Four weeks in, and the NFL has been a whirlwind with The Vikings going 4-0 and the Jaguars earned their first win of the season in London. With these results, there have also been an emergence and drop off for some players critical to fantasy leagues this year. Here are the players you should steal and the players that you need to rid your fantasy team of.
Eddie Royal, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Bears wide receiver Eddie Royal has been a pleasant surprise in Chicago this year. Coming in, he was expected to be a decent No. 3 receiver, however, he’s played to a much higher level this season, amassing 241 yards on 18 receptions. Royal has been playing like a No. 2 rather than a three. With Kevin White likely to be limited, and even miss some time because of an ankle injury, Royal will see a significant increase in targets over the next couple of weeks. Be on the lookout for Royal in trades and in the free agent market as well.
Randall Cobb, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Coming into the season, Randall Cobb was the clear No. 2 receiver for the Packers behind teammate Jordy Nelson. However, Cobb has disappointed so far this season with only 131 yards and no touchdowns in three games. Fear not though, as Cobb is set to come out of his shell sooner rather than later with the renewed vigor of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Also, don’t forget that Cobb was the No. 1 receiver for Rodgers a year ago, showing that he can put up big numbers once he gets through this rough stretch.
LeGarrette Blount, running back, New England Patriots
After having stellar performances in his previous three games, Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount hit a wall against the Buffalo Bills defense. Blount was held to 54 yards on 13 rushes against the Bills’ stingy defense. Even though this was just one game, Blount’s overall production is more than likely to decrease with quarterback Tom Brady returning to the lineup after serving his four-game suspension. With Brady at the helm, Blount’s touches will dwindle as Brady takes control of the offense. Therefore, sell Blount high now when you have the chance before his production begins to drop over the next few weeks.
Melvin Gordon, running back, San Diego Chargers
Chargers back Melvin Gordon has been a fantasy monster to begin the season. Gordon has 230 rushing yards on 73 rushes, to go along with 13 catches for 104 yards. He also found the end zone a league-leading six times in four games. However, he has a measly 3.2 yards per carry and had only 36 rushing yards on 19 carries in the Chargers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints. Low numbers have been a trend for Gordon, as he earned only 35 yards the week before. So, yes ,Gordan has put up monster numbers, but in a pass-happy Chargers offense, Gordon’s potential will be lessened. Look to get rid of Gordon now when you can get a good trade before people begin to realize his limited ceiling.