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NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs (87) catches a pass to score a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Damien Harris: 18 carries, 86 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, -2 receiving yards

Allen Lazard: 6 receptions, 116 yards

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Monitor the Jonnu Smith ankle injury: Smith suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t return.

    • The Patriots stayed in 11 personnel for every snap during the rest of the game, with Hunter Henry never leaving the field.
    • Henry would be worth at least picking up again if the Smith injury is serious.
    • Part of Henry’s problem has been not as much playing time the previous two weeks compared to most games last season.
    • He also hasn’t seen as many targets per route run, but this would at least solve some of those problems.

Patriots mix up their RB usage: The Patriots remain a two-man backfield with Ty Montgomery on injured reserve but changed how they were using their two backs.

    • The Patriots had used a strict rotation by drive, with Damien Harris playing one drive and Rhamondre Stevenson the next.
    • The main exception had been Stevenson playing in two-minute drills.
    • New England rotated its backs much more frequently this week.
    • This allowed the Patriots to use Stevenson on every third down.
    • Stevenson has played six or more snaps on third downs just three times in his career, and those have been the past three weeks.
    • Both backs remain borderline fantasy starters depending on the matchup, but Stevenson is becoming more valuable in passing situations because of this.
    • Stevenson had graded out better as a rusher and receiver this season, so he could see an even larger majority of snaps over time.

Add and consider starting Romeo Doubs: Doubs went from leading a rotation at wide receiver to being one of the two clear starters in Green Bay.

    • Both he and Allen Lazard were tied in both offensive snaps and targets. Lazard had more receiving yards, but Doubs had the touchdown.
    • His 24 targets are good for 30th-best on the season despite him having a rotational role earlier in the season.
    • His playing time doesn’t have any higher to go, but he could become a clear leader in targets on the team sooner rather than later, catching passes from the former MVP.
    • Both Randall Cobb and Christian Watson shared time in the slot when Green Bay ran three-receiver sets. Watson’s percentage of offensive snaps has declined each week since he started playing.



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