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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 4 PPR Rankings

Austin Ekeler Note
Austin Ekeler photo 11. Austin Ekeler RB - (at HOU)
Austin Ekeler's usage has not been great this season. His Week 3 snap rate (56%) matched his season-long average as he continues to lose snaps to a combination of Joshua Kelley and Sony Michel. He had just four carries for 5 yards in Week 3. And for the second straight week, he lost red-zone opportunities to one of his backups. Two of Kelley's three touches came inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. But like in Week 2, Ekeler racked up a ton of receptions - 8 catches for 48 yards - to salvage his fantasy day. Even so, the constant effort to get guys like Michel and Kelley involved might hurt Ekeler's fantasy value in the long term. His overall volume won't be the same as last season when he scored 20 TDs. But Week 4's matchup versus the Texans is juicy, as their defense cannot stop the run. No team has allowed more rushing yards per game (202.3) than Houston. And it's by a wide margin compared to the second-worst team (Chicago Bears, 157). So I'd be looking to sell high after this game if possible. But don't pass up a deal if you can get one done this week. Can't forget that Chargers stud tackle Ra'Shawn Slater is out for the season. And the Chargers are going to struggle in future matchups to create rushing lanes as they rank 31st in yards created before contact. Luckily the Texans are the exact cure, as their defensive line ranks 31st in yards allowed before contact. A true battle of two movable objects.
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Mike Williams Note
Mike Williams photo 33. Mike Williams WR - (at HOU)
Williams' fantasy ceiling increases because Allen can't go, putting him firmly in the high-end fantasy WR2 territory. He went 0-for-3 on his deep targets in Week 3, which likely won't be the case versus the Texans. Their pass defense is underrated, but they still rank 30th in yards gained per pass completion (12.5). And the archetype wide receiver they have struggled to stop this season - Courtland Sutton and Michael Pittman hung 120-plus receiving yards each on Houston - is exactly what Big Mike brings to the Chargers passing game.
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Joshua Palmer Note
Joshua Palmer photo 85. Joshua Palmer WR - (at HOU)
Palmer is rock solid WR3/FLEX option as his 96% route participation from the last two weeks will stay intact based on Allen's absence. He's actually out-targeted and out-produced Mike Williams in the Chargers' last two games.
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Gerald Everett Note
Gerald Everett photo 103. Gerald Everett TE - (at HOU)
The Chargers free agent acquisition has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, with his high end route participation (72%) and target share (16%). Assuming that Justin Herbert is back to his former self, fantasy managers should have confidence going back to Everett as a backend fantasy TE1.
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DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 158. DeAndre Carter WR - (at HOU)
Expect Carter to play a role with Keenan Allen sidelined. He's seen his route participation hover around 73% the past two weeks while operating as the team's primary slot receiver. 
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Sony Michel Note
Sony Michel photo 163. Sony Michel RB - (at HOU)
Joshua Kelley Note
Joshua Kelley photo 181. Joshua Kelley RB - (at HOU)
Zander Horvath Note
Zander Horvath photo 224. Zander Horvath RB - (at HOU)
Donald Parham Jr. Note
Donald Parham Jr. photo 270. Donald Parham Jr. TE - (at HOU)
Tre' McKitty Note
Tre' McKitty photo 278. Tre' McKitty TE - (at HOU)
Jason Moore Jr. Note
Jason Moore Jr. photo 367. Jason Moore Jr. WR - (at HOU)
Richard Rodgers Note
Richard Rodgers photo 369. Richard Rodgers TE - (at HOU)
Michael Bandy Note
Michael Bandy photo 410. Michael Bandy WR - (at HOU)