5. The new stars of PPR
There was a time when Patriots receivers like Julian Edelman or Wes Welker back in the day ruled the day as a PPR receiver whether they scored a touchdown or not. In Week 4, there was an explosion of offense, and 24 players finished the day with 100 yards receiving. Of that group, five receivers had 10 or more catches. Here are some names to be conscious of.
• Rookie Texans receiver Keke Coutee filled in for Bruce Ellington who was placed on injured reserve and may have cemented a role as a possession receiver, catching 11 of 15 targets for 109 yards. His six first downs were the most impressive stat which could be the key stat for him to keep that role. It’s just one week but it’s definitely something to monitor if you play in a PPR league.
• Tyler Boyd dismantled the Falcons thin secondary, converting 11-of-15 targets for 100 yards. This was his second 100-yard game and has fast-emerged as the Bengals No.2 option. With Tyler Eifert going down, yet again, the Bengals look prepared this time around. Boyd now leads the team in receptions, targets, yards, catches of 20-plus yards, yards per game average, YAC, and the all-important first downs.
6. Remember the Titans
I’m not talking about the movie, I’m talking about a team that is coming off of beating the Jaguars in a tough defensive battle and just beat the defending Super Bowl Champions. They went from crisis mode to being toasted the co-kings of the AFC South after September. There’s a lot to take in here, like seeing an injured Marcus Mariota put in a gutsy performance, doing it all against a good Eagles defense. He’s been criticized in the past about his decision-making, the play calls, and his ability to run the offense. There wasn’t much to criticize about Week 4 though. Also, headed into the season, we wondered who he was going to throw too. There were a lot of receivers, but no one stood out. But in the past week, Rishard Matthews requested for his release and Corey Davis asserted himself as the No. 1 receiving option. Also, by now, owners should know that it’s Dion Lewis, and not Derrick Henry that is the fantasy back to own and play.