Week 4 Underperformers: Fluke or Truth
Author: Jair Oglivie
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Man, some of these games are getting crazy. Jared Goff explodes on thursday night, Pat Mahomes continues to write his own legacy, Falcons can’t stop a nosebleed. Don’t you love football?
Welcome back to the Fluke or Truth series! This is the week 4 edition of the weekly series on FFA where I jump into fantasy stars who may be underperforming relative to the expectations we had for them coming into the week or season and tell you if this is something to be expected to continue or to brush it off as a one time anomaly. Let’s jump in.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Line: 3 catches, 28 yards. 5.8 points (ppr)
“Jair, Rosen started and Fitz still posted a dud!”
Yeah, yeah. No matter what you say, I’m not getting off the Rosen train, I’ve been on him from the jump. Fitz has been a massive disappointment so far and even though I do believe that he will come around back to relevance now that Rosen is starting, the reality is that you might have to sit him if you have more reliable options. However, if you don’t have better options, this game ahead in San Francisco is here for the taking. With his first start behind him, I truly think that Rosen looks comfortable and takes control of this game. Fitz could be an interesting flex play if you’re desperate. Again, if you have better options I would suggest sitting him until we actually see if there’s any sort of connection between Rosen and the future HOF. So, until we see something different from an offense that has so far proven to be toxic, I have to hit Fitz with the truth tag. Hopefully this is his last appearance in this series, football is better with Fitz succeeding.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Line: 10 carries, 20 yards. 2 points.
The much anticipated return of Dalvin Cook in the high profile matchup against the LA Rams left a bad taste in the mouths of fantasy owners everywhere as he really didn’t make an impact on this game and was nowhere to be found in the second half. However, this is the reality with hamstring injuries. I’m no doctor but we’ve seen this over and over and over with NFL players. Hamstrings tend to linger for a long time and really bother players if they try to come back too fast, we’re seeing the same thing with Leonard Fournette (who I almost chose to include in this piece). As of the writing of this piece (10/4), Rotoworld reports that Cook has suffered a setback and is unlikely to play this weekend against Philadelphia. It’s very disappointing for Cook, the Vikings offense, and fantasy owners who likely took him with a late first or early second round pick. It looks like this injury isn’t going away, and that he will have to warm up a spot on your bench for the forseeable future. Cook owners, I hope you have Latavius Murray or reliable backup options considering Murray hasn’t been impressive either.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Line: 4 catches, 44 yards. 8.4 points (ppr)
3 straight weeks posting single digit points and Gronk is still TE7 according to ESPN Fantasy. Does that show how great he is or how weak the position is this year? Probably more the latter, but Gronk is still a guy you have to start every week even if he is on limited snaps against the Colts Thursday night. It may just be Miami (they aren’t good. surprise!) but the Pats offense seems to have found it again in Week 4. Gronk is definitely not someone it’s wise to give up on this early into the year. I doubt this surprises many of you, but I’m not writing too much into a couple down weeks for Gronk. He’s still the guy in New England, I don’t care that they just added Gordon and that Edelman is back. He’s an every week starter regardless of the matchup. This has fluke written all over it, expect plenty more spikes soon.
Thanks for reading! The next edition of this series will be back next week. Until then, be smart, don’t panic, and hit that waiver wire.
See ya next week!
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*All statistics taken from ESPN Fantasy
**Gronkowski Image source: ESPN.com