Mixon appeared to take command of the Bengals running back committee in week three. He finished with 18 carries compared to just 15 combined for Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. The late game carries all went to Mixon, which is a good indication of how the Bengals feel about the situation. He finished with 67 rushing yards, caught three balls for 39 yards, and is looking at a favorable match-up in week four. While Cleveland appears to be tough against the run, those numbers come with an asterisk. The Browns have played two teams that rank in the bottom six in the league in terms of rushing offense. Baltimore was able to post 136 rushing yards on this defense. While the Bengals are not Baltimore and have looked awful at times this year, they looked like an entirely different team in week three against the Packers. The ultra-talented Mixon breaks out against the Browns.
Rodgers found no success running the ball against a stifling Vikings defense in week three, but look for him to rebound in a much more promising match-up with the New York Giants. The Giants have allowed more rushing yards than any other team in the NFL. Allowing teams to rush for 153 yards per game, while also fielding one of the league’s best pass defenses. Jameis Winston also struggled in week three. What does all of this mean?… It means that Tampa Bay will need to be successful on the ground to win this one. Plug Rodgers in as a mid-tier RB2.
While Blount and Wendell Smallwood should continue to split carries, Blount will see all of the goal-line work. In week four, the Eagles get the Chargers who have surrendered 147 rushing yards per game. That is the second most by any team. If Blount can come away with half of that 147 per week and the Eagles rush for a touchdown (which is likely to be run in by Blount) he can have a successful week for your fantasy team. He finished week three with a 12/67/1 line, expect similar numbers in week four.
Doug Baldwin has yet to practice this week and the Seahawks have a date with a poor Indianapolis defense on Sunday. The Colts defense gave up 284 yards per game against the Rams, Cardinals and Browns. Richardson suffered a broken finger in week three, but managed to return to score a late game touchdown. He has averaged just over six targets per game, a number which could go up if Baldwin is out or limited. If you need help at the position, take a chance on Richardson this week, he just might blow up.
Matthews posted a 6/87/1 stat line against one of the NFL’s best defenses in week three. In week four he plays another solid defense in the Houston Texans. However, the Texans have held opponents to under 100 yards per game rushing. Meaning that the Titans will likely need to go to the air in this one. Matthews is coming off of a week in which he had ten targets and has averaged eight targets a game thus far. He is not a major touchdown threat, but Matthews should see plenty of opportunities to put up stats in week four against beatable coverage.