Bond’s Banter: 2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Reaction

Javonte Williams Injured | Austin Ekeler Returns | Kenny Pickett Time

by Joe Bond
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I'm back for another week of Bond's Banter, where I'm going to be giving my 2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Reaction.

If you don't want to read my reaction and would rather watch one, you can go on YouTube and watch Mike LaPlant and Dylan Clemons on The Last Call. There they give a quick reaction each week on the day's games.

This week got off to a bad start with early morning news that Alvin Kamara was going to be inactive for the Saints. As you all know, they played at 9:30 AM ET in London, so there were plenty of people who missed the news and were not able to adjust lineups.

We then had to deal with a lot of weather in games where we were expecting a lot of points, especially fantasy points.

Overall we had a great day of football, just never fun to sit and think about so many negative things before it even begins.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Reaction

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Week 4 Reaction Early Games

Vikings 28 - Saints 25

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This was a much more entertaining game than I thought it would be. With the Saints missing Jamies Winston, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, I thought there was no way they would be able to keep up with the Vikings.

Well, they did and actually just missed a kick to send it into overtime.

Mark Ingram got injured as well, he returned to the game, but Latavius Murray played a lot and fairly well. I wouldn't go crazy and rush the waiver wire for him though.

The Vikings got Justin Jefferson going after two slow weeks. He finished with 10 catches for 147 yards and ran in a short score.

Their injured star, Dalvin Cook, came away no worse than he went in, so that is good news.

Browns 20 - Falcons 23

Cordarrelle Patterson started off playing very well in this game, scoring early too. Then I'm not sure what happened. He actually finished the day with fewer touches than both Caleb Huntley and Tyler Allgeier. Very strange.

*Update: Patterson left the game due to an injury, likely the same one from Week 3. He had a small procedure on it and is going on the IR

Kyle Pitts is killing fantasy managers too. He once again only hauled in two receptions. There was a glimmer of hope last week, but that was quickly put out. I honestly don't know what to do with him as you likely do not have good options available to you in your league.

Nick Chubb is now the RB1 on the Fantasy Football season after now going over 100 yards in three of four games. He also now has five touchdowns. He is locked in and with Jacobi Brissett as the QB, I don't see the Browns wanting to rely on the pass game very often.

With that said, Amari Cooper did his patented disappearing act as he finished with just one catch for nine yards.

Commanders 10 - Cowboys 25

First off did anybody else think the Commanders uniforms look like the Army All-American Bowl uniforms?

Commanders after two solid games offensively to start the season have now had two duds in a row. Carson Wentz has been under siege, causing him to make multiple bad passes, and throw two picks. Until they can figure out how to protect Wentz, this offense is going to struggle more often than not.

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The Cowboys got Michael Gallup back this week. He also ran the second-most number of routes, only caught two, but did score. I think having him there is going to open things up so much more for CeeDee Lamb, who today caught six for 97 and a touchdown.

Noah Brown is likely to take a bit of a hit, but with Dalton Schultz banged up, maybe it won't be as much as originally thought. Schultz played today but did not register anything on the stat sheet.

Seahawks 48 - Lions 45

Who thought that the Seahawks and Lions would combine for the most points scored this NFL season so far? Definitely not me. The Seahawks have been struggling on offense mostly and the Lions were without D'Andre Swift, Amon-Ra St. Brown and D.J. Chark.

Instead, this game was an offensive show . Five players from this game finished in the top 12 overall on the week (pending the Monday Night game).

T.J. Hockenson stepped up big time to set a franchise record for receiving yards for Tight Ends and is leading all players in Week 4.

Jamaal Williams kept doing his thing this year with two more touchdowns. He is now on pace to score 25. Honestly knowing Swift is going to return in a couple of weeks I would be looking to sell high on Williams. There is no doubt in my mind he goes back to a timeshare once Swift returns.

A lot of people I know, myself included, benched Rashaad Penny this week with him losing a lot of work to Kenneth Walker recently. So what does Penny do? Rush for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Of course.

Titans 24 - Colts 17

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Bad news, OK.

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Jonathan Taylor was not good again this week. The volume is there, but very inefficient with just a 2.1 yard per carry average. To put a cherry on top, he injured his ankle and it is feared to be a high ankle sprain.

The good news is Derrick Henry looks like he is back to his old ways. He ran for 114 yards and a touchdown. He should have had two touchdowns, unfortunately, one was called back.

Bears 12 - Giants 20

It is a miracle, Justin Fields threw the ball more than 17 times this season. Still not very great results, 174 yards and nothing else. He added 52 yards on the ground but was also sacked six times.

Darnell Mooney had a respectable day. Four receptions for 94 yards. Still going to be very tough to rely on him though.

So much for Richie James or any of the Giants receivers stepping up in Sterling Shepard's absence. I'm sure there will be better days ahead, but today with just 82 total passing yards is not going to cut it.

At least Saquon Barkley is proving all the doubters wrong. He ran for 146 yards today on 31 carries. Honestly, I don't want to see him get that much work often, as someone who has dealt with many injuries throughout his career.

Jaguars 21 - Eagles 29

This was one of the games that was affected by the weather. The remnants of Hurricane Ian was still hanging. It showed as neither passing offense could get going.

Trevor Lawrence threw for two touchdowns, but they were short dump-offs to Jamal Agnew. He also threw an interception and fumbled four times, losing all four. Yikes!

A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert did well, considering the elements, just weren't able to score. Jalen Hurts saved his day by being able to get into running one in.

Perhaps what we should be talking about more is the usage of Miles Sanders. He got 27 carries and was targeted three times. He ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns. I don't think we can expect that kind of usage most weeks, but his usage has been higher than in seasons past, so that is a big positive note for him.

Jets 24 - Steelers 20

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I mentioned after Week 2, just how bad Mitch Trubisky has been. Also that if the skill position players were going to have any hope this season they were going to need to make the switch to Kenny Pickett.

Well, today the Steelers made the switch today. They didn't win the game and Pickett did struggle, with three picks, but Pickett did seem to give the offense a bit of a spark. Some of that is thanks to his two rushing touchdowns (I wouldn't expect that very often). Maybe, just maybe, Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson and company can be what we hoped.

For the Jets, Zach Wilson made his season debut. He struggled as well overall, but led the team down for the game-winning score. We have to hope that he can connect with Garrett Wilson more.

Bills 23 - Ravens 20

Oh boy, what a game this was. The Ravens got jumped out to an early 20-3 lead only to watch it slowly get chipped away.

It finished with John Harbaugh deciding to go for it with about four minutes to go instead of kicking the go-ahead field goal. It allowed Josh Allen to be able to go down for his own game-winning field goal instead of game-tieing.

Fantasy-wise J.K. Dobbins was the star. He scored two touchdowns, one rush, one receiving. He is still working his way back into more of a workload, just 52% snap share this week, but it is coming. Just know until that happens, he will have some dud games when he doesn't score.

Week 4 Reaction Late Games

Chargers 34 - Texans 24

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Austin Ekeler lives!!!

After three games to start the season of disappointing performances, Ekeler came out today and completely redeemed himself with three touchdowns and 109 total yards from scrimmage.

I get it, there were concerns about the usage on third-downs and in the red zone. However, his overall usage, especially in the passing game was fine. I figured it was only a matter of time before he had one of these games.

The other running back in the game is not disappointing anymore after a Week 1 scare. Dameon Pierce busted off a 75-yard touchdown run to help him finish the day with 131 total yards. This guy is the real deal so kudos to those who drafted him.

Cardinals 26 - Panthers 16

I really don't understand the Cardinals. Every week they get behind early, being outscored 66-16 in the first half this year. Yet in every game, except Week 1, they came back and either won or made it a game.

The offense seems to come out flat every week and it take Kyler running around like crazy to make up for it. Maybe it is the DeAndre Hopkins effect and once he returns they will be back to normal.

The Panthers offense is still a mess. At least Christian McCaffrey is still getting it done. This week it wasn't on the ground, just 27 yards, instead, he was involved in the passing game like we've seen for years. He caught nine passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Patriots 24 - Packers 27

This game was shocking. If you had told me a rookie, third-string, quarterback was going to take Aaron Rodgers into overtime, I would have called you a liar.

Well that is exactly what happened. The Patriots were already down Mac Jones, then lost backup Brian Hoyer early. In comes Bailey Zappe. Was he good, no, but he kept them in the game.

The Packers were by far the better fantasy football team. Allen Lazard seems to be becoming the target some thought he could be for Aaron Rodgers. It's not a huge surprise given their history.

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However, for the second week in a row, we're seeing Romeo Doubs get a lot of work. He had a good game, scoring once and should have had a game-winning touchdown that he dropped. Very intriguing player moving forward in my opinion.

Broncos 23 - Raiders 32

Well, the Raiders got a win, so we already have zero winless teams in the NFL. I don't have any official stats on this, but this feels like the earliest that has happened in years.

Keeping with the Raiders, Josh Jacobs was a man on a mission today. He ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Does anybody realize he is RB8 on the season with the Monday Night game to still play? I personally did not. Just proves that the early-round running backs this season have not really worked out for the most part.

The Broncos offense looked much better than it had in the first few weeks. Wilson looked much more comfortable making plays, even able to run one in.

Bad news for the Broncos though is Javonte Williams suffered a knee injury. All they are saying right now is they think it's a major injury. We will find out more after an MRI, but it is looking great. Melvin Gordon, if he can get out of the fumbling doghouse, is going to have his value skyrocket.

*Update: It is confirmed that Williams is done for the season with a torn ACL.

Chiefs 41 - Buccaneers 31

The score looked closer than this game really was. The Chiefs blew out the Bucs.

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Patrick Mahomes spread the ball around to eight different receivers, led by Travis Kelce 9-92-1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is still making it work. Thanks to gameflow, he was able to get a lot of carries, but Isiah Pacheco was very involved as well. CEH is getting the touchdowns still, keeping his value high.

The Bucs had all their receiving weapons back so that is good news. Mike Evans was a monster tonight going 8-102-2. Chris Godwin was very good with 7-59 and Leonard Fournette caught 7-57-1.

Weird thing is the Bucs basically decided not to run the ball in this game. Just six total rush attempts between Rachaad White and Leonard Fournette. With the defense struggling, compared to last season, the Bucs can not completely abandon a entire part of their offense and expect to win games.

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