» Looking ahead to Week 5 … MIN, PIT, TB and WAS are all on byes. That takes out a number of quality RBs (Peterson, Bell, Doug Martin and Morris), but won’t be quite so hard on fantasy QB depth charts. Robert Griffin III is the only signal-caller of any real significance that will be missing next week.
» Reports of Antonio Gates’ fantasy demise have been greatly exaggerated. He’s scored double-digit fantasy points in each of the past three weeks and gets to face the Raiders next week. Time to upgrade him!
» Apparently not everyone can take advantage of Washington’s terrible defense. Thanks for teaching us that valuable lesson, Matt Flynn.
» Justin Hunter might not catch a lot of passes. But when he does, they’re for touchdowns. Still, he’s not worth grabbing off the waiver wire because that’s a hard trend to continue every week.
» The Titans defense is approaching must-start status. There’s certainly little reason for owners to fear starting them against an inconsistent Chiefs team next week.
» By the way, can we stop talking about Chip Kelly’s offense now? Philly has yet to score more than 33 points in a game. Denver hasn’t scored fewer than 37.
» The good news is that Michael Vick got a lot of pass-catchers involved today. The bad news is that no one had more than three catches for 57 yards … and that was Brent Celek.
» Okay, that’s not totally it. Even with so many targets in that offense, Manning has found a way to keep everyone productive. There’s no reason to be afraid of starting a Bronco. And next week, they face a Dallas team that allowed 401 passing yards to Philip Rivers.
» Peyton Manning. That is all.
» Alfred Morris is out with a reported rib injury. Good thing he has a bye next week, but it’s another RB out of an already shallow pool.
» We thought the Washington-Oakland game could be a fantasy bonanza because of the two terrible defenses. Turns out we underestimated the ineptness of the offenses.
» If you had Week 4 for the annual Darren McFadden injury, take a bow. Looks like he’s done for the day with a hamstring injury. We’ll see how long it keeps him out beyond today.
» The Chiefs defense is on must-start status. The Giants defense is must-start-everyone-going-against-them status. In fact, the Giants offense is on must-start-opposing-defense status.
» Speaking of fantasy relevance, Greg Jennings had a nice day today. But the recent track record makes it hard to believe this sort of production will continue. However as long as Matt Cassel is the quarterback, Jerome Simpson has a lot more fantasy value.
» Welcome back to fantasy relevance, Arian Foster. Now can you keep it up next Monday night against a lackluster 49ers run defense?
» Le’Veon Bell’s NFL debut leads to 84 total scrimmage yards and a pair of touchdowns. You’ll take that out of a RB2 or flex option every week. Now he has a bye week to get stronger — he’ll need it. The Jets are on the schedule for Week 6.
» Mike Glennon. Josh Freeman. Same difference. Just like we surmised during the week.
» If Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller can post more days like today, no one will complain about them sharing time.
» How do the Ravens run the ball just nine times in a one-score game that sees Flacco throw five interceptions? It’s getting hard to trust Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce … and it’s neither of their faults.
» Another three yards-per-carry game from Trent Richardson. There’s plenty of time to progress, but you have to wonder if that’s all he is at this point.
» Pep Hamilton + Andrew Luck + Coby Fleener is turning into fantasy gold. It’s like Stanford 2.0.
» For the second straight week, Alshon Jeffery is seeing a lot of targets. Time to grab him off the waiver wire, if he’s not gone already.
» What’s going on with A.J. Green? He’s scored five points or less in two of four weeks this season and has 51 or fewer receiving yards in three of four games this year. Next week’s game against New England doesn’t offer any reason to be optimistic.
» Hoyer has played well two weeks in a row, but it still feels a little premature to anoint him as a guy to plug in your lineup. It helped that he faced a depleted Bengals secondary. Next week, he goes up against a Bills defense that has its own set of issues. After that, there aren’t a lot of favorable matchups in Hoyer’s future.
» It feels like the Ravens offense is a self-fulfilling prophecy: they let Joe Flacco throw at will while ignoring the running game. The Ravens fall behind forcing them to continue ignoring the running game while Flacco continues to throw at will.
» Just a friendly reminder: never, ever, EVER start anyone from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ever.
» Yes, the Bucs defense is good, but the Cardinals offense is suddenly abysmal. Hard to recommend starting any Redbirds right now.
» Reggie Bush is reminding us all what he can do when he’s healthy. Chicago’s turnovers have certainly helped, but Bush has been a monster with the touches he had in the first half.
» EJ Manuel is making a name for himself as a guy to watch in dynasty leagues. If he and Robert Woods can build on what they’ve started early this season, watch out!
» Early on, the Colts offense against the Jaguars … not so much. Trent Richardson is stuck on his normal three yards per carry. It’s getting tedious.
» And the legend of Jordan Cameron continues to grow. He has five TD receptions already this season. Oh, and Brian Hoyer hasn’t been too bad today, either.
» Willis McGahee looks suspiciously like Chris Ogbonnaya. Not that you’re starting either of them.
» The early reports are that Rob Gronkowski isn’t going to play this week. Add him to Danny Amendola, who has also reportedly been ruled out.
» It is interesting to note the number of Bengals defensive backs that won’t suit up this week. That could mean good things for Josh Gordon.
» No major surprise inactives so far this week — unless you count Josh Freeman. But we all knew he wasn’t playing anyway. However, Mike Glennon will have Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams active, but they’re both scary plays against the Cardinals secondary.
» In the “will he or won’t he” saga of Terrelle Pryor, it looks like the wheel is stopping on “won’t”. Matt Flynn reportedly will get the start at quarterback for Oakland today. It’s a loss for fantasy owners hoping to plug in the young QB as a bye-week filler for Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton.