Week 4 is the first bye week of the season and the Packers & Panthers will be sitting this one out. I’ve added a Bye Week QB section for those of you with Rodgers or Cam Newton and no QB on your bench. Now that we have 3 weeks of stats to evaluate, I’ve also added a Safe to Cut section. As usual, these are all players owned in less than 60% of Yahoo leagues.
Ruben Randle WR (51%) – Another sub-par game for Randle with only 2 catches for 40 yards, but he actually led the Giants in receiving. I’m going to recommend patience on Randle. The Giants look awful this year and it’s possible they could be in rebuilding mode soon which would mean considerably more snaps for Randle. Nicks is a free agent next year and if the Giants keep losing, it makes sense that they would see what they have in Randle in case Nicks signs somewhere else.
Max FAAB: $7
Alshon Jeffery WR (43%) – The Bears made a point of getting Jeffery involved early in week 3. He had 5 targets on their first drive (4 catches). As opposing teams focus on stopping Brandon Marshall & Martellus Bennett, I think Jeffery’s role in the offense will grow. 7 catches for 51 yards is a step in the right direction.
Max FAAB: $10
Jacquizz Rodgers RB (37%) / Chris Snelling RB (18%)– I expected Rodgers to be the receiving end of platoon with Jason Snelling, but it was flipped. Rodgers got got 18 carries to 11 for Snelling but only got 3 passing target to Snelling’s 5. Either way, both backs were productive enough to earn a spot on your roster. Rodgers gained 86 yards rushing against a solid Dolphins run D and Snelling had 111 total yards and a TD. Either is a safe fantasy start (preferably at Flex) while Stephan Jackson is out, but of the two I would rather own Snelling due to his probable red zone carries. Both players will lose fantasy viability when S-Jax returns to the lineup, but with bye weeks starting either back should by a decent stop-gap for the next 2-3 weeks.
Max FAAB: Rodgers $10 / Snelling $15
Kendall Wright WR (21%) – Another solid week for Wright with 6 catches for 71 yards. Not spectacular, but the problem with the former 1st round pick isn’t talent, it’s opportunity. He has been unable to secure regular playing time, but after two solid starts in a row I can’t see any reason he won’t be starting in the Titans week 4 match-up vs the Jets. I wouldn’t recommend starting him against a good pass D (7th fewest yards allowed), but he’s worth a stash on your roster (especially in PPR).
Max FAAB: $7