Amendola posts airball in Week 4 loss to KC
Danny Amendola | NE
(September 30, 2014 12:38 AM EDT)
Danny Amendola was held without a catch in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.
Even as one of the three receivers active, Amendola didn't draw a single target. He has just three catches for 16 yards this season, and clearly doesn't have Tom Brady's trust. Amendola is now falling behind Brandon LaFell. He's obviously not worth owning in any format. Amendola may find himself inactive soon.
Edelman catches four balls in MNF defeat
Julian Edelman | NE
(September 30, 2014 12:35 AM EDT)
Julian Edelman caught four passes for 23 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.
Edelman was targeted eight times on the night, but couldn't win at all against the Chiefs' bigger corners. That left Brandon LaFell to do most of the "damage" the Patriots could muster in the 41-14 blowout loss. After four games, Edelman is on pace for a 104-1,132-4 receiving line. He should definitely come close to those numbers if he stays healthy. Edelman is a locked-in WR2.
Gronkowski scores again in MNF loss to KC
Rob Gronkowski | NE
(September 30, 2014 12:27 AM EDT)
Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.
Gronkowski was targeted just three times, and was sitting on one catch for 18 yards for much of the night before reeling in a 13-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter of this 41-14 blowout. While it was a bad night all around for the Patriots, it was at least encouraging to see Gronkowski playing a large chunk of the snaps. His usage rate continues to rise as he works his way back from knee surgery. But it remains clear that Gronk isn't 100 percent or back to his normal self. He's staying afloat fantasy-wise by scoring touchdowns. After four games, Gronk is on pace for a 52-588-12 receiving line. Look for him to easily top those catch and yards totals by season's end.
Bowe catches 5-of-6 targets in Week 4 win
Dwayne Bowe | KC
(September 30, 2014 12:23 AM EDT)
Dwayne Bowe caught 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night.
It was easily Bowe's best game of the young season. He caught a couple passes in Darrelle Revis' coverage and was stopped at the one-yard line on one of the grabs just before halftime. Bowe is averaging 5-6 targets per week through three games, and is the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce. He also doesn't make many big plays, leaving him as a WR4.
LaFell posts 6-119-1 line in losing effort
Brandon LaFell | NE
(September 30, 2014 12:20 AM EDT)
Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.
LaFell was targeted a team-high ten times as one of only three receivers active. With Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola unable to win against Kansas City's bigger corners, LaFell was the go-to guy. His big play was a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a slant where LaFell broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Don't expect many more of these outings from LaFell. Through four games, he's on pace for a 40-660-4 line. Continue to ignore him in fantasy.
Knile Davis rushes for 107 yards in MNF win
Knile Davis | KC
(September 30, 2014 12:17 AM EDT)
Knile Davis rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots.
He added one catch for 12 yards. Even with Jamaal Charles back in the lineup, Davis remained a big part of the offense. He broke off a 48-yard run in the first half to set up a Charles touchdown. Davis then handled a couple series himself with Charles in the locker room getting an IV because of cramping. Expect Davis to see closer to 8-12 touches on a weekly basis the remainder of the season. The Chiefs were up so big on the scoreboard that they were able to run the ball 38 times. Davis remains a must-own handcuff for Charles owners.
Vereen totals 67 yards in Week 4 loss
Shane Vereen | NE
(September 30, 2014 12:12 AM EDT)
Shane Vereen rushed for 26 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, adding 41 yards on five catches.
Vereen saw the bulk of the work in the backfield with the Patriots getting blown out and in pass-first mode. Unfortunately, he didn't do much with his touches, turning in a long gain of nine yards. Through four games, Vereen is on pace for 860 total yards and eight touchdowns. Expectations were higher heading into the season. Vereen will be a touch-dependent RB3 next week vs. Cincinnati.
Alex Smith shreds Patriots for 3 TDs on MNF
Alex Smith | KC
(September 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT)
Alex Smith completed 20-of-26 passes for 248 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night.
All three of his touchdown passes were typical Smith throws close to the line of scrimmage, as two went to Jamaal Charles from five and eight yards out, with the other going to Travis Kelce from two yards away. Smith routinely got the ball to Charles and Kelce and let them do the work after the catch, especially Kelce. He also found Dwayne Bowe on a few chunk gains in Darrelle Revis' coverage. After four games, Smith is on pace to complete 336-of-512 passes for 3,564 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. That looks about right. Smith is a mid-range QB2. He and the Chiefs travel to San Francisco in Week 5.
Ridley rushes for 28 yards in blowout loss
Stevan Ridley | NE
(September 29, 2014 11:46 PM EDT)
Stevan Ridley rushed five times for 28 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.
The Patriots were blown out 41-14 and were trailing 17-0 at the half, leaving no real action for Ridley because he doesn't play in passing situations. Ridley's weekly role is unpredictable right now, making him a touchdown- and touch-dependent RB3. Through four games, he's on pace for a 228-816-4 rushing line. Ridley obviously isn't a factor in the passing game. He gets the Bengals next.
Raiders fire HC Dennis Allen after 0-4 start
Dennis Allen | FA
(September 29, 2014 11:34 PM EDT)
Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen.
This comes from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, so we know it's legit this time after the Associated Press reported on Twitter late Sunday night that Allen was out, only to delete the tweet later. Allen isn't the main problem in Oakland, but he's the first one to take the fall. Others should be coming, and hopefully for the Raiders fans' sake it'll be GM Reggie McKenzie next. McKenzie went out and signed a plethora of over-the-hill washed-up veterans, and basically said, "Here ya go, Dennis. Good luck." Allen should take his fair share of blame, though. He's a defensive mind, and the Oakland defense flat-out stinks. Allen had an 8-28 career record.
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