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Bell, Watson top fantasy football performers

Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton led the way for quarter backs in Week 4, both scoring 33 points in NFL.com standard leagues. Watson had a total of five touchdowns, four passing, which added to the Houston Texans’ score of 57 points against the Tennessee Titans.

Newton accounted for four Carolina Panthers touchdowns, three passing, and rushed for 44 yards en route to a win in Foxborough.

Aaron Rodgers also put on an impressive display at QB. While he only finished with 179 passing yards, the Green Bay Packers’ QB finished with four passing touchdowns in the team’s 35-14 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Derek Carr had another disappointing performance, throwing for a measly 143 yards after an awful Sunday night performance in Week 3. For Carr’s owners, it may be worth looking elsewhere for Week 5, especially since Carr left the game with an injury.

Le’Veon Bell completely dominated in Baltimore. He had 186 total yards and two touchdowns for more than 30 points in most formats. With Matt Forte out, Bilal Powell took over the New York Jets backfield with 163 yards rushing, plus a touchdown. It remains to be seem if Powell can be a consistent RB2 for fantasy owners, but for now, he is a must start.

Early round fantasy picks DeMarco Murray and Melvin Gordon were absolutely shut down again this week. Murray was held to single digit points for the third time this season.

It’s too soon to jump off the ship for Murray, but owners may want to search the waivers for Alvin Kamara. Gordon was a non-factor, being held to 22 yards, while the Los Angeles Chargers moved to 0-4.

Keenan Allen had his first big game in a few years with 138 yards receiving on Sunday. He didn’t reach the end zone, but Allen and Philip Rivers are picking up where they left off.

DeAndre Hopkins is a clear favorite target of Watson. Leading the league in targets usually comes with positive results. Hopkins racked up another 100 plus yard performance with a touchdown.

Week 4 was a slow week for tight ends. Charles Clay lead the pack with 112 yards. With Sammy Watkins gone, Clay is easily Tyrod Taylor’s favorite downfield target.

Tyler Kroft showed up for the Cincinnatti Bengals in the absence of Tyler Eifert by gaining 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Jason Witten contributed just nine yards in a Dallas Cowboys’ loss, as he continues to be a hit or miss fantasy player.

Antonio Gates also was a non-factor, as the Chargers receivers got all the love this week. Gates finished with 18 yards on the game.

Greg Zuerlein of the Los Angeles Rams made seven field goals in the Rams’ win in Dallas. Zuerlein was a monster fantasy player this week, contributing 23 points from the kicker slot. The nearly automatic Zuerlein has impressed owners by scoring a bevy of points as a kicker, proving that kickers can be fantasy difference makers.

October 9, 2017

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