NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) cuts in front of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin (3) during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

J.K. Dobbins: 13 carries, 41 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 receptions, 22 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Isaiah McKenzie: 4 receptions, 21 yards, 1 touchdown

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 Monitor the health of the Bills' wide receivers: Jamison Crowder was carted to the locker room with an ankle injury, while Isaiah McKenzie left the game with a concussion. Neither returned to the game.

    • The Bills were already down one wide receiver in Jake Kumerow heading into the game. This allowed rookie Khalil Shakir to be active.
    • Buffalo used solely 11 personnel in the first half.
    • Crowder out-snapped McKenzie, 11 to 9, prior to Crowder’s injury.
    • McKenzie played significantly in the two-minute drill in the second quarter, as well as in the third quarter. 
    • Shakir didn’t start seeing playing time on offense until both wide receivers were injured. He took over as the slot receiver in three-receiver sets.
    • When everyone is healthy, this is a situation to avoid due to the split in snaps. If one or both of the top slot receivers misses time, whoever is left at the top of the depth chart is worth having on your fantasy roster due to their volume and the offense.

J.K. Dobbins trending up: Dobbins scored the two touchdowns for Baltimore, but there was even more reason to be excited about his usage.

    • The biggest concern for Dobbins after Week 3 was Justice Hill seeing most of the short-yardage and goal-line work.
    • This week, Dobbins received the majority of the goal-line work, and the short-yardage work was split.
    • Dobbins also received a snap on third down unlike last week. We’ve yet to see the Ravens run a two-minute drill since his return.
    • This all adds up to Dobbins being a relatively safe start at least until Gus Edwards is healthy.
    • Kenyan Drake was inactive for a second straight week and can be released in any league he’s still in.

Monitor the Rashod Bateman injury: Bateman went to the medical tent after the first play of the second half. He had his helmet on and was on the sideline but didn’t return to the game.

    • He saw his usual workload in the first half, including being on the field for 20 of 23 pass plays.
    • Demarcus Robinson took his role in the second half, playing 17 of 20 pass plays.
    • Tylan Wallace also moved up the depth chart. He didn’t play on offense in the first half but played six snaps in the second half.
    • Devin Duvernay’s role was notably unchanged, and he played only  13 of 20 pass plays in the second half.
    • The fact that he remained on the sideline and had his helmet is a good sign the injury isn’t serious.

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