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Air Yard Analysis: Week 4 (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Isaiah Sirois | @is_sirois | Featured Writer
Oct 8, 2020

Welcome to Air Yard Analysis! Each week, I’ll break down the trends in air yards across the NFL. In case you haven’t used air yards for fantasy analysis before, here’s the rundown on what the advanced stat means:

Fantasy football is a game of volume. Snaps, carries, targets, receptions, yards, red-zone looks — all of these reflect the opportunities a player receives in a game. While it’s up to the player to capitalize on their chances, a player’s efficiency tends to vary more than their opportunities.

Air yards are another volume stat that’s crucial to understanding a player’s value. Air yards measure the total distance that a thrown ball travels from the line of scrimmage to the player in question, and they help us to understand which targets are worth more than others.

For example, a wide receiver who earned six targets and eight air yards is far less valuable than one who earned four targets and 92 air yards, even if the second player failed to catch all of their looks. That’s because a best-possible six receptions for eight yards gives you only 6.8 PPR points, while four catches for 92 yards would let you 13.2 PPR points. That’s a higher ceiling, and the second player could even drop a pass and still out-perform the first player.

Each week, I’ll go read through and analyze every team’s air yards to give you my take. I’ll include every player with a target in my charts, and I’ll highlight which players are leading the league in each stat.

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Arizona Cardinals

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
DeAndre Hopkins 69 7.7 307 6.7
Christian Kirk 53 10.6 216 16.6
Dan Arnold 26 6.5 110 9.2
Andy Isabella 20 6.7 128 12.8
Larry Fitzgerald 18 6 82 4.6
Chase Edmonds 12 2 40 2.4
Jordan Thomas 3 3 3 3

 
Takeaways: Despite the concerns before the season, Hopkins is an unquestionable WR1 — his high volume is reflected in both his team-leading shares of air yards and targets (9) … with Christian Kirk back in the lineup, Andy Isabella faded back into fantasy irrelevance, and his aDOT has dropped considerably since Week 2 … Kirk is the clear-cut WR2 here, and he’s struggling to post low-end WR3 numbers with his volume … Dan Arnold is an intriguing upside pick at tight end, but I’m not interested in him outside of very deep TE-premium leagues … Chase Edmonds’ positive air yards demonstrate that he’s used beyond the line of scrimmage in the passing game, and as I wrote earlier this week, he has some appeal as a flex option.


Atlanta Falcons

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Calvin Ridley 108 21.6 667 (#1) 17.6 (#9)
Hayden Hurst 94 15.7 262 11.4
Christian Blake 69 13.8 69 13.8
Olamide Zaccheaus 64 7.1 178 11.1
Russell Gage 25 8.3 191 7.1
Julio Jones 11 2.8 288 13.7
Todd Gurley 6 6 0 0
Brian Hill 4 2 16 1.8
Ito Smith 0 0 -1 -0.1
Keith Smith 0 0 5 1.3

 
Takeaways: The player who led the Falcons in air yards last week failed to log a catch, which is kind of crazy … Ridley is on track for 2,668 air yards this season, which is absolutely wild; he’s also leading the league in air yards by almost 200 … the Falcons turned to their backup options with their starters struggle with inefficiency (Ridley) or injuries (Jones, Gage) in Week 4, so don’t expect to see Blake and Zacchaeus here every week … Hurt’s high-volume role in Atlanta’s pass-happy offenses gives him low-end TE1 floor.


Baltimore Ravens

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Marquise Brown 210 (#1) 26.3 (#6) 453 (#7) 17.4 (#10T)
Mark Andrews 52 17.3 255 12.8
Miles Boykin 50 12.5 145 9.7
Willie Snead 20 10 78 7.8
Devin Duvernay 19 9.5 31 4.4
Nick Boyle 6 6 21 3.5
Mark Ingram 3 3 15 3
J.K. Dobbins -8 -4 10 1.4

 
Takeaways: Go off, Marquise Brown. He led the league in air yards this week in the Ravens’ whooping of the Washington Football Team, and his length aDOT proves that he’s the go-to deep threat in this offense … he’s not a bad WR3, but his boom-or-bust, low-volume nature makes him a better option in standard-scoring leagues … speaking of boom-or-bust, Mark Andrews showed up and scored two touchdowns after a pair of disappointing weeks … while he’s still a TE1, Andrews is a riskier play than his high-end status suggests … no other receivers in this offense have fantasy value due to the run-first nature of Baltimore’s offense.


Buffalo Bills

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Stefon Diggs 99 14.1 388 11.1
John Brown 37 7.4 315 13.7
Cole Beasley 31 7.8 203 8.5
Gabriel Davis 26 26 (#7) 102 12.8
Tyler Kroft 15 5 63 7.9
Andre Roberts 5 5 5 5
Isaiah McKenzie 3 3 -1 -0.1
Dawson Knox -3 -1 45 5
Devin Singletary -4 -0.7 42 2
T.J. Yeldon -4 -4 -4 -4

 
Takeaways: Diggs is no longer in the league’s top 10 for air yards, but he’s still having a monster season … his fall is honestly for the best, as he’s seeing more catches than he would solely as a deep threat … Josh Allen’s progression as a passer means that Diggs can be fantasy-relevant alongside Brown and Beasley, who both have seen respectable usage thus far, although Week 4 was a bit of a letdown … Davis is a high-end, high-upside receiver waiting in the wings, and he proved that the last two weeks — look out for him if anything happens to Brown or Diggs … none of the tight ends in this offense see enough consistent volume to be viable fantasy options.


Carolina Panthers

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Robby Anderson 103 9.4 311 8.9
D.J. Moore 52 8.7 384 12
Ian Thomas 49 9.8 65 7.2
Curtis Samuel 28 7 110 6.1
Seth Roberts 9 9 43 7.2
Chris Manhertz 3 3 6 2
Reggie Bonnafon -3 -1.5 -3 -1.5
Mike Davis -9 -1.5 -15 -0.7

 
Takeaways: Anderson out-paced Moore in air yards this week, and as I wrote in my weekly recap, it’s starting to look like he’s edging Moore out for volume … this week will help us see who exactly is the WR1 here, as the Panthers take on the Falcons’ miserable secondary … Ian Thomas decided to show up after three weeks of slumber, but he only caught two of his three targets for five yards — he’s too touchdown-dependent to be worth rostering at this point … speaking of players not worth rostering, Samuel has pretty much been replaced by Anderson, so you can drop him if you haven’t already.


Chicago Bears

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Allen Robinson 129 (#6) 12.9 469 (#5) 11.4
Darnell Mooney 120 13.3 257 12.9
Anthony Miller 35 7 287 15.1
Cordarrelle Patterson 31 15.5 28 5.6
Jimmy Graham 23 4.6 137 6.2
Cole Kmet 11 11 32 10.7
Ted Ginn 5 2.5 115 19.2 (#5)
Demetrius Harris 5 2.5 52 7.4
David Montgomery -4 -0.7 33 2.2

 
Takeaways: In Nick Foles’ first start as a Chicago Bear, Robinson’s dominance was on full display — he caught seven of 10 targets for 101 yards and a score … less obvious was Mooney’s success with Foles, as he caught only five of his nine targets for 52 yards, but his impressive share of air yards should clarify his high-volume role … Mooney’s emergence means bad things for Anthony Miller, and if you were still rostering him, I would cut him loose at this point.


Cincinnati Bengals

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Tee Higgins 125 (#9) 17.9 328 14.9
A.J. Green 102 20.4 475 (#4) 14.4
Tyler Boyd 93 11.6 297 8.7
Drew Sample 30 6 67 4.2
Cethan Carter 18 18 19 9.5
Auden Tate 13 13 68 13.6
Mike Thomas 5 5 59 5.9
Alex Erickson 4 4 4 4
Joe Mixon -8 -1.3 -25 -1.7

 
Takeaways: Has Tee Higgins usurped A.J. Green? Green’s share of air yards (and targets) has fallen off dramatically, and it’s clear that he’s no longer the dominant receiver he once was … while his impressive number of air yards suggest that some positive regression is in order, Green caught just one of his five targets for three yards, and that kind of efficiency isn’t going to cut it … keep Green on your roster for another week or two and see if you can sell high after a big performance … Higgins is worth adding off waivers (if you can still get him) or trading for before he gains even more control of this offense … the best receiver to start in Cincinnati is still Tyler Boyd, however, but his high-target, short-yardage role doesn’t lend itself to many air yards.


Cleveland Browns

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Odell Beckham 135 (#4) 16.9 422 (#9) 14.6
Jarvis Landry 70 11.7 186 9.8
Austin Hooper 39 5.6 73 4.3
Harrison Bryant 18 4.5 62 6.2
Dontrell Hilliard 2 2 2 2

 
Takeaways: The Browns scored 49 points and only attempted 30 passing plays — even on a good day, there won’t be much volume to go around in this offense … what little volume there is goes mostly to Odell Beckham, as it should, but Baker Mayfield isn’t an accurate enough deep passer for most of Beckham’s potential fantasy points to be realized … I’ve been ringing the “he’s droppable” bell on Landry for a little bit, but if you have him, hold onto him and see if the offense changes after the injury to Nick Chubb … Austin Hooper had his best game to date, but David Njoku has been activated from injured reserve, and Hooper hasn’t seen enough volume to be worth rostering.


Dallas Cowboys

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Amari Cooper 129 (#7) 8.1 477 (#3) 9.5
Dalton Schultz 96 12 202 7.2
CeeDee Lamb 94 13.4 283 8.8
Michael Gallup 84 16.8 396 17.2
Cedrick Wilson 75 12.5 140 10.8
Noah Brown 29 7.3 75 9.4
Blake Bell 16 8 47 7.8
Tony Pollard -2 -1 -14 -2
Ezekiel Elliott -9 -1.1 -35 -1.2

 
Takeaways: The Cowboys defense is going to force Dak Prescott to attempt tons of passes this season, and you can tell by the large quantities of air yards that each of his receivers already have … Cooper has surprisingly locked down the WR1 role in Dallas, and after years of boom-or-bust fantasy production, he finally looks like a consistent fantasy WR1 … Schultz has a surprisingly large role in this offense, and he’s not a bad low-end TE1 — he’s basically what people were expecting out of Blake Jarwin … CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup will frustrate fantasy managers this year, and it’ll be a roll of the dice as to who out-produces the other.


Denver Broncos

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Tim Patrick 97 13.9 293 14
DaeSean Hamilton 68 22.7 (#10) 157 17.4 (#10)
Jerry Jeudy 67 16.8 353 12.6
Noah Fant 15 2.5 197 7.3
Nick Vannett 13 6.5 29 4.8
Jake Butt 7 7 14 3.5
Melvin Gordon 6 2 13 0.9
Royce Freeman 3 1.5 12 2.4

 
Takeaways: Just as we all expected, with Courtland Sutton down, Patrick led this team in fantasy production against the Jets … Jerry Jeudy is still the better fantasy option, but shaky offensive play may limit the fantasy value of all of these receivers … it doesn’t look like Noah Fant will play in Week 5, and while he hasn’t gotten the most air yards on the year, his absence would greatly increase Patrick and Jeudy’s viability … is the Jake Butt breakout we’ve all been waiting for finally here? It’s not backed up by the numbers, but I’d love to see it — he earned comparisons to Gronk back in 2015.


Detroit Lions

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Kenny Golladay 91 11.4 165 11
Jesse James 43 21.5 56 9.3
Marvin Hall 43 43 (#2) 132 26.4 (#2)
Marvin Jones 42 21 188 9.4
Jamal Agnew 38 19 44 7.3
Danny Amendola 33 11 222 10.1
T.J. Hockenson 31 7.8 139 6.9
D’Andre Swift 16 4 36 2.3
Jason Cabinda 0 0 0 0
Kerryon Johnson 0 0 4 1.3
Adrian Peterson -4 -2 -4 -0.8

 
Takeaways: Golladay has been back for two weeks, and he already has the third-most air yards on this roster … Marvin Jones hasn’t been very effective, but he’s worth keeping on your roster in hopes of a rebound — I’d leave him on your bench for now, though … Amendola’s usage has taken quite a hit since Golladay’s return, and the weeks of reliable WR3 production from him are over … D’Andre Swift’s positive air yards prove that he’s getting used beyond the line of scrimmage, and that’d be great for his fantasy value if he had a larger role in this offense.


Green Bay Packers

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 114 14.3 427 (#8) 17.1
Robert Tonyan 64 10.7 117 8.4
Darrius Shepherd 60 20 91 22.8 (#4)
Jamaal Williams 20 2.5 16 1.2
Aaron Jones 18 3.6 99 4.3
Malik Taylor 1 1 1 1
Tyler Ervin -6 -3 -16 -2.7

 
Takeaways: With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard out, these numbers are pretty much meaningless … MVS is an amazing deep threat for Aaron Rodgers, but his volume is likely to dip once Adams is healthy enough to play … Tonyan shocked the world by catching three touchdowns on Monday night, and his air yards certainly suggest that he’s got a solid role in this offense — I wouldn’t start him in Week 6, but he’s worth keeping around … both Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones saw lots of usage beyond the line of scrimmage due to Green Bay’s banged-up receiving corps, and it’ll be interesting to see if Matt LaFleur continues to feature them out wide once Adams gets back.


Houston Texans

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Will Fuller 92 13.1 269 12.2
Kenny Stills 54 13.5 156 13
Brandin Cooks 30 10 243 11.6
Randall Cobb 26 5.2 130 7.2
Jordan Akins 25 8.3 86 5.7
Darren Fells 18 9 69 6.9
David Johnson 17 5.7 63 4.5
Duke Johnson 7 1.8 9 1.8

 
Takeaways: I would say that the past four weeks have made it clear that Will Fuller is the best Houston receiver to roster in fantasy, but the firing of Bill O’Brien means that I want to wait at least one more week before I make that call … that said, he’s leading this team in air yards and has looked more efficient than Cooks … I’m expecting Cooks to rebound from his dismal Week 4, but his low-volume role with Fuller back in the offense is concerning … Cobb doesn’t see many air yards, but he gets enough short-yardage targets to be worth rostering in deeper leagues … good luck predicting which Texans tight end is going to vulture the obligatory touchdown every other week … both Johnson’s usage beyond the line of scrimmage is a good sign for their fantasy value.


Indianapolis Colts

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Zach Pascal 109 13.6 213 11.2
T.Y. Hilton 44 8.8 268 12.2
Trey Burton 28 5.6 28 5.6
Marcus Johnson 24 24 (#9) 24 24 (#3)
Daurice Fountain 15 15 38 12.7
Jack Doyle 10 10 52 10.4
Mo Alie-Cox 6 3 109 8.4
Jordan Wilkins 2 2 0 0
Jonathan Taylor 2 2 -30 -3
Nyheim Hines -5 -1.7 -7 -0.4

 
Takeaways: It only took injuries to Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman (and serious regression from T.Y. Hilton), but Pascal is the WR1 in Indianapolis again … he’s a reliable volume-based WR3, although he doesn’t have much upside … after Pascal, it’s your guess as to who will have the better week — Mo Alie-Cox has looked good, but the return of Trey Burton seriously sapped his volume — target-wise, Burton (5) also bested Alie-Cox (2) … Marcus Johnson and Daurice Fountain pretty much offset each other as deep threats in this offense, and neither are reliable options in redraft or DFS.


Jacksonville Jaguars

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
DJ Chark 124 (#10) 13.8 208 13
Laviska Shenault 81 13.5 160 8
Tyler Eifert 38 6.3 148 9.9
Keelan Cole 33 6.6 143 6
James O’Shaughnessy 24 12 80 7.3
Chris Conley 12 3 222 11.1
James Robinson 5 1.3 4 0.3

 
Takeaways: Baby Chark, doo doo doo doo! The man himself returned in Week 4, and he looked good in the process — he’s a great upside play at WR2 as the Jaguars will likely be in lots of pass-heavy, come-from-behind game scripts … Chark’s return means that Conley fades back into complete fantasy irrelevance, and even though he’s leading the team in air yards, his role last week proved that he needs Chark to be out to succeed … Shenault looks like a great flex play, as his two-way usage and deep targets from Gardner Minshew will keep him fantasy relevant.


Kansas City Chiefs

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Tyreek Hill 105 17.5 368 12.7
Travis Kelce 54 7.7 216 6.5
Sammy Watkins 48 6.9 184 6.8
Darrel Williams 9 9 -3 -0.5
Deon Yelder 4 4 4 4
Nick Keizer 4 4 13 6.5
Mecole Hardman 0 0 149 10.6
Clyde Edwards-Helaire -5 -1.7 2 0.1

 
Takeaways: You don’t need me to tell you that Hill is an amazing deep threat, and it’s no surprise to see him leading this team in air yards by a good margin … Kelce had a bit of a down week, but there’s no cause for concern, as he’s still seeing the high-volume usage necessary to be a weekly TE1 … it’s not clear from this chart, but Mecole Hardman logged four targets and scored a touchdown — some weeks he’ll see long-distance looks, others, he’ll rely on screen plays to return value — either way, he’s a high-upside flex option … Demarcus Robinson completely disappeared from the box score.


Las Vegas Raiders

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Darren Waller 60 5 217 5.4
Hunter Renfrow 57 7.1 189 8.6
Zay Jones 51 8.5 88 8
Nelson Agholor 40 10 97 10.8
Jason Witten 18 9 22 5.5
Josh Jacobs 16 4 7 0.4
Alec Ingold 6 3 8 1.6
Jalen Richard 6 1.5 19 2.4
Foster Moreau 3 3 43 10.8

 
Takeaways: Good Lord, Darren Waller — the man’s high-volume but short-yardage role means that he’s on pace for 160 targets, which would’ve been the second most behind Michael Thomas’ 185 in 2019 … Renfrow was a relative disappointment in Week 4, but he’s getting the volume to be a useful receiving option — just be prepared to cut him loose once Henry Ruggs gets back … Zay Jones and Nelson Agholor will continue to see usage as long as Bryan Edwards and Ruggs sit out, but they’re nothing more than high-upside, no-floor desperation plays or longshots in DFS.


Los Angeles Chargers

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Keenan Allen 76 6.9 418 (#10) 8.5
Tyron Johnson 51 51 (#1) 51 51 (#1)
Jalen Guyton 30 30 (#4T) 124 17.7 (#8)
Donald Parham 19 19 19 19 (#6)
Hunter Henry 4 1 192 7.7
Gabe Nabers 2 2 2 2
Joshua Kelley -1 -0.3 -11 -1.4
Austin Ekeler -2 -2 -30 -1.8
Justin Jackson -8 -4 -8 -4

 
Takeaways: There are some weird names in this list that we may not see again for a while — looking at you, Johnson and Guyton … Justin Herbert has an absolute cannon for an arm, and his ability to make random receivers like those two relevant speaks to his arm strength … when Mike Williams gets fully healthy, he’ll be a dangerous weapon in Herbert’s arsenal … Allen is a high-volume WR1 if Herbert keeps the starting job.


Los Angeles Rams

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Cooper Kupp 49 7 158 5.6
Josh Reynolds 43 10.8 131 10.9
Robert Woods 33 4.7 118 4.5
Van Jefferson 33 33 (#3) 136 13.6
Tyler Higbee 15 3.8 99 6.6
Malcolm Brown 8 1.3 -17 -1.4
Gerald Everett 3 3 38 7.6
Johnny Mundt 3 3 3 3
Darrell Henderson -3 -3 25 3.6

 
Takeaways: Woods’ average depth of target is among the lowest for wide receivers, and the Rams’ run-first approach has limited his volume to the point where I’m concerned about his fantasy value … Kupp’s usage has increased over the last few weeks, and he’s now leading the team in air yards despite his short aDOT … the only receivers with double-digit aDOTs so far are Reynolds and Jefferson, but neither sees enough volume to be fantasy relevant.


Miami Dolphins

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
DeVante Parker 89 7.4 264 9.1
Isaiah Ford 86 8.6 200 7.7
Jakeem Grant 52 10.4 81 9
Mike Gesicki 41 13.7 245 11.1
Preston Williams 38 12.7 193 11.4
Durham Smythe 16 8 18 4.5
Matt Breida 3 1 -2 -0.4
Adam Shaheen 2 2 2 0.7
Chandler Cox 0 0 0 0
Jordan Howard -4 -4 -4 -4
Myles Gaskin -7 -1.8 2 0.1

 
Takeaways: The Preston Williams hype train is officially off the tracks after his abysmal showing against Seattle’s soft secondary … meanwhile, Parker has cemented himself as the clear-cut WR1 in this offense, and he’s a locked-in WR2/3 for as long as Ryan Fitzpatrick is under center … Isaiah Ford is getting a ton of short-yardage looks as a slot receiver, and he’s a high-floor, low-upside play at WR3/4 in PPR formats … it’s kind of crazy when a tight end leads his team in aDOT for a week, and Gesicki is on track to lead the Dolphins in aDOT for the full season.


Minnesota Vikings

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Adam Thielen 133 (#5) 13.3 486 (#2) 15.7
Justin Jefferson 90 18 266 13.3
Bisi Johnson 30 30 (#4T) 155 17.2
Irv Smith 20 20 52 8.7
Kyle Rudolph 19 9.5 72 8
C.J. Ham -4 -4 -5 -1.7
Dalvin Cook -10 -5 -25 -2.3

 
Takeaways: This offense might just be able to support both Thielen and Jefferson, although they’ll cap each other’s upside … that said, the Vikings took advantage of a struggling Houston team through the air, but Gary Kubiak and Mike Zimmer usually favor the running game, so don’t count on this kind of production from this every week … both Irv Smith and Kyle Rudolph are droppable.


New England Patriots

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Damiere Byrd 146 (#2) 14.6 251 11.4
Ryan Izzo 49 16.3 83 10.4
Julian Edelman 43 7.2 336 11.2
N’Keal Harry 32 5.3 164 5.9
Gunner Olszewski 11 11 11 11
Rex Burkhead 3 3 -16 -0.9
James White -11 -1.4 -3 -0.3

 
Takeaways: These numbers mostly reveal Brian Hoyers’ preferences, so take them with a grain of salt …  the Patriots are a run-first team, and there won’t be many air yards to go around except in negative game scripts, like the one we saw last Monday … Newton has favored both Edelman and Harry over Byrd thus far, so his stellar Week 4 air yards shouldn’t excite you too much.


New Orleans Saints

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Emmanuel Sanders 105 11.7 210 9.5
Tre’Quan Smith 51 12.8 169 9.4
Alvin Kamara 37 9.3 43 1.2
Deonte Harris 15 7.5 40 3.6
Marquez Callaway 11 11 11 11
Taysom Hill 6 6 2 0.7
Latavius Murray 4 2 11 1.8
Josh Hill 3 3 22 5.5
Michael Burton 3 3 3 3

 
Takeaways: Sanders dominated this team in volume last week, and it looks like he’s finally gotten adjusted to playing for the Saints … while Tre’Quan Smith posted better fantasy numbers, he’s a higher-risk play because most of his points depended on touchdowns … that said, once Michael Thomas returns, look for him to take over the looks that Sanders was getting from Drew Brees … Alvin Kamara continues to be used beyond the line of scrimmage, and that demonstrates his value as a receiver — he’s a high-end RB1 in PPR formats.


New York Giants

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Darius Slayton 86 12.3 351 12.1
Damion Ratley 41 10.3 89 11.1
Evan Engram 27 2.7 136 4.7
Golden Tate 16 2.7 93 5.2
Dion Lewis 11 3.7 25 2.1
C.J. Board 11 11 104 13
Kaden Smith 8 8 29 3.6
Devonta Freeman -1 -0.3 -1 -0.3

 
Takeaways: Daniel Jones hasn’t thrown a touchdown since Week 1, and he’s completed just 61.1% of his passes thus far, so these air yard numbers haven’t necessarily translated into on-field production … Slayton is the best receiver to roster in this offense, as he’ll get the deeper looks when the Giants inevitably go down by multiple scores … Evan Engram’s abundance of short-yardage looks don’t mean much with his current catch rate (56.7%) … this is an offense to avoid if at all possible.


New York Jets

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Jamison Crowder 104 10.4 202 8.8
Jeff Smith 100 11.1 100 11.1
Chris Hogan 75 9.4 227 9.9
Lawrence Cager 49 24.5 (#8) 87 14.5
Braxton Berrios 26 8.7 112 7.5
Kalen Ballage 23 7.7 0 0
Frank Gore 16 8 23 4.6
Chris Herndon 15 5 101 5.3
Ryan Griffin 2 0.7 28 5.6

 
Takeaways: There is one fantasy receiver to care about on the Jets, and his name is Jamison Crowder … he may mostly see short-yardage looks out of the slot, but he was an excellent deep threat in Washington, and Joe Flacco might be just the quarterback to unlock his potential … Jeff Smith looked good last week, but he’ll fade back into fantasy irrelevance once Breshad Perriman returns … there’s been a lot of speculation that Herndon could re-emerge with Flacco at quarterback, as Flacco often throws to tight ends, but I would wait for data from Week 5 before picking him up.


Philadelphia Eagles

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Travis Fulgham 55 18.3 55 18.3 (#7)
Greg Ward 41 5.9 143 5.5
Richard Rodgers 35 8.8 37 6.2
John Hightower 16 8 75 8.3
Zach Ertz 3 0.6 197 7
Adrian Killins 0 0 0 0
Miles Sanders -6 -1.5 37 1.9

 
Takeaways: This receiving corps is quite thin … Fulgham caught a deep touchdown pass from Carson Wentz, but there’s not a whole lot of positives to talk about here … the only other one is that Ward continued to look good in his short-yardage role, although he doesn’t have a high ceiling for fantasy purposes … Ertz isn’t seeing enough usage downfield at this point, and with his inability to break tackles, the alarm bells are starting to go off for me … if you drafted Ertz, you should start to concoct a back-up plan at tight end.


San Francisco 49ers

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
George Kittle 137 (#3) 9.1 164 7.8
Kendrick Bourne 45 7.5 240 10.9
Brandon Aiyuk 26 5.2 106 6.6
Deebo Samuel 14 4.7 14 4.7
Kyle Juszczyk 11 5.5 21 2.6
Jerick McKinnon 8 1 68 3.8
Trent Taylor 8 8 62 6.2
Jeff Wilson -2 -2 14 3.5

 
Takeaways: You already knew this, but George Kittle is the best receiver in San Francisco’s offense … his air yards ranked the most among tight ends, of course, and he had a 41-yard gap over the next tight end, Dalton Schultz … the 49ers will rely on a lot of dink and dunk passes to maximize their receivers’ ability to gain yards after the catch … it’s still up in the air if C.J. Beathard or Jimmy Garoppolo will start next week, but you shouldn’t expect much to change in Kyle Shanahan’s run-first offense even if Jimmy comes back … McKinnon’s usage beyond the line of scrimmage suggests that he’ll be a valuable fantasy asset even after Raheem Mostert returns.


Seattle Seahawks

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
DK Metcalf 88 14.7 460 (#6) 16.4
David Moore 76 19 114 10.4
Tyler Lockett 68 17 335 10.2
Greg Olsen 53 7.6 122 6.8
Freddie Swain 12 4 24 4
Will Dissly 7 3.5 16 2.3
DeeJay Dallas 3 1.5 3 1.5
Travis Homer 3 3 2 0.5
Chris Carson -3 -0.8 -16 -1

 
Takeaways: Tyler Lockett mostly disappeared after a three-score performance in Week 3, but he didn’t see a massive decrease in air yards … Metcalf is an elite deep-to-mid-range threat with his size and speed, and he’ll continue to be a valuable high-upside WR2 … David Moore has seen a lot of usage in recent weeks, but we haven’t seen enough on a weekly basis for me to feel comfortable starting him … after a slow start, Greg Olsen is starting to show signs of life, and he’s a touchdown-dependent TE1/2 in this offense.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Mike Evans 116 14.5 247 9.5
Scotty Miller 116 16.6 336 16
O.J. Howard 76 12.7 217 11.4
Rob Gronkowski 63 21 141 10.1
Justin Watson 50 8.3 108 9.8
Ke’Shawn Vaughn 6 2 6 2
Kenjon Barner 4 4 7 3.5
Cameron Brate 3 3 10 5
LeSean McCoy -4 -4 34 2.6
Ronald Jones -11 -1.2 -8 -0.5

 
Takeaways: After Week 4, Scotty Miller leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in air yards — just like we all expected, right? … the Bucs have already ruled Chris Godwin and Justin Watson out for Thursday Night Football (and O.J. Howard out for the season), so Miller is poised for another big day … Mike Evans has been up-and-down thus far, and his short-yardage red-zone looks depress his aDOT … Rob Gronkowski is a great play at tight end this week given Tampa Bay’s injuries.


Washington Football Team

PLAYER WEEK 4 AIR YDS WEEK 4 aDOT YTD AIR YARDS YTD aDOT
Terry McLaurin 127 (#8) 9.1 375 9.6
Logan Thomas 39 9.8 230 8.2
Dontrelle Inman 28 5.6 206 9.8
J.D. McKissic 14 1.8 40 2.4
Cam Sims 8 4 8 4
Isaiah Wright 4 0.8 37 3.4
Peyton Barber 0 0 0 0
Antonio Gibson -1 -0.2 1 0.1

 
Takeaways: Dwayne Haskins couldn’t make anyone other than McLaurin a viable receiving threat, and now Kyle Allen will get a turn … two of Allen’s receivers in Carolina finished in the top-12 for air yards last season (Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore), so McLaurin and another player could improve dramatically … my early read is that Thomas should improve the most with Allen at quarterback, but either Inman or Steven Sims could steal this thunder … McKissic is getting consistent usage beyond the line of scrimmage, and he’ll be a decent floor play at running back until Gibson supplants him.

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