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NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) hands the ball off to Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry: 22 carries, 114 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 33 receiving yards

Mo Alie-Cox: 6 receptions, 85 yards, 2 touchdowns

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Monitor the Treylon Burks injury: Burks was carted to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with a foot injury and didn’t return.

    • Burks received similar usage to past weeks, playing 32 of 39 offensive snaps in the first three quarters, including 19 of 23 pass plays.
    • Cody Hollister took over as the third wide receiver in the fourth quarter.
    • The Titans were winning at the time of Burks’ exit, so they largely went to more sets with multiple tight ends.
    • Kyle Philips was active after playing limited snaps in Week 2 and missing Week 3, but he played only two snaps and didn’t return any punts after assuming that role in Week 1.
    • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine would play a slightly higher percentage of plays if Burks misses time, while the door would be more open for Philips to become the main slot receiver again.

Monitor the Jonathan Taylor injury: Taylor suffered an injury that is believed to be a high ankle sprain.

    • Taylor received his normal amount of usage before the injury, including 20 ineffective carries.
    • Nyheim Hines took every snap after the injury, although this wasn’t surprising, as they were in clear passing situations.
    • Taylor missed practice for the first time ever Wednesday with a toe injury.
    • The Colts play on Thursday Night Football, making it less likely Taylor will be able to play this upcoming week.
    • Hines ranked sixth in my handcuff rankings this offseason. The traditional pass-down back has some history playing on every down before Taylor became an All-Pro.
    • Hines would be a top waiver wire target in the leagues he’s available this week, and he could go straight into starting lineups if Taylor misses next week.

Don’t add Mo Alie-Cox: The Colts' tight end caught two touchdowns but remains in a three-tight end rotation in Indianapolis.

    • He ran a route on only 26 of 41 pass plays.
    • Jelani Woods was the Colts' tight end to score two touchdowns last week, and at another point, Kylen Granson was leading the team in pass routes.
    • All three tight ends have between 1.44 and 1.48 yards per route run this season.
    • It’s fine to take dart throws on any of these three in daily fantasy, but none can be relied on in season-long leagues unless two get injured.

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