Chris Polk rushed three times for 27 yards and a touchdown and caught 3-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Texans' Week 4 loss to Atlanta.
Polk primarily got his playing time with the game out of hand, as Houston fell to Atlanta 48-21. Arian Foster started, and Alfred Blue was his rotational partner. Polk is the Texans' third-string back, at least until Jonathan Grimes (knee) returns.
Darren Sproles rushed four times for 17 yards and failed to haul in any of his three targets Week 4 against the Redskins.
After dropping what would have been a long wheel route last week, Sproles dropped another couple passes against the Redskins. One of the drops would have been an important third-down conversion in the fourth quarter. Sproles usage has been all over the map this season, and that makes him too risky to use standard leagues. After four games, Sproles is on pace for 84 carries for 320 yards and 60 catches for 472 yards.
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls is expected to start in place of Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) Monday against the Lions.
Rawls stampeded his way to 104 rushing yards with Lynch ailing last week. He out-touched Fred Jackson 16 to four in that game and should see the bulk of Seattle's rushing work once again in Week 4. Head coach Pete Carroll hinted that Lynch's MRI results were less than encouraging, so this might be more than a one-week absence. Obviously, Rawls needs to be rostered in all formats.
Ryan Mathews rushed five times for 20 yards in the Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Redskins.
Mathews was on the field for the first play of the game, but worked behind DeMarco Murray most of the day. Mathews was more effective than Murray, though Murray's stat line looks better because of a 30-yard gain early in the first quarter. Though he may be a better fit for the offense, Mathews is not getting enough work to be a fantasy contributor on a week-to-week basis.
Arian Foster managed 10 yards on 8 carries and secured 3-of-5 targets for 25 yards in the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Falcons.
Foster got the start and rotated with Alfred Blue. His lowlight occurred on a second-quarter lost fumble where Foster collided with his offensive line before Falcons CB Desmond Trufant scooped and scored to give Atlanta a 21-0 lead. Both Texans backs' fantasy days were torpedoed by game flow. Foster did look relatively healthy and afterwards declared himself 100 percent, just admitting he had a "bad game." His role should increase in Week 5 against the Colts, which will be a Thursday night game.
Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz secured 3-of-3 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 4 loss to Atlanta.
The second-year tight end out of Iowa also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Tight ends have not been a consistent part of Bill O'Brien's passing game since O'Brien arrived in Houston. Fiedorowicz shares time with Garrett Graham, who finished Sunday's loss with one catch for six yards.
Sam Bradford completed 15-of-28 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Redskins.
After struggling through a first half which saw the Eagles run just 20 plays, Bradford found his deep-passing arm in the second half. Bradford connected with Riley Cooper and Miles Austin on two deep touchdowns and just missed on a third to Jordan Matthews. He also threaded a pass to Matthews down the seam in the third quarter and had a bullet of a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz called back at the end of the second quarter. The Eagles lost, but Bradford's performance in the second half despite a constant pass rush from the Redskins at least gives reason for hope. After four games, Bradford is on pace for 3,792 yards, 24 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Charles Clay caught 9-of-13 targets for 111 yards in the Bills' Week 4 loss to the Giants.
A popular plug-and-play option with Rob Gronkowski on bye this week, Clay paced the Bills in targets and was consistently running free in the middle of the Giants' defense. He could have had a much bigger day, but had a 32-yard touchdown called back in the fourth quarter on a chop block penalty. Clay's longest gain was a 27-yarder when he was wide open on a crossing play. One year into his $38 million deal, Clay is on pace for an 84-1,020-8 line on 116 targets. It'd be a real shock if he hit those numbers. Treat Clay as a back-end TE1 next week against the Titans.