Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay – Somewhat of a victim to Green Bay’s slow starting offense during the first three weeks, Adams exploded onto the scene before a nationally televised audience on Thursday Night Football. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers clearly was intent on getting Adams involved early and often. The fifth-year pro from Fresno State had himself a career night in the first quarter alone, notching six catches for 107 yards. He finished the night with 10 catches for 180 yards, although he failed to reach the end zone. Adams sustained a toe injury midway through the fourth quarter which caused him to miss the remainder of the game, including the game ending drive where Rodgers was intercepted at the goal line. An MRI revealed that Adams’ toe injury was not as serious as initially thought, although he could still miss some time. Green Bay played Thursday so they get some extra days of rest this week before returning to action at Dallas, allowing Adams some much needed rest and rehab. If he is on your roster, monitor his injury status closely.
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia – Through the first three weeks of this season, Howard was stuck in a committee of sorts, splitting time with rookie Miles Sanders. That all changed on Thursday, as Howard did his best to stake a definitive claim on the RB1 position. While he still split some carries with Sanders, he led Philadelphia with 15 carries for 87 yards and two scores. He also proved to be valuable in the air attack, with three catches for 28 yards and a third touchdown. Things could certainly revert back to the way they were, but from my vantage point it sure seems as if Howard will be the clear No. 1 in the Philadelphia running game. Philadelphia returns home next week to face a New York Jets defense which is averaging (per game) 19 carries for 72 yards and a score to opposing running backs.
Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland – Going into this season, Chubb knew that his role might change once the suspended Kareem Hunt returned from his eight-game suspension. That still might happen, but on Sunday Chubb sure did what he could to convince the coaches to retain the status quo even when Hunt’s suspension is behind him. Chubb ran wild on Sunday against an otherwise very good Baltimore defense, racking up 165 yards and three scores on 20 carries, while his work in the passing game remained fairly mediocre, with just three receptions for 18 yards. If Chubb can maintain those rushing numbers in the weeks ahead, head coach Freddie Kitchens may have no choice but to limit Hunt’s involvement in favor of the hot hand. Cleveland travels to San Francisco next week, then return home to host Seattle before its bye week.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay – Aside from a breakout performance in Week 3, Tampa Bay wide out Mike Evans has had a rather pedestrian season through the first four weeks. In that same time, teammate Chris Godwin’s work has been a bit more steady, and on Sunday he lit up the scoreboard, leading all Week 4 receivers with 12 catches for 172 yards and two scores. If he can maintain even a portion of that success, he may just supplant Evans as Jameis Winston’s go-to target. Tampa Bay has two critical NFC South battles on the docket, traveling to New Orleans next week before returning home for a rematch with Carolina. For the record, Godwin torched Carolina in Week 2, collecting eight catches for 121 yards and and a touchdown.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay – There has been a lot of talk on sports radio regarding Green Bay and its slow starting offense. Rodgers is at the center of that discussion, failing to reach the 20-point fantasy benchmark through three weeks. Rodgers finally quieted his doubters last Thursday night, going 34-of-53 for 422 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers also led the team in rushing, with five carries for 46 yards. Rodgers was not without flaws, however, losing one fumble and throwing the game-ending interception, giving Green Bay its first loss of the season. Rodgers may have a difficult time improving on those number this week, as Green Bay heads into Dallas, possibly without the services of wide receiver Davante Adams, who is still recovering from a late game toe injury. If Adams can’t go, it will be up to Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison to lead the air attack.