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NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks

Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) breaks a tackle from Seattle Seahawks strong safety Josh Jones (13) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Hockenson: 8 receptions, 179 yards, 2 touchdowns

Rashaad Penny: 17 carries, 151 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards

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Monitor the Quintez Cephus injury: Cephus suffered a foot injury early in the second half and didn’t return to the game, making a thin Lions wide receiver room even thinner.

    • The Lions didn’t have Amon-Ra St. Brown or D.J. Chark due to injuries, leading several fantasy managers to pick up Josh Reynolds.
    • Reynolds delivered with a seven-catch, 81-yard, one-touchdown performance.
    • Tom Kennedy took over as the primary slot receiver for this game, while Cephus played out wide across from Reynolds on most plays.
    • Cephus, Kennedy and Reynolds all played at least 17 of the Lions' 21 pass plays in the first half.
    • Kalif Raymond took over as the slot receiver in the second half once Cephus went down, forcing Kennedy to move outside.
    • Most of these receivers can be left on the waiver wire, but hold on to Reynolds in case one of the other wide receivers takes more time to return to the field.

The Lions without D’Andre Swift: Jamaal Williams largely took over in the absence of Swift, leaving fantasy managers very happy with his performance.

    • He ran the ball 19 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns while also catching a one-yard pass.
    • Third-string running back Craig Reynolds took a lot of Swift’s snaps in passing situations.
    • Reynolds also handled more goal-line work than Swift had in the first three games put together.
    • Justin Jackson also moved up the depth chart, receiving a few snaps and taking a touchdown.
    • Williams should remain in fantasy starting lineups as long as Swift is out, while Reynolds is worth stashing in deeper leagues in case the injury lingers.

Rashaad Penny trending up: Penny had by far his best game of the season on the ground, but there is even more reason to be excited about him going forward.

    • Penny has remained the clear leader on early downs and in goal-line situations, holding off second-round rookie Kenneth Walker III by outplaying him.
    • Travis Homer landed on injured reserve this past week with a rib injury, which will hold him out for at least three more games.
    • DeeJay Dallas largely took Homer’s role last week, but Penny received four snaps on third-and-three or longer, which was more than in any game in 2021 or 2022.
    • Penny’s third-down usage continued to grow, playing five snaps on third-and-3 or longer for the fourth time in his career. He has never achieved that more than once in a season but could potentially pull it off as early as next week.
    • He’s run 16 or more routes six times in his career, including in four of his past five games.

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