Team of the Week
QB: Tom Brady
Those celebrating a Brady downfall after he threw a pick-six yesterday certainly put the cart ahead of the horse, as he ended up tossing five touchdown passes to a banged-up supporting cast—which was good for a season-high 32.4 fantasy points. So far, the only sub-par fantasy performance for TB12 in 2020 has come due to several dropped passes against Carolina where Bruce Arians said he should’ve had 400 yards and three touchdowns.
RB: Joe Mixon
Hopefully people weren’t impatient enough with Mixon that they benched him in Week 4, as he was simply dominant versus Jacksonville, rushing 25 times for 151 yards and two scores with an additional 6/30/1 as a receiver. Most encouraging was that Mixon played 83% of the team’s offensive snaps despite being a late add to the injury report with a chest injury.
RB: Dalvin Cook
Coming off 181 yards and a score on the ground in Week 3, Cook had another high-end RB1 day yesterday with 27 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns. The yardage started slow for Cook this season, but he’s picked it up over the past two weeks and now has six scores on the year.
WR: Odell Beckham Jr.
It felt like a huge game was coming for Beckham Jr. against a vulnerable Dallas secondary, and that’s exactly what happened as he caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns—also adding two carries for 73 yards and another score. OBJ’s floor might not be what fantasy owners would like it to be, but his weekly ceiling remains extremely high.
WR: Amari Cooper
It was pretty one-sided until the fourth quarter, but Cooper was on the other end of the high-scoring affair between Cleveland and Dallas with 12 receptions, 134 yards, and his first touchdown of 2020. Through four games, Cooper is on pace for a whopping 204 targets, and he’s had 81+ yards in every game.
TE: George Kittle
You could say last night’s performance by Kittle—even in a loss—was one of the best in history for a tight end, as he caught all 15 of his targets for 183 yards and a touchdown from two different quarterbacks in his return to the lineup. When healthy, it’s tough to say anyone is better than Kittle at the position.
FLEX: D.J. Chark
Similar to Joe Mixon, there were some injury concerns about Chark entering the week, but he exploded with a 8/95/2 line to help get the Jacksonville passing attack on track after disappointment in Week 3. Chark should stay hot next week as the Jags hope to outduel the Texans.
The Eagles came to play on Sunday Night Football to get their first win of the year, and the defensive line coming alive was a big reason why. Aside from five sacks, Philadelphia was boosted by a late pick-six from Alex Singleton to give them the best D/ST performance of Week 4 entering Monday night.
K: Brandon McManus
Broncos-Jets turned into a surprising shootout on Thursday night, and McManus made all seven of his kicks (including two field goals from 50+ yards) to finish tied atop the scoring leaders for kickers.
Surprise of the Week: Carson Wentz
Wentz only had 193 passing yards along with one touchdown and one interception on Sunday night, but he again made plays as a runner with seven carries, 37 yards, and another touchdown (his third rushing score of the year). The 49ers were probably a little overstated as a matchup, so we’ll see if Wentz can keep it up against Pittsburgh and Baltimore over the next two weeks.
Disappointment of the Week: Kenyan Drake
Facing a bottom-ranked Carolina run defense, Drake rushed 13 times for just 35 yards, and he wasn’t even targeted in the passing game with Arizona struggling again on offense. Drake—who was drafted as an RB1 option by most—is now averaging 3.8 yards per carry and has just 274 total yards in four games.
Rookie of the Week: CeeDee Lamb
Lamb scored the first two touchdowns of his career on Sunday, and while the team success isn’t there for Dallas, but Lamb has more than lived up to expectations to begin his career with a 16-game pace of 84 receptions, 1,236 yards, and eight touchdowns at the quarter mark.
Week 4 MVP: Joe Mixon
The 39.1 fantasy points for Mixon leads all scorers heading into tonight’s games, and yesterday showed why he’s one of the best running backs in the league despite limited success over the first three weeks. Even in tough future matchups (like next week against Baltimore), you probably don’t have a strong enough roster to seriously consider benching Mixon.