NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes the ball against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Jets won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall: 17 carries, 66 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards

Corey Davis: 5 receptions, 74 yards, 1 touchdown

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Add Kenny Pickett: The Steelers made a quarterback change at halftime, switching to Pickett. His play was promising enough for him to be worth picking up in fantasy leagues.

    • He ran the ball six times, leading to 15 yards and two touchdowns. His willingness to run is huge for his fantasy production.
    • His average depth of target of 13.2 yards is bound to regress, but the fact that he’s willing to throw deeper passes is encouraging for his ability to make big plays.
    • For most quarterbacks who are either available or backups in fantasy football, we know their upside is limited. Pickett is one of the few unknowns in how high his ceiling can get, so it’s worth taking a chance on in case he becomes a fantasy star.

Add George Pickens: The Steelers' rookie receiver has consistently received enough playing time to be relevant in fantasy football, but now he has a quarterback who could help him reach his potential.

    • Pickens saw a target on 33.3% of his routes in the second half today compared to 28.6% in the first half and 12.9% over the first three weeks.
    • He averaged 5.92 yards per route run in the half.
    • This is obviously a small sample size, but rookie wide receivers picked in the first two rounds should always be on fantasy rosters, and now there is more reason to believe Pickens can become a fantasy starter.

Start Breece Hall: The Jets continued to get Hall more involved in the offense, and the situation could be getting even better going forward.

    • New York already used Hall as the passing-down back last week, and he continued to take that role in this game.
    • His 26 targets this season are the second most for any running back.
    • This was the first week where he received the majority of early down snaps.
    • He received the clear majority of goalline work last week and 100% of those snaps this week.
    • His rushing production was much better than Michael Carter’s this week, and he has graded better than Carter as a rusher on the season. This could lead to a larger majority in the future.
    • Carter should still be on fantasy benches as a handcuff, but he should no longer be considered for starting lineups.

Buy low on Garrett Wilson: Wilson only caught two passes for 41 yards, but he continues to be very involved in the offense.

    • His percentage of offensive snaps has been on the rise each week.
    • He still received the majority of his snaps in the slot like he has the past two weeks, but he played 19 snaps out wide compared to just seven last week.
    • His 1.58 yards per route run from the slot were the most for him since he started to be used as a slot receiver.
    • His PFF receiving grade is the highest of all the Jets wide receivers.

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