of the Raiders quickly began to show. Henry Ruggs, Darren Waller, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow are all over 200 yards receiving so far. These receivers should be owned in 12-14 team leagues.

Mike Williams is the big story of the Chargers. He already has 295 yards and four touchdowns on the board. If he keeps this up, he'll have over 1000 yards after Week 10 (bye Week 7).

This is a game where a fantasy win or loss could depend on a field goal in the final minute. I don't give much regard to fantasy kickers, but if your league includes them, then enjoy the thrill of classic fantasy football if this game goes to the wire in this way.

Another Monday night thriller.

Fun Fact: OL Joey Bosa of the Chargers needs just one more sack for a career mark of 50 in just 63 NFL starts.
Sleeper: Jared Cook, TE, Chargers
Pick Poll: Chargers 65%

In the Booth on Sunday

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Daryl Johnston

CBS Early

Chiefs at Eagles: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Browns at Vikings: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Titans at Jets: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta
Colts at Dolphins: Spero Dedes, Jay Feely
Texans at Bills: Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber

FOX Early

Panthers at Cowboys: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Giants at Saints: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Washington at Falcons: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Lions at Bears: Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib

CBS Late

Steelers at Packers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Ravens at Broncos: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

FOX Late

Seahawks at 49ers: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Cardinals at Rams: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

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