We’re back with another instalment of Beard’s Boys and it was a very interesting week for some fantasy players. Some big names severely disappointed, which left a lot of my teams scrambling for the wins.
Let’s take a look at who really impressed, with a very notable surprise in there.
QB: Sam Darnold
I very nearly went with Patrick Mahomes here after his 5 TD day, however I was really impressed with another QB.
We were set to find out a whole lot about Sam Darnold this week in a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
Even in a loss, Darnold was seriously impressive.
Missing Christian McCaffrey it was always going to need a huge effort from Darnold to overcome the Cowboys. Darnold did everything he could to get the Panthers over the line but it wasn’t enough. Completing 26 out of 39 passes for 301 yards and 2 TDs. The negative here is that he also threw 2 INTs.
The most surprising part of Darnold’s game this year is his rushing upside. He added another 2 rushing TDs to his season tally, which he now leads the league on the season with 5.
Time will tell if Darnold can keep performing up to this standard.
RB: Cordarrelle Patterson
In one of the craziest stats of 2021 I present to you the RB3 in PPR formats. Patterson is coming off a monster game where he put up a very interesting stat line.
Carrying the ball 6 times for 34 yards, Patterson once again showed where his true value lies, catching 5 passes off 6 targets for 82 yards and an incredible 3 TDs
Patterson now has 18 catches in the season for 4 TDs which is such a valuable position to be in for anyone who has him rostered.
WR: Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill put in one of his monster games that he’s been known to have in week 4. Targeted an impressive 12 times he hauled in 11 catches for a huge 186 yards, adding 3 TDs.
There really isn’t much defenders can do to stop Hill having games like this and fantasy managers can be over the moon with this performance after 2 down weeks.
It’s now the 2nd time in the opening 4 weeks where Hill has seen double digit targets and receptions while going for 185+ yards, showing he’s the most explosive WR in the game.
TE: C.J. Uzomah
As mentioned in the intro there was a very notable surprise in the studs column and his name is C.J. Uzomah.
Uzomah had been quiet to start this season before exploding out of nowhere in week 4, putting up 5 catches off 6 targets for 95 yards and 2 TDs.
Fantasy managers definitely shouldn’t expect a week like this from Uzomah but it’s such a great effort from him in a breakout game.
Ok so there we have some impressive studs for week 4 but as usual not all players will put up stat lines that make us sit back and take notice for positive reasons. Some stars have had a down week and would’ve cost many fantasy managers, so let’s take a look at my duds.
QB: Tom Brady
It’s not very often over his career that Brady would’ve found himself on a duds list but considering what most people would’ve been expecting of him in his return to play against the Patriots, he definitely underperformed on those expectations.
Brady completed 22 out of 43 pass attempts for 269 yards and surprisingly not throwing for a single TD.
Full credit goes to Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense in not allowing Brady to settle into a rhythm. Definitely don’t expect to see Brady on this list quite possibly again all season.
On a side note Brady became the all time passing yards leader in NFL history which was fairytale type stuff achieving that feat in his return to Foxborough.
RB: D’andre Swift
All the talk during the week was that the Lions were going to get Swift even more involved in the game plan which was music to fantasy manager’s ears. Unfortunately that never came to fruition in this game as Swift rushed a lowly 8 times for only 16 yards. Swift added 4 catches off 6 targets for a further 33 yards.
What is of concern here is that Jamaal Williams had more carries than Swift with 14. This shouldn’t be seen as anything more than an anomaly moving forward, however fantasy managers will be hoping that the larger workload that was talked about begins in earnest come week 5.
WR: CeeDee Lamb
In what has been an interesting development over the last 2 weeks Lamb has seen his targets drop off significantly resulting in back to back poor weeks.
After starting the season with 15 and 9 targets in weeks 1 and 2 he’s dropped off, recording only 3 and 5 the last 2 weeks respectively.
Week 4 stats of 2 catches off 5 targets for only 13 yards is something that fantasy managers will be hoping is turned around very quickly moving forward.
While there’s some slight cause for concern I wouldn’t expect Lamb to stay down for too long, with a matchup against the Giants a perfect opportunity for him to bounce back in a big way.
TE: Travis Kelce
As mentioned in the studs list Tyreek Hill had himself a massive game. This in turn limited the output of Kelce who was very quiet in a big win for the Chiefs.
Kelce was targeted 6 times hauling in 4 catches for a low 23 yards and 0 TDs.
In a game where Mahomes threw for 5 TDs it’s highly surprising to see Kelce with 0 TDs in the box score.
Kelce is still the clear TE1 in the game and won’t put up many similar games for the rest of the season so fantasy managers will be looking for a nice bounce back in week 5.
Well that brings us to the end of week 4’s edition of Beard’s Boys. After basically a quarter of a way through the season we’ve noticed some surprising players popping up on both lists through the first 4 weeks.
Will we see more of the fantasy superstar putting up some stuff weeks or are we on for some more surprises in this crazy start to the season we’ve had.
Stat tuned for my thoughts each week and in the meantime you can catch me on Twitter @Beard_82 where you can give me feedback on my article and ask me any questions.
Until week 5’s edition take care everyone.