With four games in the books, we have a pretty good idea of who the teams are at this point. But four weeks into a crazy 2022 season, I wonder what we really know. Our Fantasy Football Recap Week 4 looks back on some of the things we think we know.
One thing I know first-hand is living through hurricanes and massive flooding is brutal. That hit hard this week when one of my friends in the football community got hit hard. If you’re in a position where you can help, please do. Anything helps.
Back That QB Up
It’s been said that being a backup quarterback is the best gig in sports. I think that probably applies to guys like Chase Daniel and Josh McCown, who had lengthy and lucrative careers in that role.
But Week 4 showed the importance of having a reliable understudy.
The Giants were forced to temporarily go Wildcat after Tyrod Taylor, who had already stepped in for Daniel Jones, was forced from the game.
The Browns and Falcons both employed starters who were backups last year.
New England was forced to go to the bench and start Brian Hoyer but he was quickly knocked out which necessitated New England going to the backup’s backup.
On Thursday, Teddy Bridgewater got the call after that scary injury to Tua Tagovailoa. Unfortunately, it looks like Ole Teddy Bridgequarterback might be under center for a while in Miami.
Kenny Pickett made his NFL debut after Mike Tomlin benched Mitch Trubisky.
Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to another surprising win in his third relief appearance.
Zach Wilson returned to lead the Jets to a victory after Joe Flacco started New York’s first three contests.
Although the overall results were mixed for these QB2s in Week 4, one thing we know is teams are typically only as good as their quarterback. Whether he’s a starter or reliever.
Not a fan of Washington’s new all-black uniforms. Every time they would go to Dallas I felt like I was watching the Steelers playing both at home and on the road. And after watching how poorly Pittsburgh played with both quarterbacks, nobody wanted to see that.
The Saints’ new look was fine. Except for the helmet. It would have been pretty sharp with a solid black helmet instead of the stripe of fleur de lis down the center. Too busy. Maybe they weighed Will Lutz down ever so slightly.
I generally don’t like when teams wear colored pants and jerseys together but for some reason, I’m ok with what Arizona wore. Of course, that didn’t seem to help the offense’s early struggles.
Going back to Thursday, the Bengals showed how to employ a new alternate/helmet combo. No surprise that Cincinnati, no doubt motivated by the slick new digs, came away victorious. Looking at you, Commanders.
Of course, having the best uniforms in sports isn’t a guarantee of success, sadly. No matter what city they play in. At least the Raiders finally got that first W. And looked good doing it.
With so few teams employing a workhorse running back, it is important for us to track how teams are dividing their backfield touches.
Here are the fantasy opportunities from some of Sunday’s backfields. Opportunities means carries plus targets.
Atlanta – Tyler Allgeier 24 snaps, 11 opp.; Cordarrelle Patterson 16 snaps, 9 opp.; Caleb Huntley 12 snaps, 10 opp.
Baltimore – J.K. Dobbins 35 snaps, 17 opp.; Justice Hill 25 snaps, 10 opp.
Buffalo – Devin Singletary 55 snaps, 16 opp.; Zack Moss 6 snaps, 3 opp.; James Cook 2 snaps, 1 opp.
Cleveland – Nick Chubb 40 snaps, 21 opp.; Kareem Hunt 36 snaps, 13 opp.
Dallas – Ezekiel Elliott 39 snaps, 21 opp.; Tony Pollard 24 snaps, 10 opp.
Jacksonville – Travis Etienne 24 snaps, 8 opp.; James Robinson 22 snaps, 8 opp.
New Orleans – Mark Ingram 29 snaps, 13 opp.; Latavius Murray 26 snaps, 12 opp.
New York Jets – Breece Hall 46 snaps, 23 opp.; Michael Carter 31 snaps, 11 opp.
Philadelphia – Miles Sanders 55 snaps, 30 opp.; Kenneth Gainwell 22 snaps, 7 opp.
Washington – J.D. McKissic 38 snaps, 12 opp.; Antonio Gibson 30 snaps, 16 opp.
Week 5 Preview
Indianapolis at Denver (-2.5)
New York Giants at Green Bay (-7.5)
Detroit at New England (pick)
Pittsburgh at Buffalo (-13)
Houston at Jacksonville (-7)
Chicago at Minnesota (-6.5)
Miami at New York Jets (+6)
Tennessee at Washington (pick)
Seattle at New Orleans (-6)
Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland (+1.5)
Atlanta at Tampa Bay (-9)
San Fransisco at Carolina (+3)
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams (-7)
Philadelphia at Arizona (+4)
Cincinnati at Baltimore (-4.5)
Las Vegas at Kansas City (-6.5)
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