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.
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.
Fantasy owners could have predicted that he would trail Calvin Johnson in most statistical categories, but the fact that he is behind running back Theo Riddick in receptions 20 to 18 and has just five more receiving yards than the third-down back is a bit disconcerting, as is his failure to score a touchdown thus far this season.
Though he has just two carries this season, Riddick's 20 receptions rank both second on the team and tied for second among NFL running backs. He's listed third on the depth chart, but Riddick was the Lions' starter for much of the preseason and has found a niche on passing downs, something the Lions have had a lot of this season with their dismal running game. He may be a shrewd pickup in PPR leagues.
Unlike Week 3's contest against Washington where he was targeted three times, Vereen didn't see a pass come his way in Buffalo. It is too early to make any sweeping claims about Vereen's role in New York as he caught 12 passes in the team's first two games, but given that he ranks third on the Giants' pecking order for carries, he is likely no better than a bye-week fill-in until further notice.
The Texans backfield is in a bit of flux, with both Polk and Jonathan Grimes (hamstring) missing Tuesday's workout. Arian Foster is returning from a groin injury, but may not be ready for a full-time load.
Gore only missed one practice, and there's been no indication that his injury is serious. He should be fine for Thursday's game against the Texans, but Andrew Luck's (shoulder) status is far less certain.
Although Del Rio said Murray wasn't benched, it was pretty clear that the Raiders kept their workhorse off the field because of his mistakes and poor performance throughout the game.
Murray has otherwise been solid in a three-down role, so his pair of miscues (a lost fumble and bobbled pass) shouldn't have much impact on his workload, unless he makes similar mistakes in the coming weeks. Murray draws a dreadful Week 5 matchup with the dominant Broncos defense.
The diagnosis hasn't been confirmed, but if it is indeed a high ankle sprain, Jackson will likely be out for at least a week or two. He was having a nice game as the passing-down back against the Lions on Monday, gaining 54 yards on just five touches (two catches) in Marshawn Lynch's (hamstring) absence. Thomas Rawls is now the only healthy running back on Seattle's roster.
After being explicitly told not to try and jump over the pile and stretch the ball into the end zone on goal line carries, Randle did exactly that Sunday on a play that was initially ruled a fumble but was overturned on replay to award him the touchdown.