What a high-scoring Week 4 it is in the National Football League. However, like every week this season. We have a lot of injured players to hold our breath on.
Starting with Browns running back Nick Chubb who was rolled up during the Cowboys game and dealing with a knee injury. He will have an MRI on Monday. Chubb was the team leader in carries and rushing yards. Chubb had back to back games with 100-plus rushing yards and at least one touchdown.
Meanwhile, in Tampa Bay, the Chargers are licking their wounds after giving up a 24 to 7 lead. They are wondering what the status of running back Austin Ekeler will be. Ekeler was carted off today with a hamstring injury.
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Who? Where did this running back come from? D’Ernest Johnson was a huge help to fellow back Kareem Hunt in Sunday’s win vs the Cowboys. The second-year product from South Florida had 13 rushes for 95 yards, picking up the slack after Chubb left the game.
About a month ago, Johnson was fighting for a roster spot after his one-year stint in the shuttered Alliance of America Football League. Now, he is a running back that will receive a healthy 12-15 carries in Week 5, if Chubb misses time. He’s is available in over 90 percent of fantasy leagues.
If Justin Jefferson is still lingering on the wire, now is your last chance to pick him up. There is a reason why Minnesota sent Stefon Diggs to Buffalo; They used that first-round pick on an SEC receiver who led the conference with 18 touchdowns with the Tigers.
In the past two weeks (since being inserted into a starting role), Jefferson has 11 receptions, 278 yards and a touchdown (including the solid performance in Houston with four receptions and 103 yards leading to the Vikings’ first win of the season).
Jefferson has over 45 fantasy points in the last two games (ESPN Fantasy) and is off to a good start in his NFL career. He already exceeded expectations in Week 4 (10.5) with a 14 point day.
While the Vikings are a run-first football team with Dalvin Cook, there is optimism that Minnesota will be able to get their rookie weapon ample opportunity. Next week is particularly inviting, as Minnesota heads to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle defense that is giving up 27 points per game.
We all know Christian McCaffrey will be returning soon but in the meantime…
It’s Mike Davis time for the Panthers. Davis had back to back weeks of 20 points in fantasy football in two huge wins for the young Panthers offense. Davis has proven serious versatility and assists in stretching the field for Carolina.
Since Week 2 though, he has 13 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. In the shocking win over the hype machine heavy Arizona Cardinals, he had 16 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. That makes it 29 carries, 130 yards, and two touchdowns during the two game-winning streak.
Davis sped past his Week 4 projection (15.5) with 22 points on Sunday. Oh, look they play the Falcons next week who gives up 113 yards per game.
While Davis may only be available in a handful of leagues, he’s showcased his ability and has proven to be a premier handcuff in Matt Ruhle’s offense.
Other names, including some obvious ones that you should make sure arn’t on the waiver wire: