One month of the fantasy football season is now in the record books. Let’s waste no time and hop right into the top takeaways from NFL Week 4.
All hail Bill Lazor ... As Matt Nagy finally gave up play-calling duties to Lazor, the Chicago Bears’ offensive skill players finally found some fantasy success. While Allen Robinson still struggled (three catches, 63 yards), David Montgomery, Damien Williams and Darnell Mooney all scored 15-plus fantasy points. It’s a promising start, but fantasy managers might want to not get too carried away, as the game did come against the Detroit Lions. Chicago’s next five games come against the Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Also, as David Montgomery is expected to miss four-to-five weeks after suffering a knee injury, his backup, Williams, should be picked up everywhere.
Cordarrelle Patterson is a thing ... It looks like we are really doing this. Patterson has been a fixture on waiver wires across fantasy football after posting a combined 40.1 fantasy points in Week 2 and Week 3. He might now be a fixture in starting lineups after scorching the Washington Football Team for 34.6 fantasy points in Week 4. While the success has owners who were lucky enough to pluck him off the waiver wire jumping with joy, it may not be sustainable. Patterson only played 23 snaps for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and scored on 25 percent of his pass routes. In the red zone, Patterson has scored four times the past three weeks despite playing only seven total plays. Unless the Falcons start giving him more volume based off his success, it may be time to sell high on the Swiss Army knife.
Return of Randall ... After wanting Randall Cobb back in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers finally got on the same page with his slot receiver Sunday. After a slow first three weeks, Cobb ran 23 of his 25 routes out of the slot, pilling up five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the process. With Marques-Valdez Scantling on injured reserve, Cobb was the clear-cut No. 3 wide receiver for Green Bay. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Cobb’s production continue to increase as a larger role within the Packers’ offense could await.
Hunter ‘Hit-Stick’ Renfrow ... Renfrow delivered one of the top highlights Monday night with a hit-stick on special teams to break up a fake punt, but don't let that overshadow another successful fantasy performance. Renfrow has feasted out of the slow for Vegas this season, recording at least six targets and five receptions in every game — totaling double-digit fantasy points in every game this season. The “flat china” route master has proven to have an extremely high floor, making him a safe WR3 or FLEX option in PPR leagues.
Gaskin gut-punch ... After steady FLEX-level production from Gaskin to start the season, he laid an egg on Sunday, recording just two carries for three yards. While he played just 12 total snaps compared to Malcolm Brown’s 35, Gaskin ran nine passing routes compared to Brown’s 12. He not have been replaced as the Miami’s leading rusher or receiver as the Dolphins seemed to just have more interest in Brown’s pass-blocking skills. Either way, Gaskin should 100 percent be out of lineups against Tampa Bay next week, but don't give him up for free just yet.
Buy low on Brandin Cooks ... After a scorching start to the year for Cooks, he came back down to earth in the miserable Houston Texans offense. With Davis Mills back under center in a Buffalo Bills downpour, Houston ended five drives with turnovers and had four drives with negative net yards. Despite all that, Cooks still finished with five receptions for 47 yards while gobbling up 51.2 percent of the Texans’ air yardage share. If that’s his floor, we will certainly take it.
Baltimore’s backfield ... Poor Ty’Son Williams. After averaging over six yards per carry to start the year, the Ravens’ most explosive back was a healthy inactive on Sunday. Meanwhile, Latavius Murray played lead dog, carrying the ball 18 times. He wasn't extremely effective (59 yards), but did find the end zone for the third time this season. Murray should remain rostered while Williams can be let go.
Miles Sanders ... After carrying the rock 15 times in Week 1, Sanders has seen just 13, two, and now seven carries in his last three games. As the Philadelphia Eagles consistently find themselves behind in ball games, they opt to keep the ball in Jalen Hurts’ hands. While Sanders does see some work in the passing game, backup Kenneth Gainwell posted better receiving stats on Sunday — as well as more rushing yards and a rushing score.
Curtis Samuel returns ... We talked about using one of your league’s IR spots on Samuel last week, but the speedy receiver made his return off the IR in Week 4. Samuel was fourth in snaps and routes run out of Washington’s receivers, but recorded the second-most targets. He’ll continue to be more and more involved as he works his way back, especially with tight end Logan Thomas now week-to-week.
Jameson Crowder comes back ... Crowder also made his return to the playing field Sunday and made an immediate impact. He was second out of the New York Jets’ wide receivers in snaps and routes run, while leading the team with nine targets (seven catches, 61 yards). He should become a consistent threat in the Jets’ offense and soak up targets, making him a potential every week starter in PPR leagues.
That is all for this week’s recap. Leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter @iambrianhines with any and all questions about your fantasy team!