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Week 4 fantasy feedback

» 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 GlennonJosh 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 LuckCoby 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.

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Monday Nightmare: Almost Jimmy, almost

Adam Rank

Adam Rank | Tags: Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, Monday Night Football, New Orleans Saints, Tony Gonzalez

Allow me to pull back the curtain a little bit. When we do projections for the Monday show, if I need a guy to get me a certain number of points that night, I will project that. This, of course, explains why I had Jimmy Graham tabbed for 26.80 points against the Dolphins on Monday night. And to be honest, that number wasn’t so outlandish. It puts him in the Tony Gonzalez category for Week 4 and it was close to what Graham did on Monday.

Yes, it was close.

Graham was less than three points away from giving me one of the most unbelievable comebacks in the history of my League of Record (the league I care about the most). But it was not to be. Well, unless a stat correction occurs. Oh, and it should be noted I wouldn’t have been in this mess if Akbar hadn’t convinced me to leave Le’Veon Bell on the bench.

But enough about me. I’m not here to prattle on about myself. This is about helping you. Like those of you who started Ryan Tannehill. Or maybe that last fumble by Darren Sproles cost you. Consider this one big fantasy therapy couch. Be sure to let it all out, you’ll feel much better when you do.

Just ask these kids who used the #MondayNightMare.

@adamrank I lost 157.08 to 157.02…im praying for a #statcorrection..damn u #colston and your 96 yrds receiving

— Jim briggs (@jbreezy310) October 1, 2013

@nflnetwork I was up 9 pts w/ Brian Hartline left. Thought I had my game locked down and then Darren Sproles happened…. #MondayNightmare

— Brett Garner (@bgarner40) October 1, 2013

Wait, not you, bragger.

Down 18 going into Monday night. Jimmy graham to the rescue! 4-0 kids!! #Fantasyfootball @adamrank @RealPilarLastra

— Batfleck1 (@Batfleck1) October 1, 2013

Be sure to share your story here on Twitter, @adamrank.

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Santonio Holmes expected to miss a few weeks

Marcas Grant

Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, David Nelson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, New York Jets, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Willis McGahee

Holmes suffers hamstring injury: New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to miss “at least a few weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. That leaves a hole in a thin Jets receiving corps with Stephen Hill missing nearly all of Sunday’s game after suffering a concussion. The team is expected to sign free agent David Nelson to fill in the gaps. While a matchup against a woebegone Falcons secondary on Monday night is somewhat appealing, the Jets offense is far too inconsistent to make any pass-catchers in green a viable option.

Jackson still not practicing: Steven Jackson was one of several key Atlanta Falcons not practicing on TuesdayJulio Jones and Sam Baker were other key offensive cogs sitting out, but Jackson’s status is most worrisome to an offense that has struggled on third downs and in the red zone this season. With a matchup against a good Jets rushing defense this week and a bye coming in Week 6, the Falcons might take this opportunity to get Jackson two more weeks of rest. That means more of Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling this week — not that either is a safe option against Gang Green.

McGahee ‘ain’t Trent Richardson’: Since dealing Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns are 2-0 — even if the running game hasn’t exactly popped. Recent veteran addition Willis McGahee summed up his role in the offense by saying “I know I ain’t Trent Richardson, but I’m here to play.” Don’t sell yourself short, Willis. McGahee ran the ball 15 times Sunday for 46 yards, averaging 3.1 yards per carry. By contrast, Richardson has averaged 3.5 yards per attempt in his short NFL career … and 3.0 yards per carry in Indy’s Week 4 win over Jacksonville. The name on the back of the jersey might be different, but so far, the production remains about the same. That probably says more about Richardson than it does McGahee.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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