There were a total of 787 points scored in Week 5. That comes out to 52.47 per game. That’s a whole lot; only three games on the schedule had an over/under higher than 54.
And yet, it seemed like there was a lot of grumbling about how Week 4 went for Fantasy. Injuries didn’t help, of course — Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler were sidelined in the first half of their games and surely cost plenty of players, while also leaving potential multi-week holes in their lineups — but it’s not like it was a Week 3-style scene. And, for the most part, the leaders in Fantasy scoring were also Fantasy relevant names, which is always welcome.
However, there were some high-profile busts, which always hurts. Darrell Henderson (our Start of the Week for Week 4) was chief among them, but we also didn’t see the fireworks we were expecting for the Seahawks-Dolphins game and the Rams failed to put up big numbers on the Giants like we hoped they would, both of which were big disappointments.
Let’s dive into each game from Week 4 so far to see who helped their Fantasy stock, who might have hurt it, and what you might have missed while watching your Fantasy scoreboard.
Broncos 37-Jets 28
The Broncos came away winners, but it cost them as they lost two more contributors to injury.
- Winner: Tim Patrick. Patrick was actually the go-to receiver for the Broncos in this one, catching six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while leading the team in targets with seven. Patrick has had flashes in the past, and at 6-foot-4 with a 4.52 40, he’s got size and speed in addition to a pretty good college production profile, but he’ll need to do it a few more times before we buy in.
- Losers: Everyone on the Jets except Jamison Crowder. It’s true that the Jets have issues beyond the coaching, but it’s also true that until the coaches changes, there just won’t be much to get excited about here. Le’Veon Bell may be back in Week 5, but even then, it’s not like we can trust this team to get the most out of him. Crowder looks like a must start, and Bell should be in the No. 2 RB discussion when healthy, but beyond that you can just ignore this team until things get a lot better.
- One thing you may have missed: Jerry Jeudy‘s 61-yards-and-a-score line was more impressive than it sounds, given the degree of difficulty on his long touchdown catch. However, the fact that he needed to make a circus catch to avoid a one-catch game shows you how risky he is for Fantasy, at least until Drew Lock gets back and proves he has a rapport with the rookie.
- Number to know: Patrick had been involved in the offense more than his numbers might have made it seem — he entered Week 4 with three pass interference drawn to lead the NFL.
Seahawks 31-Dolphins 23
Even in an uncharacteristically quiet game from his big receivers, Russell Wilson had another good Fantasy performance.
- Winner: DeVante Parker. I’ve been hyping Parker every week in this column, seemingly, so it was nice to see him finally put together a big game, catching 10 of 12 passes for 110 yards, and he did it all despite leaving briefly in the first half with an ankle injury. Parker has 24 catches for 279 yards with one touchdown through four games despite getting off a slow start due to a hamstring injury, and has 86 catches for 1,280 yards and nine touchdowns in his last 16 games. He’s a stud, and even with a tough schedule coming up — @SF, @DEN, vs. LAC, vs. LAR — you probably can’t sit him. He’s consistently done well against top corners over the last year.
- Loser: Mike Gesicki. We were hoping Week 2 would be Gesicki’s breakout game, but he’s followed up his eight-catch, 130-yard game with just one catch for 15 yards in each of his last two. Gesicki has just three targets in each game in that stretch and cannot be viewed as a reliable starting Fantasy option at this point. Throw him in the pile of “Hope for a touchdown” options until he proves he doesn’t belong.
- One thing you may have missed: This could have been an even bigger game for Wilson, but he was picked off in the end zone on one drive and then had DK Metcalf get tackled at the 1-yard line on another. He’ll have to settle for only 16 touchdowns in four games.
- Number to know: Chris Carson played 35 snaps despite coming off a knee injury and leaving briefly after a hit to the head in the second quarter. In Carlos Hyde’s absence, Travis Homer played 17 snaps and DeeJay Dallas played 11. Hyde might miss more time moving forward, but there’s no obvious option in case something happens to Carson.
Bengals 33-Jaguars 25
Joe Mixon made up for lost time with a three-touchdown game as he dominated this one.
- Injuries: Laviska Shenault Jr. (Hamstring) — Shenault left late in the fourth quarter after another solid game, so we’ll keep an eye out for that one. He’s a solid waiver-wire option if healthy.
- Winner: Mixon. 25 carries for 151 yards and two scores, and six catches for 30 yards and a touchdown. And you were worried? Look, Mixon is going to go through stretches where he doesn’t put up huge numbers in this offense; that’s just how things have been for him throughout his career, and it’s just par for the course on a team that doesn’t create a ton of scoring opportunities and often plays from behind. But he’s got a huge touch floor — at least 19 in each game — and the blow-up games are going to be huge. He’s also on pace for 53 receptions, which would be a career high.
- Loser: A.J. Green. Yeah, we’re done here. I’m not saying he can’t be a useful Fantasy option ever again, but I don’t see any reason to think he needs to be rostered in a standard 12-team Fantasy league right now. At least in the first two games, he was getting a ton of targets, but now he has just 11 in the last two combined. Green has 14 catches for just 119 yards on 33 targets, and has been one of the worst wide receivers in the NFL through the first quarter of the season. His 3.61 yards per target is the second-worst for any player with at least 33 targets through his team’s first four games since targets began being tracked in 1992.
- One thing you may have missed: Joe Burrow could and probably should have had an even bigger game, but he had a touchdown on the second drive nullified by a holding penalty, had near-touchdowns by both Tee Higgins and Drew Sample that they couldn’t hang on to, and also had an interception that was just taken out of Sample’s arms in the end zone. It’s hard to complain about anything Burrow has done as a rookie, through you probably won’t want to trust him in Week 5 against the Ravens.
- Number to know: Joe Mixon ran 24 routes and was targeted six times, compared to just five routes with no targets for Giovani Bernard. This was probably more about the Bengals being in the lead for once, but as with his overall role, it’s something to watch.
Vikings 31-Texans 23
- Injuries: Jordan Akins (Concussion) — Unable to return.
- Winner: Will Fuller. There was another injury scare as Fuller missed time this week in practice with a hamstring injury, but he went out and put together another big game — six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown this time out. Fuller has at least 15.4 PPR points in three of four games, with the only exception that weird Week 2 when he wasn’t targeted at all and seemed to be dealing with some kind of unconfirmed injury.
- Loser: Brandin Cooks. I thought Cooks could have a bounce back season, but he’s basically been invisible when Fuller has been on the field. His only Fantasy-relevant performance came in that Week 2, and he has just 43 yards on 13 targets across the other three games. You can drop him at this point.
- One thing you may have missed: Fuller’s big game could’ve been a huge one, and it almost was. He was credited with a touchdown on an incredible contested catch late in the fourth quarter on fourth down, only for replay to show that he didn’t quite come down with it.
- Number to know: Justin Jefferson had over 20 yards on each of his catches, and averaged 17.6 air yards per target. This Vikings passing game is built around taking deep shots in play action, so Jefferson and Adam Thielen are both going to have opportunities to make big plays.
Browns 49-Cowboys 38
Yeah, that score is real. The Browns became the seventh team in the last decade to run for over 300 yards in a game, and Nick Chubb missed the entire second half.
- Injuries: Nick Chubb (Knee) — He has an MCL injury that will likely cost him six weeks. Kareem Hunt will be the No. 1 back here, and is a top-five back for Fantasy as long as Chubb is out. D’Ernest Johnson will be one of the top waiver-wire priorities as a potential flex option. Johns led the team with 13 carries for 95 yards Sunday.
- Winner: Odell Beckham. Beckham helped put the Browns in position where they could just run the ball over and over, as he got behind the defense on a 37-yard pass from Jarvis Landry — yup — on the team’s first drive. He found the end zone again two drives later for a 4-yard score, too, and then helped ice the game with a 50-yard run on a reverse that was nearly blown up in the backfield. Beckham doesn’t get force fed targets like he used to with the Giants, but he’s got 214 yards on 20 targets over the last three games, and simply looks more dynamic than he did last year. Check the replay on that long touchdown run for proof, because that’s something we haven’t seen him do in a while:
- Loser: Michael Gallup. I still think there’s enough room for both Gallup and CeeDee Lamb to prosper in this offense, but it’s getting harder to make that case now that Gallup has seen five or fewer targets in three of four games. He had a huge performance in Week 3, but other than that he hasn’t topped double digits in a PPR league. With Amari Cooper earning 51 targets through four games and Lamb, Dalton Schultz, and Ezekiel Elliot seeing five-ish targets every week, Gallup is getting squeezed. His role as the primary deep option makes him inconsistent, but the upside is there every week.
- One thing you may have missed: In what is becoming a recurring theme for the Cowboys, the game turned on a few drives where they just couldn’t hang on to the ball. Dak Prescott‘s fumble led to one Browns touchdown, and Ezekiel Elliott‘s on the next drive led to another and there’s your final margin. The Cowboys have seven fumbles in four games, after fumbling just 15 times in 16 games a year ago.
- Number to know: Michael Gallup led the Cowboys in routes run despite seeing just five targets. If you’re looking for a silver lining, it’s that Gallup remains the primary deep threat for the this offense, which means he’s going to have the chance for huge games every week — he had a team-high 16.8 yards per target. He might be worth buying.
Ravens 31-Washington 17
Even in a game they won comfortably, nobody on the Ravens got more than nine carries.
- Winner: Antonio Gibson. The running was supposed to be the hard part, but Gibson has been the team’s primary rusher in every game except the opener. The limited role in the passing game was the surprise, but we’re starting to see that change, as he had a career-high five targets, four catches, and 82 yards. His 17 touches Sunday were his high after just 12 the week before, and you’ve gotta think 15-plus becomes the norm moving forward. Gibson looks like solid RB2 with upside at the quarter-way mark.
- Loser: Mark Ingram. I thought this would be an Ingram game, and the game actually mostly went how I expected. Except, he ended up with just eight rushes, one fewer than Gus Edwards. He has been between seven and 10 in every game, with Edwards and J.K. Dobbins mixing in consistently, and I don’t see how you can view Ingram as anything more than a touchdown-dependent low-end flex option at this point.
- One thing you may have missed: Gibson had a 40-yard catch one on first-half drive, showing off his big-play ability, but was pulled at the goal-line for Peyton Barber, a nightmare scenario. Except, Barber was stuffed for a 1-yard loss, and Gibson came back the next play to get the touchdown. Gibson got three carries inside the 5-yard line in this game after just two in the first two, and hopefully they’re done trying to give Barber that role.
- Number to know: Ravens RB snaps — Gus Edwards (22), J.K. Dobbins (21), Mark Ingram (14). This was one where the Ravens pulled the starters early, but this continues to concerning trend for Ingram’s usage. I’m just not sure how you can trust him at this point.
Saints 35-Lions 29
The Lions blew another double-digit lead, and the Saints almost did the same.
- Winner: Drew Brees. I’ll admit, I was ready to call it on Brees. I even dropped him for Gardner Minshew when Michael Thomas went down in Week 2. I felt pretty good about that in Week 2, but the Saints figured out how to get him comfortable with a lot of short passes to Alvin Kamara in space in Week 3, and Brees just flat out looked great Sunday without Thomas or Jared Cook. Now he likely gets Thomas back in Week 5 against a Chargers team that got shredded without Chris Harris Sunday and has Emmanuel Sanders and Tre’Quan Smith making plays, too. The only problem? I’m not sure he’s a must-hold over the bye in Week 6.
- Loser: Marvin Jones. Jones was a favorite mid-round pick of mine this draft season, but he’s been a total bust so far, and the return of Kenny Golladay hasn’t made his life any better. He’ll have some big games, but with just five targets in Golladay’s two games, Jones is droppable with Detroit’s bye in Week 5. Though the upcoming schedule — Jaguars and Falcons in Weeks 6 and 7 — makes it a bit harder to pull the trigger.
- One thing you may have missed: It was disappointing to see T.J. Hockenson have just 9 yards on his four targets, but the Lions did make a point of targeting him in important situations — he had two end zone targets, coming down with one, and had a two-point conversation, too. Matthew Stafford threw to 11 different players, including multiple targets to eight, so you’d sure like to see them consolidate the targets and get Hockenson more involved. He’s earned it.
- Number to know: Alvin Kamara averaged 9.3 air yards per target, a healthy mark for a running back. This was a disappointing game as Kamara caught just three balls and watched Latavius Murray score twice, but he’s still a unique weapon out of the backfield that makes him an elite option even when Murray is featured.
Panthers 31-Cardinals 21
The Cardinals passing game was supposed to be explosive, but it continues to be anything but, even in a game where they needed more.
- Injuries: Kenyan Drake (Not disclosed) — Drake took a hard hit on the final drive and stayed down for a few moments before getting helped to the sidelines. It’s not clear what, exactly happened, but we’ll have to keep an eye out over the next few days, because Chase Edmonds would obviously be a must-add player if Drake misses any time.
- Winner: Robby Anderson. I’m not at all ready to give up on D.J. Moore, but we have to accept what is plainly apparent: Anderson is the go-to guy in this offense. He’s been exactly what we expected Moore to be, in fact, lining up all over the field and running the whole route tree, while Moore has actually been more of the deep guy. I’m still starting Moore across the board — especially in Week 5 against the Falcons — but Anderson is the better option right now.
- Loser: The non-DeAndre Hopkins receivers in Arizona’s offense. In a game where Hopkins was nursing an ankle injury, the Cardinals still fed him nine targets on 31 pass attempts. That despite the fact that he had just 41 yards on his seven catches. This was an opportunity for someone — anyone! — to step up, and nobody did. Christian Kirk was coming back from his own groin injury and might not have been at full speed, but he sort of looks like the only hope here. What was expected to be a high-powered passing game has turned into kind of a dud, with Murray averaging 6.4 yards per attempt, including just 5.07 to all non-Hopkins receivers.
- One thing you may have missed: The Panthers were missing two starting offensive linemen and the Cardinals managed zero sacks. There was some thought that this might be an improved Cardinals defense, but this was a step back. The schedule remains very light with the Jets on the way in Week 5, but then it’s the Cowboys and Seahawks, who may expose them. The offense may need to be more aggressive moving forward.
- Number to know: D.J. Moore saw just six targets in Week 4, and unlike in previous games, Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t looking for him deep in this one, which helps explain the lackluster showing. If Moore is going to be the No. 2 option in the passing game, he needs more of those deep targets or he’ll continue to disappoint.
Buccaneers 38-Chargers 31
After a rocky start, Tom Brady put together a vintage performance in the second half for the win.
- Injuries: Austin Ekeler (Hamstring/knee) — Did not return, and was spotted on crutches after the game. Likely to miss multiple games with a hamstring injury and possible hyper-extended knee — and let’s hope that’s all it is. … LeSean McCoy (Ankle) — Did not return. … O.J. Howard (Achilles) — Howard’s season is likely over due to a ruptured Achilles. If Rob Gronkowski can’t get going with Howard and Chris Godwin out, he never will.
- Winner: Mike Evans. I was, admittedly, worried about Evans coming into this game, because his target share was way down and he was seeing significantly fewer downfield targets than he was used to. In Week 4, Brady showed he was willing to throw the ball deep, especially as he started to get in rhythm in the second half, and that’s a great sign. You’d still probably rather see more than eight targets on 46 attempts — that’s a 17.4% target show, just a tick up from his season mark entering the game and well south of where Evans has historically lived — especially with Chris Godwin out. But if the big plays are there, it won’t matter much.
- Loser: Leonard Fournette. Ronald Jones wasn’t great in the passing game in this one, with three drops, but that’s not exactly the place we were worried Fournette was going to really push him. And Jones ran extremely well otherwise, picking up 111 yards on 20 carries to finish with 128 total yards. Jones’ nine targets were at least somewhat the result of McCoy’s absence, but the fact of the matter is, he probably didn’t lose himself any playing time moving forward, and that’s bad news for Fournette.
- One thing you may have missed: Evans production was even better when you remember that he limped off the field in the first quarter with a foot or ankle injury and went to the locker room. You could see him favoring it and running at less than full speed at various points, which could explain why he didn’t have more targets.
- Number to know: 40% of Justin Herbert’s attempts in Week 4 were behind the line of scrimmage, the highest mark in football. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Ekeler out, because if Jackson or Kelley can step up in the passing game, it will be a super valuable role.
Rams 17-Giants 9
The Rams didn’t have to deviate from their conservative game plan, so they didn’t.
- Winner: Devonta Freeman. Such are the meager joys in this one. Freeman finished with 68 yards, with 11 carries for 33 yards and four catches for 35. Wayne Gallman was more productive in the running game, but he played just 10 snaps and isn’t a real threat. Freeman played 37 snaps and ran 22 routes to Dion Lewis‘ 16, so at least for this week, he was the go-to back. It’ll probably stay that way, though it’s hard to view Freeman as much more than a flex option in this offense.
- Loser: Darrell Henderson. Yikes. Malcolm Brown had 14 touches to Henderson’s nine, and outsnapped him 35 to 22. That’s … not great for a guy we thought had taken the starting job to run with it last week. The Rams clearly trust Brown more in passing situations, and they aren’t just handing Henderson all of the carries, which leaves him in the small side of a platoon that could add a third participant when Cam Akers is healthy. The good news is, Week 5 against Washington should have plenty of chances for Henderson, but you’re viewing both as more like low-end No. 2 running backs.
- One thing you may have missed: 22.9% of the Rams yards came on one Cooper Kupp catch and run, with an emphasis on the run. The Rams just aren’t throwing the ball down the field much at all, as they’ve made the running game and the short passing game their focus in the early going. That probably won’t change in Week 5, and frankly, they might not need to be super aggressive until Week 9 against the Seahawks — they’ve got the 49ers, Bears, and Dolphins after Washington.
- Number to know: Malcolm Brown had 35 snaps while Darrell Henderson had just 22. Clearly, the Rams trust Brown in passing situations more than anyone else, and that’s been clear all season. What was surprising was that Henderson also saw fewer carries than Brown. With Cam Akers returning eventually, it’s hard to view anyone here as more than a flex option.
Bills 30-Raiders 23
Josh Allen couldn’t make it four 300-yard games in a row, but he was still a dominant force in this one.
- Winner: Josh Allen. Add three more touchdowns to Allens’ ledger. They didn’t need him to put the ball in the air 40-plus times this week, but he remained efficient, putting up 8.5 yards per attempt with two touchdown passers and no turnovers. He has a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver in Stefon Diggs, and didn’t even need the running game in this one.The only downside is the Bills Week 5 game is currently at least somewhat in question because of the Titans ongoing COVID outbreak.
- Loser: Josh Jacobs. Jacobs has 34.9 PPR points in his last three games, after having 35.9 in Week 1. So, time to panic, right? Nope, not at all. He has at least three catches in every game so far and he’s on pace for 1,200 rushing yards. Jacobs hasn’t had a huge game as a rusher yet, but the volume will always be there, and the passing game role gives him a floor he didn’t have as a rookie. If anyone is starting to panic about Jacobs, go make a buy-low offer. You won’t regret it. He’s in the same spot Mixon was coming into this game.
- One thing you may have missed: The only thing that may be able to slow Allen down right now is injury, and he avoided a scare in Week 4 when he went to the locker room with a wrist injury but was able to return without missing a snap.
- Number to know: Josh Allen had the second-shallowest air yards per attempt in the league and still managed to have a big game on only 34 attempts. Allen has taken a step forward, but he also has a much-improved set of weapons around him that can make big plays even without him taking big shots.
Colts 19-Bears 11
Turns out, Nick Foles wasn’t the answer to all that ails the Bears offense.
- Winner: Allen Robinson. Foles has been good for Robinson, at least. Sure, it was nearly all in garbage time — he had five catches for 69 yards in the Bears last-minute drive to cut the score to eight — but you’ll take it. If nothing else, the fact that Foles is more likely to throw the ball when pressured than Mitchell Trubisky, who will tuck it and run occasionally, is good news for the Bears pass catchers, even if Foles is unlikely to elevate the offense much. Either way, Robinson is a must-start WR.
- Loser: T.Y. Hilton. I keep wanting to find reasons to be optimistic, but the results are what they are. Hilton is still making his impact felt, drawing another pass interference, but the Colts overall pass volume is down, and they aren’t exactly peppering him with targets. I would prefer not to drop Hilton, but it’s hard to argue against it with just 13 targets over the last three games.
- One thing you may have missed: The Bears got Cordarrelle Patterson a carry on their third offensive play and then targeted him on the next play, but he had just two targets and three carries while playing 10 offensive snaps total. David Montgomery played 52 snaps, and though he only had 10 carries, he earned a season-high six targets. If that is Patterson’s role moving forward, Montgomery is going to be a top-15 back through volume alone.
- Number to know: David Montgomery played 86% of the Bears snaps and earned six targets in Week 4, both of which are career-high numbers. With no Tarik Cohen, Montgomery should have a huge role the rest of the season.
Eagles 25-49ers 20
The short-handed 49ers made just a few more mistakes than the short-handed Eagles.
- Winner: George Kittle. Kittle made up for lost time in a big way Sunday, racking up 15 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown in his return from a two-game absence. He now has 227 receiving yards and will likely finish Week 4 fourth at the position in receiving yards for the season — in half as many games as the competition. It seemed like he took an extra week to get back to full strength, and it was well worth the wait.
- Loser: Zach Ertz. Ertz has as many receptions as Kittle does with 88 fewer yards. After his four-catch, 9-yard showing Sunday, he’s down to a 7.3 yards per catch average; he was at 10.4 last season and has never been below 10.0. If you’re looking for reason to be optimistic, he went through a similar stretch back at the end of the 2018 season, averaging 8.0 yards per catch on 23 catches over a four-game span, and then had 18 catches for 192 yards and a touchdown in his next three games in the playoffs. It’s a bad stretch, but the targets probably aren’t going anywhere, and as long as that’s the case, you can’t sit him, even with two tough matchups in the next two games.
- One thing you may have missed: Kendrick Bourne was credited with a 3-yard touchdown on 2nd and goal in the fourth quarter, but review showed he was down just short of the goal line. That allowed Jerick McKinnon the chance to cap off the 12-play drive with a touchdown, giving him one in each game so far. He finished with 54 yards on 14 carries plus seven catches for 43 yards on nine targets as he dominated touches out of the 49ers backfield. It’s going to be really interesting to see what his role looks like if Raheem Mostert returns in Week 5 — I would expect McKinnon has earned a dozen touches every week no matter what.
- Number to know: Jerick McKinnon played 66 snaps, while Jeff Wilson played just six. McKinnon won’t remain the lead back when Raheem Mostert is healthy enough to play, but he’s more than proven he can handle a significant role, and he isn’t going away as long as he can stay healthy.
Chiefs 26-Patriots 10
The Chiefs didn’t need to do much on offense, as the Patriots offense mostly sputtered without Cam Newton.
- Winner: Damien Harris. Harris made his season debut and proved worth the wait, rushing for 100 yards on 17 carries, including a long run of 41 yards. He wasn’t involved in the passing game, and with White and Burkhead still playing significant roles, that probably won’t change. But, we know the Patriots want to run the ball no matter who is under center, and if Harris is the lead option on the ground, he’s going to get a lot of work.
- Loser: Julian Edelman. With no Newton, Edelman tied with N’Keal Harry for third on the team in targets with just six. He caught three of them for 35 yards and has just 58 yards over his last two games. When Newton is cleared to return, Edelman should benefit, but this offense probably isn’t going to be good enough for Edelman to be a useful Fantasy option without him.
- One thing you might have missed: The Patriots offense is probably going to be one you target when looking for streaming DST with Newton out, but the Chiefs did get a bit lucky in this one — Tyrann Mathieu’s pick-six was caught off deflection by a rare drop by Edelman.
Packers 30-Falcons 16
No Davante Adams? No Allen Lazard? No problem for Aaron Rodgers? As for Matt Ryan, well … some problems.
- Winners: Robert Tonyan. That’s three games in a row with a touchdown for Tonyan, who scored three Monday night. He had his most complete game yet, hauling in six passes on as many targets for 98 yards to go along with the three scores. The big yardage and season-high in targets was probably the result of Davante Adams’ and Allen Lazard’s absence, but Tonyan has Rodgers’ trust in the red zone, and that’s a good thing to have. Even when Adams returns, Tonyan should be third or fourth in line for targets, making him a viable starting tight end. After all, if you’ve gotta hope for a touchdown from someone, the guy catching passes from Rodgers is a pretty good option. The only problem? The Packers are on bye in Week 5.
- Losers: Matt Ryan. Sure, Julio Jones didn’t play the second half and Calvin Ridley clearly wasn’t at 100%, but Ryan just didn’t look great in this one, and that’s been a trend for most of the season so far. He’ll be better when his top weapons get healthy, but Ryan also was weirdly hesitant to pull the trigger when guys were open Monday; like he didn’t have trust they would come down with it. The upcoming schedule (vs. CAR, @MIN, vs. DET, @CAR) is soft enough that you’re still starting Ryan, most likely, but this was a tough showing.
- One thing you might have missed: The worst moment might have been when Ryan hesitated to hit an open Calvin Ridley in the end zone and then underthrew him, allowing a defender to knock the ball out. That cost Ridley his only catch of the game — and it cost me two separate Fantasy matchups, to boot. Ridley should be better in Week 5 after missing much of practice with a calf and ankle injury, but Jones leaving at halftime was a bad sign for his chances of getting over this hamstring injury.
- One more note … We saw the Packers get the running backs involved in the passing game, with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams combining for 10 catches, 135 yards, and a touchdown. That included several passes well beyond the line of scrimmage, something we saw often when Adams was out last year — and rarely otherwise. In the four games Adams missed last season, Jones had 22 catches for 280 yards and three touchdowns, while Williams had 11 catches for 72 yards and three scores of his own in just three games; they combined for 55 catches, 375 yards, and two touchdowns the rest of the season. I’d like to see that become more of a consistent part of the offense even when Adams comes back, but I’m not hopeful.