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One-quarter of the regular is season gone and we have had some exceptional football -- with a fair chunk coming from the AFC in Week 4. We had Patrick Mahomes putting on ANOTHER great game, laying his claim in the MVP race. We had the Titans, Texans, and Raiders pulling off big wins in overtime, and the Chargers, Ravens, Jags, Patriots, and Bengals rounding out an excellent AFC performance.
The only AFC vs. NFC loss came at the expense of the Bills who couldn't carry momentum from their Week 3 win against the Vikings. Other notable loses were those who lost to divisional rivals such as Miami, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Denver. The beauty of fantasy though is that even if a team loses, the players still make points and in some cases those points give you the all important win. Here are this week's top AFC fantasy performers, honorable mentions, and players to look out for.
AFC QB of the Week - Andrew Luck - 40COMP/464YARDS/4TD/3ATT/11YARDS
Luck had an exceptional week despite not getting the win. Linking up well with Nyheim Hines, Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, Ryan Grant, and TY Hilton who all got at least 50 receiving yards and 5 catches each (*Hilton only manged four receptions but gained 115 yards). It looks like Luck is here to stay and with his ability to spread the ball all over the field, he has given the Colts the chance to compete where they lacked last year.
AFC RB1 of the Week - James White - 8ATT/44YARDS/1TD/8REC/68YARDS/1TD 31.2 Points
After three weeks of consistently getting RB2/Flex points, James White finally broke out for big points. He made the most of his ability to catch out of the back field gaining his most points from the air. It will be interesting to see how he does in future weeks, especially with rookie Sony Michel also performing well for the Patriots.
AFC RB2 of the Week - Melvin Gordon - 15ATT/104YARDS/7REC/121YARDS/1TD/2pt-CONV/1FUM 30.9 Points
Gordon once again had a big week. Last week at the Rams, Gordon struggled (relative to the rest of his performances). But, this week he was back to solid form in a game that went to the wire. Next week, the Chargers face the Raiders a match-up which should be favourable for Gordon, the only question is will he be back on this list next week?
AFC WR1 of the Week - DeAndre Hopkins - 10REC/169YARDS/1TD 32.9 Points
Hopkins had a great week for the Texans who's offence has finally hit a stride. With multiple 20-point(ish) performances already, to then put up 37pts this week is a positive step. Hopkins had some crucial catches, including a 24 yard catch in the final possession to get the Texans in field goal range.
AFC WR2 of the Week - Corey Davis - 9REC/161YARDS/1TD 31.1 Points
Davis finally proved why fantasy experts were high on him all summer. The second year player out of Western Michigan put up exceptional numbers in a game when the Titans needed it the most. With an overtime victory over the reigning Super Bowl champions at home, Davis and his Titans should be feeling very good about their visit to the 1-3 Bills next week.
AFC TE of the Week - Jared Cook - 8REC/110YARDS/2TD 31 Points
For all those who picked up Cook after his big game against the Rams in week one you should be pleased with yourselves for still hanging on till week 4. Cook hasn't been amazingly consistent, which is never ideal for fantasy. But when he's good, he's game-winning good.
AFC DST of the Week - Houston Texans - 13Pts
The Texans defence tops the list for AFC with two Fumble recoveries and a TD negating the 34 points they gave up. Watt and Clowney also proved their worth helping the Texans reach 4 Sacks on the day.
QB - Derek Carr 35COMP/437YARDS/4TD/2INT/2ATT/1YARD 39.58 Points
RB - Nyheim Hines - 4ATT/10YARDS/9REC/63YARDS/2TD 28.3 Points
WR - Amari Cooper - 8REC/128YARDS/1TD 26.8 Points
Players To Look Out For.
Chester Rogers WR Colts.
Rodgers is one of many who is benefiting from Andrew Luck's arm. The 3rd-year player out of Grambling hasn't had the best track record but with Luck on the up, and a relatively enticing schedule till the bye, he's one to keep yours eyes on.
CJ Uzomah TE Bengals.
I feel dirty putting Uzomah up after the horrific injury to Tyler Eifert. Without the Pro-Bowl TE playing, Uzomah should be in a position to pick up a large amounts of targets in an effective offence. In deeper leagues or those with two TE slots, he should be one of the few viable options at TE on the waiver wire.