LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Even with having several complications with the coronavirus, we still made it through Week 4 of fantasy football, and it was intense! New faces made the leader list this week, along with some returning faces as well. Welcome back to Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Dak Prescott = 37.28 Fantasy Points (STD)
Despite having a tough loss to the Cleveland Browns 49-38, Prescott had a major fantasy performance in Week 4. Prescott appears to be having an up-and-down season so far. Having outstanding production every week, Prescott’s team currently sits at 1-3. However, fantasy managers should not pay attention to the team’s record, as the quarterback is pulling in a heaping load of fantasy points. Prescott completed 41 of his 58 pass attempts and four touchdowns. He threw one interception that was crucial for the outcome of the game, but when it comes to fantasy football, that one interception can be ignored with having thrown 502 yards. Dak Prescott remains to be a top tier quarterback, and he can be expected to annihilate the Giants in Week 5. It is possible we will see him back on this leader list next week.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 20.3
Lucas’ Projections = 27.9
Quarterback #2 – Tom Brady = 32.46 Fantasy Points (STD)
Future Hall of Famer quarterback, Tom Brady, made the leader list this week with his new team in Tampa Bay. Brady was expected to score big in fantasy football sooner or later, and Week 4 was an impressive week for the former Patriots quarterback. Even with having Chris Godwin inactive, Brady still completed 30 of 46 passes for 369 yards and five touchdowns. Even though Brady threw a pick-six and was down most of the game, the veteran QB found his rhythm and fought his way to victory in the 38-31 win on Sunday. It is possible Brady is building stronger relationships and connections with his receivers, making him the Tom Brady everyone knows. Brady is known to be an iffy fantasy football quarterback, but he proved everyone wrong this week. Brady should be considered starting in Week 5 as he takes on the Bears on Thursday Night Football.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 16.3
Lucas’ Projections = 21.4
Quarterback #3 – Aaron Rodgers = 29.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a beefy fantasy day on his Monday Night Football win against the Falcons, 16-30. Rodgers completed 27 of 33 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns, causing him to haul in almost 30 fantasy points. Despite having two major wide receivers inactive due to injury, Rodgers still found a way to get the job done. Rodgers is having a superstar season so far and will make a great QB1 in future contests. As Rodgers and the Packers head into their BYE week, the team will have time to heal and form new strategies for their matchup against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 6.
Projected Points for Week 5 = BYE
Lucas’ Projections = BYE
Running back #1 – Joe Mixon = 36.1 Fantasy Points (STD)
After a slow start to the season, Joe Mixon finally had his big breakout game. Being drafted early on in most fantasy drafts, league managers were expecting more from Mixon through three weeks. However, managers were more than pleased to receive Mixon’s 36.1 fantasy points in Week 4. Mixon looked spectacular in Sunday’s 25-33 win over the Jaguars, ending up with 151 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. With good health, major volume is down the road with Mixon. He also added six receptions for 30 yards and another touchdown. This will likely be Mixon’s best game all season, so don’t expect 30+ points every week from this Cincy running back. In fact, Week 5’s matchup will be tough on Mixon, as he faces a strong Baltimore Ravens defense.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 13.7
Lucas’ Projections = 9.8
Running back #2 – Dalvin Cook = 26.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is a complete powerhouse. Cook carried the ball 27 times for a whopping 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first Vikings win over the Texans, 31-23. It’s easy to see that Cook is still one of the elite running backs in the league as he gets fed the ball continuously through each matchup. As long as Cook stays healthy and avoids the injury curse that has been going around this season, bright things are ahead. Cook will easily be a top fantasy choice in Week 5, as the Vikings take on the Seahawks in Week 5 for Sunday Night Football.
Projection Points for Week 5 = 17.2
Lucas’ Projections = 23.5
Running back #3 – Melvin Gordon III = 23.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Melvin Gordan plowed through the Jets defense, leading the banged-up Broncos to their first W on Thursday Night Football. Gordan ran the ball 23 times for 107 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also added two catches for 11 yards in the 37-28 victory. With Broncos running back Philip Lindsay being out for his third game due to injury, Gordan shined as he raked in 23.8 fantasy points. However, Lindsay is soon to return which will cause sharing the ball in the backfield. Regardless, Gordan is a solid play in Week 5 as the Broncos take on the Patriots.
Projection Points for Week 5 = 12.8
Lucas’ Projections = 14.5
Wide receiver #1 – Odell Beckham Jr. = 33.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a monster game in a 49-38 win over the Cowboys in Week 4. OBJ finished the high-scoring game with five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham also rushed twice for 73 yards along with another touchdown. After an iffy first year in Cleveland, Beckham is starting to look like his old self with making those huge game-changing plays. OBJ takes on the dangerous Colts defense in Week 5 so do not expect an explosive performance from the WR. However, he will make a solid WR2, as his talent is clearly there.
Projection Points for Week 5 = 9.2
Lucas’ Projections = 6.5
Wide receiver #2 – DJ Chark Jr. = 21.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
DJ Chark comes in at wide receiver #2 for Week 4. The Jaguars wide receiver sat out last week due to a chest injury, but that didn’t stop him in the matchup against the Bengals. Chark was the primary target for Minshew in the 25-33 loss, as he caught eight of his nine targets for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It is easy to see that Chark is a top receiving threat for his team, but it should be noted the Jags have other skillful WRs as well. This may be a concern in future weeks as the ball may be spread around more. However, Chark is must start WR2 for fantasy managers, especially in Week 5’s matchup against the 0-4 Texans.
Projection Points for Week 5 = 8.6
Lucas’ Projections = 13.5
Wide receiver #3 – Amari Cooper = 21.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Cowboys wide receiver, Amari Cooper had himself a day in the tough loss against the Browns. Cooper caught 12 passes gaining 134 yards along with a touchdown. Though the Cowboys have plenty of offensive weapons, Cooper remains one of Dak Prescott’s main targets. Cooper was targeted 16 times, which leaves him to be a major threat in all fantasy formats. Without a doubt, Cooper should be started next week against the Giants, as he is almost a guarantee to give managers a decent amount of points.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 9.5
Lucas’ Projections =16.5
Tight end # 1 – Robert Tonyan = 27.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan absolutely erupted on Monday Night Football producing three touchdowns. Having two main wide receivers inactive, the game plan shifted for Green Bay as they found Tonyan open throughout their matchup against the winless Falcons. Tonyan caught six passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers 30-16 victory. Not many people expected the tight end to haul in over 27 fantasy points. If fantasy managers pivoted from the Devante Adams or Allen Lazard injury and scooped up Tonyan, it was hard to be upset from those WR injuries. It can be expected for Tonyan to have increased opportunities as the Packers move forward, and with having a BYE next week, new strategies can be formed.
Projected Points for Week 5 – BYE
Lucas’ Projections – BYE
Tight end #2 – George Kittle = 25.1 Fantasy Points (STD)
Kittle is back! George Kittle returned to action from a two-week absence from a knee injury, and he looked spectacular. Kittle caught all his 15 targets for 183 yards and a touchdown. The star tight end is known to rack in tons of fantasy points, and that is exactly what he did in his matchup against the Eagles. Despite the 25-20 loss, Kittle went off and fantasy managers were pleased to have him return to the starting roster. As long as he stays healthy, Kittle is expected to secure several fantasy points, no matter the matchup. He should have a field day playing the Dolphins in Week 5.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 11.4
Lucas’ Projections = 16.7
Tight end #3 – Mark Andrews = 17.7 Fantasy Points (STD)
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews came in clutch for fantasy managers in Week 4. Andrews caught 3 passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns over the Washington Football Team. Andrews was struggling with dropping passes the last two weeks, but that was not the case in the tight end’s 31-17 victory. Andrews is considered an impactful TE1 and should always be started. Keep in mind that he may have some silent outings in the coming weeks, as most tight ends do.
Projected Points for Week 5 = 9.2
Lucas’ Projections = 7.0
It was an interesting fantasy football week! Plenty of action all around the league impacted fantasy managers positively and negatively. Despite a few COVID-19 complications and some serious key player injuries, it was an entertaining week to watch. Fingers crossed COVID-19 stays away from the NFL in Week 5 as it provides headaches and frustration to fantasy players around all leagues. Best of luck in Week 5!