The NFL had its first COVID-19 outbreak this week, causing the Steelers-Titans game to be rescheduled to Week 7.
With a minor scare for the Patriots-Chiefs game after Cam Newton tested positive, the rest of the league remained unscathed and on schedule.
Every Tuesday, we recap notable fantasy performances from the previous week's games. Let's take a look at Week 4:
Brett Rypien got the start for the Broncos Thursday night, throwing for 242 yards and 2 TDs while also throwing 3 INTs in the 2nd half. Melvin Gordon had 107 yards and 2 TDs while Tim Patrick led Broncos receivers with 113 yards and a TD. For the Jets, Sam Darnold had 230 yards through the air and a career high 84 yards on the ground. Jamison Crowder had 104 yards on 7 catches, leading all Jets receivers.
Drew Brees had 246 yards and 2 TDs this week for the Saints, while Alvin Kamara once again showed how much of a dual threat RB he can be with 83 yards and a TD on the ground along with 36 yards through the air. Latavius Murray had 2 rushing TDs this week, while Tre'Quan Smith was on the receiving end of both of Brees' TDs. Matthew Stafford threw for 3 TDs, while Adrian Peterson picked up 1 on the ground for the Lions. Kenny Golladay made a successful return to the lineup, grabbing 4 balls for 62 yards and a TD.
Chargers 31 - Buccaneers 38
Tom Brady exploded this week, throwing for 369 yards and 5 TDs while the Bucs' Ronald Jones had 20 carries for 111 yards. Mike Evans, Scotty Miller and OJ Howard were on the receiving end of Brady's TDs. Howard was feared to be lost for the year with an achilles injury during the game. Justin Herbert went 20-25 for 290 yards and 3 TDs. The big story out of LA though is Austin Ekeler going down with an hyper extended knee and significant hamstring injury.
Unreal completion from @TomBrady to OJ Howard 😱 #GoBucs 📺: #TBvsDEN on FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app:… https://t.co/6B5sU2u4xL— NFL (@NFL)1601242851.0
Joe Burrow got his first win in a Bengals uniform this week throwing for 300 yards and a TD. Joe Mixon had a breakout game, going for 151 yards and 2 TDs on 25 carries. AJ Green continues to be absent from the Bengals offense, only garnering 1 catch for 2 yards. Gardner Minshew III had 351 yards and 2 TDs through the air, both to DJ Chark Jr, who had 95 of Minshew's passing yards. James Robinson had an efficient day, gaining 107 all purpose yards on 21 touches.
Minnesota beat Houston this week, dropping the Texans to 0-4 and costing Bill O'Brien his job. The Vikings continued to feed Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen the ball, both players were over 100 yards and accounted for 217 of Kirk Cousins' 260 yards passing. Dalvin Cook had 130 yards and 2 TDs as well. For Houston, Deshaun Watson had 300 yards and 2 TDs, while David Johnson could only muster 63 yards on 16 carries. Will Fuller had over 100 yards and a TD.
The only rookie WR with a 90+ PFF grade through four weeks since '06: 🔹 2020 Justin Jefferson - (90.6) https://t.co/4rPBn0GOQm— PFF (@PFF)1601909029.0
The Seahawks continued its tour with the AFC East this week, stomping a spunky Dolphins squad in Miami. Russell Wilson had 360 yards and 2 TDs through the air, while Chris Carson had 80 yards and 2 TDs on the ground. DK Metcalf was the only Seahawks receiver over the century mark. Ryan Fitzpatrick had 300 yards but also 2 costly INTs. Devante Parker led Dolphins' wide receivers with 110 yards.
Baker Mayfield led an efficient Browns scoring attack with 165 yards and 2 TDs through the air. Kareem Hunt had 2 TDs on he ground after Nick Chubb exited the game with an ankle injury. Odell Beckham Jr had 2 TDs through the air as well as a rushing TD for the Browns. Dak Prescott was brilliant again this week, throwing for over 500 yards and 4 TDs. The Cowboys couldn't get anything going on the ground, as Ezekiel Elliott had 54 yards on 12 carries. Ceedee Lamb was on the receiving end of 2 of Dak's TD passes.
Updated #Browns notes with @ByGeorgeThomas • Jarvis Landry proud to reach 100th #NFL game — his "Joe Thomas stat"… https://t.co/MUbcR2O7S1— Nate Ulrich (@Nate Ulrich)1601585768.0
Carolina shocked the Cardinals this week, holding one of the leagues top offenses in check. Kenyan Drake was stifled on the ground, averaging only 2.7 yards on 13 carries. Kyler Murray had 133 yards on 33(!) attempts while also contributing 78 yards on the ground. Teddy Bridgewater had 276 yards and 2 TDs through the air along with one on the ground. Mike Davis had 84 yards and a TD on the ground for the Panthers.
Ravens 31 - Washington 17
Lamar Jackson had 193 yards and 2 TDs through the air, adding 53 yards and a TD on the ground for the Ravens as they coasted past Washington this week. Mark Andrews was on the receiving end of both of Jackson's TDs. Dwayne Haskins had 314 yards through the air, while Antonio Gibson had 128 all purpose yards and a TD for Washington. Terry McLaurin had over 100 yards to lead Washington's receiving core
The Rams struggled on offense this week agains the Giants. Jared Goff only had 200 yards through the air for the Rams while Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr combined for 59 yards rushing. Cooper Kupp saved his fantasy day, taking a slant for a long TD late in the game. Daniel Jones had very little time to throw the ball, only amassing 190 yards while Devonta Freeman only mustered 33 yards on 11 carries.
Josh Allen continued to produce for Buffalo this week, throwing for 288 yards and 2 TDs. Stefon Diggs had 115 yards through the air, while Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis each had a receiving TD. Devin Singletary had 76 all purpose yards and a TD as well. Derek Carr had a good day throwing the ball, amassing over 300 yards and 2 TDs. Darren Waller had 88 yards but also had a costly fumble late in the game. Josh Jacobs was held in check, gaining 48 yards on 15 carries.
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Philip Rivers had 190 yards and a TD for the Colts this week, while Jonathan Taylor had 68 yards on the ground in a low scoring affair with the Bears. Nick Foles had 249 yards and a TD, while David Montgomery had nowhere to run, gaining 27 yards on 10 carries. Allen Robinson was the lone bright spot for Chicago, going over 100 yards and a TD.
The Eagles shocked the 49ers on Sunday night behind an opportunistic defense and an efficient Carson Wentz. Wentz threw for 193 yards and a TD, while also contributing 37 yards and a TD on the ground. The 49ers benched Nick Mullens after two costly INTs for CJ Beathard. Jerrick McKinnon had 54 yards and a TD, while Brandon Aiyuk took an end around for a score as well.
New England struggled on offense without Cam Newton at QB. Brian Hoyer and Jarett Stidham struggled to get anything going against the Chiefs. Damien Harris had 100 yards for the Patriots, while Damiere Byrd led the receivers with 80 yards. Patrick Mahomes had 236 yards and 2 TDs, one going to Tyreek Hill and the other going to Mecole Hardman.
Matt Ryan had 285 yards through the air for the Falcons, but it wasn't enough to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers from dropping the Falcons to 0-4. Rodgers had 4 TDs and 327 yards through the air. Robert Tonyan had 98 yards and 3 of Rodgers' 4 TDs. Aaron Jones had 71 yards on 15 carries for the Packers. Todd Gurley scored both of the Falcons TDs on the ground, while also gaining 57 yards on 16 carries.
As the NFL postseason got underway last week, it became clear we need to make some halftime adjustments with our picks this week.
The Ravens were an easy cover for us, especially once Lamer found his groove and the grooves in Tennessee's D. Throw in a few head scratching punts by Mike Vrabel and that does the trick.
Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs came up two catches short for us with three targets left on the table. It was always going to be tough to get that many grabs, but it was worth a few bucks just to see what would happen.
Please, please, please remind me never to bet unders. I haven't hit one all year and yet the siren's song calls me to shore. I maintain this is the best one I bet all year. The pick 6 and DK Metcalf bomb in the second quarter killed after the best start imaginable. After 15 minutes, we had a combined score of 3, 15 minutes of game time later? 30. Bananas.
Then I don't really know what else to say about Pittsburgh losing to Baker Mayfield and co. that hasn't already been said. I just have to edit my list of completely impossible things to put, "Snowing in the Sahara desert," and "Taylor Swift ever getting back together with Jake Gyllenhaal" above "The Browns beating the Steelers in the playoffs."
Put on your general manager hat for a moment and ask yourself this question: If my team struggled mightily the past couple seasons, is struggling now and will continue to struggle, would I trade my franchise star?
It's an extremely difficult decision to make, but it's something the Washington Wizards have to be pondering with shooting guard Bradley Beal.
Beal has been on an absolute rampage through 11 games, posting a league-high 34.9 points per game on 49% shooting and 38% from distance. He's also dishing out five assists and grabbing 5.3 rebounds with 1.5 steals. All that in 36 minutes a night, yet the Wizards are 3-8 which is the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
"I'm pissed off," Beal told reporters after his 60-point game on Jan. 6. "I'm mad. I don't count [them]. ... Any of my career-highs, they've been in losses. So I don't give a damn. You can throw it right out the window with the other two or three I've had."
His frustration is evident, and though he hasn't verbalized that he wants out of D.C., it's hard not to think that the idea hasn't crossed his mind at least once with how bad the Wizards have been recently.
From 2018-20, they went a combined 57-97 with John Wall sidelined after he tore his Achilles. Before this season began, the Wizards acquired Russell Westbrook in exchange for Wall and a pick, thinking they were getting an upgrade at point guard. Plot twist, they weren't.
Wall is healthy and playing good basketball in Houston while Westbrook is sitting back-to-backs and is currently nursing a quad injury. More importantly, he doesn't make them much better because of his lack of defense and is thus piling up meaningless triple-doubles that don't translate to team success.
Each Friday, FindBet will preview the week's DFS slate, highlighting players that are priced well on DFS sites, as well as some contrarian plays that can push your team to the top of the leader board.
Most NFL DFS games have you putting a team together with players from a certain slate of games. It could be just Sunday 1:00 PM games, or it could be every game that is slated for the week. Once the last game that has eligible players is over, the final payouts are made according to how many fantasy points each team scored. Each player is worth a certain dollar amount, and you have a cap of $60,000 to build your team with. You have to have 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 FLEX (RB, WR, or TE) and 1 DEF.
The general scoring rules include (6) points for each rushing and receiving touchdown, (4) points for each passing touchdown, (0.1) points for each rushing and receiving yard gained, (0.04) points for each passing yard, and also (0.5) points for each reception. There are other scoring opportunities for defenses. Let's take a look at players we like in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend.