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Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Report: Rudolph the Red Zone Target


Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Report

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Welcome to the Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Report!

Here we examine different players whose values are rising or falling based on last week’s games and the latest news from this week.

Let’s get right to it!

Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Report

Stock Up

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie quarterbacks are not usually regarded as great investments in re-draft leagues. It usually takes at least a year to adapt to the speed of the pro game and learn a more complicated playbook.

But Wentz is clearly bucking that trend. Through three games to start his career, he’s thrown for 769 yards, five touchdowns and nary an interception.

The Eagles are on bye this week, but there’s good news. They don’t face a top ten defense in terms of fewest points allowed to QB’s until week eleven at Seattle. If you’re in need of a quarterback, Wentz is flashing top ten potential.

Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns

Injuries and suspensions have opened up plenty of opportunity for Pryor. With Josh Gordon out for one more week, Pryor remains the Browns’ number one receiver. And even when Gordon returns, Pryor will stay on the field as the number two since Corey Coleman is out for at least another three weeks.

He has not wasted the opportunity, as he’s been a target monster for Cleveland, with 31 already this season. Add to that that the Browns are down two quarterbacks. Hence they’re getting Pryor, a former QB, some looks under center. (Yes, those passing yards count in fantasy!)

Last week, he also got four carries. Players who can get you points receiving, passing and rushing are extremely rare and also extremely valuable. Pryor will continue to have this kind of potential for at least the next few weeks while the Browns get healthy.

If you need more proof for Wentz or Pryor, take a gander at our Waiver Wire Grabs for this week.

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Brown’s stock was way down after two weeks, having only received seven total targets. But smart fantasy owners held on to him. They realized he might have still been getting up to speed after suffering a pre-season concussion.

In week three, their patience was rewarded, as Brown was targeted eleven times, and he finally put some decent numbers up. Considering he is finally healthy, Michael Floyd is in the league’s concussion protocol, and Larry Fitzgerald started out hot last season too before fading in the second half, I’d be buying low on Brown where I could.

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

In the first two weeks as the number three receiver, Thomas had eleven total targets. But with Willie Snead out on Monday night, Thomas showed why the Saints took him in the second round of this year’s draft.

He doubled that target total on Monday, caught seven of them and racked up 71 yards and a TD. Even when Snead returns, Thomas has earned more targets, and therefore more fantasy points for your team.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Dixon is likely to return from a knee injury in week four and immediately becomes the best fantasy option in the Ravens’ backfield. As such, he is worth at least a bench stash until he proves otherwise.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings


Thus far this season, Rudolph is the second most targeted pass-catcher on the Vikings with 27, just one fewer than Stephon Diggs. That total is also more than any three game stretch in his career. And he hasn’t had fewer than eight in any game this season.

He’s also had five red zone targets, two more than everyone else on the team combined. It seems he has developed quite a rapport with new QB Sam Bradford, so this is a trend that could continue.

Stock Down

Running Backs about to lose their jobs/roles:

There are quite a few running backs who are about to lose their jobs, or at the very least have their roles reduced. Jamaal Charles is due back soon to the Kansas City Chiefs. Spencer Ware probably won’t go away completely, but if you can sell him as an RB1 now, you should.

With Le’veon Bell returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers from suspension this week, the same goes for DeAngelo Williams owners. If Terrance West or Justin Forsett matter to you, then this applies as well. However, I don’t think you will find much of a market.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans

Mariota, a popular breakout pick in the pre-season, was up to snuff in the first two weeks of the season, accumulating twenty points each week. Then, in a cushy home matchup against the porous Raiders defense last Sunday, he completely fell apart, giving the ball away three times (one on a fumble) with plenty of other errant passes to boot.

Now he goes on the road to face the Texans, who are the second toughest defense against quarterbacks in the NFL this season. Even though they’ll be without JJ Watt, I’d still be looking into other options this week if you were planning on starting Mariota.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

The thought was that the return of Jordy Nelson would get the whole Packers’ offense going again. So far, that seems to have done the trick, with the exception of Cobb, who hasn’t surpassed 60 yards yet and managed just one reception last week on three targets.

As a matter of fact, Cobb has only surpassed 60 yards receiving twice since week three of last season! Amazingly, his Yards at the Catch is a meager 5.50 so far this year. That is less than tight ends Dennis Pitta and Vance McDonald. Certainly not what you were hoping for out of your third round pick.

About David Phillips

David Phillips is originally from Austin, Texas and has been playing fantasy sports for over twenty years. His favorite teams are all from the Dallas area, with the possible exception of the San Antonio Spurs. Feel free to hit him up with a question on Twitter: @davidinperu

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