NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland Browns

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Chubb: 19 carries, 118 yards, 1 touchdown

Caleb Huntley: 10 carries, 56 yards, 1 touchdown

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Monitor the health of Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson was questionable coming into the game with a knee injury and was clearly limited in how he was used.

    • Patterson played 10 of 16 snaps in the first quarter and six of 39 over the rest of the game.
    • Luckily, he scored a touchdown on his nine carries to save fantasy managers who started him.
    • It is probably worth leaving him on your bench until we know he’s closer to 100%.
    • Tyler Allgeier had seemed like the clear other back to have on fantasy rosters, but Caleb Huntley took over as the early-down and goal-line back, leading to Huntley scoring a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
    • Atlanta ran the ball 35 times, which is something the team likely won’t be able to do every game, so there will be fewer carries to go around.
    • Damien Williams will miss at least one more game, but he could be back soon to take over the early-down work.
    • The Falcons have arguably the most chaotic backfield this season in terms of player usage, and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

More bad news for Kyle Pitts: Pitts’ playing time continues to trend in the wrong direction. He was able to overcome it last week, but it cost him several pass routes in Week 4.

    • Pitts was often on the field in two- or three-tight end sets but played just one of 10 snaps in 21 personnel and two of eight snaps in 11 personnel.
    • He was asked to stay in and pass block on only one play, meaning there were seven of 20 pass plays where Pitts wasn’t on the field.
    • His threat rate was a high 33.3% on the bright side, but only two of his four targets were catchable.
    • Having a high target share on low snaps is not sustainable for a consistent fantasy starter at tight end.
    • He’s caught 25 or fewer passing yards in three of his four games and has yet to score a touchdown.

Start David Njoku: Njoku put up another solid performance, catching five passes for 73 yards.

    • Njoku has rarely left the field all season and is very often running routes whenever Cleveland runs a pass play.
    • His 1.78 yards per route run on the season ranks among the top half of tight ends with over 100 routes run this season.
    • This makes him one of the few tight ends in the league with both volume and above-average efficiency.
    • Every other tight end with over 100 routes and over 1.3 yards per route run is consistently in fantasy starting lineups this season.


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