Week 4 Fantasy Football Duds

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Here we are again, Monday morning.  A time to look back at our fantasy rosters and curse those players that we trusted to perform, but who spurned us by pooping in their big boy pants.  The Footballers go through these stinky performances each and every Monday on the podcast.


Marcus Mariota vs HOU
-202 passing yards, INT, 20 rushing yards
Mariota hasn’t convinced me that he owns big boy pants at this point.

Matthew Stafford @ CHI
213 passing yards, 2 INTs, 17 rushing yards
This is the surprise.  Chicago’s defense isn’t intimidating and yet Stafford struggled.  He has some tough matchups ahead as well (PHI, LA)

Jameis Winston vs DEN
179 passing yards, 2 INTs, 19 rushing yards, rushing TD
Let this be a lesson to you.  Do not start your QBs against Denver.

Ryan PicksPatrick vs SEA
-261 passing yards, TD, 3 INTs
Again, I’m pretty sure Geno could do this.  Then the Jets could buy something real nice with the $14 million they saved.

Ryan Tannehill @ CIN
189 passing yards, TD, INT
I’m convinced Ryan Tannehill left this game with an injury and was replaced by a member of the training staff.  His first two pass attempts went for 81 yards and a TD, his next 23 attempts only amounted to 108 yards and an INT.

Running Backs

Charles Sims vs DEN
-15 carries, 28 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 7 receiving yards
It was a tough matchup, though owners hoped Sims would get more done through the air.  The lost fumble didn’t help.

Cameron Artis-Payne vs ATL
-6 carries, 12 rushing yards
Like Mariota, I’m not sure that CAP deserves to be in the discussion of those wearing big boy pants.

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Latavius Murray @ BAL
8 carries, 19 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards
This was coming eventually.  Murray’s usage has been way down from last season.  He had been getting by with TDs and extreme efficiency.

Tevin Coleman vs CAR
-8 carries, 19 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 14 receiving yards
This was a tough matchup for Coleman who also took a back seat to Freeman.  More concerning for Coleman owners is that the Falcons travel to Mile High in Week 5.  The elevation may pose a risk to Coleman’s health due to his sickle cell trait.

Matt Forte vs SEA
-4 carries, 27 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 16 receiving yards
I think owners knew this could be a rough week going in due to the matchup.  What Forte owners need to monitor is his status for Week 5 as it has been reported that he needed X-rays following the game.

Jay Ajayi @ CIN
-6 carries, 33 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards
All things considered, Ajayi performed well in this one.  It’s just that Adam Gase hates you.

Giovani Bernard vs MIA
-10 carries, 18 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 24 receiving yards
Unfortunately for Bernard, the Bengals running game had an inefficient day and the Dolphins didn’t force them to do anything more than just be mediocre as A.J. Green was open over the top all day.

LeGarrette Blount vs BUF
-13 carries, 54 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 4 receiving yards
Blount and the Patriots weren’t going to get away with this forever.  Other teams want to win too.

Wide Receivers

Torrey Smith vs DAL
-1 reception, 3 receiving yards, 2 targets
If you are still holding out hope for Torrey Smith… It’s over.  You have to move on.

DeAndre Hopkins vs TEN
-1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 6 targets
Eventually, teams will have to stop Will Fuller V.  Hopefully that will open things up for Hopkins in this offense.

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DeSean Jackson vs CLE
-1 reception, 5 receiving yards, 2 targets
This is why I avoid Jackson in leagues (especially PPR).  He has great games but then will disappear leaving owners holding the bag.

Julian Edelman vs BUF
-1 reception, 16 receiving yards, 4 targets
Rejoice! This will be the last time you see Edelman featured in this article for a long time.

Tyler Lockett @ NYJ
1 reception, 13 receiving yards, 3 targets
If Doug Baldwin is to be believed and Lockett is actually playing on a torn PCL, this stat line is heroic.

Golden Tate @ CHI
1 reception, 1 receiving yard, 2 pt conv, 4 targets
Tate has long since been surpassed by Galvatron on the depth chart in Detroit.  When this offense has bad games, there’s going to be no way for Tate to overcome.

Willie Snead @ SD
1 reception, 23 receiving yards, 1 target

Brandin Cooks @ SD
3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 6 targets

The Saints WRs couldn’t get much going against the Chargers, but there will be better days ahead for this duo.

Alshon Jeffery vs DET
3 receptions, 46 receiving yards, 5 targets
I don’t believe Jeffery is dealing with an injury.  I think he just misses his B.F.F. Jay Cutler.

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Travis Benjamin vs NO
4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 7 targets
While Benjamin let owners down, you have to be encouraged that the targets were still there.  The speedy Benjamin is always a threat for a big play.

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski vs BUF
1 reception, 11 receiving yards, 2 targets
[see Julian Edelman discussion]

Dennis Pitta vs OAK
-3 receptions, 17 receiving yards, 5 targets
Steve Smith has taken over this passing game, but Pitta should continue to see opportunities going forward.

Dwayne Allen @ JAX (London)
-2 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 4 targets
Next Gen Stats just confirmed that Dwayne Allen is the slowest person on this entire planet of earth.  Ok… I made that up.  But he certainly feels like it.  If you have to start Allen, pray for a TD.

Coby Fleener @ SD
3 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 5 targets
In a day when the Saints fullback poaches 3 TDs, you are bound to be disappointed by the other traditional TD scoring roles like TE and RB.

Dishonorable Mentions

Mohamed Sanu vs CAR
2 receptions, 22 receiving yards, 3 targets

Jamison Crowder vs CLE
2 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 3 targets

Vincent Jackson vs DEN
3 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 5 targets

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DeAndre Washington @ BAL
5 carries, 30 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 16 receiving yards

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