Texans rookie WR Keith Mumphery secured 4-of-7 targets for 56 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to Atlanta.
A fifth-round pick out of Michigan State, Mumphery saw more snaps than usual as Nate Washington (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (shoulder) both exited with in-game injuries. It's possible Mumphery will start opposite DeAndre Hopkins on Thursday night. The Texans may also have to give in and elevate third-round pick Jaelen Strong onto the active, game-day roster.
Cecil Shorts secured 6-of-10 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' Week 4 loss to Atlanta, but left late in the game with a shoulder injury.
Shorts was elevated to the Texans' No. 2 receiver by a hamstring injury to Nate Washington. Shorts and Washington both appear questionable at best for Thursday's date with the Colts. Predictably as a sub-package receiver on a team with major quarterback issues, Shorts has been a hit-and-miss weekly fantasy commodity. We'll have an injury update on Shorts within the next 48 hours.
Shane Vereen rushed five times for 21 yards in the Giants' Week 4 win over the Bills.
He wasn't targeted in the passing game after catching 12 passes across the first three games. If Vereen isn't making noise as a pass catcher, he's useless in fantasy. He's behind both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams for carries. Vereen lined up out wide a couple times Sunday, but he's barely a FLEX play in PPR.
Jamison Crowder caught 7-of-12 targets for 65 yards Week 4 against the Eagles.
Crowder came into the game with just eight targets and 52 yards in his career. Both Pierre Garcon (knee) and Jordan Reed (concussion) missed time in this game, but Crowder was on his way to leading the team in targets even before the injuries. He would have had an even bigger day but was just out of bounds on an end-zone target in the first half. With Andre Roberts in the dog house, Crowder has a chance to establish himself as the fourth option in the passing game behind Garcon, Reed and DeSean Jackson (hamstring).
T.J. Yeldon had 22 carries for 105 yards and caught 2-of-3 passes for four yards in Jacksonville's Week 4 loss to the Colts.
Yeldon got most of his yards on a 36-yard gain in overtime. He continued to show good ability in space, but didn't get much running room behind Jacksonville's offensive line. Yeldon failed to score on his only red-zone carry. Playing an every-down role, Yeldon has 20-plus touches in two of his last three games. Yeldon will be a mid-range RB2 against the Bucs in Week 5.
Ryan Grant caught 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards Week 4 against the Eagles.
Grant started in place of Andre Roberts, who was inactive after Jay Gruden criticized him for drops last week. Ironically, both of Grant's missed connections were drops. Despite the shaky hands against Philadelphia, Grant is a reliable underneath receiver who should retain a tertiary role in the passing offense all season. After four games, Grand is on pace for 456 yards on 44 catches.
DeAndre Hopkins secured 9-of-22 targets for 157 yards in the Texans' Week 4 loss to Atlanta.
You read that right: 22 targets. The Texans got their rear ends handed to them in this one -- 48-21 -- and Hopkins was a volume machine, especially catching fire late when Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Mallett en route to garbage-time production. While Houston's quarterback situation is always a concern for Hopkins' consistency, he is the real deal in terms of volume. Through four weeks, Hopkins is on pace for 124 receptions, 1,636 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Even in a tough Week 5 matchup with Vontae Davis' Colts, Hopkins has earned every-week WR1 treatment in fantasy leagues.
Louis Murphy caught 3-of-4 targets for 26 yards in Tampa Bay's Week 4 loss to the Panthers.
With 25 percent of the season in the books, Murphy is on pace for 36 catches and 676 yards. We'd take the under on the latter.