NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs for yardage against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Christian McCaffrey: 8 carries, 27 yards, 9 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Marquise Brown: 6 receptions, 88 yards, 1 touchdown

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The return of Rondale Moore: Moore missed the first three games of the season but returned in Week 4 and was definitely not on a pitch count.

    • Moore was expected to be the team’s slot receiver this season, but A.J. Green was inactive with a knee injury, often forcing Moore to play out wide.
    • Greg Dortch led the team in snaps from the slot with 23, but 10 of those were run blocks.
    • Moore ran just as man routes from the slot (13) but lined up there just four times on run plays.
    • We’ll learn more about how much time Moore will have to share with Dortch in the slot once Green and DeAndre Hopkins are back.
    • Moore caught three of five passes for 11 yards and lost four yards on his only run.

Monitor James Conner’s usage: Conner was limited throughout the week with a knee injury. His playing time improved from last week, but it hasn’t reached the heights some fantasy managers have hoped for.

    • Conner saw a slight uptick in snaps compared to last week but wasn’t quite at his Week 1 heights and is still not close to his peak in 2021.
    • He was the primary back in every situation for Arizona, so he’s limited only by how much Arizona wants him on the field rather than the situation.
    • He ran 15 times for 55 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards.
    • He could be considered a buy-low option.

Monitor the Laviska Shenault injury: Shenault suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and didn’t return.

    • Shi Smith had been the Panthers' clear slot receiver the first two games, but Shenault started to cut into his playing time in Week 3.
    • Smith played six snaps to Shenault’s four within the first 14 offensive snaps prior to the Shenault injury.
    • Smith played 33 of 38 snaps over the rest of the game.
    • The Panthers were dominated in time of possession, which has become a trend, making it hard to trust any of the wide receivers on the team, let alone the third one.

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