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NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Denver Broncos vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) rushes towards Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during a game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Jacobs: 28 carries, 144 yards, 2 touchdowns, 5 receptions, 31 receiving yards

Davante Adams: 9 receptions, 101 yards

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Monitor the Javonte Williams injury: Williams suffered a knee injury on the first play of the second half. He was carted to the locker room, quickly ruled out and was seen on crutches at the end of the game.

  • There are a variety of injuries this could be, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Williams missed a few games — at least.
  • Williams played 23-of-25 snaps in the first half, finally seeing the usage all fantasy managers had been dreaming of.
  • Melvin Gordon also took a trip to the medical tent but returned before the end of the game.
  • Mike Boone took nine snaps in the fourth quarter to seven by Gordon.
  • Gordon was on the injury report heading into the game with a neck injury that kept him limited in practice.
  • Boone should be a popular waiver wire pickup, as he could see significant early-down work as well as the passing-down snaps.
  • Gordon should remain on fantasy rosters, but it’s no sure thing that he will see over 50% of offensive snaps.

Drop Albert Okwuegbunam: The Broncos tight end received only one offensive snap, the only time Denver used a three-tight end set.

  • Rookie Greg Dulcich has been on injured reserve but has a very high chance of practicing this week and could join the active roster in the next week or two.
  • He will likely become the Broncos' receiving tight end by the end of the season, making it unlikely Okwuegbunam can carve out significant playing time again without an injury.
  • There is always a chance the Broncos trade Okwuegbunam, as it’s unlikely Denver keeps four tight ends and one fullback on their active roster each week.
  • Dulcich would be a strong waiver wire target at tight end this week.

Keep Josh Jacobs: Jacobs had a career game but should not be a sell-high candidate.

  • The Raiders' use of Jacobs this week was similar to other weeks.
  • He’s maintained a huge dominance of early-down snaps. He’s received 86% of those snaps this season.
  • He’s seen a clear majority of snaps in short yardage, at the goal line and in two-minute drills, both in this game and in the season as a whole.
  • He still plays in a minority of third downs, and that is unlikely to change.
  • The only difference in this game and other weeks was the game script, which meant they could rely on Jacobs late in the game rather than pass late.
  • He obviously won’t have over 150 yards and two touchdowns every week, but there is no sign of him losing opportunities.


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