Each week in “The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly” we will review the highlights, lowlights, and injuries from the week prior. This article will not cover every bit of information, rather some things which stood out. I recommend allowing this piece to serve as closure for the losses you suffered and a benchmark to start on the current week’s path to greatness.
1. QB Mitchell Trubisky, CHI
If you read my week 3 in review article, you noticed Trubisky in the “bad” section. He didn’t seem to appreciate all of the negative commentary because he came out fired up this past Sunday. Trubisky broke the Bears’ record for touchdown passes, throwing for 6 of them to go with 354 yards.
Hold/Buy: In 1QB leagues, Trubisky is still more of a QB2 bye week filler. In 2QB, however, I’m very interested. Prior to Week 4, we were not certain Trubisky was capable of operating in a Matt Nagy offense. Nagy’s offense will promote fantasy success for any decent quarterback. We weren’t certain Trubisky was even “decent”, but now we’ve seen a monster week and know the floor is there.
2. WR Keke “Do you love me”Coutee, HOU
If you don’t get the reference, ask your teenager. Coutee came out swinging in his first ever NFL action with 11 receptions for 109 yards. He had a couple drops, but for a rookie to get 15 targets in his first start speaks volumes about the organization's confidence in him.
Buy: Unfortunately, I haven’t written a buy low article in a while, but I've been all over Coutee. I’ve been able to add him to my taxi squad in four leagues. This isn’t the week to go shopping, but the next dip in production he sees is your time to go buy.
3. RB Mike Davis, SEA
Chris Carson was not available for Sunday’s action, so it’s Rashaad Penny time right? Wrong! Pete Carroll proves yet again how little rhyme or reason is involved in any of his coaching decisions, including his team’s draft picks. Mike Davis takes advantage with 21 attempts for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 4 receptions for 23 yards.
Buy: Mike Davis is on your waiver wire, or at least was. He is worth a roster spot. If you missed out on him off the waivers, try offering a player or two you may have dropped for him anyways. Pete Carroll has already said Mike Davis has a role in Seattle's offense regardless of Carson’s health. Also, never listen to Pete Carroll.
4. QB Andrew Luck, IND
Luck is back! Congratulations for sticking with him for as long as you have. If you traded for him with confidence he’d return to form, welcome to our club. Luck threw for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns on Sunday.
Hold: In the short term, Luck is losing T.Y. Hilton to a hamstring strain. If I roster Luck in a 2QB league I'm holding for more games like this to come. You’re getting offers accompanied by something along the lines of “It was just one game”. Nonsense! Give him a few more weeks, then send him to the “one game” owner for double his previous offer.
5. WR Corey Davis, TEN
It’s happening! Davis finally became a thing this weekend after struggling heavily with his own hamstring issues, paired with the injury issues for his quarterback. Davis caught 9 of his 15 targets for 161 yards and a touchdown.
Hold: Davis is a “too late” case. After being drafted in the top 10 last season, Davis had a very rough go of things early on which presented an opportunity to buy. With a healthy hamstring and an almost healthy Mariota, Davis showed why he was drafted so highly in both the NFL and in dynasty.
The following are players whose performances disappointed in week two followed by my level of panic on a scale from one to ten. Ten is a full panic button and one represents no concern.
1. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
The entire Miami offense was abysmal against New England. Drake totaled 4 yards on 4 touches. Drake is easily the Dolphins most talented back, so to not be involved heavily in the blowout is both mind-boggling and concerning.
8/10 – Drake has seen his touches drop in every game since Week 1 but was still receiving 4 targets per week prior to this Sunday. Without passing work and/or a heavy workload, Drake cannot crack your lineup. You can’t start him, you can’t trade him, and you shouldn’t drop him. He’s the poster child for roster clogging.
2. RB Kerryon Johnson, DET
Johnson does not deserve to be on this list; Matt Patricia put Johnson here. After rushing for 55 yards on 9 carries and adding a touchdown, Johnson didn’t see the field. LeGarrette Blount has 70 snaps this season. Theo Riddick has 115 snaps. Johnson has 105.
4/10 – For Johnson to be clearly the most talented back on the roster, being sandwiched between his running mates in snaps is annoying. Theo Riddick is an excellent satellite back and will always have a role in the Detroit offense, but 65 of Blount’s 70 snaps should’ve gone to Johnson. Patricia comes from the Patriots system and likely has the “make the rookie work” mentality, but he’s taking it too far.
3. WR Mike Evans, TB
After starting the season on fire, Evans caught 6 of his 9 targets for 59 yards with Week 4 his first week with no touchdown.
6/10 – The down week was not entirely Evans’ fault aside from one big drop. The entire Tampa Bay offense was tragic, which led to the proverbial nail in the Fitzmagic coffin. Jameis Winston is at the helm once again for the Buccaneers and I fear we’ve seen the last of the blowup games for Evans, and surely for Desean Jackson.
The worst of the sections. I will quickly list some of the key fantasy relevant injuries and who may see an increased role because of them. The list is ever growing. More players enter before I can take any off.
RB Dalvin Cook (Hamstring) – RB Latavius Murray
RB Joe Mixon (Knee) – RB Giovanni Bernard, RB Mark Walton
TE Greg Olsen (Right foot) – TE Ian Thomas, WR D.J. Moore
RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring) – RB T.J. Yeldon, RB Corey Grant
TE Tyler Eifert (Ankle) - TE C.J. Uzomah, WR Tyler Boyd, TE Tyler Kroft
WR T.Y. Hilton (Hamstring) - WR Chester Rogers, WR Ryan Grant, TE Eric Ebron, WR Zach Pascal
TE O.J. Howard (Knee) - TE Cameron Brate (Winston is back…Brate is back)