Sun Oct 2 7:24pm ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) is helped off the field after an injury during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Giants place kicker Graham Gano (9) is congratulated by New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) after kicking a field goal Chicago Bears during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) crosses the goal line for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Giants cornerback Aaron Robinson (33) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Chicago Bears place kicker Michael Badgley (10) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Chicago Bears place kicker Michael Badgley (10) celebrates with Chicago Bears punter Trenton Gill after kicking a field goal against the New York Giants of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With Daniel Jones limited by an ankle injury and backup Tyrod Taylor down with a concussion midway through the fourth quarter, New York Giants rookie coach Brian Daboll reached for his grease board and went to work.
Jones ran for two first-half touchdown before his injury and Saquon Barkley capped a 146-yard rushing effort by running a last-resort wildcat offense in leading the Giants to a 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
''I just think that's what you do in a leadership position,'' Daboll said after the Giants improved to 3-1, their best start since 2011. ''You don't panic. You try to stay composed. You try to give people a plan that they can go out and execute and believe in when they need to do it.''
Daboll said the Giants had some three-back calls in the game plan, but he and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson showed the players a couple of add-ons to get them through the final seven minutes.
Jones lined up as a receiver on most of those plays just so he could hear the calls in his helmet and relay the plays to the offense. Barkley did the rest taking the direct snaps from Jon Feliciano, who centered a line that helped the Giants rush for 262 yards.
Barkley said the Giants have practiced the wildcat, and showed it against Carolina.
''I mean, you don't want to be in that situation,'' he said. ''But the way that the coaches reacted in drawing it up, it felt like you're back as a little kid in the backyard playing football.''
Jones had scored on runs of 21 and 8 yards in the first half and Graham Gano kicked field goals of 44 and 43 yards for New York.
Michael Badgley kicked four field goals for the Bears (2-2) while filling in for Cairo Santos, who missed the game for personal reasons.
''When the other team scores touchdowns and we kick field goals, typically that's not good,'' Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. ''We've got to make sure we handle that in terms of our scoring efficiency on offense in the red zone. Turn some of those threes into sevens. That's going to be big going forward.''
Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were injured in a roughly 10-minute span in the second half. Jones (8 of 13 for 71 yards and 68 yards rushing) was hurt when he was sacked by Jaquan Brisker late the third quarter. Taylor sustained a concussion after scrambling for a first down with 8:35 to go.
''Obviously, you want to play and you want to be out there with your teammates at the end of the game where we're fighting and trying to win,'' Jones said. ''I thought guys stepped up and played great to finish off the game.''
Jones finished the series that Gano ended with a 44-yarder for a 17-12 lead, and Barkley ran the direct-snap offense that Gano finished with his 43-yarder with 5:34 to go. Jones was on the field and lined up as a receiver on those plays and he took the snaps on some of the final series for handoffs.
Chicago had a chance late, but Velus Jones Jr. fumbled a punt at his own 35 and Gary Brightwell recovered with 2:13 to play. The Bears got the ball back at their own 27 with 17 seconds to play, but the game ended with a final play that included about 10 laterals.
Justin Fields was 10 of 21 for 163 yards, ran for 52 yards and was sacked five times. Khalil Herbert had 77 yards rushing as the Bears lost to the Giants for the first time in four games.
Coming off an excellent game against the Cowboys, Jones scored on runs of 21 and 8 yards to give the Giants a 14-6 halftime lead. The TDs were the team's first in the opening 30 minutes this season.
Badgley hit three field goals as the Bears failed to maximize on two red-zone opportunities.
With Santos out, Badgley was signed to the to the practice squad and then promoted to the active roster. Badgley hit from 29, 22, 40 and 35 yards.
Santos had made all four of his field goals attempts this season, including a winning 30-yarder against Houston last Sunday.
Badgley made 18 of 22 field goal attempts in 13 games with the Colts and Titans last season.
Bears: LG Cody Whitehair left in the first half with a knee injury.
Giants: Besides the quarterbacks, S Julian Love (concussion), OT Evan Neal (neck), DT Henry Mondeaux (ankle), WR Kenny Golladay (knee) and CB Aaron Robinson left the game. Daboll had no injury updates after the game. Jones said he hopes to play next week.
Bears: Face the Vikings in Minnesota in their second straight road game.
Giants: Cross the Atlantic Ocean to face the Packers in London.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) is good to go for Sunday night's meeting against the Chiefs. The 26-year-old was dealing with a mild hamstring issue, although he has been trending toward playing all along. Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring), and Julio Jones (knee) are also active, so Gage's fantasy ceiling is limited. However, deep league fantasy managers should still consider him a flex option, especially after he had 12 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Packers.
Dynasty | Dalvin Cook rushed 20 times for just 76 yards and caught both targets for 10 yards. Dynasty Analysis: Cook has just one touchdown on the season and has yet to eclipse more than 13.8 PPR points to date. Currently ranked as the RB10 at DLF, the veteran better get things going or he will fall out of favor quickly amongst fantasy managers. The 27-year-old may be past his prime and has been hampered by injuries throughout most of his career. It could be time to think trade.
Dynasty | Justin Jefferson caught 10-of-13 targets for 147 yards and ran once for three yards and a score. Dynasty Analysis: Jefferson had fallen back down to earth in weeks two and three after going nuclear in week one. The stud wideout proved on Sunday why he is worthy of the WR1 ranking at DLF. The 30.2 performance was the second 30+ output on the young season. Kirk Cousins appears to be struggling but the LSU grad is proving to be quarterback and matchup proof.
Dynasty | Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-38 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Dynasty Analysis: Cousins has finished as a QB1 in five of the last six seasons, causing his ranking to hold steady at QB19. At this point, Jared Goff is looking like a better option. The former Washington signal-caller has six touchdowns and four interceptions across four games and has yet to eclipse 20 points on the year. Father time appears to be wreaking havoc on the backfield for Skol.
Dynasty | Latavius Murray racked up 57 yards and a score on just ten carries. Dynasty Analysis: Murray was elevated off of the practice squad with Alvin Kamara out and saw some extra run with Mark Ingram suffering an injury during the game. Ingram did return and took over once again. Murray is 32 and likely on the wire in your league but if Kamara continues to miss time, it is a player to monitor.
Dynasty | Mark Ingram left Sunday's contest for a short time but returned to action. Dynasty Analysis: Ingram saw increased run with Alvin Kamara being inactive. The veteran left for a short while with an undisclosed injury. Currently sitting on the outside of the DLF running back rankings, Ingram could have some value if Kamara continues to miss time with the rib injury or gets suspended in November due to the ongoing investigation from the Vegas incident.
Dynasty | Chris Olave snared four of seven targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's tough loss. Dynasty Analysis: The rookie led the team in targets even with Jameis Winston being ruled out on Sunday morning. It is the third consecutive game that Olave has averaged over 16 yards per catch. It is also the third straight contest in which he has managed double-digit points in PPR formats. Currently ranked as the WR25 at DLF, we should see him leapfrog fellow rookie Treylon Burks sooner rather than later in said rankings.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss continues to fall out of the gameplan, which is obviously frustrating for fantasy managers. In Week 4, Moss rushed three times for six yards in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. Fellow back Devin Singletary saw 11 carries, while quarterback Josh Allen rushed 11 times as well. Possibly, this was a fluke and the Bills will get Moss more involved in the offense going forward. However, it feels like Moss is a distant No. 2 option to Singletary. It's hard to imagine Moss having much value even in deep leagues heading into Week 5.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) is officially active on Sunday night versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 27-year-old has 10 catches for 105 yards heading into this one. However, it's safe to say he hasn't lived up to expectations so far during his first season with the Chiefs. Still, he is a talented wideout and is capable of making things happen on the fantasy end. As a result, managers should at least consider him a risky flex option with upside in Week 4.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (knee) is active for the Sunday night showdown against the Chiefs. The veteran has only appeared in one game for the Bucs, compiling three catches for 69 yards during the season-opener versus the Dallas Cowboys. Despite Mike Evans returning from his one-game suspension and Chris Godwin (hamstring) also back in the mix, Jones still warrants consideration as a flex option.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hamstring) will officially suit up for Sunday's meeting against the Kansas City Chiefs. The veteran had been trending toward playing, although the team wanted to test things out pregame to be sure. Julio Jones (knee), Mike Evans (suspension), and Russell Gage (hamstring) are also back, so fantasy managers shouldn't expect too much out of Godwin in Week 4, especially since his snaps may be limited.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was unable to do much damage through the air during Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. It was raining sideways, which made it extremely difficult to pass the ball. Allen completed 19-of-36 passing attempts for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the win. Luckily, Allen was able to salvage his fantasy value with 70 additional yards and a touchdown on the ground. The conditions made it difficult on Allen, but he still found a way to get it done. He should continue to be one of the best fantasy quarterbacks heading into next week.
Washington Commands wide receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring) stated he's "feeling pretty good" after exiting Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The wideout believes he "was just cramping a little bit" while indicating he will be good to go against the Titans. The team could certainly use the rookie out there, primarily since he's already accumulated four touchdowns this season. To be safe, fantasy managers should continue to monitor Dotson's status heading into Week 5.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary put together a strong nine-catch performance last week. He followed that up with another solid game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Singletary rushed 11 times for 49 yards, while hauling in four receptions for an additional 47 yards through the air. Singletary continues to be the most reliable back in this three-back committee. He actually has consistent fantasy value in what feels like the first time of his career. He should be a fine option against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.
The defense of the New York Giants limited the offense of the Chicago Bears to 12 points in the team's 20-12 victory in Week 4. Justin Fields and the offense of the Bears have mightily struggled to begin the season and the Giants didn't let them have much success this week. New York's defense would record six sacks on Fields and they would prevent Chicago's offense from scoring a touchdown. On top of that, the special teams unit and the defense of the Giants would recover three fumbles to help them improve to 3-1 on the season. After playing an anemic offense of the Bears in Week 4, the Giants will have a slightly stiffer challenge in Week 5 in a road meeting with the Green Bay Packers.
New England Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) won't return to Sunday's matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Smith has only seven catches for 58 yards this season, so it's doubtful the latest update will impact many fantasy managers. Nevertheless, if Smith can't play in Week 5 versus Detroit, Hunter Henry may see an extra target or two, although he has been even less productive this season.
Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson scored only 9.8 half-point PPR fantasy points in the 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. The veteran running back had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. However, he had only 25 rushing yards on eight attempts the rest of the game. Patterson dealt with a knee injury in practice last week, which likely impacted his performance against Cleveland. Unfortunately, things aren't looking up for the veteran next week as the Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The reigning NFC South champions have held running backs to only 3.8 rushing yards per attempt this season.
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) won't return to Sunday's matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders after being carted off the field with a knee injury. The 22-year-old didn't have the most impactful fantasy outing before going down with a knee injury, compiling only 28 yards off 10 carries. If he isn't available on Thursday night against the Colts, Melvin Gordon would most likely be the primary rusher out of the backfield, although he's currently in the doghouse after fumbling for the fourth time in four games. Mike Boone could also be heavily involved.
Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier had the best game of his career against the Cleveland Browns. The rookie had a team-high 84 rushing yards on only 10 attempts in the 23-20 win over Cleveland. He also caught his only target in the contest of 20 yards, ending the game with 10.9 half-point PPR fantasy points. While the former BYU star didn't find the end, Allgeier had more rushing attempts, yards, and fantasy points than the starter Cordarrelle Patterson. Unfortunately, the Falcons face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their elite run defense next week, making Allgeier not an appealing sleeper in Week 5.
Atlanta Falcons running back Caleb Huntley had 10 rushing attempts for 56 yards and a touchdown in the 23-20 Week 4 win over the Cleveland Browns. The second-year running back had one rushing attempt for three yards before today's game against Cleveland. Yet, with Cordarrelle Patterson impacted by a knee injury and Atlanta's inability to get the passing game going, Huntley matched Tyler Allgeier with a team-high 10 rushing attempts. Given his limited play before today's win against the Browns, Huntley likely has no fantasy value moving forward without a significant injury to Patterson.