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Here’s a good lesson in why you don’t want to bet against elite talents.
Every Monday night, I go on CBS Sports HQ after Monday Night Football to help wrap up the game, and I have to give my picks for things like winners and losers from the game before it ends so they have time to make graphics and prepare video packages and all that nifty stuff. So, a few minutes into the fourth quarter, I sent my notes to the producer, with CeeDee Lamb listed as my loser for the game. After all, he had just four catches for 39 yards entering the fourth quarter. It was looking like another disappointing effort from Lamb.
And then Lamb took over. On one 11-play drive to put the Cowboys up for good, he caught four of five passes thrown his way for 48 yards, capped off by one of the most impressive catches you’re going to see from anyone not named George Pickens this season.
Lamb has been a frustrating player for Fantasy, but he’s still an incredibly talented player, and you want to bet on incredibly talented players to figure things out. There are going to be frustrating stretches from Lamb without Dak Prescott, but he’s going to have enough flashes to be worth sticking with. Keep that lesson in mind when worrying about guys like Kyle Pitts or Alvin Kamara in the early going, too. Talent doesn’t always win out, but it usually pays to bet on it.
And now, we turn our attention to Week 4. In today’s newsletter, we’ve got and my first round of rankings for Week 4 for each position, along with my top-150 flex rankings down at the bottom. For more help with what could be one of the pivotal waiver runs of the season, make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET today as we talk about the latest injuries and storylines. And for more help locking in your waiver-wire claims make sure you tune into the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we’ll be taking your questions live for an hour.
Tomorrow, we’ll have Heath Cummings’ previews for each position plus some trade talk coming out of Week 3 — email your trade questions to [email protected] to be included. And here’s what else we’ve got on tap in today’s newsletter:
This hasn’t been a great season on the waiver wire so far — unless you grabbed Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson when they were available, at least. But Week 4’s top options could help change that with one running back who could be both a short-term and long-term starter and some young wide receivers who are looking very enticing — and that’s not even counting Jamaal Williams, who should be viewed as a must-add in the 28% of leagues where he is available, or Alexander Mattison, who could be a top-12 RB this week and is available in the same number of leagues. :
Here are my initial rankings for Week 4, but you should check out my thoughts on more than 100 players for Week 4 at , , , and . And those will be updated throughout the week, so make sure you keep them handy for when you’re setting your lineups. These are all for PPR leagues:
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