Week 4 of the 2018 Fantasy Footballs Season zipped by faster than a Khalil Mack strip-sack. Here’s hoping that you are looking at more than just the bottom line of stats and box scores.
If you look between the lines and beyond the stats, what do your eyes tell you about the latest week of the season? Each week carries its own bit of valuable information. For example, how to set your lineup each week, when it’s time to improve a portion of your roster or perhaps when it’s time to cut someone loose before it’s too late. The following are observations that Ernie Estrella has made about the week that was, and how it will affect the weeks yet to come.
Here is What I learned in Week 4 of the 2018 Fantasy Football Season.
1. Rinse (in tears) and (fantasy) spin
1. It’s officially Halloween season because it was a gruesome scene at the Bengals-Falcons game when Tyler Eifert suffered yet another nightmare season-ending injury. After catching the ball, blockers rolled up on his ankle during the tackle and Eifert came out of it looking like he had been steamrolled. He signed a new contract and looked like he was healthy. It’s just a terrible situation for all involved that is sure to send his fantasy owners to the waiver wire this week. Touchdown vultures Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah will get featured more now. Other key injuries include:
• Seahawks safety Earl Thomas suffered a left leg fracture and could be done for the regular season. He could return, if the Seahawks make a deep run in the playoffs, but most are expecting the All-Pro safety to have played his last game as a Seahawk as he had been in a contract dispute all off-season and his feelings towards management leaves Thomas feeling even more sour.
• Seahawks rookie tight end Will Dissly got a patellar tendon injury in the first quarter, similar to Jimmy Graham’s 2015 injury and is done for the season.
• T.Y. Hilton injured his chest and hamstring and is expected to miss some time.
• Bucs TE O.J. Howard left the game with a knee injury but did not return. He’s getting an MRI on Monday to find out the severity of the injury. Update: He has a sprained MCL and will miss 2-4 Weeks. Cameron Brate will be a better play now, especially with Jameis Winston coming back.
• Want to know how the Browns let that win go to the Raiders? One of the reasons is CB Terrance Mitchell’s fractured forearm. If he is done for the season, look for the Browns’ defense to take a big hit as the corner play from E.J. Gaines and T.J. Carrie was not sufficient.
• Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski injured an ankle and did not return, but it’s not yet known if he will miss any time. Dwayne Allen would be the next man up.
• Leonard Fournette may have returned too soon from his hamstring injury. He left Sunday’s game with tightness and any further acceleration of recovery could mean this is a season-long concern. Tread carefully Fournette owners. Meanwhile, the arrow keeps pointing up for T.J. Yeldon owners, and on occasions, Blake Bortles owners.
• Oft-injured Will Fuller V left Sunday’s game against the Colts but not before he scored a touchdown. This time it’s a hamstring injury and as discussed earlier, these are tricky depending on the severity. No one wants to risk further injury or re-aggravating if the return is too early. That’s why rookie Keke Coutee played a big part in their victory. More on Keke later in this article.
• Bills safety Micah Hyde suffered a groin injury in the first quarter against the Packers and did not return.
• Packers WR Geronimo Allison is in concussion protocol.
• Dolphins center Daniel Kilgore tore his triceps muscle on Sunday and will be placed on the injured reserve. This is the second starting offensive lineman that the Dolphins have lost for the season. Left guard Josh Sitton tore his rotator cuff in Week 1. This injury will affect the pass protection and inside run game.
2. Teams that like to run hot
It’s hard to find superlatives for the Rams, Chiefs, Saints, and Ravens that haven’t been said. But it’s the way these teams have won most of their games that is what is impressive. They try to bury their opponents early and put the defense on their heels. These teams are 13-2 through Week 4 (the Chiefs play tonight). They have trailed a total of four times at halftime. Baltimore and Pittsburgh were tied at halftime. Defenses that put these teams in discomfort at the start of the game will be able to hang. The Chiefs have not faced adversity. The Rams and Saints can score on demand. The Ravens though, we’ve seen what happens when they get punch at the start as they can be left in the dust too.
Quite honestly, most of the games this season has leaned towards whomever is leading by halftime. There have been few games where the second half adjustments are being made.
Which brings us to our next point…