Breadwinners and Bedshitters Week 4
Week 4 didn’t see as many fireworks as week 3 did but there was still a lot of good football to be had. Week 4 seems to be the week of the injury as we lost Javonte Williams for the season, Jonathan Taylor possibly for a few games, and Tua Tagovailoa for about fifteen minutes and a bathroom break. Speaking of bathroom breaks, DK Metcalf was carted off the field as a result of a grade 3 Prairie Dog. Luckily he was able to get back in the game and not shit the bed. Others weren’t so lucky. Let’s get into it.
No De’Andre Swift or Amon Ra St. Brown - no problem. TJ Hockenson has been the one guy in Detroit’s offense not to have a breakout game this year. That is no longer the case. Hockenson exploded on Sunday catching 8 passes, including 5 for first downs. He had 179 total yards, 2 TDs, and a 2-point conversion.
Speaking of career days, Josh Jacobs had his on Sunday as well, helping the Raiders finally secure that elusive first victory. Jacobs accounted for 144 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and found the end zone twice. He also was a consistent chain mover picking up 10 first downs on the day. If that wasn’t enough of a performance he also added 5 catches on the day to give your PPR squad a little bit larger of a boost. This is the Jacobs we’ve been waiting for, let’s see if he can keep this momentum going into next week against the first-place Kansas City Chiefs.
The Seattle Seahawks put up 48 points this past weekend, led by Geno Smith. It seemed like the QB was back at West Virginia with how dominant he was throughout the game. As great as Geno was, Rashaad Penny might have been even better. Penny took 17 carries for 151 yards and also found the endzone twice. It would have been a great day with just those numbers. When you consider that the two rushing TD’s went for 41 yards and 36 yards, he had to be included on the Weekly Breadwinners.
This was supposed to be the week that Austin Ekeler bounced back. This was supposed to be the week he finally found himself in the endzone. Austin Ekeler did just that and then some. Ekeler carried the 13 times and saw 49 yards and also hauled in 6 passes for another 49 yards. Not a bad day, especially with his production so far this season. When you add in that he scored 2 rushing TDs and a receiving TD to boot and it was obvious he finally deserved some love. This is the kind of week fantasy owners absolutely needed out of Ekeler.
Johnathon Taylor once again saw plenty of volume and received 20 more carries. Once again he completely failed to capitalize on it with only 42 rushing yards. Furthermore, he lost a fumble and ended up hurting his ankle and leaving the game in the fourth quarter. The good news for Taylor owners is the injury doesn’t seem to be serious. The bad news for Taylor owners is this offensive line is not only no longer elite, it’s arguable that it’s still good.
The Jacksonville Jaguars came out Sunday and punched the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles square in the jaw. Things were looking great until the Eagles got up and hit Jacksonville with tombstone piledriver over the next three quarters. It’s not that Lawrence was bad, he was god awful. Lawrence went 11/23 on the day and finished with 174 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT. That stat line wouldn’t be the worst, however, he also lost FOUR fumbles on the day for a total of five turnovers. Any sot that Jacksonville had to stay in the game was completely undone by their fearless leader.
This one is my fault. Years of being a Cowboys fan has inflicted a curse on me that I just can’t shake. After week one I was ready to write Amari Cooper completely off. Then we saw vintage Amari in weeks 2 and 3. So naturally, I was back on board the Amari Cooper bandwagon and was trying to wrestle the driver out of his seat. Unfortunately doing so obviously made the bus violently crash and do a few flips before bursting into flames, much like Amari’s fantasy day. Cooper only saw 4 targets this week and was only able to haul in one of those for 9 yards. I guess he missed being on the Bedshitter’s list.
Devonta Smith’s two week run as Philly’s top WR option came screeching to a halt this week. While Smith did receive 4 targets and hauled in 3 of them, he was a complete nonfactor in the outcome of this game and finished the game with only 17 yards to show with a long reception of 7 yards. There will likely always be an element of boom or bust to Smith’s game, and I’m still dialing him back up for my matchups next week, but week 4 was certainly not his best showing, even if the Eagles were able to escape week 4 with their perfect record intact.
That's it for this week. Come back next week to see the new batch of players who rise to the occasion and become your next weekly Breadwinners, as well as the newest members of the shit list!