Not like we must be shocked, however we have seen numerous busts already throughout the 2021 season. Some have struggled all season lengthy, whereas different appear to attend till you insert them in your lineup earlier than laying an egg. We’re right here to assist with our Week 4 fantasy busts so you do not take a close to zero in your beginning lineup. Whether the final hype round a participant has gotten too excessive or somebody on the beginning ’em, sit ’em bubble has a troublesome matchup, there are a variety of causes disappointments can occur. This week Chuba Hubbard and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had been sizzling names on waivers however have some pink flags that house owners may be overlooking.
Even the highest studs can bust, however we won’t realistically sit these gamers. It’s straightforward to say the Patriots are robust in opposition to broad receivers, so anticipate lower than common from Mike Evans and Chris Godwin — however who of their proper thoughts goes to bench these guys until you are in a six-team league? Instead, we’ve got to seek out guys on the beginning ’em, sit ’em bubble who might really be candidates to trip the pine this week. As all the time, do not bench any of our picks when you clearly don’t have any higher choices, however concentrate on the potential for a down week and discover your choices.
For final week, we get an A-plus for figuring out Justin Fields, Sony Michel, Will Fuller, Robert Tonyan, and the Washington protection as busts. Where did we go fallacious, although? D’Andre Swift seems nearly matchup-proof in PPR, so we missed there. The similar may be true for Derek Carr, who we additionally thought was due for a regression. Tyler Higbee had an honest sport, and Tom Brady ended up with a pleasant fantasy day on account of quantity and a dashing rating. Do we get some credit score there for the gutsy name, although? Nah, in all probability not.
Overall, our busts have been extra on level than our sleeper picks, and we’re again once more to determine who may wrestle in Week 4.
Week 4 Fantasy Busts: Running backs
Damien Harris, Patriots vs. Buccaneers (Jackson Sparks). Harris hasn’t gotten a workhorse load since he fumbled in Week 1, and even with all of Tampa Bay’s defensive struggles, they’ve nonetheless been shutting down the run. Harris would not current a lot of a risk within the receiving sport, so even with James White out indefinitely, Harris will not get a lot utilization by way of the air. That mentioned, his ground and ceiling are very low. A goal-line landing is all that may save his day right here.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins vs. Colts (Vinnie Iyer). Malcolm Brown is getting some beginning consideration for his totally different talent set, and anticipate Salvon Ahmed to get some possibilities quickly, too. The matchup can also be meh.
Chuba Hubbard, Panthers @ Cowboys (Matt Lutovsky). Hubbard goes to get his touches, which is half the battle, however the Cowboys’ protection has been much better than anticipated, particularly in opposition to RBs. Austin Ekeler had day receiving in opposition to them in Week 2, however that is customary for him. The Bucs and Eagles’ backs had been shut down on the bottom and thru the air, and Hubbard might discover himself in the same scenario. Plus, Royce Freeman might wind up stealing extra snaps than most assume.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks
Sam Darnold, Panthers @ Cowboys (Sparks). Darnold has been the sleeper of the season sitting at QB12, however he’ll be with out Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) for a number of weeks. The stress might be on him to ship with out his security blanket, and the Cowboys’ protection seems legitimately stable after getting torched by the Buccaneers in Week 1.
Derek Carr, Raiders at Chargers (Iyer). It’s slowing down sooner or later, and Monday night time on the highway in opposition to a more durable move protection below Brandon Staley is the time. Las Vegas might be a greater guess for fulfillment within the working sport.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans @ Jets (Lutovsky). This seems like an excellent matchup at first blush, however Tannehill’s high receiver (A.J. Brown) is probably going out, and the Jets surprisingly are permitting the second-fewest fantasy factors per sport (FPPG) to QBs this 12 months. Turns out while you’re as dangerous because the Jets, groups merely don’t have to move in opposition to you. Tannehill might have an honest day, however it’s Derrick Henry who figures to be the winner right here.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receivers
Cole Beasley, Bills vs. Texans (Sparks). Beasley as soon as once more seems like a PPR machine, however his fantasy factors come from quantity. If this sport is a blowout, Josh Allen will not try a ton of passes, and Beasley might see a quiet day after the primary half. It’s vital to recollect dangerous groups should not all the time an excellent matchup on account of the potential for a one-sided sport.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Titans vs. Jets (Iyer). Because of accidents for A.J. Brown (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee), he may be the highest wideout for Ryan Tannehill in opposition to New York, however Tennessee received’t be throwing a lot and the hosts’ corners are literally taking part in fairly darn nicely.
Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney, Giants @ Saints (Lutovsky). It’s straightforward to assume Golladay and Toney shine with Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Sterling Shepard (hamstring) hurting, however Golladay (hip) is dinged up himself and Toney has accomplished nothing this 12 months. Collin Johnson really led the Giants in targets final week, Evan Engram is again, and Saquon Barkley is commanding a variety of touches. The Saints are additionally a a lot more durable protection than Atlanta. This may very well be a foul all-around offensive day for New York’s wideouts.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight ends
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Colts (Sparks). Gesecki had his finest sport of the season in opposition to the Raiders, catching 10-of-12 targets for 86 yards. However, regardless of the Colts not being pretty much as good as anticipated on protection, they have been among the highest half of the league in opposition to tight ends. Overall, this offense is simply dangerous with Jacoby Brissett on the helm, so all Dolphins are bust candidates this week. The Colts’ protection often heats up because the season progresses.
Robert Tonyan, Packers vs. Steelers (Iyer). His TD-dependent, low quantity methods have gotten a priority, as now different receivers are nicely concerned past Davante Adams.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys vs. Panthers (Lutovsky). Schultz has an enormous Week 3, however we’ve already seen him disappear one week and present up the following. While we like his total outlook for the season, we’re not excessive on him in opposition to a Panthers protection that’s allowed the fifth-fewest FPPG to TEs this 12 months.
Week 4 Fantasy Busts: Defenses
Carolina Panthers @ Cowboys (Sparks). The Panthers have been one of many high defensive models this season, however they’ve confronted Zach Wilson, Jameis Winston, and Davis Mills. Dak Prescott would be the finest quarterback they’ve seen, and it is not even shut. It would not assist that cornerback Jaycee Horn (foot) will out of the sport, too.
Washington Football Team vs. Falcons (Iyer). It’s unbelievable how poorly they’re taking part in with questionable effort and shaky self-discipline all around the subject. They might get proper in opposition to the Falcons however appear extra more likely to fall additional into irrelevance.
Denver Broncos vs. Ravens (Lutovsky). The Broncos have been nice this 12 months, however it’s not overly troublesome to place up fantasy factors in opposition to the Giants, Jaguars, and Jets. The Ravens are a unique animal, and Denver is destined to disappoint.