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The Rundown: Even More Week 4 Fantasy Football Takeaways
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Even more takeaways from Week 4, with stops in Indianapolis, Minnesota, Carolina, Philadelphia, Detroit, Washington, Seattle, San Diego, Green Bay, New England, and New York.

Da’Rick Rogers

Cut. Rogers was cited for a DUI violation early Monday morning, and was released a short time later. Undrafted because of character concerns, released by Buffalo, and signed by the Colts, it looks like Rogers’ career might be over before it really gets started. The Colts drafted Donte Moncrief this offseason and signed Hakeem Nicks, so it’s not like they were expressing much confidence in Rogers’ future anyway. It’s probably safe to cut him loose in dynasty as well.

Charles Johnson, WR

I’m thinking it’s probably OK to cut him, too. One of RotoViz’s all-time favorite deep-sleeper candidates, he was unable to break through in Green Bay, in part because of an undiagnosed ACL tear. The fact that he couldn’t get on the field in receiver-barren Cleveland this year should be a a huge red flag. Hope spiked briefly when his former coordinator, Norv Turner, signed him to the Vikings’ active roster last week. But he was inactive in Week 4, and with Cordarelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright healthy, his odds seem long.

Charles Johnson, DE

Carolina’s defensive end is dealing with a hip injury. If he misses time, Carolina’s already-bad run defense gets even worse. Next up? Matt Forte, who already has the easiest running back schedule in the league over the next four weeks. With Brandon Marshall slowed by injury, Forte could really explode over the next month.

Luke Willson

Fellow Seattle tight end Zach Miller will miss a couple games after having ankle surgery. Not that Seattle passes a lot, but they are playing Washington this week. You know, the same Washington team that made Larry Donnell a household name. After that, Seattle gets the tight end-allergic Cowboys defense in Week 6. If Willson is going to develop into the next Jordan Cameron, now might be when we see it.

Ladarius Green

Didn’t record a snap in Week 4. Against Jacksonville. To date, he’s 31st in tight end fantasy points/snap. I won’t object if you say “Cut.”

Andrew Quarless

Zero catches. Zero targets. The Green Bay tight end position isn’t worth chasing.

Jeremy Maclin

Earlier today I bemoaned my preseason advocacy for Pierre Thomas. On the other end of the spectrum, Jeremy Maclin has turned out to be a great target. The Eagles offense as a whole is struggling, but Maclin still racked up 16 targets this week. He’s a top 15 receiver in fantasy points/snap, and a top six PPR WR overall. What’s most interesting to me, however, is a recent report that the Eagles are trying to work on a rare in-season contract extension for Maclin. That suggests the organization is high on Maclin and envisions a significant long term role for him. Dynasty trade target, anyone?

George Winn


On paper, the matchup against Buffalo isn’t that great for RBs. And you should probably be more concerned with the likelihood of Joique Bell missing the game. But Winn had a good preseason in Detroit, and I’ll be curious to see if he gets any playing time. Don’t run out and make a waiver claim or anything. I doubt he has any long term value. This is just a case of being interested in seeing what someone can do with an opportunity.

Brian Tyms

Has been reinstated following his four game suspension to start the season. Since neither Kenbrell Thompkins nor Aaron Dobson are doing much of anything this year, Tyms might be on the radar as a super-deep-league player of interest. On the other hand, Tom Brady isn’t doing much of anything this year either. But still.

Rueben Randle

Early impressions are hard to overcome. But in the last three games, Randle has 27 targets. He was oh-so-close to a touchdown against Washington as well. And his next three games are the easiest for WRs: Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Dallas. His rest of season schedule is sixth easiest, and his fantasy playoff schedule in Weeks 13 to 16 is seventh easiest.

Roy Helu

Don’t look now, but Helu is RB26 in PPR leagues. The upcoming schedule is tough – Seattle, Arizona, Tennessee, Dallas – but that might actually work in Helu’s favor, as his team’s primary pass catcher out of the backfield. He should definitely be rostered, and maybe inserted in your lineups. Our staff writer disagrees in his weekly waiver wire column, so make sure to get the other side of the argument. But if your leagues are deep, I think a steady 10-ish points/game can be a valuable commodity.

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