When I last bought a CD, my face was covered in acne and I was rocking an all-maroon sweat suit and some kind of hybrid between a mullet and the infamous pretty boy Bieber-do. The year is unknown, but I strolled into the local pharmacy (this is truly where I bought my blank CDs) and perused the isles for a stack of CD-RWs to burn some Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard onto. Now, as I’m writing this week’s buy/sell column, I can still hear the lyrics, “Dance, dance… We’re falling apart to half time…” echoing in my head. For CeeDee Lamb’s fantasy owners, those lyrics hit at another level this past weekend, as the Cowboys’ star wideout was held without a single catch in the first half of Dallas’ Week 4 game against the Carolina Panthers. Lamb ultimately finished with two catches for just 13 yards, ranking outside of the top-45 fantasy wide receivers for the second-consecutive week. That, my friends, gives us the perfect buy-low window heading into a Week 5 matchup with the Giants. For Lamb, a player who was averaging 12 targets through Week 2 of the campaign and has the luxury of one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL in Dak Prescott at his disposal, it’s nearly impossible to imagine his stock getting any lower at any point this fantasy season. So, yes — in a world where even iPods have become obsolete, I am telling you to go out and buy some CeeDees. As many as you can, and quickly — because there’s no telling how long this product will even be on the shelves. Damn you, corporate America and your painful production delays! We should have never outsourced semiconductors in the first place. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy football:
Dalvin Cook – Cook is coming off of back-to-back weeks of disappointing his fantasy owners. With no overly difficult matchups on the Vikings schedule for the next six-to-seven weeks, this is the perfect time to explore the trade market for an opportunity to buy low.
Damien Williams – An obvious selection here, and perhaps better suited for a waiver wire piece. But with David Montgomery suffering a knee injury in Week 4, Williams should be a popular add and a serviceable RB2 until Monty is back. Initial reports say Montgomery likely avoided a torn ACL, but it stands to reason he’ll be out a least as week or two.
Joe Burrow – Oh, the moxie. I couldn’t get enough of Joey B during Thursday’s postgame, and I like the Bengals about as much as I like talking to Jan during the Monday morning meeting. Burrow completed 25-of-32 passes for 348 yards against the Jaguars while tossing two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has now completed 74% of his passes or better in three of four games to start the season while turning in a passer rating over 122 in each of those three contests. Cincy has a solid ground game, and Joey B has the mojo cooking. Prior to the start of the season, I made a bold prediction that Burrow would finish as a top-eight fantasy QB. I’ve since bumped Burrow out of that threshold for Derek Carr, but there’s still a reasonable path to Burrow finishing inside QB1 territory. At the very least, he’s an excellent streaming option to roster moving forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson – Know who currently ranks as RB2 overall across all three-primary fantasy formats? You guessed it. Patterson. After a 32.1-point showing against the Washington turd D in Week 4, Patterson is now averaging 18.6 fantasy points per game and has developed into one of the focal points of an Atlanta offense that figured to be playing from behind quite a bit. Patterson should be started in all fantasy lineups until he gives us reason to do otherwise. This could easily be a sell for some, but I think his role is legit.
Darrell Henderson – After missing Week 3 with a rib injury, Henderson returned to his lead role in Week 4 and turned in a top-20 fantasy performance at the RB position. With 19 touches this past week, Henderson is averaging 17.3 touches per game and has seen five-plus targets in each of his last two games. There aren’t any worrisome run defense matchups left on the Rams’ schedule, and with how capable this offense has looked for most of the season thus far, Henderson should be in store for even more touches based on game script with the Giants, Lions and Texans up next for L.A. following a Week 5 date with the Seahawks.
Jakobi Meyers – Mac Jones is looking better and better each week, and Meyers has seen 26 targets over the Patriots’ past two games. The result has been consecutive back-end WR2 finishes, meaning there’s still room to scoop up Meyers before his value rises further — especially with Houston and Dallas due up next for New England.
Taylor Heinicke – Three straight weeks finishing inside the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks, back-to-back weeks ranking inside the top-10, and fresh off of a performance of QB5 overall in Week 4. Unfortunately for fans of the Washington Football Team, your defense isn’t nearly as good as what we expected — and your team is still referred to as an acronym easily confused with WTF. Fortunately, that means more opportunities for Heinicke to throw the ball. He’s serviceable, and aside from a tough Week 5 matchup with New Orleans, his rest-of-season schedule is appealing.
Henry Ruggs – Ruggs is still being treated like an afterthought in weekly lineups despite being the most-electric wide receiver on one of the the league’s top passing offenses to begin the year. And if you watch what Ruggs has put on film so far in 2021, he looks much more like Tyreek Hill than a clapping dolphin — which was what he resembled in his rookie 2020 campaign. Ruggs is getting a feel for route running and showing a much-improved ability to go up and compete for the ball. Buy and give your leaguemates Ruggs burns.
Sam Darnold – Here’s a sentence we thought we’d never say: Sam Darnold is the first quarterback in NFL history with five rushing touchdowns in his team’s first-four games of the season. Darnold is currently QB5 on the year and averaging 23.7 fantasy points per game. I’m buying on Darnold in terms of him being a startable fantasy QB1 the rest of the way, but don’t expect him to maintain his status inside the top five. He’ll be a sell come the tail end of the season, as he draws @BUF, vs. TB, @NO and @TB to close out the year in Weeks 15-18. The main thing separating him from being a buy vs. a sell is the presence of Matt Rhule and Joe Brady — perhaps the most underrated HC-OC coaching duo in the NFL.
Michael Pittman – Pittman didn’t have a huge game in Week 4, but caught six of his eight targets for 59 yards and is averaging just under seven targets across the last three weeks. He’s the clear top threat in the Colts’ passing game and it’s become abundantly clear that he is Carson Wentz’s go-to receiver. Wentz staying healthy is as iffy as gas station sushi, but as long as Wentz is on the field, Pittman should be deployed in most lineups. Also, you can’t go wrong with tempura in those situations.
Mo Alie-Cox – Coming into Week 4, Alie-Cox had only been targeted twice in each of the Colts’ first-three games, coming away with three receptions for 32 yards. With Jack Doyle banged up in Week 4, he saw his share rise to five targets, allowing him to record three grabs including two touchdowns for 42 yards. You can certainly make a case that Alie-Cox is the biggest red zone threat on this offense and he certainly provides a bigger mismatch for opposing defenses than Doyle. I listed Mo as my deep sleeper at the TE position coming into the year, and there’s a good chance he makes good on that prediction. Gimme mo’ Alie-Cox.
DeVante Parker – He’s averaging eight targets per game, seeing seven-or-more in each of the first-four weeks of the season. In Week 4, Parker hauled in four of his nine targets for 77 yards and one touchdown while also making some highlight reel grabs in the process. The potential has always been there, but the concerns surrounding the quality of Miami’s quarterback play remain. Still, his ROS consensus ranking of WR52 with his target share and level of talent seems incredibly too low.
Tyler Conklin – He has seen 14 targets over the last-two weeks and has a 74% snap share on the season. Not to mention, Kirk Cousins looks less like Kirk Cousins and more like an actual quarterback. Those in a bind at the TE position should buy cheap on Conklin if there’s an opportunity.
Rashod Bateman – Bateman was one of the more overlooked top-receiving prospects going into the NFL Draft, but he got the perfect landing spot in Baltimore. Now, after four weeks of being MIA, he should be able to suit up in Week 5. He has the skill set to thrive in this offense. Take the bait, man.
Tee Higgins – If anyone in your league is willing to sell reasonably on Higgins after him missing back-to-back games, buy. He’s on track to return in Week 5 and has about as good of a chance to finish as a ROS top-20 WR as any other player in his value range.
Javonte Williams – With me writing in lieu of Donkey Teeth this week, I’m throwing homage to my dear domesticated animal friend by including Williams in this week’s buy column. I have trouble believing that Melvin Gordon is going to hold onto as big of a role in this backfield all season long. Williams is the superior back.
Darnell Mooney – Justin Fields was not terrible in Week 4, which translated to Mooney’s first-career 100-yard game as the duo connected for a 64-yard hook up. Mooney has seen seven-plus targets in three of four games this year, and as a potential breakout pick coming into the year, things could be on the verge of clicking for the second-year wideout. Plus, I believe in Fields long term. You could even say I Dreams of Fields.
Mike Williams – This is nothing against a man with one of the most-generic names known to man. And I think Williams can and will finish as a serviceable WR2 for the remainder of the fantasy season. However, he came into Week 4 as the WR2 in fantasy football, and I don’t think he finishes inside the top 10. If you gave me the choice of Williams or Lamb for ROS, I’d take Lamb.
Kareem Hunt – I’ll try not to let my feelings about Hunt as a human being impact my advice here, but at the end of the day, I’m utterly baffled by the fact that Hunt has seen double-digit carries in three-straight games, and see no logic as to why that trend should continue. Sure, the Browns have won three in a row, but against the Texans, Bears and Vikings. Pound for pound, Nick Chubb is one of the best pure-ground runners in the entire NFL. Hunt should have no issues finishing as an RB2, but with a current ranking of RB5 overall, it’s best to sell high if you can swap him out for a ROS RB1 such as Joe Mixon, Jonathan Taylor or Najee Harris. Just depends how savvy your league is.
That’s all for this week, Razzball fam! As always, I’m happy to take this conversation into the comments section or on Twitter, where you can find me @WorldOfHobbs.