Your #DraftKings #NFL week 4 Recap of Craziness, Vines, GIFs and Tweets!



by Adam Levitan

1. Seahawks rule Marshawn Lynch out for Monday Night Football

If you followed the news closely over the weekend, you knew there was a very, very strong chance Marshawn Lynch would sit out tonight’s game against the Lions. He didn’t practice at all and the Seahawks revealed that an MRI revealed “some findings.” Note that in Week 3, Thomas Rawls out-snapped Fred Jackson 34-21 and out-touched him 16-4. Sharp owners that understood Lynch’s status jumped on Rawls as a min-priced starter who projects for 15-20 touches against a run defense that has gone from elite to vulnerable very quickly without Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and DeAndre Levy. Per ESPN Seahawks beat man Sheil Kapadia, Rawls is “expected to get the bulk of the work” with 34-year-old pass-down back Jackson “rotating in.”

2. Scary stuff for impressive Jordan Reed

Whenever Jordan Reed is on the field, he is an impressive mismatch creator that puts up elite tight end numbers weekly. Unfortunately, it sounds like he’s going to be sidelined for a bit. Reed sustained a concussion against the Eagles Sunday, his fifth known concussion since arriving at the University of Florida in 2010. It’s a shame because Reed was on pace for 96 catches, 1,112 yards and four touchdowns on 136 targets. Note that Rob Gronkowski led all tight ends in targets last year with 130. If both Reed and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) can’t go at Atlanta in Week 5, Pierre Garcon will be a good bet for 10 targets. It’s also worth noting that fourth-round rookie slot man Jamison Crowder has seen 18 targets in the last two weeks, playing on 69.9 percent of the snaps during that span. Andre Roberts was a healthy scratch Sunday.

3. Chargers get banged up at wide receiver

San Diego got thinned out at WR Sunday as veteran streaker Malcom Floyd suffered a concussion and Stevie Johnson pulled his hamstring. They only had four wideouts active, so Keenan Allen and Dontrelle Inman had to close the win over the Browns out. The Chargers will get Antonio Gates back off his steroid suspension for Week 5 and Ladarius Green is realizing his upside, but expect this to be a Keenan Allen week. The Steelers secondary has no answer for a guy that is already averaging 11.5 targets per game. Allen won’t come cheap though — he is $7200 this week, the 10th-most expensive receiver on DraftKings.

4. Defensive leak trends continue

Certain teams can’t defend certain positions. Three of the most glaring examples this year are Raiders against tight ends, Colts against slot receivers (where Vontae Davis doesn’t go) and Giants against tight ends. The proof:

Raiders vs. TEs

Week 1: Tyler Eifert 9-104-2
Week 2: Crockett Gillmore 5-88-2
Week 3: Gary Barnidge 6-105-1
Week 4: Martellus Bennett 11-83-1

Colts vs. slot WRs

Week 1: Percy Harvin 5-79-1
Week 2: Eric Decker 8-97-1
Week 3: Kendall Wright 7-95-1
Week 4: Allen Hurns 11-116-1

Giants vs. TEs

Week 1: Jason Witten 8-60-2
Week 2: Jacob Tamme 4-70-0
Week 3: Jordan Reed 6-96-0
Week 4: Charles Clay 9-111-0