2021 Fantasy Football: Week 4 Stock Watch
Is it time to bail on your draft day darlings? Samantha Holt digests all of Week 3 NFL football and hooks you up with her Week 4 fantasy football stock watch!
We drafted our teams and we knew what they were… Or at least we thought we did. Things never stop changing though. If we want to succeed we need to keep up with those changes. Thus the need for this Fantasy Football Stock Watch article. I do the footwork. You reap the benefits. Fair enough? Yeah, I thought so. Let's get to it!
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Week 4 Fantasy Football Stock Watch
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (Stock Up)
Carr is looking rather steady so far this season. In 2-QB formats, you’d be lucky to have his floor week in and week out. You would even be fine with streaming him into your single-QB formats. This coming week he’s also a great streaming option given the matchup with the Chargers. This should be a high-scoring one and given Carr has managed to sync up with all of his wideouts, he has plenty of options.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Stock Down)
It’s time to call a spade a spade. Don’t blame me for holding out hope that my long-time QB could turn things around. However, if this version of Ben is in “the best shape” of his career, has no lingering issue from his previous elbow surgery, then he should be looking like a younger version of himself. Sadly he’s looking like Father Time has caught up and moving at a glacial pace. Ben has never given you the rushing yards, however, you expect the volume of high flying targets from him. Without that, the best managers can hope for will be short dink and dunk passes to Najee Harris for the rest of the season.
Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (Hold)
Bridgewater has been slow and steady so far this season and had an upset this week against the Jets, pretty shocking. I do however think he will get his rhythm back. Could be tough sledding against the Ravens so I’d stream other options, but better matchups are ahead for Teddy.
Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (Stock Up)
Christian McCaffrey will be out for an undetermined amount of time, but will not be put on IR. So fantasy managers better be sure to pick up Chubba Hubbard if he’s still available. Given such a shakey diagnosis for CMC’s return, you will need to roster a steady backup. Hubbard is far from the perfect replacement for McCaffrey, however, he will see a healthy number of rushing attempts and a sprinkling of targets that will give you low-end RB2 and Flex-worthy numbers.
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (Stock Down)
I’d like to amend this to include all Bears weapons. Until the Bears, from the top down, can figure out HOW they want to utilize their quarterbacks, whichever one Matt Nagy decides to start next week, I’m nervous to roster any of them. With Montgomery, you’d have thought Fields could chuck a few short passes his way at the very least, but he was only targeted four times, and able to catch two of those targets. If I have other options at running back this week, I’d rather go for the high upside guy, than roll with an offense I can’t trust.
Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (Hold)
I’m surprised to have hope for any offensive player on the Lions outside of T.J. Hockenson (who’s bound to bounce back next week), but Williams is certainly fun to watch. Not sure if it’s his viral video interviews that are bringing a swagger to his step, but Jamaal is looking good. Williams had bright moments with the Packers last season, and it seems he’s been able to build on that in Detroit. Williams makes for a good flex candidate in standard leagues this week, with potential RB2 implications in future matchups.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills (Stock Up)
Bringing in the competition for Cole Beasley, Sanders is proving he will not dwindle away on a new roster. Sanders had a steady flow of targets in the first two weeks and it was a matter of time for him to hit paydirt in the end zone. It also doesn’t hurt that Josh Allen appears to have shaken off the rust and finally looks like himself. Sanders can be in for another big week against the Texans.
Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (Stock Down)
I was truly trying to avoid this. Robert Woods has saved me many times, however, this year is off to a rough start. As tempted as I was to put him in my HOLD section I just can’t do it. If he manages to grab a touchdown that will be pure luck in this offense. Stafford has proven himself to be all Sean McVay has hoped for. He’s utilizing every receiver on the roster now with DeSean Jackson seeing the end zone this week. Woods had equal targets to Van Jefferson (six each), while Woods only managed to haul in half of them. I’m not dropping Woods, but he’s a fringe flex option for me this week and I’m shopping him for a trade.
Henry Ruggs III, Las Vegas Raiders (Hold)
Ruggs is working on cementing himself as the deep threat go-to target for Derek Carr. This week his stats were decent but didn’t blow us away. Look for a shoot-out matchup to come this week against the Chargers. Carr will be looking to Ruggs to extend drives and deliver quick results. Look for Ruggs in the end zone this week.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins (Stock Up)
This was the production Fantasy managers had hoped for. It appears Jacoby Brissett is very comfortable with his tight end over other targets, throwing 12 passes Gesicki’s way. Gesicki caught 10 of the 12 for 86 yards. Only Jaylen Waddle had one target more than Gesicki in this matchup. Tua is on IR for at least three more weeks and possibly out longer. All signs point to a steady floor for Gesicki.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (Stock Down)
Fant has been a favorite target for Bridgewater and this game feels like it should be an outlier for him. However, with Tim Patrick and Javonte Williams even beating him in targets this week, I wonder if he’s already reached his ceiling. Drawing the double coverage simply opens up others on the field. I’m still holding out hope for Fant but I’m not a fan of his match-up this week against the Ravens who just silenced T.J. Hockenson.
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (Hold)
What a brutal showing for Hockenson. Clearly, Baltimore realized the best way to shut down the Lions was by eliminating their biggest threat in Hockenson. Chalk this up to great coverage and move forward. Hockenson is the heartbeat of this offense and should have better weeks ahead.