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Danny Amendola was held without a catch in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

Even as one of the three receivers active, Amendola didn't draw a single target. He has just three catches for 16 yards this season, and clearly doesn't have Tom Brady's trust. Amendola is now falling behind Brandon LaFell. He's obviously not worth owning in any format. Amendola may find himself inactive soon.
Sep 30 - 12:38 AM

Julian Edelman caught four passes for 23 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

Edelman was targeted eight times on the night, but couldn't win at all against the Chiefs' bigger corners. That left Brandon LaFell to do most of the "damage" the Patriots could muster in the 41-14 blowout loss. After four games, Edelman is on pace for a 104-1,132-4 receiving line. He should definitely come close to those numbers if he stays healthy. Edelman is a locked-in WR2.
Sep 30 - 12:35 AM

Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Gronkowski was targeted just three times, and was sitting on one catch for 18 yards for much of the night before reeling in a 13-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter of this 41-14 blowout. While it was a bad night all around for the Patriots, it was at least encouraging to see Gronkowski playing a large chunk of the snaps. His usage rate continues to rise as he works his way back from knee surgery. But it remains clear that Gronk isn't 100 percent or back to his normal self. He's staying afloat fantasy-wise by scoring touchdowns. After four games, Gronk is on pace for a 52-588-12 receiving line. Look for him to easily top those catch and yards totals by season's end.
Sep 30 - 12:27 AM

Dwayne Bowe caught 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night.

It was easily Bowe's best game of the young season. He caught a couple passes in Darrelle Revis' coverage and was stopped at the one-yard line on one of the grabs just before halftime. Bowe is averaging 5-6 targets per week through three games, and is the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce. He also doesn't make many big plays, leaving him as a WR4.
Sep 30 - 12:23 AM

Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

LaFell was targeted a team-high ten times as one of only three receivers active. With Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola unable to win against Kansas City's bigger corners, LaFell was the go-to guy. His big play was a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a slant where LaFell broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Don't expect many more of these outings from LaFell. Through four games, he's on pace for a 40-660-4 line. Continue to ignore him in fantasy.
Sep 30 - 12:20 AM

Knile Davis rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots.

He added one catch for 12 yards. Even with Jamaal Charles back in the lineup, Davis remained a big part of the offense. He broke off a 48-yard run in the first half to set up a Charles touchdown. Davis then handled a couple series himself with Charles in the locker room getting an IV because of cramping. Expect Davis to see closer to 8-12 touches on a weekly basis the remainder of the season. The Chiefs were up so big on the scoreboard that they were able to run the ball 38 times. Davis remains a must-own handcuff for Charles owners.
Sep 30 - 12:17 AM

Shane Vereen rushed for 26 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, adding 41 yards on five catches.

Vereen saw the bulk of the work in the backfield with the Patriots getting blown out and in pass-first mode. Unfortunately, he didn't do much with his touches, turning in a long gain of nine yards. Through four games, Vereen is on pace for 860 total yards and eight touchdowns. Expectations were higher heading into the season. Vereen will be a touch-dependent RB3 next week vs. Cincinnati.
Sep 30 - 12:12 AM

Alex Smith completed 20-of-26 passes for 248 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night.

All three of his touchdown passes were typical Smith throws close to the line of scrimmage, as two went to Jamaal Charles from five and eight yards out, with the other going to Travis Kelce from two yards away. Smith routinely got the ball to Charles and Kelce and let them do the work after the catch, especially Kelce. He also found Dwayne Bowe on a few chunk gains in Darrelle Revis' coverage. After four games, Smith is on pace to complete 336-of-512 passes for 3,564 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. That looks about right. Smith is a mid-range QB2. He and the Chiefs travel to San Francisco in Week 5.
Sep 29 - 11:59 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed five times for 28 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

The Patriots were blown out 41-14 and were trailing 17-0 at the half, leaving no real action for Ridley because he doesn't play in passing situations. Ridley's weekly role is unpredictable right now, making him a touchdown- and touch-dependent RB3. Through four games, he's on pace for a 228-816-4 rushing line. Ridley obviously isn't a factor in the passing game. He gets the Bengals next.
Sep 29 - 11:46 PM

Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen.

This comes from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, so we know it's legit this time after the Associated Press reported on Twitter late Sunday night that Allen was out, only to delete the tweet later. Allen isn't the main problem in Oakland, but he's the first one to take the fall. Others should be coming, and hopefully for the Raiders fans' sake it'll be GM Reggie McKenzie next. McKenzie went out and signed a plethora of over-the-hill washed-up veterans, and basically said, "Here ya go, Dennis. Good luck." Allen should take his fair share of blame, though. He's a defensive mind, and the Oakland defense flat-out stinks. Allen had an 8-28 career record.
Sep 29 - 11:34 PM

Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 demolishing of the Patriots on Monday night.

Kelce was targeted a team-high nine times while only playing about 50 percent of the snaps. He dominated the first half, doing the bulk of his damage before the break and looking like his tight end counterpart across the field, Rob Gronkowski. A healthy Gronkowski before all the injuries, that is. Kelce was a man among boys, running around the Patriots' slow-footed linebackers and undersized safeties with ease. He can do so much damage post-catch with stiff-arms and by just plowing over defenders. We'd like to see the Chiefs play Kelce even more, but we're not complaining right now. He's a focal point of the pass offense and is seeing enough targets to lock himself in as a TE1. Through four games, Kelce is on pace for a 72-1,036-8 receiving line.
Sep 29 - 11:25 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night, adding three catches for 16 yards and two more touchdowns.

Charles' ankle issue from Week 2 was a non-issue. He looked as quick as he has all season, especially around the edge. The Kansas City offensive line opened gaping holes and sealed the edges, allowing Charles and Knile Davis to combine for 199 total rushing yards. After a down first three weeks of the season, Charles is again staking his claim as the No. 1 overall fantasy running back. It won't be easy next week, however. The Chiefs will travel to San Francisco. The 49ers held LeSean McCoy to 17 rushing yards on ten carries this past Sunday.
Sep 29 - 11:21 PM

Tom Brady completed 14-of-23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Week 4 blowout loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Brady was yanked early in the fourth quarter in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo after tossing a pick-six to Husain Abdullah. The Chiefs were up 41-7. In addition to his two interceptions, Brady lost a fumble inside his own 20-yard line on a strip-sack by Tamba Hali. As much as the Chiefs embarrassed the Patriots, New England's roster on the offensive side of the ball is even more embarrassing. Brady has nobody to throw to besides a slot receiver in Julian Edelman who can't win downfield and a less-than-100-percent Rob Gronkowski. New England has been painfully bad at developing receivers, and 37-year-old Brady is on pace for the worst statistical season of his career. He's a back-end QB2.
Sep 29 - 11:03 PM

Donnie Avery exited Monday night's Week 4 game against the Patriots with a groin injury and will not return.

Avery was hurt while trying to block near the goal line when he slipped on the turf and overstretched his groin area. Before leaving, Avery caught both of his targets for 46 yards. With Dwayne Bowe, Travis Kelce, and Jamaal Charles ahead of him in the pecking order for targets, Avery is waiver wire fodder.
Sep 29 - 10:59 PM

DeAngelo Williams told fans at a charity event on Monday that he has a high-ankle sprain and will miss a few weeks.

A severe high-ankle sprain usually calls for a 4-6 week timetable. Williams is already doubtful for Week 5, but he's now staring at a multi-game absence if he indeed has a high-ankle sprain. The Panthers' bye doesn't come until Week 12. Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves, and Chris Ogbonnaya will form a committee against the Bears. Jonathan Stewart (knee) is likely out at least another week.
Sep 29 - 9:58 PM



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