Week four of the NFL season is officially behind us, which means we have a ton of new dynasty storylines to analyze. Let’s dive right into week four’s Top 10 dynasty football takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Don’t Overreact With Justin Fields
After a horrible start to the season, Fields finally showed out with a 27.9-point performance. Although he looked great early on, the Broncos are one of the worst defenses in the NFL. In what should have been an easy win for the Bears, Fields had an awful fumble that led to a loss.
This doesn’t mean Fields is good. This just shows how bad the Broncos are.— SteveBradshawFF (@SteveBradshawFF) October 1, 2023
– Your realistic Bears fan 🐻pic.twitter.com/FCbA9jIRNV
You should barely consider this game when evaluating Fields because of how bad the Broncos’ defense truly is. Fields didn’t make any major improvements, so his dynasty value should remain unchanged. While I believe Fields can turn things around this season with his rushing ability, I’m out on him in dynasty.
#2: Michael Wilson Is Climbing Up the Ranks
After generating buzz all off-season, the rookie had a great week four performance. It took Wilson some time to get involved in the Cardinals’ offense, but this past week, he drew seven targets and ran 50 routes.
This involvement led Wilson to a 26.6-point performance this past week. Joshua Dobbs has looked fantastic thus far, which has been a key reason Wilson has exceeded expectations this year.
#3: Josh Jacobs Is Back
Contenders can rejoice now as Jacobs is back. He averaged 10 PPG through the first three weeks of the season before a 27.9-point game in week four. Jacobs was used heavily in the passing game, recording 81 yards on eight catches.
Early on, it seemed like Jacobs was struggling to get back into his groove after missing a ton of training camp. Now that these days are behind him, you should feel much more optimistic about Jacobs.
#4: Contenders Should Buy Alvin Kamara
In his first game back, Alvin Kamara caught 13 passes on his way to a 21.4-point performance. Although I was worried about Kamara early on, this backfield is completely empty. Jamaal Williams is on the IR, and Kendre Miller has struggled to get on the field.
If Kamara is used as an elite pass catcher, he will be a valuable fantasy asset in the future. The best part is that since Kamara is 28. If you’re a contender, you should be able to buy him for relatively cheap.
#5: Kyren Williams Is a Legit Workhorse
After the Rams traded away Cam Akers, Williams has turned into a legit workhorse. This type of usage is not a one-time thing, and Williams out-snapped Ronnie Rivers 59 to 23. More importantly, Williams has continued to excel as a pass catcher, with 11 snaps on third down vs. Rivers, who had two.
Kyren Williams is a legit workhorse 👀— SteveBradshawFF (@SteveBradshawFF) October 1, 2023
Going forward, I will be buying Williams for this season. Sean McVay likes him for now and plans to use him a ton. Even though Williams has been great from a fantasy perspective, he doesn’t have the draft capital or talent profile where I can invest in him for the long term.
#6: Anthony Richardson Looks Legit
There were many concerns about Richardson this off-season for his upcoming season and beyond. Although he was a top-five rookie draft pick, he was only being drafted there for the upside. Many think Richardson has a high chance of being a bust, even though he was already being drafted as a low-end QB1 for 2023.
Richardson has looked great so far, averaging 22.75 PPG. One of the biggest concerns around Richardson has been his passing accuracy, but he’s looked serviceable so far. Most importantly, Richardson has shown his elite rushing upside, scoring a rushing touchdown in every game.
#7: C.J. Stroud Continues to Impress
From a real-life perspective, Stroud has been the best rookie quarterback by far. Although Stroud had a 53.6% completion percentage in week four, he’s finished above 60% every other week.
Stroud is currently fourth in the NFL with 1,212 passing yards. Stroud also has six touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 62.2% completion percentage. Through four games, Stroud looks like the real deal, and you can feel good building your dynasty team around him.
#8: The Bears Currently Hold the Number-One Pick
The Caleb Williams bowl was played today, and the Bears lost against the Broncos. At this point in the season, it’s likely that the Bears will draw the number one overall pick once again.
After week 4 Caleb Williams is projected to land with the Bears 👀 https://t.co/KkVYPurLyA— SteveBradshawFF (@SteveBradshawFF) October 2, 2023
Williams has said he’ll wait it out, but assuming he’s the number one overall pick, he’ll still enter the NFL draft. The guaranteed money is too much to pass up in case of a severe injury. The Bears are in a bad situation for Williams, but they can use their assets and cap space to build around their quarterback for the future.
#9: Be Patient with Jahmyr Gibbs
If you drafted Gibbs, please don’t panic about his usage early on. While it was expected that David Montgomery would have a role, you drafted Gibbs for his pass-catching ability. It’s still It’sy in his NFL career, and he looks phenomenal when he does touch the ball.
It’s a little concerning with how Dan Campbell uses his running backs, but Gibbs checks the two most important boxes: draft capital and pass-catching ability. The bottom line is, please don’t sell because he isn’t getting as much work as you’d like you’d on.
#10: Terrace Marshall Is Finally Viable
After drafting Marshall in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft, the Panthers are finally starting to use him. The potential has always been there for Marshall, but he’s struggled to develop early on. Now, in a depleted Panthers wide receiver room, Marshall has had the opportunity to show his development.
While Marshall had a rough start to the year, he had a great week three, earning eight targets. Even though this only turned into 8.5 fantasy points, the fact that he was able to get open is a great sign. Marshall took things another step forward in week four, earning ten targets with which he scored 14.6 points.
Marshall finally looks like he’s developed as he gets more involved in this offense. If you can buy him for cheap, Marshall is a player worth taking a shot at.
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