Freedman’s Week 4 Rapid Reactions & Top Performers (2022 Fantasy Football)
Here’s what I’m taking away from what Dr. Deepak Chona said on the Week 4 Sunday night recap show.
- RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle): It sounds like he might have a high-ankle sprain, but also doesn’t seem severe. Maybe out two weeks but we need to wait on the MRI.
- RB Javonte Williams (knee): The video looks like a sprain, but it’s bad that he was downgraded to out immediately and couldn’t put any weight on it. Could miss multiple weeks.
- Update: There is concern that Williams suffered a significant knee injury.
- WR Treylon Burks (foot): Ankle or mid-foot sprain. In a boot and on crutches right after the game, so it seems unlikely that he’ll play Week 5.
- WR Isaiah McKenzie (concussion): We should expect him back in 6-10 days. Maybe he’s out for Week 5.
- WR Jahan Dotson (hamstring): We need to wait on the MRI. If it’s a severe injury, he’ll miss practice on Thursday and Friday, and we’ll know that he’s likely to be out at least one week, maybe multiple weeks.
- RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder): It seems like a partial dislocation, not a full dislocation, which means he’s far less likely to suffer a reinjury.
Jared Goff: Is He …Good?
I highlighted QB Jared Goff in my Week 4 Favorites piece, and he responded to this positive reinforcement with 378 yards and four touchdowns (to one interception) on 26-of-39 passing. And he did that without WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and D.J. Chark (ankle) and RB D’Andre Swift (ankle, shoulder). The matchup undoubtedly helped: Entering Week 4, we had the Seahawks secondary ranked No. 32 in our unit power rankings, and the Seahawks defense was No. 32 in dropback expected points added (EPA) per play (0.439, per RBs Don’t Matter). So I’m not going to get carried away and say that Goff is a must-start option each week. But the Lions have scored 35, 36, 24 and 45 points this year. They have a legitimately good offense — and a horrible defense. Goff will continue to be viable as long as the Lions find themselves in shootouts.
Dameon, the Pierce That Was Promised
In Week 1, rookie RB Dameon Pierce played behind veteran Rex Burkhead, but in Weeks 2-3 he dominantly outcarried Burkhead (35 to 3) and established himself as the team’s locked-in early-down thumper. And then in Week 4 he took every carry for the team, converting his 14 attempts into 131 yards and a touchdown. On top of that, he actually out-targeted Burkhead (6 to 5), who had been the team’s primary pass-catching back. Pierce’s weekly ceiling will likely be capped because of the Texans offense, but a first-year back with a three-down role is someone who will be hard to rank any lower than a fantasy RB2.
Jamal Agnew: Can Someone Make Him a Full-Time Wide Receiver?
With Zay Jones (ankle) in inactive, WR Jamal Agnew played a season-high 18 snaps, and with his playing time he was an electric 4-50-2 receiving on six targets, good for 19.0 fantasy points. While this production was surprising, this wasn’t Agnew’s first time to flash. Last year, in Weeks 5-10, Agnew was suddenly elevated to the starting lineup as an injury fill-in for D.J. Chark, and in his five games as a full-time player he was the No. 1 receiver on the team with 10.0 fantasy points per game on 20-184-1 receiving (35 targets) and 5-98-1 rushing. Please, in the name of excitement, can someone please make this guy a full-time receiver?
Mo-Alie Cox, Mo Problems
I generally avoid Colts tight ends because of their three-person committee, but No. 1 TE Mo-Alie Cox went off in Week 4, leading the team with six targets, six receptions, 85 yards and two touchdowns. With that kind of output, he was the No. 2 tight end with 23.5 fantasy points. Does this mean he should be picked up on waivers next week? I don’t know. Will you ever feel comfortable starting him? Probably not. But tight end is a wasteland. You need to start someone. I guess it might as well be Alie-Cox? He strikes me as the kind of guy you spend way too much FAAB on, start for a few weeks and then drop after he massively disappoints. That sounds terrible — but not as terrible as not bidding on him and then watching him dominate for the rest of the year. I’m a wet blanket, so I won’t be aggressive in going after Alie-Cox, but I won’t blame the desperate teams that are.
Quick Game-by-Game Observations & Takeaways
Vikings 28, Saints 25
Fantasy takeaway: Justin Jefferson looked awesome with 10-147-0 receiving on 13 targets and a three-yard rushing touchdown in a tough matchup.
- Chris Olave: 4-67-1 on team-high seven targets
- Latavius Murray: 11-57-1 rushing
- Dalvin Cook: 20-76-0 rushing
Falcons 23, Browns 20
Fantasy takeaway: Nick Chubb didn’t have the 200 yards I “predicted” he’d have in our Week 4 bold calls piece, but he still looked great with 19-118-1 rushing. I don’t think he should be any lower than the RB6 in ROS rankings, and even that feels low.
- Kyle Pitts: 1-25-0 on four targets
- Tyler Allgeier: 10-84-0 rushing, 1-20-0 on one target
- Drake London: 2-17-0 on team-high seven targets
Bills 23, Ravens 20
Fantasy takeaway: J.K. Dobbins has fully reclaimed his role as the lead back in a committee with 13-41-1 rushing and 4-21-1 receiving on four targets.
- Mark Andrews: 2-15-0 on five targets
- Rashod Bateman: 3-17-0 on team-high six targets
- Lamar Jackson: 20-of-29 for 144-1-2 passing, 11-73-0 rushing
- Josh Allen: 19-of-36 for 213-1-1 passing, 11-70-1 rushing
- Gabe Davis 1-13-0 on three targets
Seahawks 48, Lions 45
Fantasy takeaway: T.J. Hockenson led all tight ends with a monstrous 8-179-2 receiving on a team-high 12 targets. All he needs is for WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and D.J. Chark (ankle) and RB D’Andre Swift (ankle, shoulder) to be absent every week.
- Jamaal Williams: 19-108-2 rushing
- Geno Smith: 23-of-30 for 320-2-0 passing, 7-49-1 rushing
- Rashaad Penny: 17-151-2 rushing
- DK Metcalf: 7-149-0 on team-high 10 targets
Cowboys 25, Commanders 10
Fantasy takeaway: CeeDee Lamb looked like a fantasy WR1 with 6-97-1 receiving on a team-high eight targets. With the 11, 11 and 12 targets he got in Weeks 1-3, he clearly has the usage to sustain high-end fantasy production — and whenever QB Dak Prescott returns I expect to see Lamb aggressively move up our rankings.
- Ezekiel Elliott: 19-49-0 rushing, 2-32-0 receiving on two targets
- Tony Pollard: 8-6-0 rushing
- Antonio Gibson: 13-49-0 rushing, 3-14-0 on three targets
- Jahan Dotson: 3-43-1 on four targets
- Carson Wentz: 25-of-42 for 170-1-2 passing
Chargers 34, Texans 24
Fantasy takeaway: Austin Ekeler on the one hand had a great fantasy performance with 13-60-2 rushing and 6-49-1 receiving on seven targets. On the other hand, he still lost 10 carries and five targets to Sony Michel and Joshua Kelley. I’d look to sell high.
- Justin Herbert: 27-of-39 for 340-2-0 passing
- Mike Williams: 7-120-0 on team-high 11 targets
- Gerald Everett: 5-61-1 on six targets
- Brandin Cooks: 7-57-1 on team-high seven targets
Titans 24, Colts 17
Fantasy takeaway: Jonathan Taylor (ankle) had just 43 yards on 20 carries and three targets — and now he’s dealing with an injury. The usage is good, but the inefficiency absolutely isn’t. And eventually inefficiency leads to diminished usage.
- Matt Ryan: 22-of-37 for 356-2-1 passing
- Michael Pittman: 3-31-0 on six targets
- Derrick Henry: 22-114-1 rushing, 3-33-0 receiving on five targets
Giants 20, Bears 12
Fantasy takeaway: Saquon Barkley continues to look like the Comeback Player of the Year. In Week 4, he racked up 31-146-0 rushing and 2-16-0 receiving on two targets. He is the Giants offense.
- Daniel Jones: 8-of-13 for 71-0-0 passing, 6-68-2 rushing
- Justin Fields: 11-of-22 for 174-0-0 passing, 7-52-0 rushing
- Darnell Mooney: 4-94-0 on five targets
- Khalil Herbert: 19-77-0 rushing, 1-24-0 receiving on one target
Eagles 29, Jaguars 21
Fantasy takeaway: Miles Sanders is dominating as the lead back for one of the best offenses in football. Each week, I think I’ve been too low on him, and that was especially the case in Week 4, when he went off with 27-134-2 rushing and 3-22-0 receiving on three targets.
- Jalen Hurts: 16-for-25 for 204-0-1 passing, 16-38-1 rushing
- AJ Brown: 5-95-0 on seven targets
- DeVonta Smith: 3-17-0 on four targets
- Christian Kirk: 2-60-0 on team-high nine targets
- Jamal Agnew: 4-50-2 on six targets
- Travis Etienne: 8-32-0 rushing
- James Robinson: 8-29-0 rushing
- Trevor Lawrence: 11-for-23 for 174-2-1 passing
Jets 24, Steelers 20
Fantasy takeaway: Breece Hall markedly outplayed second-year back Michael Carter with 17-66-1 rushing and 2-12-0 receiving on six targets (to just 9-15-0 rushing and 2-14-0 receiving on three targets for Carter). Hall is starting to look like a fantasy RB2.
- Corey Davis: 5-74-1 on team-high seven targets
- Michael Carter: 9-15-0 rushing, 2-14-0 receiving on three targets
- Kenny Pickett: 10-of-13 for 120-0-3 passing, 6-15-2 rushing
- Najee Harris: 18-74-0 rushing (zero targets)
- George Pickens: 6-102-0 on eight targets
- Pat Freiermuth: 7-85-0 on team-high nine targets
- Diontae Johnson: 2-11-0 on four targets
- Chase Claypool: 0-0-0 on two targets
Cardinals 26, Panthers 16
Fantasy takeaway: Kyler Murray continues to keep the Cardinals offense afloat with 23-of-32 for 207-2-1 passing and 12-26-1 rushing. He’s not what I’d hoped he would be, but he’s still a top-six fantasy quarterback.
- Marquise Brown: 6-88-1 on team-high 11 targets
- Christian McCaffrey: 8-27-0 rushing, 9-81-1 receiving on nine targets
- D.J. Moore: 6-50-0 receiving on team-high 11 targets
Raiders 32, Broncos 23
Fantasy takeaway: Russell Wilson looked like his old self … er, his former self, with 17-of-25 for 237-2-0 passing and 4-29-1 rushing. He wasn’t the reason the Broncos lost.
- Josh Jacobs: 28-144-2 rushing, 5-31-0 receiving on six targets
- Davante Adams: 9-101-0 receiving on 13 targets
Packers 27, Patriots 24
Fantasy takeaway: Romeo Doubs for the second week in a row was a fantasy asset with 5-47-1 receiving on a team-high eight targets. He will continue to move up my rankings.
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