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Rival Fantasy NFL: Week 4
My challenge for this week won’t involve Justyn Ross, as he has not been a factor in the Chiefs game plan. He has just two targets in three weeks and will need to start getting semi-regular looks before we can include him in a challenge again. Ross is someone I root for, but for the purposes of the weekly challenge, he does not see enough action to warrant continued inclusion.
For this week, the challenge will be between two teammates, K.J. Osborn and Jordan Addison. Addison has been more productive through three weeks of the season, turning his 19 targets into 13 receptions for 185 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The rookie has been impressive but has left a lot of meat on the bone. Addison is due for a true breakout, and it may happen this week thanks to a plus matchup against a banged-up Carolina Panthers secondary.
Osborn has hauled in just seven of his 15 targets for 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season. Addison should see his role expand weekly, but Osborn should get a high enough aDot to keep things interesting. The targets are close enough, but due to efficiency, Osborn will likely need a big play or two to have a chance at outproducing the talented rookie. I will be taking the Osborn side of this $10 challenge. Anyone interested in taking the Addison side can do so here. It would be a surprise if Addison did not finish with more fantasy points, but there will be some games this year where Osborn outscores him, so unlike for the first three weeks with Ross, this is a true challenge, albeit one that Addison will win more often than not.
I was not lucky enough to bring home a win last week, but I have higher hopes this week due to another corner square that caught my eye on one of my cards. The corner squares seem to be where the most value is, as they may get grouped more randomly than lines. I will need my running backs to get three rushing TDs and four total TDs to win, as the other two achievements seem very doable, with more than 150 passing yards (QB) and more than 100 receiving yards (WR). With three running backs in matchups in which the projected gamescript heavily favors a heavy dose of the run game, this is the card I will be paying the closest attention to.
Difficult achievements included on my cards this week include two TDs rushing + one receiving TD + one passing TD (RB), three passing TDs in the second quarter (QB), one rushing TD in the second quarter (WR), 25 rushing yards (TE), 90 receiving yards (RB), zero field goals made (K), more than 50 rushing yards (WR), one rushing TD and two receiving TDs (RB), 500 total yards (QB), 100 rushing yards (QB), five field goals made (K), two receiving TDs in the fourth quarter (RB), one rushing TD in the fourth quarter (WR), three field goals missed (K), and more than four passing TDs in the fourth quarter (QB).
I made some adjustments to my roster this week. I decided to put Justin Tucker back in my lineup not only for his accuracy and ability to hit from deep but also because he has looked human over the last two weeks. The missed field goals show up often enough on the bingo cards that you don’t want someone perfect, but you need someone you can trust who can nail the 40-49 yarders and the 50 yarders when called upon. The rest of my roster is Jalen Hurts, Christian McCaffrey, Tony Pollard, D’Andre Swift, Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce.
I have stuck to the three running back, two wide receiver build through the first four weeks of the season, but will reevaluate next week with an eye on potentially adding Deebo Samuel to deal with all of the wide receiver rushing yard squares that continue to pop up. Good luck to everyone on your Fantasy Bingo cards this week.