3 Lessons Learned After Week 4

Chris Allen reviews three noteworthy performances coming out of Week 4 and provides some advice for fantasy managers on how to approach their situations going forward.

An easy lesson coming out of Week 4 is to have backup plans for your backup plans. The associated lesson with identifying backup plans is to adjust your expectations and rosters to accommodate the likely drop in production. Everyone’s league was disrupted this past week because of the schedule shuffling due to the pandemic. League rules were renegotiated and rosters were filled with players most managers never considered starting. As the season continues, our time to improve our roster doesn’t just happen on Tuesday night with the week’s first waiver run. News will continue to flow throughout the week giving us an opportunity to build a winning roster despite any pitfalls that may come along the way.

Injuries and postponed games aside, Week 4 had its fair share of let downs and bright spots. Lessons Learned will typically focus on the disappointments, but a positive lesson coming out of Week 4 was worth discussing as fantasy managers take to the waiver wire. Let’s start at the quarterback position and see what we can expect out of the Texans’ quarterback in the weeks ahead.

Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, Texans

Week 4 Results: (Projected) 22.8, (Actual) 20.9

Watson was a consensus top-eight quarterback throughout draft season. Despite losing DeAndre Hopkins, the addition of Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb with the hope Will Fuller V could stay healthy was enough to allay our collective worries. But Watson sits at QB13 through four weeks. He was only able to squeak out 20.9 points in Week 4 with 41.3% of his yardage coming in the fourth quarter. While we’ll take the points, the entire Texans’ offense is an enigma with most of the questions directed at the two-time Pro Bowler. Watson may not have been a big disappointment in Week 4, but he left the fantasy community wanting more from the perennial QB1. Bill O’Brien’s departure may be the key to unlock the offense but we’ll need to dive into what some of their issues were to gauge the team’s offensive outlook moving forward.

Advice Moving Forward:

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