Tight end Tim Wright nets one catch in Week 4
Detroit Lions tight end Tim Wright caught one pass off of two targets for 26 yards in Monday's loss to Seattle Redhawks . He may feature more heavily in the offense in Week 5 as Eric Ebron is unlikely to play against Arizona, ESPN reports.
Wright split the seam during Detroit's ultimately unsuccessful closing drive for his first catch as a Lion and there may be more where that came from. While Ebron does not have any structural damage in his knee, he may be on the shelf for a week or two.
Expect for Wright to see Ebron's share of targets in the meantime as Brandon Pettigrew , who has been hampered by a hamstring injury, is known more for his blocking than his hands.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph held to seven yards in Week 4 loss to Broncos
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught two passes off of four targets for seven yards in Sunday's loss to Denver Pioneers .
Rudolph is second on the team with 14 catches on 22 targets, ranking 13th among league tight ends in both categories. Rudolph has thus far failed to deliver on the promise of his 2012 season and with the Vikings apparently set on making Adrian Peterson the bread and butter of their offense again, is not being featured heavily enough to warrant a weekly start.
Giants TE Larry Donnell snags five passes in win over Bills
New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell hauled in five passes off of seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's win over Buffalo Bulls .
Donnell ranks second on the team in both targets and receptions through the first quarter of the season. His 15 catches are the 11th most among NFL tight ends. Eli Manning has long built a strong rapport with his tight ends and the position is readily featured in Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast Offense. Whether his role in the offense stays as prominent as it has will warrant monitoring once Victor Cruz returns to the lineup.
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham nabs four passes in Week 4 victory
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham caught four passes off of five targets for 29 yards in Monday's win over Detroit Titans .
After almost resembling his bayou-self during last week's seven-catch performance against Chicago, Graham was kept quiet on Monday. Part of Graham's less-than-exciting start has to do with fewer passes to go around, after being part of an offense that ranked second in the league in pass attempts last season, he's on a squad that had thrown the 23rd most passes through four weeks. Even when Seattle does pass the ball, Graham is not the go-to target he was in New Orleans. Graham trails Doug Baldwin in targets and catches and Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse in yards. Graham is far and away the Seahawks' most established target, so he should remain in your lineup with the hope of more games like Week 3 and fewer like Week 4.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans totals 73 snaps in Week 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was on the field for 73 offensive plays in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers , Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It was Vincent Jackson 's turn to play target monster in Week 4, although Evans still saw eight balls come his direction after a Week 3 in which he received a whopping 17 looks.
Evans was partially hampered by the blanket coverage of Josh Norman on certain plays in Week 4, but with the amount of time he's spent running routes the last two weeks, he clearly appears to have put his hamstring problems behind him.
Panthers WR Devin Funchess not targeted in Week 4 win over Bucs
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess was held without a reception or a target in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
Funchess ranks third on the team with 13 targets through four games, but has been able to haul in just three. Cam Newton appears set on locking in on two more familiar targets, tight end Greg Olsen and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., their 59 combined targets comprising almost half of Carolina's passing attempts. While a team's third receiving option is often a viable fantasy option, Funchess isn't likely to see typical third-option opportunities as the Panthers appear committed to running the ball, leading the league in carries through the first quarter of the season.
Buccaneers running back Charles Sims totals 39 snaps in Week 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims participated in 39 snaps in Week 4, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Sims continues to see the field as frequently as Doug Martin , and paid dividends in the passing game once again in Week 4, securing his second touchdown reception of the season.
The second-year back has already received 15 targets in 2015, and appears to have solidified a role as a change-of-pace back with the opportunity for 10-15 touches on a weekly basis.
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin totals 38 snaps in Week 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was on the field for 38 snaps in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers , Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
It was an increase of seven snaps over what he received in Week 3, but the percentage of total offensive plays that Martin was in on (48 percent) was actually almost identical to the previous game's figure.
Although he and Charles Sims have divided the snaps virtually down the middle over the last two games, Martin continues to be the clear-cut lead back on the ground, receiving 20 carries to Sims' six against the Panthers in Week 4.
Dolphins WR DeVante Parker kept quiet in Week 4 loss to Jets
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker did not register a catch or a target in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets .
Despite all the talk about the Dolphins' trade for Kenny Stills , signing of Greg Jennings and drafting of Parker in the first round, it's been the two holdovers from last season, Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews who have led the way. Parker has just four catches this year after missing much of the offseason with a foot injury, ranking ninth on the team. With interim head coach Dan Campbell looking for the Dolphins to become more physical, Parker may have trouble finding opportunities as the season moves forward.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett catches four passes against Detroit
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett caught four passes off of five targets for 58 yards and added a one-yard run in Monday's win over Detroit Titans .
Lockett's five targets tied for the team lead with tight end Jimmy Graham and were the most he has seen this season. Lockett has already impressed in the first four games of the season with two returns for touchdowns.
Without a game-changer at wide receiver, don't be surprised if Seattle continues to try to get the shifty Lockett the ball in space either through the air or with hand offs. He is a player to monitor in the coming weeks
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October 6, 2015
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