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Kyle Yates’ Last-Minute Week 4 Cheat Sheet (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Oct 2, 2021
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We’ve got some fantastic matchups on the tv this weekend! Are you ready for them?

I’m here with my quick-hitting thoughts to help you get ready for your fantasy matchups heading into week 4! If you’d like a little bit more in-depth studying, you can also find my weekly rankings here or my weekly fantasy projections article with projections and notes for every fantasy-relevant player in the NFL here.

Here are some last-minute quick-hit items designed to help you live your best fantasy life in Week 4.

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5 Players I Like More Than ECR

Ezekiel Elliott: Elliott has been playing extremely well lately and he’s still seeing a ton of work in this offense despite Tony Pollard‘s increased workload. He’s RB10 in ECR and RB7 in my rankings.

Ty’Son Williams: Williams was a non-factor in this offense last week, but it didn’t exactly lead to great things from the Ravens. They barely pulled out a victory against the Lions and they’re going to need him more this week. I’m taking a leap of faith with that narrative and I think Williams is still in consideration as a FLEX play. He’s RB33 in ECR and RB25 in my rankings.

Jaylen Waddle: Waddle didn’t get a ton done in the receiving yardage department last week, but it’s hard to be disappointed with 12 catches. He has the talent and speed to take any one of those to the house, so I’m still confident in playing him this week. He’s WR39 in ECR and WR26 in my rankings.

Henry Ruggs: The Raiders are finally starting to use Ruggs the correct way and getting him free releases off the line of scrimmage and simply getting the ball in his hands. With the way Derek Carr is playing, I’m confident Ruggs can come through this week. He’s WR44 in ECR and WR30 in my rankings.

Tyler Higbee: Not a big difference in any of my TE rankings this week, but Higbee is one spot higher in my rankings than ECR.

5 Players I Like Less Than ECR

Jonathan Taylor: People are very optimistic on JT this week based on the matchup, but we haven’t seen enough from him or this offense just yet to completely buy in. He’s RB8 in ECR and RB13 in my rankings.

Mike Davis: Experts are still optimistic on Mike Davis apparently, but I can’t get on board. He’s going to bring a safe floor, but there’s virtually no upside. He’s RB24 in ECR and RB30 in my rankings.

Calvin Ridley: Ridley’s still bringing a very safe floor, but the upside isn’t there to rank him as a top-10 option. He’s WR15 in my rankings.

Robert Woods: Woods hasn’t done enough this season for us to still be ranking him as a top-24 option. He’s WR33 in my rankings.

Jared Cook: Not a big difference in any of my TE rankings this week, but Cook is one spot lower in my rankings than ECR.

Desperation Pickups

Hunter Renfrow: Despite being an incredibly productive receiver recently and bringing a very high floor week in and week out, Renfrow’s still under 25% rostered.

AJ Green: Green could struggle to cross the 100-yard mark like he did last week in this matchup against the Rams, but the opportunity should be there if you need a desperation FLEX option.

Jamison Crowder: Crowder should be making the return to the Jets lineup this week and we know that he’s productive whenever he’s on the field. He should bring a safe floor.

Terrace Marshall: Everyone’s talking about Robby Anderson having a bounce-back performance in week four against the Cowboys, but don’t count out Marshall stealing some of the available targets in McCaffrey’s absence.

Tyler Conklin: Conklin missed practice a bit earlier this week, but he returned on Thursday and seems set for this matchup. Coming off of a big performance, he’s in the streaming TE conversation.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine: With Julio Jones and AJ Brown both out this week, Westbrook-Ikhine is the next man up. However, the Titans might not need to throw much this week, so we shouldn’t view him as anything more than a desperation FLEX play.

Royce Freeman: If Chuba Hubbard isn’t going to assume the majority of the receiving work in this offense, Royce Freeman could step in and handle that role.

5 Receiver/Cornerback Matchups to Watch

Stefon Diggs/Vernon Hargreaves: We’ve been waiting for the big blowup game from Diggs and this just may be it with the CB matchup.

Cole Beasley/Desmond King: King’s one of the better slot corners in the NFL and Beasley could have a tough time getting free in this matchup.

Cooper Kupp/Byron Murphy: Murphy’s coming off of a great game in week three and he’ll have his hands full this weekend with the most productive WR in the NFL currently.

Michael Pittman/Xavien Howard: Pittman’s been on a tear the past two weeks, but he’ll have a tough time getting open against Howard this week. If Pittman succeeds in this matchup, it’s time to start putting him in the top-24.

Ezekiel Elliot/Panthers Run Defense: Okay, I know this isn’t a WR/CB matchup, but this is going to be incredibly fun to watch. The Panthers are just allowing 45 rushing yards per game this year and it’s time to figure out if it’s a fluke or not.

5 Bold Predictions For Week 4

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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