Week 4: AFC Targets & Touches

Jesse Pantuosco
Rotoworld

Fantasy football is, at its core, an exercise in risk analysis. Points are our currency and every article we digest, every podcast we engorge ourselves in, every box score we study is aimed at shining a light on safe, bankable volume we can rely on on a weekly basis. That’s the purpose served by Targets and Touches, a thorough and exhaustively researched window into which players are making their respective teams tick. This will be a weekly fixture here at Rotoworld, informed by data from Airyards.com, Pro Football Focus and Pro-Football-Reference. 

Before we open Pandora’s box, please note that stat lines are arranged with the most recent game first while “X” signifies a player’s absence. To make the info more accessible, I also cut out much of the clutter, removing players averaging fewer than one target or carry, anyone slated to miss significant time (you won’t find Hunter Henry or Tyreek Hill listed here) and other fluff (fullback and receiver carries, for instance) that doesn’t factor into our decision-making. Now let’s get to the good stuff.

Baltimore Ravens

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Targets: Mark Andrews (8, 7, 9, 8), Marquise Brown (7, 9, 13, 5), Seth Roberts (5, 2, 0, 1), Miles Boykin (3, 1, 3, 1), Justice Hill (2, 3, 2, 0), Hayden Hurst (2, 5, 1, 4), Willie Snead (2, 5, 1, 3), Nick Boyle (1, 5, 3, 3), Mark Ingram (1, 4, 2, 0)

Air Yards: Mark Andrews (94, 55, 95, 74), Marquise Brown (41, 217, 149, 94), Seth Roberts (36, 32, 0, 5), Miles Boykin (31, 21, 39, 0), Hayden Hurst (21, 72, 26, 1), Willie Snead (16, 56, 45, 5), Nick Boyle (5, 34, 22, 12), Justice Hill (0, 4, 17, 0), Mark Ingram (-4, 0, 19, 0)

Receiving Yards: Willie Snead (61, 47, 5, 41), Hayden Hurst (39, 14, 1, 41), Seth Roberts (36, 37, 0, 10), Miles Boykin (32, 0, 11, 5), Mark Andrews (31, 15, 112, 108), Marquise Brown (22, 49, 86, 147), Nick Boyle (9, 58, 14, 26), Justice Hill (9, 0, 10, 0), Mark Ingram (0, 32, 30, 0)

Carries: Mark Ingram (12, 16, 13, 14), Lamar Jackson (9, 8, 16, 3), Gus Edwards (6, 7, 3, 17), Justice Hill (2, 1, 1, 7)

RZ Targets: Marquise Brown (2, 0, 0, 1), Mark Andrews (1, 3, 0, 1), Miles Boykin (1, 0, 0, 1), Justice Hill (1, 0, 1, 0), Nick Boyle (0, 1, 0, 0), Hayden Hurst (0, 2, 1, 1), Willie Snead (0, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Mark Ingram (2, 4, 2, 5), Gus Edwards (1, 0, 1, 7), Justice Hill (1, 0, 0, 2), Lamar Jackson (1, 3, 3, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Brandon Carr (3-32-0, 4-55-1, 6-52-0, 1--3-0), Marlon Humphrey (2-20-0, 3-17-0, 5-106-0, 0-0-0), Anthony Averett (0-0-0, 4-116-1, 5-49-0, 7-104-1)

Observations: My mother, who I would describe as an excellent but nervous cook, has a habit of asking if I like the meal she just cooked … after eating one bite. Now a good son always answers an emphatic “yes!” to such a question but come on—that’s not enough time to decide. Keep that in mind when thinking about the Ravens, who many of us anointed as God’s gift to football after beginning the year with convincing victories over the Cardinals and Dolphins, neither of whom have won a game in 2019. The small-sample-size police warned us the road would get tougher for Baltimore and sure enough, they were right. The Ravens have looked like mere mortals the past two weeks, dropping games to Kansas City (understandable) and Cleveland (uh oh) respectively. Downfield extraordinaire Marquise Brown has fallen precipitously back to earth, catching fewer than half his targets (14-of-29) while averaging a middling 52.3 yards per game since his breakout Week 1 (4-147-2). That’s not what the doctor ordered, but this is—the Ravens are averaging a ballistic 205.8 rushing yards per game, putting them on pace for an NFL record 3,292. Remember all the folks (myself included) who derisively pegged Lamar Jackson as a gimmick quarterback who would never develop into a true passing threat? With a quarter season in the books, the former Heisman winner is averaging more passing yards (277.5) than both Aaron Rodgers (267.3) and Tom Brady (265.3). I’ll be over here eating crow if you need me. 

Buffalo Bills

Targets: Cole Beasley (13, 10, 4, 9), John Brown (11, 5, 8, 10), Zay Jones (8, 3, 3, 5), T.J. Yeldon (4, 3, 0, 0), Dawson Knox (3, 4, 4, 1), Frank Gore (1, 2, 2, 0), Tommy Sweeney (0, 3, 1, 2), Devin Singletary (X, X, 0, 6)

Air Yards: John Brown (173, 57, 110, 133), Cole Beasley (127, 38, 51, 81), Zay Jones (113, 60, 20, 73), Dawson Knox (46, 45, 25, 6), T.J. Yeldon (33, 4, 0, 0), Frank Gore (0, -3, 1, 0), Tommy Sweeney (0, 42, 1, 24), Devin Singletary (X, X, 0, -3)

Receiving Yards: Cole Beasley (75, 48, 83, 40), John Brown (69, 51, 72, 123), T.J. Yeldon (68, 19, 0, 0), Dawson Knox (58, 67, 18, 1), Zay Jones (4, 33, 14, 18), Frank Gore (0, 13, 15, 0), Tommy Sweeney (0, 3, 0, 35), Devin Singletary (X, X, 0, 28)

Carries: Frank Gore (17, 14, 19, 11), Josh Allen (5, 9, 7, 10), T.J. Yeldon (0, 8, 0, 0), Devin Singletary (X, X, 6, 4)

RZ Targets: John Brown (2, 0, 0, 0), Zay Jones (2, 0, 1, 0), Cole Beasley (0, 1, 0, 0), Dawson Knox (0, 1, 0, 0), Tommy Sweeney (0, 1, 0, 0), T.J. Yeldon (0, 1, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Frank Gore (5, 1, 4, 0), Josh Allen (1, 3, 2, 1), T.J. Yeldon (0, 2, 0, 0), Devin Singletary (X, X, 1, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Levi Wallace (4-51-0, 4-40-0, 8-66-1, 5-37-0), Tre’Davious White (1-5-0, 1-26-0, 6-55-0, 4-37-0), Siran Neal (1-3-0, 2-5-0, 2-7-0, 2-11-0), Kevin Johnson (0-0-0, 3-49-0, 3-61-0, 0-0-0)

Observations: Josh Allen ran into a buzz-saw in Week 4, absorbing four sacks while hucking a career-worst three interceptions in a loss to New England. Allen eventually left with a concussion, leaving Matt Barkley the unenviable task of leading a fourth-quarter comeback against a Patriots secondary consisting of Jason McCourty (PFF’s top-graded cornerback), Jonathan Jones (No. 2 cornerback in PFF’s coverage grades) and Devin McCourty (league-leading four interceptions). Needless to say, that endeavor fell short. T.J. Yeldon didn’t log a single carry in the losing effort but was active with his mitts, nabbing four grabs for 68 yards while ultimately out-snapping Frank Gore by a narrow 44-35 margin. Gore went over the century mark in yards (109), becoming the second-oldest player to reach that threshold. Fantasy owners should enjoy his resurgence while it lasts with up-and-comer Devin Singletary (hamstring) slated to return in Week 5. Dawson Knox’s drop rate raises concerns (three miscues on 13 targets), though you can’t argue with his production. Among rookie tight ends, only Detroit’s T.J. Hockenson has posted more yards (166 to Knox’s 144).   

Cincinnati Bengals

Targets: Giovani Bernard (6, 2, 3, 3), Tyler Boyd (6, 11, 10, 12), John Ross (6, 6, 8, 12), Auden Tate (6, 10, 3, X), Tyler Eifert (5, 1, 5, 6), Joe Mixon (5, 2, 5, 3), C.J. Uzomah (1, 1, 0, 5), Damion Willis (1, 0, 3, 5), Alex Erickson (0, 1, 3, 4)

Air Yards: John Ross (68, 72, 65, 172), Tyler Eifert (58, 17, 24, 36), Auden Tate (57, 85, 25, X), Tyler Boyd (48, 97, 66, 75), C.J. Uzomah (13, 13, 0, 16), Damion Willis (5, 0, 14, 49), Alex Erickson (0, 6, 12, 25), Giovani Bernard (-15, 3, -4, -1), Joe Mixon (-16, -3, -4, -4)

Receiving Yards: Auden Tate (50, 88, 6, X), John Ross (36, 22, 112, 158), Tyler Boyd (33, 67, 138, 60), Tyler Eifert (27, 18, 9, 27), Giovani Bernard (16, 7, 7, 42), Damion Willis (8, 0, 6, 30), Joe Mixon (1, 34, 10, 7), Alex Erickson (0, 13, 14, 28), C.J. Uzomah (0, 0, 0, 66)

Carries: Joe Mixon (15, 15, 11, 6), Andy Dalton (3, 1, 2, 0), Giovani Bernard (1, 3, 6, 7)

RZ Targets: Tyler Eifert (2, 1, 1, 0), Auden Tate (2, 0, 1, X), Joe Mixon (1, 1, 0, 0), C.J. Uzomah (1, 0, 0, 0), Giovani Bernard (0, 0, 0, 1), Tyler Boyd (0, 0, 1, 0), Alex Erickson (0, 0, 1, 0), John Ross (0, 0, 0, 1)

RZ Carries: Joe Mixon (1, 2, 3, 2), Giovani Bernard (0, 0, 1, 0), Andy Dalton (0, 1, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: William Jackson (3-59-1, 3-14-0, 2-27-0, 1-42-0), Dre Kirkpatrick (2-6-0, 2-33-0, 5-97-1, 3-32-1), B.W. Webb (0-0-0, X, 3-52-1, 2-36-0)

Observations: Maybe there’s a silver lining to be had in the Bengals’ 0-4 start, their worst since 2008, but I’m not finding it. We can pin the blame on Andy Dalton, who was objectively horrible in Monday night’s loss to Pittsburgh, but the Bengals aren’t giving him much to work with. Between the brick hands displayed by his receivers (nine drops) and the miserable offensive line play in front of him (only Kyler Murray has taken more sacks this year), Dalton’s struggles were inevitable. I think I just developed carpal tunnel scrolling Pro-Football-Reference to see where Joe Mixon ranks in yards from scrimmage. I’ll save you the suspense—he’s 73rd. At his consensus second-round ADP, Mixon might be a bigger rip-off than Mike Francesa’s mobile app ($8.99 a month?!). John Ross has been the epitome of feast or famine with outcomes ranging from 22 to 158 yards, which is always good if you enjoy heart palpitations.

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Cleveland Browns

Targets: Jarvis Landry (10, 9, 7, 7), Odell Beckham (7, 9, 10, 11), Nick Chubb (4, 7, 4, 4), Dontrell Hilliard (3, 0, X, 2), Damion Ratley (3, 5, 3, 2), Ricky Seals-Jones (3, 2, 0, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 2, 1, 1), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 0, 4, 2), Rashard Higgins (X, X, X, 3)

Air Yards: Odell Beckham (120, 46, 147, 116), Damion Ratley (61, 28, 27, 16), Jarvis Landry (60, 138, 62, 98), Ricky Seals-Jones (33, 12, 0, X), Dontrell Hilliard (6, 0, X, 7), Demetrius Harris (0, 6, 4, 6), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 0, 25, 8), Nick Chubb (-12, -12, 16, 6), Rashard Higgins (X, X, X, 48)

Receiving Yards: Jarvis Landry (167, 62, 32, 67), Ricky Seals-Jones (82, 14, 0, X), Dontrell Hilliard (27, 0, X, 14), Odell Beckham (20, 56, 161, 71), Nick Chubb (18, 35, 36, 10), Damion Ratley (10, 26, 50, 17), Demetrius Harris (0, 2, 4, 0), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 0, 42, 23), Rashard Higgins (X, X, X, 46)

Carries: Nick Chubb (20, 23, 18, 17), Dontrell Hilliard (6, 0, X, 0) Baker Mayfield (3, 1, 0, 0), D’Ernest Johnson (0, 0, 3, 1)

RZ Targets: Odell Beckham (1, 1, 0, 0), Nick Chubb (1, 1, 0, 0), Dontrell Hilliard (1, 0, X, 0), Jarvis Landry (1, 3, 1, 0), Damion Ratley (1, 3, 0, 0), Ricky Seals-Jones (1, 0, 0, X), Demetrius Harris (0, 2, 0, 0)

RZ Carries: Nick Chubb (4, 3, 2, 0), Dontrell Hilliard (3, 0, X, 1), Baker Mayfield (2, 0, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: T.J. Carrie (9-122-2, 5-77-1, 4-19-0, 1-5-0), Eric Murray (3-22-0, 2-9-0, 1-20-0, 0-0-0), Terrance Mitchell (3-15-0, 5-61-0, 0-0-0, 2-58-0), Denzel Ward (X, X, 6-76-0, 1-47-0), Greedy Williams (X, X, 0-0-0, 1-16-0)

Observations: Nick Chubb left nothing to chance in Week 4, pouring on 183 yards (165 rushing, 18 receiving) and three touchdowns despite his lightest workload of the season (42 snaps). Chubb’s 88-yard explosion to put the game on ice was the second-longest run of his career. Many of us wondered who would fill the void left by injured tight end David Njoku (wrist). Demetrius Harris made a compelling case with his touchdown against the Rams in Week 3 but Cardinals castoff Ricky Seals-Jones made an even better one with his electric Week 4 (3-82-1 on three targets). It will be interesting to see how Antonio Callaway, fresh off a four-game suspension, factors into Cleveland’s receiving calculus, especially with injuries to Jarvis Landry (concussion) and Rashard Higgins (knee).

Denver Broncos 

Targets: Emmanuel Sanders (9, 4, 13, 7), Courtland Sutton (9, 8, 7, 8), Royce Freeman (6, 5, 7, 2), DaeSean Hamilton (5, 0, 6, 4), Noah Fant (4, 3, 4, 5), Phillip Lindsay (1, 5, 7, 6), Jeff Heuerman (0, 2, 5, 0)

Air Yards: Emmanuel Sanders (135, 29, 77, 87), Courtland Sutton (63, 87, 82, 95), DaeSean Hamilton (37, 0, 54, 27), Noah Fant (35, 20, 29, 39), Royce Freeman (5, -7, 12, 5), Jeff Heuerman (0, 7, 17, 0), Phillip Lindsay (-3, -1, -14, 5)

Receiving Yards: Emmanuel Sanders (104, 10, 98, 86), Courtland Sutton (62, 87, 40, 120), DaeSean Hamilton (57, 0, 15, 5), Royce Freeman (34, 10, 48, 5), Noah Fant (31, 37, 33, 29), Phillip Lindsay (7, 49, 30, 23), Jeff Heuerman (0, 20, 21, 0)

Carries: Phillip Lindsay (9, 21, 13, 11), Royce Freeman (6, 15, 11, 10), Joe Flacco (1, 2, 0, 1)

RZ Targets: Courtland Sutton (2, 2, 2, 2), Royce Freeman (1, 0, 1, 0), Noah Fant (0, 0, 0, 1), DaeSean Hamilton (0, 0, 1, 1), Jeff Heuerman (0, 1, 1, 0), Phillip Lindsay (0, 0, 2, 0), Emmanuel Sanders (0, 1, 4, 3)

RZ Carries: Joe Flacco (0, 1, 0, 1), Royce Freeman (0, 4, 1, 2), Phillip Lindsay (0, 7, 1, 3)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: De’Vante Bausby (5-59-0, 4-22-0, 0-0-0, 0-0-0), Chris Harris (1-13-0, 2-36-0, 3-31-0, 2-16-0), Isaac Yiadom (0-0-0, 1-8-0, 9-123-0, 3-25-0), Kareem Jackson (X, 2-46-1, 2-25-0, 4-30-0)

Observations: What is life without pain? The Broncos have broken in a new coach (former Bears coordinator Vic Fangio) by losing each of their two home games on walk-off field goals, which tends to happen when your home field resides a literal mile above sea level. Of course, you can’t really fault Denver for blowing a fourth-quarter lead to the Jock Strap King. The Broncos bucked the popular trend of hiring an offensive-minded coach this offseason, instead enlisting Fangio in hopes of him giving the defense a much-needed facelift. So much for that (camera pans to Leonard Fournette running on Denver at will). The duo of Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton has been responsible for a whopping 56.4 percent of Denver’s receiving output this year. The Broncos may not have a win, but at least they’ve cornered the market on receivers from SMU.

Houston Texans

Targets: DeAndre Hopkins (8, 7, 8, 13), Will Fuller (6, 7, 7, 3), Carlos Hyde (5, 0, 0, 1), Jordan Akins (4, 5, 3, 2), Keke Coutee (3, 0, 4, X), Duke Johnson (3, 3, 1, 5), Kenny Stills (2, 6, 3, 3), Darren Fells (1, 6, 3, 1)

Air Yards: DeAndre Hopkins (116, 40, 90, 216), Will Fuller (89, 67, 132, 111), Keke Coutee (24, 0, 33, X), Duke Johnson (20, -8, 21, 6), Jordan Akins (16, 30, 20, 5), Kenny Stills (12, 104, 45, 25), Darren Fells (1, 32, 30, -1), Carlos Hyde (-2, 0, 0, -2)

Receiving Yards: DeAndre Hopkins (41, 67, 40, 111), Kenny Stills (24, 89, 38, 37), Will Fuller (23, 51, 40, 69), Duke Johnson (22, 22, 0, 33), Jordan Akins (21, 73, 25, 17), Darren Fells (12, 49, 9, 0), Keke Coutee (11, 0, 7, X), Carlos Hyde (6, 0, 0, 2)

Carries: Carlos Hyde (12, 10, 20, 10), Duke Johnson (6, 2, 6, 9), Deshaun Watson (3, 7, 4, 4)

RZ Targets: Carlos Hyde (2, 0, 0, 0), Jordan Akins (0, 2, 1, 0), Darren Fells (0, 1, 1, 0), DeAndre Hopkins (0, 0, 0, 2), Duke Johnson (0, 0, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Carlos Hyde (2, 2, 2, 1), Duke Johnson (0, 0, 0, 1), Deshaun Watson (2, 0, 1, 0) 

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Bradley Roby (4-71-0, 6-45-0, 3-26-0, 5-53-1), Lonnie Johnson (4-44-0, 3-45-0, 2-19-0, 0-0-0), Johnathan Joseph (4-35-0, 9-113-1, 6-82-0, 5-39-0)

Observations: Usually I’m all for plot twists, but when it comes to my fantasy receivers, I’m looking for certainty at all costs. DeAndre Hopkins, who entered the year as the surest of sure things, has deserted us, averaging just 49.3 yards over the course of his current three-game touchdown drought. If air yards were a fantasy stat, Will Fuller would be killing it (12th in the league with 399). Unfortunately, that’s not a thing. Turns out, you have to actually catch the balls thrown at you, which seems arbitrary, but I don’t make the rules. Forgotten man Keke Coutee earned his biggest workload of the season in Sunday’s loss to Carolina (38 snaps) and should be even more involved if Kenny Stills (hamstring) can’t go against the Falcons in Week 5. He’s minimum price ($4,500) on FanDuel. Just saying.

Indianapolis Colts

Targets: Parris Campbell (8, 3, 1, 1), Jack Doyle (8, 4, 3, 2), Zach Pascal (7, 3, 0, 0), Nyheim Hines (6, 4, 2, 4), Chester Rogers (6, 0, 4, 0), Deon Cain (5, 3, 1, 2), Eric Ebron (5, 4, 4, 3), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 2, 1, 1), Marlon Mack (0, 3, 3, 0), T.Y. Hilton (X, 10, 6, 9)

Air Yards: Parris Campbell (116, 6, 12, -4), Zach Pascal (91, 35, 0, 0), Eric Ebron (88, 46, 14, 24), Chester Rogers (67, 0, 6, 0), Deon Cain (55, 28, 9, 32), Jack Doyle (53, 18, 12, 10), Nyheim Hines (11, 7, -1, -14), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 4, 5, 3), Marlon Mack (0, 1, -2, 0), T.Y. Hilton (X, 62, 71, 87)

Receiving Yards: Zach Pascal (72, 53, 0, 0), Eric Ebron (48, 47, 25, 8), Chester Rogers (48, 0, 24, 0), Nyheim Hines (39, 26, 5, 4), Parris Campbell (25, 24, 12, 1), Jack Doyle (22, 46, 21, 20), Mo Alie-Cox (0, 25, 0, 3), Deon Cain (0, 10, 0, 35), Marlon Mack (0, 14, 12, 0), T.Y. Hilton (X, 65, 43, 87)

Carries: Marlon Mack (11, 16, 20, 25), Jacoby Brissett (5, 3, 7, 3), Jordan Wilkins (4, 3, 5, 0), Nyheim Hines (3, 2, 2, 4)

RZ Targets: Jack Doyle (2, 0, 0, 1), Deon Cain (1, 0, 0, 0), Parris Campbell (1, 0, 1, 1), Nyheim Hines (1, 1, 0, 0), Chester Rogers (1, 0, 0, 0), Eric Ebron (0, 0, 1, 1), Zach Pascal (0, 2, 0, 0), T.Y. Hilton (X, 3, 3, 1)

RZ Carries: Marlon Mack (2, 3, 1, 4), Jordan Wilkins (1, 0, 0, 0), Jacoby Brissett (0, 2, 1, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Kenny Moore (4-32-0, 5-36-0, 3-18-0, 2-24-0), Rock Ya-Sin (1-18-1, 1-15-0, 1-15-0, 3-51-1), Pierre Desir (0-0-0, 4-64-0, 1--1-0, 3-33-0)

Observations: We know the Colts are a resilient bunch (Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement hasn’t phased them in the slightest) but there’s only so much adversity a team can handle. Playing without T.Y. Hilton (quad) proved too big an ask in Week 4 as Jacoby Brissett completed a season-low 52.2 percent of his attempts (none more back-breaking than his fourth-quarter pick-six) in a loss to Oakland. Negative game script and an ankle injury conspired against Marlon Mack, who doomed fantasy owners with his anemic 11-39-0 performance on the ground while seeing fewer snaps than receiving back Nyheim Hines (35-27 in Hines’ favor). None of Indy’s fill-ins distinguished themselves, though Zach Pascal was the most successful in Hilton’s absence, earning a respectable four catches for 72 yards on seven targets. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Targets: D.J. Chark (8, 5, 9, 4), Dede Westbrook (6, 9, 5, 6), Chris Conley (4, 3, 5, 7), James O’Shaughnessy (4, 3, 4, 5), Geoff Swaim (4, 2, 4, 4), Leonard Fournette (3, 8, 6, 6)

Air Yards: D.J. Chark (105, 77, 73, 106), Chris Conley (99, 52, 73, 83), James O’Shaughnessy (49, 9, 8, 16), Dede Westbrook (41, 59, 29, 5), Geoff Swaim (17, 6, 21, 3), Leonard Fournette (-1, 13, 13, -6)

Receiving Yards: Dede Westbrook (66, 46, 3, 30), D.J. Chark (44, 76, 55, 146), Leonard Fournette (20, 26, 40, 28), James O’Shaughnessy (18, 18, 28, 32), Chris Conley (17, 30, 73, 97), Geoff Swaim (17, 8, 14, 17)

Carries: Leonard Fournette (29, 15, 15, 13), Ryquell Armstead (8, 0, 0, 1), Gardner Minshew (1, 4, 6, 1)

RZ Targets: James O’Shaughnessy (2, 1, 0, 1), D.J. Chark (0, 0, 2, 0), Leonard Fournette (0, 0, 1, 0), Dede Westbrook (0, 1, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Leonard Fournette (8, 3, 0, 0), Ryquell Armstead (2, 0, 0, 1), Gardner Minshew (0, 0, 1, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Tre Herndon (6-119-2, 0-0-0, 3-41-0, 0-0-0), A.J. Bouye (2-35-0, 1-19-0, X, 4-79-0), D.J. Hayden (0-0-0, 3-28-0, 1-31-0, 1-0-0), Jalen Ramsey (X, 4-74-0, 5-34-0, 6-84-2)

Observations: Leonard Fournette brought the heavy artillery in Week 4, bull-rushing the Broncos for 225 yards on the ground while moving up 12 spots from 15th to third in rushing yards behind only Dalvin Cook and league-leader Christian McCaffrey. One-hundred fifty of his 404 yards (37.1 percent) have come on two plays—a 69-yard burst in Week 3 followed by an 81-yard sprint the following week. Sunday also gave us our first extended look at fifth-round rookie Ryquell Armstead, who spanned 42 yards on his eight carries (5.3 yards per attempt). Jacksonville reportedly turned down a pair of first-round picks for Jalen Ramsey. While that’s a big haul to pass on, you can see why the Jags would be reticent to part with their star cornerback, especially after seeing backup Tre Herndon get annihilated (6-119-2 on nine targets) in Week 4.  

Kansas City Chiefs

Targets: Demarcus Robinson (9, 4, 6, 2), Travis Kelce (8, 8, 9, 8), Sammy Watkins (6, 8, 13, 11), Mecole Hardman (5, 5, 6, 1), LeSean McCoy (4, 3, 3, 1), Darrel Williams (4, 5, 0, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 5, 6)

Air Yards: Demarcus Robinson (165, 53, 152, 6), Travis Kelce (84, 111, 105, 63), Mecole Hardman (81, 88, 82, 0), Sammy Watkins (78, 56, 139, 99), LeSean McCoy (37, -4, -12, 4), Darrel Williams (18, -9, 0, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 48, -15)

Receiving Yards: Travis Kelce (85, 89, 107, 88), Sammy Watkins (54, 64, 49, 198), Darrel Williams (43, 47, 0, 0), Demarcus Robinson (35, 43, 172, 0), LeSean McCoy (33, 26, 0, 12), Mecole Hardman (9, 97, 61, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 48, 39)

Carries: LeSean McCoy (11, 8, 11, 10), Darrel Williams (8, 9, 0, 0), Patrick Mahomes (6, 4, 1, 1), Darwin Thompson (0, 4, 1, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 8, 13)

RZ Targets: Mecole Hardman (2, 1, 0, 1), LeSean McCoy (2, 2, 0, 0), Sammy Watkins (2, 0, 0, 1), Travis Kelce (1, 0, 1, 4), Demarcus Robinson (1, 1, 0, 1), Darrel Williams (0, 1, 0, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 0, 3)

RZ Carries: LeSean McCoy (6, 3, 2, 1), Darrel Williams (4, 1, 0, 0), Patrick Mahomes (2, 0, 0, 1), Darwin Thompson (0, 2, 0, 0), Damien Williams (X, X, 0, 4)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Kendall Fuller (3-69-0, 3-41-0, 1-4-1, 7-94-1), Charvarius Ward (3-46-1, 2-35-0, 3-28-0, 7-123-0), Bashaud Breeland (2-31-0, 3-52-0, 4-45-0, 1-21-1)

Observations: We expected better from Patrick Mahomes (the fact that a 315-yard passing day would qualify as a disappointment speaks to how absurdly high the bar has been set for the reigning MVP) playing indoors for the first time against a Lions Defense missing its top cornerback (All-Pro Darius Slay). But even if it wasn’t his best work (as coach Andy Reid put it, not all of Mozart’s paintings were perfect), the 24-year-old still engineered a game-winning drive while showing off his wheels by rushing for a career-high 54 yards on six carries. Remarkably, Mahomes has never lost (7-0) or thrown an interception (though he’s produced 23 touchdowns) in the month of September. Darrel Williams punched in the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds to go (his second of the afternoon), erasing the memory of his earlier lost fumble. Williams played the closer role for KC (if he threw a cutter he’d be Mariano Rivera), out-touching LeSean McCoy by a comfortable 8-4 margin during the second half. Travis Kelce should be sued for copyright infringement for stealing the hook and ladder from Boise State’s playbook.

Los Angeles Chargers

Targets: Dontrelle Inman (7, 3, 2, 1), Keenan Allen (6, 17, 15, 10), Austin Ekeler (5, 7, 6, 7), Andre Patton (4, X, 0, X), Lance Kendricks (3, 2, X, X), Travis Benjamin (X, 5, 2, 3), Justin Jackson (X, 4, 1, 3), Mike Williams (X, 7, 5, 3)

Air Yards: Dontrelle Inman (79, 89, 25, 4), Andre Patton (49, X, 0, X), Lance Kendricks (33, 32, X, X), Keenan Allen (27, 166, 216, 113), Austin Ekeler (6, -16, 13, -6), Travis Benjamin (X, 71, 13, 34), Justin Jackson (X, -11, -1, -1), Mike Williams (X, 133, 91, 37)

Receiving Yards: Dontrelle Inman (76, 23, 28, 5), Austin Ekeler (62, 45, 67, 96), Keenan Allen (48, 183, 98, 123), Lance Kendricks (37, 13, X, X), Andre Patton (22, X, 0, X), Travis Benjamin (X, 5, 0, 12), Justin Jackson (X, 4, 5, 4), Mike Williams (X, 45, 83, 29)

Carries: Austin Ekeler (18, 9, 17, 12), Troymaine Pope (10, 0, X, 0), Philip Rivers (1, 2, 1, 1), Justin Jackson (X, 5, 7, 6)

RZ Targets: Keenan Allen (1, 2, 1, 3), Austin Ekeler (1, 0, 0, 2), Dontrelle Inman (0, 0, 0, 1), Justin Jackson (X, 1, 0, 1), Mike Williams (X, 1, 2, 0)

RZ Carries: Austin Ekeler (2, 1, 3, 2), Troymaine Pope (2, 0, X, 0), Justin Jackson (X, 0, 2, 2)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Desmond King (2-47-1, 4-64-0, 1-36-1, 2-19-0), Casey Hayward (3-45-0, 1-11-0, 2-37-1, 3-34-0), Brandon Facyson (X, 2-8-0, 5-65-0, 5-61-1)

Observations: Austin Ekeler threw an epic going-away party Sunday, gutting the Dolphins for 122 yards (60 rushing, 62 receiving) and two touchdowns in what would appear to be the final game of his starting tenure. Melvin Gordon audited Week 4 after blinking first in his contract stare-down with the Chargers, but he should return to workhorse status soon enough. Fantasy owners bracing for a Keenan Allen blowup were left emptyhanded as the seventh-year stud departed Miami with just five catches for 48 scoreless yards to his name. The Chargers never had to kick it into high gear against the low-wattage Fins, but Allen’s relatively anonymous Week 4, accomplished without Hunter Henry (knee), Mike Williams (back), Travis Benjamin (hip) or Virgil Green (groin), was still a letdown coming off his heroic Week 3 (13-183-2 in a loss to Houston). 

Miami Dolphins

Targets: Preston Williams (7, 12, 6, 5), Kenyan Drake (5, 6, 6, 3), DeVante Parker (4, 6, 7, 7), Mark Walton (2, X, 2, 0), Kalen Ballage (1, 3, 5, 1), Jakeem Grant (1, 7, 7, 3), Mike Gesicki (0, 3, 2, 6), Allen Hurns (X, 2, 2, 3), Albert Wilson (X, X, X, 4)

Air Yards: Preston Williams (68, 129, 94, 73), DeVante Parker (54, 123, 147, 163), Kalen Ballage (3, -5, 23, -5), Mark Walton (2, X, 9, 0), Mike Gesicki (0, 5, 11, 58), Kenyan Drake (-3, 5, 18, 28), Jakeem Grant (-3, 62, 95, 46), Allen Hurns (X, 29, 46, 56), Albert Wilson (X, X, X, 0)

Receiving Yards: DeVante Parker (70, 56, 0, 75), Preston Williams (46, 68, 63, 24), Kenyan Drake (29, 34, 29, 15), Mark Walton (11, X, 12, 0), Jakeem Grant (6, 27, 22, -3), Kalen Ballage (0, 10, 6, 13), Mike Gesicki (0, 9, 11, 31), Allen Hurns (X, 6, 13, 22), Albert Wilson (X, X, X, 13)

Carries: Kenyan Drake (9, 12, 4, 4), Mark Walton (6, X, 3, 1), Kalen Ballage (2, 8, 6, 5)

RZ Targets: Kalen Ballage (1, 0, 0, 0), Kenyan Drake (1, 0, 0, 0), Mike Gesicki (0, 0, 1, 0), DeVante Parker (0, 1, 0, 0), Preston Williams (0, 3, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Kalen Ballage (0, 3, 0, 0), Kenyan Drake (0, 1, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Xavien Howard (6-61-0, 5-70-2, 2-19-0, 1-12-0), Eric Rowe (3-51-0, 1-6-0, 4-54-0, 6-82-2), Jomal Wiltz (X, 2-41-0, 3-40-1, 2-72-1)

Observations: We’re grasping at straws here—we abandoned hope for the Dolphins as soon as they traded … well, everybody. But at least they finally held a lead, albeit briefly, in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Baby steps, guys. Kalen Ballage, quite frankly, isn’t going to happen. If the dream wasn’t dead for him already, Sunday likely hammered the final nail in his fantasy coffin. Ballage committed his third drop (he’s only been targeted seven times) while ceding 13 snaps to Mark Walton, who appears to be in the driver’s seat for backup responsibilities behind starter Kenyan Drake. Nobody inspires false hope quite like DeVante Parker (except perhaps Sammy Watkins, who Davis Mattek hilariously deemed the “pyramid scheme” of wide receivers), who is already plotting his escape after winning back our trust with a dominant showing in Week 4 (4-70-1 on four targets). He’s Dennis Reynolds with a helmet and pads.

New England Patriots

Targets: James White (10, X, 4, 7), Phillip Dorsett (9, 7, 3, 4), Julian Edelman (7, 10, 5, 11), Josh Gordon (7, 11, 5, 4), Rex Burkhead (1, 7, 2, 8), Jakobi Meyers (0, 3, X, 1)

Air Yards: Phillip Dorsett (144, 38, 39, 73), Julian Edelman (48, 84, 34, 86), James White (48, X, 4, 19), Josh Gordon (41, 112, 55, 59), Rex Burkhead (6, 21, 25, 14), Jakobi Meyers (0, 34, X, 17)

Receiving Yards: James White (57, X, 19, 56), Josh Gordon (46, 83, 19, 73), Julian Edelman (30, 62, 51, 83), Phillip Dorsett (10, 53, 39, 95), Rex Burkhead (7, 22, 47, 41), Jakobi Meyers (0, 38, X, 22)

Carries: Sony Michel (17, 9, 21, 15), Tom Brady (3, 2, 2, 0), Brandon Bolden (1, 2, X, 1), James White (1, X, 3, 4), Rex Burkhead (0, 11, 5, 8)

RZ Targets: Phillip Dorsett (1, 1, 0, 0), Julian Edelman (1, 2, 0, 1), James White (1, X, 2, 1), Rex Burkhead (0, 2, 0, 1), Josh Gordon (0, 2, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Sony Michel (3, 2, 6, 2), Brandon Bolden (1, 0, X, 0), Tom Brady (0, 0, 1, 0), Rex Burkhead (0, 1, 2, 3)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Stephon Gilmore (5-86-0, 3-19-0, 2-32-0, 5-51-0), Jonathan Jones (2-26-0, 1-15-0, 4-45-0, 3-19-0), Jason McCourty (3-20-0, 3-16-0, 2-19-0, 4-65-0), J.C. Jackson (1-3-0, 1-23-0, 1-14-0, 4-52-0)

Observations: It seems hyperbolic to call this the best defense of the Tom Brady era, but it has to be, right? This unit is downright suffocating. The Patriots added four interceptions to their league-leading tally in Week 4, running their season total to 10 (five more than any other team). Devin McCourty and Jamie Collins (now on his second stint with the Pats) have combined for seven of New England’s 10 picks this year including one each in the win over Buffalo. Even with Rex Burkhead hobbled (a foot injury limited him to 12 snaps), Sony Michel could only carve out 63 yards on 17 carries (3.7 yards per attempt) Sunday, continuing his march toward rock bottom. It’s all happening for Phillip Dorsett, who has drawn 16 targets while playing an encouraging 78.4 percent of New England’s snaps the past two weeks. 

New York Jets

Targets: Braxton Berrios (6, 0, 0), Robby Anderson (5, 6, 7), Jamison Crowder (5, 6, 17), Le’Veon Bell (4, 10, 9), Ryan Griffin (1, 1, 4), Ty Montgomery (1, 3, 1), Josh Bellamy (0, 2, 1)

Air Yards: Jamison Crowder (81, 48, 51), Braxton Berrios (62, 0, 0), Robby Anderson (28, 95, 121), Ty Montgomery (3, 3, 0), Ryan Griffin (2, 8, 5), Josh Bellamy (0, 12, 11), Le’Veon Bell (-6, -26, 5)

Receiving Yards: Braxton Berrios (29, 0, 0), Le’Veon Bell (28, 61, 32), Jamison Crowder (25, 40, 99), Robby Anderson (11, 81, 23), Ryan Griffin (5, 0, 10), Ty Montgomery (0, 15, 2), Josh Bellamy (0, 5, 15)

Carries: Le’Veon Bell (18, 21, 17), Ty Montgomery (2, 3, 2)

RZ Targets: Robby Anderson (0, 1, 0), Le’Veon Bell (0, 1, 2), Jamison Crowder (0, 0, 1), Ty Montgomery (0, 1, 0)

RZ Carries: Le’Veon Bell (0, 1, 1)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Darryl Roberts (8-96-1, 5-35-0, 5-77-1), Nate Hairston (4-52-0, 3-83-0, X), Brian Poole (5-24-0, 2-11-0, 1-1-0), Trumaine Johnson (2-21-0, 0-0-0, 7-110-0)

Observations: The Jets didn’t lose last week, mostly because they were on bye. They’ll probably lose this week though (they face the Eagles in Philadelphia), especially if Sam Darnold can’t get the green light following a three-week bout with mono. Le'Veon Bell earned himself a much-needed reprieve in Week 4 after handling an exhausting 76 touches in his first three games, though his matchup Sunday couldn't be much tougher. He’ll be playing on the road against the league’s fourth-stingiest run defense, not to mention the Eagles should be well-rested coming off their Thursday night game in Green Bay.

Oakland Raiders

Targets: Darren Waller (8 14, 7, 8), Tyrell Williams (7, 3, 7, 7), Foster Moreau (3, 2, 0, 2), Hunter Renfrow (3, 4, 8, 3), DeAndre Washington (3, 0, 2, 0), Josh Jacobs (2, 2, 0, 1), Jalen Richard (1, 3, 3, 0), Derek Carrier (0, 0, 5, 0), J.J. Nelson (X, 5, X, 0)

Air Yards: Tyrell Williams (110, 20, 76, 125), Foster Moreau (28, 13, 0, 7), Darren Waller (21, 87, 32, 55), Hunter Renfrow (9, 50, 51, 11), Josh Jacobs (4, -2, 0, 4), Derek Carrier (0, 0, 48, 0), Jalen Richard (0, 4, 1, 0), DeAndre Washington (-4, 0, 17, 0), J.J. Nelson (X, 26, X, 0)

Receiving Yards: Darren Waller (53, 134, 63, 70), Tyrell Williams (36, 29, 46, 105), Foster Moreau (30, 1, 0, 20), Josh Jacobs (29, 0, 0, 28), Hunter Renfrow (18, 28, 30, 13), DeAndre Washington (8, 0, 26, 0), Jalen Richard (1, 14, 2, 0), Derek Carrier (0, 0, 33, 0), J.J. Nelson (X, 36, X, 0)

Carries: Josh Jacobs (17, 10, 12, 23), DeAndre Washington (6, 6, 3, 2), Jalen Richard (4, 2, 2, 1), Derek Carr (2, 1, 2, 2)

RZ Targets: Tyrell Williams (2, 1, 2, 1), Foster Moreau (1, 0, 0, 0), Darren Waller (1, 1, 1, 0), Hunter Renfrow (0, 0, 1, 1)

RZ Carries: DeAndre Washington (2, 0, 0, 0), Derek Carr (0, 0, 0, 1), Josh Jacobs (0, 0, 4, 8)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Lamarcus Joyner (5-39-1, 0-0-0, 7-47-0, 7-72-0), Daryl Worley (1-7-0, 3-31-0, 4-93-1, 1-15-0), Gareon Conley (2-6-0, 3-15-0, 4-76-1, 2-23-0)

Observations: Derek Carr, who is sitting pretty with a 96.7 quarterback rating through four weeks, has slung six touchdowns for the Raiders this year. Tyrell Williams has been on the receiving end of four of them (one each in game) including a 19-yard statement grab in Sunday’s win over Indianapolis. Darren Waller has been PPR gold with 33 catches and a 29-percent target share, both tops in the league among tight ends. Unfortunately, he holds a lethargic 5.3 aDOT and his touchdown count still sits at zero. A mere three of his 37 targets (8.1 percent) have come inside the red zone. It’s still early but so far Josh Jacobs has more than lived up to his first-round hype, forcing 18 missed tackles (third-most) while also ranking fifth in yards after contact (246). 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Targets: James Conner (8, 5, 4, 4), Jaylen Samuels (8, 0, 1, 2), Diontae Johnson (6, 6, 4, 5), JuJu Smith-Schuster (4, 7, 8, 8), James Washington (1, 4, 3, 6), Donte Moncrief (0, X, 1, 10), Ryan Switzer (0, 0, 4, 6), Vance McDonald (X, 2, 7, 4)

Air Yards: Diontae Johnson (37, 77, 42, 45), James Washington (22, 19, 30, 169), JuJu Smith-Schuster (9, 47, 121, 64), Donte Moncrief (0, X, 19, 92), Ryan Switzer (0, 0, 7, 12), James Conner (-8, -6, -11, 3), Jaylen Samuels (-19, 0, -5, 3), Vance McDonald (X, 14, 12, 32)

Receiving Yards: James Conner (83, 14, 12, 44), Diontae Johnson (77, 52, 17, 25), Jaylen Samuels (57, 0, 13, 2), JuJu Smith-Schuster (15, 81, 84, 78), Donte Moncrief (0, X, 0, 7), Ryan Switzer (0, 0, 0, 29), James Washington (0, 14, 23, 51), Vance McDonald (X, 10, 38, 40)

Carries: James Conner (10, 13, 11, 10), Jaylen Samuels (10, 0, 3, 2), Mason Rudolph (3, 4, 1, X), Benny Snell (2, 3, 1, 0)

RZ Targets: Diontae Johnson (1, 0, 1, 0), James Conner (0, 1, 1, 0), Donte Moncrief (0, X, 0, 2), JuJu Smith-Schuster (0, 1, 1, 0), Vance McDonald (X, 0, 2, 0)

RZ Carries: Jaylen Samuels (2, 0, 2, 0), James Conner (0, 1, 2, 1), Mason Rudolph (0, 1, 0, X)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Steven Nelson (3-48-0, 3-47-0, 4-36-0, 1-20-1), Joe Haden (2-16-0, 2-37-0, 3-28-0, 4-35-0), Mike Hilton (3-7-0, 3-30-0, 1-10-0, 3-64-1)

Observations: They say laughter is the best medicine, but if you ask the Steelers, they’ll take facing the Bengals over laughter any day of the week. James Conner can concur. He took out three weeks of pent-up frustration on Cincinnati, bullying Pittsburgh’s hated rival for 42 rushing yards and another 83 through the air while supplying his second touchdown of 2019. Jaylen Samuels got the squeaky wheel in Week 4, turning 18 touches into 83 yards after goose-egging (zero touches on 14 snaps) the previous week in San Francisco. The former college tight end also mixed in as a wildcat QB, completing 3-of-3 “passes” for 31 additional yards. While the running backs flourished in Monday night’s onslaught, JuJu Smith-Schuster was hung out to dry, delivering three catches for a career-low 15 yards on four targets, his fewest since Week 5 of 2018.

Tennessee Titans

Targets: Corey Davis (6, 4, 5, 3), Dion Lewis (5, 1, 1, 4), A.J. Brown (3, 5, 5, 4), Adam Humphries (3, 9, 2, 1), Derrick Henry (2, 2, 3, 2), Delanie Walker (2, 9, 6, 6), Darius Jennings (1, 2, 1, 0), Jonnu Smith (1, 3, 0, 1), Tajae Sharpe (0, 3, 2, 2)

Air Yards: Corey Davis (68, 43, 37, 42), A.J. Brown (43, 69, 25, 54), Adam Humphries (15, 90, -6, 5), Delanie Walker (8, 73, 74, 35), Dion Lewis (1, 13, -3, -10), Jonnu Smith (1, 14, 0, 2), Tajae Sharpe (0, 91, 24, 24), Darius Jennings (-4, 43, 7, 0), Derrick Henry (-8, -3, -7, -7)

Receiving Yards: A.J. Brown (94, 4, 25, 100), Corey Davis (91, 44, 38, 0), Adam Humphries (15, 93, -1, 5), Derrick Henry (8, 2, 12, 75), Darius Jennings (6, 0, 11, 0), Jonnu Smith (5, 20, 0, 7), Dion Lewis (4, 7, 5, 6), Delanie Walker (4, 64, 39, 55), Tajae Sharpe (0, 70, 24, 0)

Carries: Derrick Henry (27, 17, 15, 19), Dion Lewis (4, 3, 3, 3), Marcus Mariota (3, 6, 5, 3)

RZ Targets: A.J. Brown (1, 0, 0, 1), Derrick Henry (1, 0, 0, 0), Darius Jennings (0, 0, 1, 0), Dion Lewis (0, 0, 0, 1), Delanie Walker (0, 2, 0, 2)

RZ Carries: Derrick Henry (3, 1, 2, 4), Marcus Mariota (1, 1, 0, 0), Dion Lewis (0, 1, 0, 0)

CB Catches-Yards-Touchdowns Allowed: Malcolm Butler (6-79-0, 7-121-1, 5-48-2, 3-29-0), Logan Ryan (4-28-0, 2-13-0, 7-60-1, 6-76-0), Adoree’ Jackson (2-17-0, 2-26-0, 0-0-0, 4-45-0)

Observations: Leave it to the Falcons to turn Marcus Mariota (18-for-27, 227 yards, three touchdowns) into Patrick Mahomes. Two of Mariota’s touchdowns Sunday went to hulking rookie, A.J. Brown, who has already made his stamp as a vertical threat by tying for the league-lead in yards per reception (22.3). Among first-year receivers, only Marquise Brown (304) and Terry McLaurin (257) have totaled more yards than Brown (223) through four weeks. Not bad for a guy who’s played only 45.2 percent of his team’s snaps. Derrick Henry is one of the league’s biggest backs at 6’3”/247 and soon he’ll have one of the biggest bank accounts too. The contract-year stallion has contributed either 90 rushing yards or a touchdown in nine straight games dating back to last season. Cha-ching.

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