Fantasy Recap: Week 4 Early Slate 1

  • Final Score: Eagles 29, Jaguars 21 (Eagles covered -6.5, O45.5)


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    In our preview, we asked the question: “Are the Jaguars good?” Well after this game our answer is probably not although the weather played a big role in this affair. The Eagle defense were all over Trevor Lawrence forcing him to commit five turnovers (one interception, four fumbles lost) in the return of former Eagles Superbowl coach Doug Peterson’s to Philadelphia. The Eagles began the second quarter with their largest deficit of the season. Down 14-0, the defense stepped up in a big way forcing turnover after turnover while running the ball down the Jaguars’ throats. Boom/Bust play Kenneth Gainwell managed a touchdown on his six opportunities so if you were forced to give him a spot start on your roster as a flex/RB2 play, he may have done enough for you in a backfield that still belongs to Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts. However, top-start Christian Kirk caught just two of his nine targets for 60 yards while adding a rushing attempt for three. He should remain a top-start for the Jaguars as long as he sees that type of target share in a better matchup. The Jaguars fall to 2-2 as they look to bounce back at home against Houston next week. The Eagles will take their 4-0 record into Arizona against a defense that gives up a ton of yards to all positions.


    Top Performers

    RB Miles Sanders: Sanders had little trouble running all over this Jaguars defense that had ranked first in rushing yards allowed per game, running for 134 yards on 27 carries with two receptions for 22 yards. He remains must-start as a borderline RB1/2 as the Eagles ground game appears unstoppable.


    WR A.J. Brown: Brown continues his solid start to the season, hauling in five of seven targets for 95 yards. He didn’t need to have a massive game thanks to the running game finding so much success. While that may continue, Brown remains a WR1 for fantasy purposes with his target share and big play ability.


    DEF Eagles: The reason we don’t have a Jaguars player as a top performer in this game is because of the performance by the Eagles defense. They totaled four sacks, six tackles for loss, an interception and four fumble recoveries. The Eagle defense looks like a matchup-proof option every week.


    Biggest Busts

    QB Trevor Lawrence: This was a disappointing performance for Lawrence to say the least. Throwing for only 174 passing yards and two touchdowns, adding an interception and four fumbles. Lawrence failed to meet expectations after having back-to-back solid fantasy outings the last two weeks. He will be a low-end QB option in single quarterback leagues but may be in your lineup in two QB leagues with the good matchup at home against the Texans.


    RB James Robinson: The RB3 coming into this matchup, Robinson failed to get anything going on limited opportunities against a stout defensive front. The biggest storyline for this backfield was that Travis Etienne split down the middle with eight carries each. It’s hard to take much from this one as Lawrence turned the ball over five times, meaning the Jaguars ran only 46 plays to the Eagles 77. However, we could see Etienne out-touch the incumbent as early as next week.


    WR Christian Kirk: Kirk was another casualty of Lawrence’s poor performance, catching only 2-of-9 targets for 60 yards. He came into the week with high hopes after his early season success even with the rough matchup, but it proved to be too much to overcome for this offense. Kirk’s target share and role in the offense means he remains a must-start, but with the floor this offense showed on Sunday, we may need to lower expectations.


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    Final score: Jets 24, Steelers 20 (Jets covered +3 O41.5)


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