Fantasy Football Week 4 No-Shows to Start in Week 5

Jason Schandl
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Fantasy football scoring is highly variable on a week-by-week basis. Even the top producers rarely come up big in every single game, and it's important not to overreact to one or two poor showings.

Here are five players that were Week 4 fantasy football busts that should still prove to be startable options in Week 5.

1. Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots

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Sony Michel has been as inefficient as they come in 2019, but he had a particularly tough matchup in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. The New England Patriots are 15-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, and that means we can expect a heavy dose of Michel again. The sophomore back has notched at least 15 carries three times in four games this season, which he also did 10 times in 16 games (including playoffs) last season. Even the most inefficient backs are in play in fantasy when they're in line for 15-20 carries against a defense as bad as the Washington Redskins, which ranks 27th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA rankings.

2. Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers

Curtis Samuel only managed three receptions for 32 yards in Week 4, but his seven targets bring him up to 14 in two games with Kyle Allen as the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback. No other WR on the team has more than eight targets during that span, and Samuel's 205 air yards in the last two weeks nearly double the team's next-best mark (107 for tight end Greg Olsen). Samuel should go back to being a WR2/3 this weekend as he sits 27th among WRs in our Week 5 PPR fantasy football rankings.

3. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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Andy Dalton couldn't even muster five fantasy points against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, but he really hasn't been all that bad in 2019. He topped 16 fantasy points in each of his first three games, even though that stretch included tough matchups against the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. Things should be much easier for him in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals, who rank 22nd in pass defense DVOA and have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs in 2019.

4. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

David Montgomery mustered just 67 yards from scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4. However, he notched a season-high 21 carries to go with five targets, and with a workload like that the production is going to come at some point. He goes from a tough matchup last week to a soft one in Week 5, taking on the Oakland Raiders, who are giving up more than 100 yards per game on the ground this season.

5. Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots

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Like the Patriots' offense as a whole, Phillip Dorsett fell flat against Buffalo in Week 4. But that game still included some very positive signs for his fantasy value. Even though he only caught two passes for 10 yards, Dorsett's season-high nine targets were the second most on the team and the most for a Patriots wideout. He's not going to remain that inefficient with Tom Brady throwing him the ball (he caught 13 of 14 targets in the first three games of the season), so his volume is easy to like in this week's plus-matchup against Washington.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.