Week 3 is done and Week 4 got kicked off with a bit of a bang with a surprisingly good game with the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals. Let’s be honest, did any of us think that this Thursday Night Football game was going to turn out as good as it was? Coming down to the last drive with Bengals QB Joe Burrow setting up the team for the game-winning field goal to win the game? Nah! I know I didn’t. Despite the nice game, fantasy managers may be a bit pressed to make some moves if they are staring at an 0-3 record. I know in some of my longer-standing leagues, I have to make some adjustments pronto before it gets out of hand.
One way you can do that is by making trades and you know I have you guys covered with the Fantasy’s Phinest “Swindler’s list”. So for Week 4, I have some prime buy-low options that you should be looking to make a move on that could help your fantasy teams that may still have some upside to them. Reminder: If you’re new to fantasy football, “buy low” in FF terms means to target a player that isn’t performing at their peak or are in a bit of a rut but that you also hope that they can bounce back from those bad performances.
Let’s get into it.
First up on my buy-low targets for Week 4 is David Montgomery. He started great in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams going 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown but has since fallen victim to Matt Nagy’s play-calling issues that have caused the Bears offense to sputter over the last two weeks. If you can catch a David Montgomery manager lacking, this may be the perfect time to do it as the Bears take on the Lions in Week 4. The Lions are giving up the 10th most fantasy points to opposing running backs and have given up 6 rushing touchdowns so far. Granted, most of that came from Packers running back Aaron Jones going completely bonkers in Week 2 with four but Montgomery has a solid matchup that the Bears should be looking to take advantage of.
Now on to some more Chicago Bears players. I already mentioned David Montgomery earlier in this article but I have to throw Allen Robinson and Justin Fields in the mix too. Again, due to the poor play calling and even poorer quarterback play (even before Fields took the field), Robinson has been suffering in the Bears offense. Averaging just 7 targets a game over the first 3 weeks of the season isn’t a good start for someone who should be commanding the ball inside the Bears’ passing attack. Robinson is averaging just 8.2 fantasy points so far this year. The hope (my hope at least) is that the Bears’ front office finally wakes up and switches play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazer the rest of the way, or at least fire Matt Nagy altogether. The latter isn’t likely to happen but should a change in play-calling happen, Robinson and essentially Justin Fields should be more fantasy relevant going forward. I was going to add Darnell Mooney to this article too but he’s probably available on waivers as we speak so you may not need to “buy low” on a free guy.
These same rules apply to Justin Fields as he was sacked 9 times in his first game against the Cleveland Browns. Nagy’s playstyle did Fields no favors as took a beating against an aggressive Browns defensive front. The Bears oline also did Fields no favors either. Maybe better prep time and an offensive coordinator that can change the Bears’ offense for the better will allow Justin Fields potential to rise to the top. Otherwise, we may see more Andy Dalton as we go deeper into the season.
Leonard Fournette is another target that I would try to get in on before his price goes back up. Go with this in mind though. Because of the situation, he may be one guy that may be a bit harder to get from the fantasy manager but I would still try. Bruce Arians doesn’t seem to trust Ronald Jones as he saw just five touches in Week 3 (just 16% snap share) against the Rams, while Leonard Fournette saw a 35.6% snap share in the same week. Now I know what you’re thinking. “Giovani Bernard got the most snaps out of all the running backs that week”, and that is true. However, the Bucs were surprisingly playing catch up the whole game and opted to use feature Bernard as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Bernard also got banged up in that game, coming out with a knee injury with reports calling it an MCL sprain.
With Bernard already ruled OUT for Week 4 and the Bucs not trusting Jones, Leonard Fournette should be on your buy low radar after getting just seven total touches. Fournette looks to be the lead back and could hold the role longer with a strong showing against the New England Patriots this Sunday.
Another player to target is Rams wide receiver Robert Woods. Woods hasn’t been getting the kind of love that you would expect from one of the hottest offenses in the league. The Rams ranked 3rd in total offense, 6th in passing yards, and tied for 2nd in passing touchdowns with 9. The problem is that despite these accolades, Woods has just one receiving touchdown over 3 games. He’s also averaging just 10.4 fantasy points so far this season. Because of the kind of offense that he’s in, there’s certainly a possibility to bounce back and this may be the perfect opportunity to snake him from a panicking fantasy manager.