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Week 4 fantasy winners and losers

What players came through for your fantasy teams and which laid an egg?

Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the 33-25 win against Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Fantasy football is a wild game and taking a look at some of the best and worst fantasy performances is always going to be fun, unless you were on the sharp end of a whole bunch of awful games by your usual fantasy studs. We’ll take you through some of those performances below, starting with the early games, then the late games and, well, you know how time works.

Late games

The good news

Josh Allen, QB, Bills

Allen continued his assault on the NFL this week, as he completed 24-of-34 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran in another goal-line touchdown. He didn’t have the huge passing numbers we’ve probably already gotten used to, but with his rushing touchdowns, he’s always a high upside play.

Allen Robinson, WR, Bears

Nick Foles and Robinson had only hooked up for two receptions before their last drive, but in that final garbage drive, Robinson pushed his total to 101 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. Foles didn’t help his team do much today, but he’s now helped Robinson to 17 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Bills

Diggs didn’t put up huge fantasy points, but he topped 100 yards for the second time this season, as he caught 6-of-7 targets for 115 yards against the Raiders. He’s the No. 1 receiver the Bills needed and as long as they keep letting Allen air it out, he’s going to continue having great fantasy upside.

The not so good news

Darrell Henderson, RB, Rams

Henderson went from the lead back the least two weeks, to running behind Malcolm Brown and rushing eight times for 22 yards and catching one pass for 12 more yards as the Rams looked lackluster against the Giants. Brown wasn’t much better, rushing nine times for 37 yards and catching 5-of-6 passes for 19 yards. Coach Sean McVay has talked about using the hot hand and it looks like he tried doing that this week. Until Henderson gets the lead role without qualifications, he’ll have a wide range of outcomes each week.

David Montgomery, RB, Bears

Montgomery couldn’t get anything going against the Colts defensive front, rushing 10 times for 27 yards. He did catch 3-of-6 targets for 30 yards, which isn’t going to boost him enough for fantasy, but the six targets are a decent sign that Monty will see more receiving work with Tarik Cohen out for the season.

Nick Foles, QB, Bears

Foles needs to just play in the fourth quarter for the rest of his career. He completed 26-of-42 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the Colts on Sunday. Foles hasn’t been able to show consistency as a starter and at this point it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts

Philip Rivers isn’t going to help Hilton put together a big season. Our hopes for that are gone. And it’s starting to look like Hilton isn’t even going to give us a WR3 fantasy season this year. Today he caught 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards and the rest of his games haven’t been much better.

Early games

The good news

Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys

Prescott has now thrown for 450 yards in three straight games. In his first two games, Prescott only had two touchdowns, but in his last two he’s had seven, including four today, to go with 502 yards. He’s racking up this yardage because he’s been trying to come from behind after getting big deficits, but thankfully this is fantasy and it doesn’t matter who wins the game.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns

OBJ had a huge fantasy day, as the coaches manufactured multiple touches for him, as he had two big runs, one a 50-yard touchdown, a trick play where Jarvis Landry threw a touchdowns to him and your run-of-the-mill touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield. Three touchdown games are the road to fantasy football Nirvana.

Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers

It didn’t look good there for a while, as Brady threw yet another pick-six while rookie Justin Herbert was playing great for the Chargers. But Brady kept his head up as usual and went to work.

Brady ended up completing 30-of-46 passes for 369 yards, 5 touchdowns and one interception. He did this without Chris Godwin, who is out with a hamstring. Mike Evans was also gimpy, but did perform well and O.J. Howard left with a ruptured Achilles. Brady still has some big games left in his backpack.

Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals

Mixon broke out of his touchdown drought, and in a huge way. He ran the ball 25 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while catching all six of his targets for 30 yards and another touchdown, giving him three on the day. The Jacksonville Jaguars should remain a team you target running backs against, unless they’re named Kenyan Drake.

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys

Lamb had his best game so far, as he caught 5-of-7 targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns. They were the first two touchdowns of his career and the start of many to come. This Cowboys offense looks like they’ll need to keep trying to outscore teams and they have an offense built just for that. Amari Cooper remains the No. 1 receiver, but Lamb and Michael Gallup will continue to have plenty of upside each week.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Football Team

The rookie had his breakout game this week, as he rushed 13 times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-5 passes for 82 more yards. His team was soundly beaten, but he and Terry McLaurin both were able to put up good fantasy numbers, which is what we care about here. If Gibson can’t get more involved in the receiving game, his fantasy numbers could become elite quickly.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns

Hunt wasn’t 100 percent coming into this game, and only had 11 rushing attempts all game, but he ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns anyway. With Nick Chubb out for most of the game, it was D’Ernest Johnson who took over for Chubb, rushing 13 times for 95 yards. If Chubb misses time with his knee injury, Johnson could have value, especially the way they’re running the football right now.

Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens

Andrews bounced back from his tough MNF display last week, catching all three of his targets for 57 yards and two touchdowns. This is his second two touchdown game after he had one opening day. It looks like he’s going to need to find the end zone to have real fantasy value, as he’s not getting a lot of targets, but four touchdowns will do.

The not so good news

Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals

Drake has been getting the ball a lot this season, but hasn’t done much of anything with those touches. This week was the culmination of a mediocre start to the season, as he ran the ball 13 times for 35 yards and didn’t receive a target. With Chase Edmonds backing him up and catching a touchdown pass, it’s hard to believe we won’t see Edmonds start gaining more touches as we go.

Joshua Kelley, RB, Chargers

Austin Ekeler went down with a hamstring injury in this game, giving Kelley the lead role, but he couldn’t do anything. He rushed nine times for seven yards and caught three passes for 26 yards. One of those rushing attempts was near the Chargers goal line with a lead, which he fumbled away, giving Tom Brady a chance to throw one of his five touchdowns. If Ekeler can’t go next week, Kelley is a good player to have on your team, but he also gets a tough matchup with the Saints, who have kept each team they’ve faced under four-yards per carry.

Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens

Sure, he scored a touchdown, but had just eight carries for 34 yards and one receptions for three yards. The Ravens backfield is a huge mess and there just aren’t enough touches to go around between Lamar Jackson, Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and Ingram.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

Cousins was able to get Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson over 100 yards receiving, but that didn’t translate into fantasy points, as he completed just 16 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown. This team wants to run and Dalvin Cook has been on fire this season. If the game is close, Cook’s getting the ball.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks

Lockett caught 2-of-4 targets for 39 yards against the Dolphins after a three touchdown day against the Cowboys last week. These things happen, but the Dolphins do have some decent corners. Lockett will get back on track.

Thursday night

The good news

Melvin Gordon, RB, Broncos

This game wasn’t supposed to be a big source of fantasy points, but it ended up being just that for a few players, including Gordon. Playing the Jets poor defense helped of course, but Gordon rushed 23 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, adding two receptions for 11 more yards. It was a nice result despite plenty of concerns for a low-scoring crapfest.

Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos

Patrick came up big with Noah Fant and KJ Hamler being forced from the game, as he caught 6-of-7 targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. He ended up out playing Jerry Jeudy, who caught 2-of-3 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. Patrick has back-to-back touchdowns now and is worth adding to your fantasy bench with Courtland Sutton out for the season.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets

Crowder has always been an extremely consistent player, but he’s now being relied upon more than in the past and he’s stepped up to the challenge.

Jeff Smith, WR, Jets

The UDFA speedster stepped up Thursday night, catching 7-of-9 targets for 81 yards. He’s had injury troubles that have kept him out last season and the start of this season, but this was a good start. He’s not a waiver add in most leagues, but is worth a bench spot in dynasty leagues. You don’t come upon 4.29 speed on the waiver wire that often.

The not so good

Chris Herndon, TE, Jets

We weren’t exactly expecting great things from him in this game, but he’s been an absolute dud despite most of the Jets receivers getting hurt at some point this season. Adam Gase has him blocking, but he also dropped a pass. Until he’s given a chance to really get going, he’s going to be a disappointment.

Frank Gore, RB, Jets

Gore is fine to bring in when you really need someone to pass protect or not lose yardage or fumble, but his upside is completely gone at this point. The Jets should be playing Lamical Perine to t least give him experience and raise their upside on offense.