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Immediate fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 4 Thursday Night Football

Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah scores a touchdown early in the third quarter Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Uzomah

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-21 to kick off Week 4. The Jaguars looked good early with the arms and legs of Trevor Lawrence, but Joe Burrow was able to lead a second-half comeback victory.

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Table notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals

  • James Robinson: 18 carries, 78 yards, 2 TD, (4 avoided tackles), 1 reception, -2 receiving yards
  • C.J. Uzomah: 5 receptions, 95 yards, 2 TD (3 explosive plays)
Jacksonville Jaguars Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Marvin Jones Jr. 52 26 3 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 42 22 7 1
Tavon Austin 41 21 3 0
Tyron Johnson 9 6 0 0
Jamal Agnew 8 5 1 1
D.J. Chark Jr. 3 1 0 0
Chris Manhertz 24 6 1 0
Dan Arnold 18 11 2 0
Luke Farrell 16 4 1 0
Jacob Hollister 11 4 1 0
James Robinson 53 24 2 18
Dare Ogunbowale 3 0 0 2
Total 56 28 21 28
Cincinnati Bengals Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Ja'Marr Chase 46 32 8 0
Tyler Boyd 36 28 11 0
Auden Tate 19 6 1 0
Mike Thomas 18 10 1 0
Trenton Irwin 16 14 1 0
Stanley Morgan Jr. 3 1 0 0
C.J. Uzomah 48 25 6 0
Drew Sample 29 7 0 0
Mitchell Wilcox 3 2 0 0
Joe Mixon 40 19 2 16
Samaje Perine 16 8 1 3
Chris Evans 2 2 0 0
Total 58 33 31 22

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Sell high on James Robinson: Carlos Hyde was a surprise inactive before the game, as there were reports that his shoulder didn’t feel right. This allowed Robinson to play more often than usual. Jacksonville led in time of possession for most of the game and played with a lead, which also led to a good environment for the second-year back. All of those things are unlikely to be true for most games this season.

Monitor the D.J. Chark Jr. injury: Chark fractured his ankle on the third offensive play of the game and is out indefinitely. Tavon Austin was activated off of injured reserve earlier today and took Chark’s role after the injury. It didn’t lead to an increase in playing time for any of the other receivers. Austin is only a waiver-wire target in very deep leagues. This should lead to slight increases in target shares for the Jaguars' other starting wide receivers.

Potentially add Dan Arnold: He was traded to the Jaguars just days ago that sent C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers. The Jaguars could have easily made him inactive but instead, they made him the primary receiving tight end. Now that Jacksonville has a lot of time before their next game, Arnold could have a bigger role next week. He caught both of his targets for 29 yards. Trevor Lawrence has thrown to tight ends more than the other Jaguars quarterbacks in recent seasons, so Arnold has a chance to reach the top-10 TE range.

Don’t add C.J. Uzomah: The Bengals tight end might seem like a solid waiver-wire target after the first two-touchdown game of his career, but it’s unlikely he repeats this, as he remained a small part of the Bengals passing attack. He’s reached 50 receiving yards just four times in the last six years prior to tonight and didn’t score in any of those games. He had just five targets coming into the game and only added six more this week. Once Tee Higgins is healthy again, his target share could decrease further. After several seasons, we know this game was an anomaly.

Stand pat on Joe Mixon: He didn’t play on the majority of third downs for a second straight game. Samaje Perine took these snaps, including some of the snaps late in the game in the two-minute drill. He didn’t seem to be 100%, which could have factored in at the end of the game. Mixon will remain a must-start every week due to how many carries he receives, but it will be hard for him to be a top-five back without these passing snaps.

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