We should all consider Week 4 a success.  We escaped the quarter-season mark with nary a single catastrophic injury.  I’m sure I just jinxed us, but in the NFL, if you can play out an entire week’s worth of games and keep your fantasy roster away from the IR, you, my friends, have won at life itself. Of course, there were a few injuries (Cecil Shorts, Teddy Bridgewater, Niles Paul), but not enough to warrant a rant over.  So this week, we will discuss some previously injured players, who returned to the field or have made notable progress in their recoveries.

Arian Foster, TexansAfter a one-week absence, Foster (hamstring) returned to the Texans lineup on Sunday.  He provided very little in the run game, carrying the ball eight times for just six yards, but he did enough through the air (7 catches, 55 yards) to earn 12.5 fantasy points.  Though he had no setbacks, Foster maintains that he is still not 100 percent healthy.  The Texans don’t have a bye until Week 10, so owners may have to deal with the uncertainty of his weekly availability until then.  For now, all owners can do is wait, because trading him would only mean you were selling low.  Alfred Blue continues to remain one of the elite handcuffs in fantasy football.  Though he didn’t make much of his opportunities on Sunday (9 carries, 9 yards), he ran well vs. the Giants in the previous week (13 carries, 78 yards).  If you are a Foster owner, Blue is a must-own player.

Jamaal Charles, ChiefsAny questions about the durability of Jamaal Charles’ ankle were put to rest after Monday night’s electric performance.  He sat out the previous week, but Charles made up for lost time with a three-touchdown night.  He briefly left the game in the third quarter, but thankfully it was only due to cramping.  Knile Davis was supposed to revert back to a complete handcuff role, but he actually out-gained Charles on the ground, 107-92.  While the outlying stats would show a timeshare in KC, the circumstances of the game played a big part in Davis’ overall usage.  A few things to consider here are that Charles was coming off an injury and had to miss a series while getting IV fluids in the locker room.  The game was also out of hand in the first half, allowing Davis to receive some garbage time handoffs.  Do I see 17 touches for Davis every week?  Probably not.  The duo looked dynamic, but a completely healthy Charles should keep Davis within the 10-13 touch range on a weekly basis.  Unless you’re a Charles owner, Davis continues to remain a huge sell-high candidate following two 100-yard performances.

Rob Gronkowski, PatriotsThe Patriots looked abysmal Monday night, failing to execute on both offense and defense.  Tom Brady is regressing right before our very eyes, but following this week’s tough matchup vs. the Bengals, the Patriots have four fantasy-friendly games leading up to their bye.  Their opponents in those weeks — the Bills, Jets, Bears, and Broncos — are all in the bottom 15 in points allowed to QBs, with the latter three all falling within the bottom five.  After what could possibly be deemed the worst game of his 15-year career, Brady will undoubtedly turn to Gronkowski as his security blanket, like he has so much in the past.  Working his way back from ACL surgery, Gronkowski hasn’t looked 100 percent, and he almost assuredly isn’t, but his snap counts have been trending upwards, playing in 44 percent, 41 percent, 58 percent and 62 percent of the Pats’ offensive plays through the first four weeks of the season.  He carried three Chiefs on his back during his touchdown catch-and-run on Monday night, hopefully a sign that he is getting closer to full strength.  Though the total fantasy points haven’t been there, his touchdowns (3) have.  With his playing time on the rise, now would be the right moment to buy low on Rob Gronkowski.

 

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  1. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up Seth? could you please help salvage my season… here is my super crappy 1-3 team in a 20-teamer. please help.

    Should I grab Orton over Jake Locker to back up Brady? Also – Antone Smith and Jordan Reed are on waivers and I’d have to use some FAAB. Would you make changes for any of those and who would you drop? Thanks man!

    Q – Brady
    WR – Andre Johnson
    WR – Colston
    RB – Forte
    RB – Gore
    TE – Kelce
    Flex – Marvin Jones

    B- Niles Paul
    B – Bowe
    B – Moreno
    B – Locker
    B – Jared Cook

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: ok, lots of pressure here!

      I dont know if Locker can stay healthy, but overall I think he’s a better option than Orton.

      Smith isn’t really worth it. Not getting enough carries in a crowded backfield.

      Reed is def worth a grab, though I dont love having 3 TE. I’d drop Paul if you do.

  2. Ryno says:
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    Would you drop D Brown at this point if you were worried about buys in week 6 and 7? I have Foles and Flacco looks tempting in Week 7 vs the Falcons

    • Ryno says:
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      @Ryno: bye* weeks… lol

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Ryno: Im okay with that. Hate his matchup this week and Mathews back in a couple weeks.

  3. cubjet says:
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    Would you drop justin hunter for andre holmes .

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @cubjet: Works for me

  4. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    I ‘m trying to decide if I should pick up McKinnon or one of the three headed RB beast that is Ravens. Any thoughts on who is the long term (this year) keeper?

    Thanks in advance

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Joe Shmoe: As long as you’re looking further down the line, I like McKinnon slightly over Forsett/Taliaferro. Pierce is the odd man out

  5. Ron says:
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    I’m a Foster owner that has Knile. The Charles owner has Alfred . Should I offer to swap handcuffs?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Ron: Makes sense

  6. Andre says:
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    Hey Seth, few questions for you. This is in a 12 team PPR league

    1. I had to drop Ingram after he got hurt bc of a limited bench and another owner just picked him up this week with a higher WW claim. I have Forte and Stacy as my primary backs. Which players do you think could produce numbers on par with Ingram of these options. A) Crowell B)T. West C) Andre Williams D) not a RB but Andrew Hawkins.

    2. I picked up Jordan Reed as an injury stash. Currently Donell is my #1. Does Reed overtake Donnelll as a TE1 once he’s healthy?

    3. Do I drop the Texans D this week for Philly? or do we believe that the Texans can at least contain Murray?

    Thanks!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Andre: 1. Crowell
      2. If completely healthy, yes
      3. Prefer Philly this week

  7. Chris says:
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    For the rest of the season:

    Jordan Cameron or Kelce?
    Best two of Knile David, Forsett or Sankey?
    Best two of CP, Tate or Royal?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Chris: Kelce, Knile/Sankey, Patterson/Tate

  8. andy dalton says:
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    got mccoy and cruz for megatron and gore…good deal?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @andy dalton: fair deal

  9. mcBlunty says:
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    I have Arian Foster and Blue is available, had him on my squad last week until I heard Foster was a go, had to drop Blue to pick up a Def, but with Fosters fragile state I think I should pick Blue back up. The question is who do I drop, right now I have 2 defenses on my squad just picked up Arizona but they are playing Denv, and I have Pitt from last week who is playing Jax which is a juicy matchup in my eyes, the other option is drop Toby G, who has been a steaming pile of poop, so Toby or Pitt? Thanks!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @mcBlunty: Never like having 2 Ds, but I do like Pitt’s matchup this week. Im okay dropping Gerhart. He and the Jaguars suck.

  10. Locifer says:
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    Hey Seth,

    Please pick two

    Ben Tate, Asiata, Sproles

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Locifer: Asiata and Sproles

  11. flex says:
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    i have bradshaw e. lacy. t rich l bell j. starrks as rb’s. b. bortles, m. ryan and e. manning as qb and c. clay and austin seferon jenkins as te. in a 1 point ppr two quarterback league i was offered stafford, graham and t. gerheart for my bell and eli manning really dont want to do this what you think?

  12. SethDaSportsMan

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    I actually like that deal a fair amount. You’d downgrade RB, but Graham is a massive upgrade over your TEs and being able to start both Ryan and Stafford as opposed to Ryan and Eli/Bortles is also a huge advantage

  13. grif says:
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    Standard scoring, no ppr, drop Torrey Smith for Brian Quick?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @grif: No

  14. Travis says:
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    I’ve got Foster, but my other RBs are Murray, Richardson, Bradshaw, Asiata, and Martin, so I have depth to cover him… Would you cut any of them for Blue, or seems he’s unnecessary?

    Also my only TE is Kelce–any if those RBs (or my WR: Bryant, Andre Johnson, Harvin, Vincent Jackson, Crabtree) droppable for Jordan Reed?

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Travis: Thats pretty good RB depth so Blue isnt worth adding. Asiata would be my guy to drop for Reed.

      Id try trading one of TRich or Bradshaw. Dont need both back, as youll never start both in any week

  15. The don says:
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    Delanie walker, jordan cameron or jordan reed. Pick 2 for the season…..

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @The don: 1st two

  16. Velocity_X says:
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    I have some RB decisions to make in a PPR since Ingram is still out. I have Gio as my RB1, but as an RB2 I need to pick from: Donald Brown, Gerhart, McKinnon, and West.

    Brown and Gerhart haven’t shown me much. West will be suspect with Ben Tate returning and Crowell still competing for carries. McKinnon may be the best option although he got a little banged up and has a short week.

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Velocity_X: I like McKinnon there the best long term, but Brown still your best bet in the next few weeks

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Velocity_X: oh my bad, didnt read that correctly. I’d got with McKinnon this week. Best upside

  17. Todd says:
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    Hey seth, who would you start as my RB2 this week

    Jerick mckinon vs packers Thursday night
    Here’s what opposing backs have done vs gb:

    Week 1; marshawn lynch had 20 rushes for 110 yds & 2 TD’s.

    Week 2; Ivory had 13 rushes for 43 yds plus 1 td

    Week 3; joique bell did nothing, but bush had 12 rushes for 61 yds plus 1 Td. & 6 rec for 38 yds.

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    Ben Tate @ Tennesee
    Here’s are what opposing backs have done vs Titans:

    Week 1; jamaal Charles 7 rushes for 19 yds

    Week 2; demarco Murray had 29 rushes for 167 yds & 1 Td.

    Week 3; Gio bernard had 14 rushes for 47 yds but 2 TD’s & jeremy hill had a Td too

    Week 4; t rich had 20 rushes for 47 yds & 1td
    Ahmad Bradshaw had 9 rushes for 32 yds & 2 Rec for 20 yds & 1 Td.

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    Ahmad Bradshaw (who may have tweeked his ankle week 4 but doesn’t seem serious) vs Ravens.

    This is what opposing backs have done vs Ravens :

    Week 1: Gio bernard had 14 rushes for 48 yds &
    6 Rec for 62 yds.

    Week 2; le’veon bell had 11 rushes for 59 yds & 5 rec for 48 yds.

    Week 3; terrance west had 12 rushes for 36 yds & 1 Td ; Crowell had 11 rushes for 56 yds & Td.

    Week 4; panthers RB’s did nothing

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    Or gerhart vs pitt.
    (Opposing backs vs pitt ;
    Week 1; ben Tate 6 carries for 41 yds- but left early due to injury + west had 16 carries for 100 yds & Crowell had tds)

    Week 2; bernard Pierce 22 rushes for 96 yds. + Forsett had 8 carries for 56 yds.

    Week 3; Carolina had no rushing game vs pitt

    Week 4; doug Martin had 14 rushes for 40 yds & 1 td

    • Todd says:
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      @Todd:

      — & also week 4 vs gb forte had a monster game (23 rushes for 122 yds & 5 rec for 49 yds

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Todd: next time maybe a spreadsheet is in order. I like organization! (my OCD coming thru). I’d go with McKinnon

  18. Sange76 says:
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    12 team keeper

    Am I dropping Joique Bell for any of these guys?
    Alfred blue, Darrin Reaves or the Cleveland D?

    Qb Cutler and Kaepernick
    RB Forte, r Jennings, z Stacy, Knile Davis, Jeremy hill, Joique bell
    WR Julio jones, Vincent jax, k Benjamin, Andrew Hawkins
    TE witten and ertz
    K. Gostowski
    Def. NE Pats

    • SethDaSportsMan

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      @Sange76: No, I wouldnt, but Id drop NE D for Cleveland

  19. mcBlunty says:
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    flex play full ppr pick 1 j stewart, ben tate, marvin jones, dwayne bowe

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @mcBlunty: Bowe

  20. Bob says:
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    N/a

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