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NFL Sunday: What to Watch Week 4

NFL Sunday’s What to Watch in Week 4: Matchups, Rookies, Injuries, Substitutions, and Covid-19 related Fantasy Options.

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NFL Sunday: What to Watch Week 4


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Hello all, and welcome to Week 4 of what to watch for. As we watched the riveting game of the Broncos vs the Jets on Thursday Night Football, I thought to myself – Glad I’m not covering this and went on to play Madden. Let’s move on to Sunday in hopes that we see some redeeming games.

There have been some COVID-related postponed games. the Tennessee Titans are continuing to get positive COVID tests almost daily, so the Titans vs Steelers game has been moved to week 7. The Patriots are also in a situation, see below.


Matchups to Watch

New England Patriots (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) *delayed* We are simply watching this game because if it’s played this week, how will the backup QB Brian Hoyer do? Also, how does this affect fantasy if the game is played on Tuesday evening after Week 4 of fantasy football has concluded?

Indianapolis Colts (2-1) at Chicago Bears (3-0) Sunday 1pm- Chicago is 3-0 but has a QB dilemma on their hands. They named Nick Foles the starter after he replaced Mitchell Trubisky in their comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons. The Colts have the best defense in the league so far in this young season, so it will be a good test for Foles.

Buffalo Bills (3-0) at Las Vegas Raiders (2-1) Sunday 4:25pm- The Bills dominated the first half of their game against the Rams in Week 3, but they were fortunate to come out with a victory. The Raiders are hoping to bounce back and stay above .500 after a loss to the Patriots.

Minnesota Vikings (0-3) at Houston Texans (0-3) Sunday 1pm- Somebody has to win. Listen to this list of players still hoping for their first W of the season: JJ Watt, Deshaun Watson, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, Kirk Cousins, Laremy Tunsil, Kyle Rudolph, Yannick Ngakoue, Harrison Smith. Wow.

Cleveland Browns (2-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-2) Sunday 1pm- The Cowboys have been in some really close games, and if not for an onside kick they would be 0-3 right now. They could beat the Browns, but Cleveland is very dangerous.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Jerick McKinnon, RB San Francisco 49ers- Filling in for Raheem Mostert and making the most of all of his touches even when Mostert was healthy. Jerick Mckinnon has scored 15+ points in PPR leagues all season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Miami Dolphins- If you want to start Fitzpatrick in a season-long league or a daily draft, now is the time. It’s usually 4-6 games into the season when Fitzpatrick starts to fade back to the bench. He will need to keep up with Russell Wilson, so expect a solid day from the beard.

Ronald Jones, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers- With Leonard Fournette out with an injury this week, that means about 21 carries for Ronald Jones. Jones owners can rejoice in their draft pick.

Gardner Minshew, QB Jacksonville Jaguars- Rough game last week against the Dolphins who completely threw this magical young man off by going more man defense instead of a soft zone they typically run. Minshew gets his number one receiver DJ Chark back from a chest/back injury.

Greg Ward, WR Philadelphia Eagles- As of Thursday, Ward was the only receiver on the 53 man roster healthy enough to practice. He will have to step up to help his team.

Rookies to Watch

James Robinson, RB Jacksonville Jaguars- He was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the month for September. Robinson has been crucial receiving the ball out of the backfield and making people miss. The rook has a nose for the end zone.

Joe Burrow, QB Cincinnati Bengals- Burrow is facing a secondary that is not very good in Jacksonville. Burrow has carved up teams for big numbers this season. Could this be his first professional win?

Jeffrey Okudah, CB Detroit Lions- Played very well last week against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals with 2 TFL and an interception. He also wants you to know he is tired of the disrespect.

AJ Espenesa, DE Buffalo Bills- AJ had a sack last week and is facing the Raiders line that is potentially without Trent Brown. If Brown does not play for the Raiders, Espenesa could pressure David Carr often.

Jonathan Taylor, RB Indianapolis Colts– Colts may have to rely on the running game of Jonathan Taylor because Chicago’s defense is no snub and I’m not sure Indy wants Rivers slinging it tomorrow.

Injuries/Substitutions to Watch

MIchael Thomas, WR New Orleans Saints- The Saints will miss Thomas for the 3rd straight week. Look for Emmanuel Sanders to fill in for Michael Thomas. Sanders and Drew Brees might have finally ignited a connection in Thomas absence last week against the Packers

Cam Newton, QB New England Patriots– Cam has tested positive for COVID-19. If this game is even played this week the ball will be in the hands of Brian Hoyer against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Raheem Mostert, RB San Francisco 49ers- Mostert out again this week with a knee injury. James Wilson and Jerick Mckinnon will fill in for the injured Mostert. The team is also going to be without QB Jimmy Garoppolo who is suffering from an ankle injury.

Budda Baker/Chris Banjo, S Arizona Cardinals- The Cardinals will be missing both of their safties this game who are ruled out. Dionte Thompson and Cutis Riley will fill in for the injured safties. Teddy Bridgewater is licking his chops.

Leonard Fournette, RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Surprise surprise. Fournette is gonna miss a random game in the season. Ronald Jones will take a grown mans share of the carries this week.


Enjoy Week 4!

I hope you find what you’re looking for in this Week 3 of NFL football. Stay tuned for NFL Sunday: What to watch in Week 5.

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