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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Stock Watch - Risers & Fallers

Fantasy Football Expert Adam Ronis discusses three players trending in the right direction and three players struggling to meet expectations.

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TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

This is the time to buy low on Njoku. Tight end is a thin position, especially with Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker, and Evan Engram all injured. Njoku has disappointed through three games with nine catches for 69 yards on 16 targets. The offense gets an upgrade with Baker Mayfield. It was apparent as soon as Mayfield came in as he made quick decisions and got rid of the ball quickly. Mayfield hit Njoku twice for 36 yards. Njoku will get more accurate passes from Mayfield as the Browns offense ascends.

RB Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

It's clear Pete Carroll loves Carson. It wasn't apparent the first two weeks, but with a favorable game script the Seahawks finally got the chance to run the ball often, and it was Carson who got the ball against the Cowboys. Carson had 32 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 22 yards. He wasn't efficient, but it was enough to keep the offense moving. Rashaad Penny fumbled a handoff early in the game and had three touches.

WR Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams

I had some concerns about Cooks before the season since there are so many targets in the offense. It hasn't been an issue so far with the Rams being one of the best offenses in the NFL, and the targets are concentrated to a small pool. Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are all good starts almost every week since the Rams are a high-powered offense and barely target any other receivers or tight ends. Cooks has at least eight targets in each game and has at least 13 points in PPR formats in each game despite not scoring a touchdown yet. He's drawn several pass interference penalties and was brought down at the one-yard line last week. Cooks caught another pass for 28 yards, taking it to the three-yard line, setting up a touchdown to Robert Woods. The touchdowns will come for Cooks.

Other risers to target: Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay, Austin Ekeler, Giovani Bernard, Sony Michel, Kerryon Johnson, Andy Dalton, Carlos Hyde

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WR Kelvin Benjamin, Buffalo Bills

Benjamin went late in drafts, and many thought he was a bargain since there was little competition for targets and he would get heavy volume with the Bills playing from behind. It's not happening. Benjamin has 15 targets through three games and has yet to have double-digit points in PPR formats. He has six catches for 58 yards with a touchdown. It might get better with Josh Allen, but don't fall for the name value. There are plenty of receivers you should be starting over Benjamin, and he can be cut in shallow formats. Don't get fooled by last week's win over the Vikings. The Bills offense didn't do much and was helped by starting on average at their own 40-yard line.

RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears

There was optimism with Matt Nagy taking over as head coach that he would utilize Cohen in a more creative way than John Fox, even drawing comparisons to use Cohen similar to Tyreek Hill. It hasn't happened. Jordan Howard has improved catching the football, and he has played more third downs. Cohen hasn't seen enough touches to be started, and Mitchell Trubisky has struggled. Cohen has had eight, five and eight touches. He has 14 carries for 86 yards and seven catches for 48 yards on eight targets.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

It's possible the quarterback change to Josh Rosen could help, but there were concerns about Fitzgerald before the season. He's 35 and was going to slow down at some point. He suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and played last week, but was quiet with two catches for nine yards on two targets. He has 12 catches for 113 yards through three games and with Mike McCoy at offensive coordinator, things look bleak. For those that drafted Fitzgerald early, he won't deliver on that return, especially in non-PPR leagues.

Other fallers to sell/avoid: Dak Prescott, Peyton Barber, Jamaal Williams, Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry, Andrew Luck

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