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Fantasy Football Risers & Fallers: Sam LaPorta, Khalil Herbert, Josh Downs (Week 4)

Fantasy Football Risers & Fallers: Sam LaPorta, Khalil Herbert, Josh Downs (Week 4)

This will be objective and based on the numbers. We check the personal bias and wish-casting at the door, and we look at the data and dive in. Let’s take a look at fantasy football players trending up and down as we prepare for Week 4.

Fantasy Football Risers & Fallers

Trending up

Sam LaPorta (TE – DET)

What more is there to say about Sam LaPorta? He was a target hog this week (11 – 35.48 target%) and hauled in eight of them for 84 yards and a deep touchdown. He is proving to be reliable in the short game but can be a difference-maker and a playmaker for the Lions as we saw on that deep catch. With the tight end position being what it is so far, LaPorta has been impressive and is a huge boost to those who waited on a tight end.

Trending down

Khalil Herbert (RB-CHI)

Khalil Herbert has not lived up to draft day cost. There is no clear path to getting there either given the current utilization of this offense.

  • He is almost splitting the snaps evenly with Roschon Johnson
  • Only 2 of the 10 red zone rush attempts. Justin Fields and Johnson eat into these more than you’d like.
  • Get’s half the 3rd down snaps (50%)
  • Only 32.4% of all the Bears’ rush attempts and if you only look at running back carries he only gets 51.1% of those.

Ultimately, it is difficult to bank on a player with limited opportunities in a bad offense with a run-first quarterback.

On the Peripheral

These are simply players to keep your eye on as we enter Week 4.

Josh Downs (WR-IND)

Downs is becoming a PPR asset. Still more of the deeper league variety but getting peppered with targets and is the slot guy scooping up all the short-yard passes. Has become the clear No. 2 option behind Michael Pittman Jr. and should continue to provide more of a floor than ceiling in full PPR formats

-Mike Kurland

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