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College football Week 4 takeaways — Texas A&M’s troubles, a wide-open playoff race and more





The College Football Playoff field hasn’t expanded yet, and the race is already more interesting — especially after Clemson lost for the second time this season.

Our writers break down the biggest takeaways from Week 4 in college football, from the ACC to the Pac-12.

Texas A&M better get creative to save its season

The biggest questions facing Texas A&M after its stellar 2020 season were how it would replace four-year starter Kellen Mond at quarterback and the four starting offensive linemen who powered the Aggies’ potent ground game.

After losing starting QB Haynes King to injury, those questions loom larger than ever. His replacement, Zach Calzada, has struggled. The Aggies have scored 95 points in four games. Among SEC teams, only South Carolina (89) and Vanderbilt (50) have scored fewer. The offensive line has struggled despite Jimbo Fisher trying multiple combinations up front. In the two games Calzada has played against Power 5 competition, he has completed just 51.4% of his passes for 334 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Aggies scored 10 points in each, a 10-7 win over Colorado and Saturday’s 20-10 loss to Arkansas.

Against the Hogs, A&M ran 20 plays and had three first downs in the second half, yet managed to break open a 67-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Spiller with 7:51 left in the third quarter. That would be Spiller’s last carry of the game. Devon Achane, his backup, got the only carry by an Aggies running back after that, for eight yards on first down with about four minutes left in the third quarter. Aggies wide receivers caught seven passes for 81 yards the entire game. Star tight end Jalen Wydermyer caught one for 18.

Mike Elko’s defense has been a highlight of the Fisher era in College Station, yet in three meetings with Alabama, the Aggies have given up 45, 47 and 52 points. We know A&M can’t keep that pace. But at this pace, you have to wonder if Fisher’s offense can hang in there against Mississippi State next week, not to mention later games against Missouri and Ole Miss. If the Aggies don’t find a way to throw the ball down the field, it could be a long road from here on out. — Dave Wilson

Some positivity in the ACC

It’s open season on an even weaker than normal ACC, especially given Clemson’s 27-21 loss Saturday in double overtime to NC State. Going back to the start of the 2015 season, Clemson had won 53 of its last 56 games against ACC opponents before coming up short against the Wolfpack. So, yes, Clemson has dominated the ACC. And, yes, the ACC has essentially been Clemson and everybody else ever since Florida State faded into the football wasteland. It’s difficult to see a pathway this season for the ACC to be included in the College Football Playoff festivities.

But perhaps there’s a more positive way to look at the carnage in the ACC to this point. The only two unbeaten teams overall are Boston College and Wake Forest, two schools that are hardly recognized as football factories with two head coaches who’ve done tremendous jobs. Jeff Hafley is in his second season at BC after guiding the Eagles to a winning record in Year 1 during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Dave Clawson is one of the most underrated coaches in college football. He has improved programs and players everywhere he has been as a head coach. His teams play smart, disciplined football, and rarely does he have the better personnel on the field. — Chris Low



Clemson loses to an unranked team for the first time since 2017 as NC State pulls off a 27-21 win in double overtime.

A bigger playoff race without the expanded field

The College Football Playoff race is already more interesting, and it hasn’t even expanded yet. Clemson’s second loss has essentially eliminated a weak ACC (still a premature declaration tempered with reality), making room for somebody else (or in the SEC’s case, two somebodies). While the field will naturally narrow — especially with so many critical conference games looming in October — new dark-horse candidates have emerged.

The Big Ten still has five undefeated teams (don’t forget about Maryland!), and Arkansas looks ahead of schedule under coach Sam Pittman. Florida is motivated by getting a second chance at Bama in the SEC title game. UCLA has only one loss and gets Oregon at home on Oct. 23, and nobody outside of the Big 12 seems to have noticed Oklahoma State is undefeated, too. Cincinnati has a chance to earn a statement win at Notre Dame on Saturday. And while the Irish continue to figure out their identity, they keep finding ways to win as well.

Parity or mediocrity — however you want to label this season — means more teams can be in the mix. We’ll see how long it lasts. — Heather Dinich

Finally, some good NC State fortune for a change

After Christopher Dunn missed a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation against Clemson, you couldn’t help but get a sinking feeling about NC State. The same script unfolded so many times against the Tigers in nine years under Dave Doeren. In 2013, Bryan Underwood had a touchdown called back that changed momentum in the game, and for years afterward Doeren kept a screenshot on his phone that showed Underwood tiptoeing the sideline in-bounds as a reminder of what should have been.

In 2016, the Wolfpack missed a short kick in regulation and eventually lost. Similar heartbreak in 2017, when NC State led at halftime and eventually lost. But Doeren felt different about this team headed into the season because it returned so many veterans, and he believed his players had a greater understanding and appreciation for the work that goes into winning a championship.

Yet reality was right in front of him: “There’s something on the table we want to have and Clemson’s been a team that’s taken it every year,” Doeren said in early September. “So we’ve got to get over that hump, if that’s possible. We finished second to them twice so I think it is possible. I feel like we’re in a pretty good spot.”

Those words seem prophetic now. NC State did not wilt the way it has been known to do. Rather, the Wolfpack rose to the occasion, steeling itself in double overtime behind a magnificent touchdown pass from Devin Leary to Devin Carter and a defensive stop that won’t soon be forgotten in the second overtime. It hardly matters that Clemson is down. NC State beat a top-10 team for the first time since 2012. Doeren beat Clemson for the first time, and now NC State is in the driver’s seat in the Atlantic Division.

During an interview on ACC Network afterward, Doeren smoked a victory cigar and had a smile a football field wide. But NC State is also a team that scored 10 points at Mississippi State just two weeks ago and has a history of bad stuff happening when things seem to be going well (there’s a phrase for it, too!). The bulk of the season remains for NC State to truly flip the script and put its past history where it belongs. — Andrea Adelson

Coming into the season, Oregon State was tired of being close. The Beavers made obvious signs of progress during coach Jonathan Smith’s first three seasons but finishing games was a major problem. Dating to 2019, the Beavers were in a one-score game in the fourth quarter in eight of their last nine losses. That represents a massive improvement over 2017 and 2018 when they were uncompetitive, but it was also a source of frustration in that they weren’t able to find ways to win.

After four games in what is a down year for the Pac-12, the Beavers are one of the bright spots. After losing the opener to Purdue — in another game that was close in the fourth — the Beavers have rattled off three straight dominant wins. Saturday’s 45-27 victory against USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was the Beavers’ first win there since 1960.

It’s still too early to have a great feel for how good this team is, but it would come as a major surprise if the Beavers don’t finish conference play with a winning record. That hasn’t happened since 2012, the lone time it has occurred over the past 11 years. Smith was a major reason for Washington’s rise after arriving with Chris Petersen as the offensive coordinator in 2014 and deserves praise here for the trajectory of his alma mater. — Kyle Bonagura

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Best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 4





Every NFL Sunday brings with it a unique set of circumstances. Sometimes there are a bunch of injuries, leading to a seemingly endless supply of potential waiver moves. Other times, there are minimal injuries and even fewer interesting breakouts. It’s not difficult to figure out what type of Sunday just passed after a quick glance at our top Week 4 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds. Of course, the biggest fantasy football news (and potential pickup) happened earlier in the week when Christian McCaffrey injured his hamstring, opening the door for handcuff Chuba Hubbard to take over. But heading into the two remaining prime-time games on Sunday, we haven’t added a lot of substance to the waiver wire. Zack Moss and Peyton Barber made some waves among RBs, while Hunter Renfrow, Emmanuel Sanders, DeSean Jackson, Tyler Conklin, and Kendrick Bourne seemingly broke out among pass-catchers. Overall, though, it’s looking much more like a “free agent” week than a “waivers” week.

Even with that said, there are always potential depth pieces to add. Our full free agent list has several more interesting WRs, and TEs (Tim Patrick, James Washington, Pat Freiermuth, Evan Engram, Collin Johnson, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk), all of whom could continue to see upticks in targets because of injuries. Unfortunately, these guys don’t profile as roster saviors by any means. They might be Week 4 saviors, though, and playing things a week at a time is never a bad move in fantasy. That’s why we also have plenty of Week 4-specific streaming suggestions at QB, TE, and D/ST, which can be found at the end of this list. 

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Hubbard is definitely worth a top waiver claim, though it’s possible McCaffrey is only out a week or two. Still, after we saw CMC miss 13 games because of three different injuries last year (and has now added a fourth different ailment), there’s no reason to think this will be the only time he misses. Invest in Hubbard now (and keep an eye on Royce Freeman). Other than that, though, it’s tough to spend big on a wide receiver. Moss seems like the only other guy worth a waiver claim, and he’s probably not worth a top-five claim given the ambiguity that we know will continue in the Bills backfield.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 4

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.

  • With Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) likely to miss at least the next game or two, Hubbard suddenly becomes a potential RB2. It took him a while to get going after replacing McCaffrey on Thursday, but he did well as Carolina’s closer, finishing with 52 rushing yards on 11 carries and adding another 27 receiving yards on three catches (five targets). As we saw last year when Mike Davis filled in for McCaffrey, the Panthers won’t change their offense much even with a backup RB in the lineup. They’ll still throw often to Hubbard, so he should have plenty of value in both standard and PPR leagues. Royce Freeman will also be involved, but expect Hubbard to handle the bulk of the touches against the Cowboys next week and possibly the Eagles the week after. — Matt Lutovsky

  • The Bills’ offense is officially back, and Moss is benefitting greatly. Against Washington, Moss got 13 touches (three catches) for 77 yards and a receiving touchdown. He’s 53-percent owned in Yahoo fantasy leagues, so he may be unavailable to you. If not, now’s your chance to grab a piece of this offense before it’s too late. Moss faces Houston in Week 4, so he’ll immediately warrant starter consideration. — Jackson Sparks

  • Stefon Diggs is going to be a constant, but there will be a different No. 2receiver in Buffalo every week. It was Sanders’ turn in Week 3, as he caught fivepasses on sixtargets for 94 yards and two TDs. Sanders saw 14 targets in the first two weeks, so even though he caught just six for 100 yards, he seemed due to break out eventually. Can he be consistent? He’s playing a slightly higher snap share than Cole Beasley and a significantly higher one than Gabriel Davis, so that’s a plus. He’s also clearly talented and in sync with Josh Allen, so that bodes well for him, too. Overall, he’s worth owning and in play as a WR3 most weeks. — ML

  • This offseason, a dying question was “Is Henry Ruggs III or Bryan Edwards the No. 1 WR in the Raiders’ offense?” What if the answer to that question is Renfrow? He led all Las Vegas wideouts in receptions (5) against Miami and scored a touchdown. He’s easily been the most dependable wideout for them. Vegas plays the Chargers in Week 4, which could turn out to be a pass-happy game all around. — JS

  • Kirk was productive for a third straight week, catching seven-of-eight targets for 104 yards. One week, it will be Rondale Moore’s time to shine, then the next it will be Kirk time. Both should be rostered, especially with DeAndre Hopkins’ injury concerns. Week 4 against the Rams should be a shootout, so the Cards’ possess many fantasy-viable options. — JS

  • Patrick caught all five of his targets 98 yards and produced a solid fantasy outing without a touchdown. We’ve seen his first two weeks be touchdown-dependent, so this was a good sign moving forward. As each week moves by, Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is closer to returning, but we can still squeeze a little bit more value out of Patrick. It’s unclear whether or not Baltimore has a good passing defense, and that’s who Patrick will play in Week 4. — JS

  • Darnold was once again effective in Week 3, passing for over 300 yards and rushing for two touchdowns. His competition has been bad, but it will continue to be bad as he’ll face Dallas, Philadelphia, Minnesota, New York (Giants), and Atlanta in his next five games. He’s more than just a streamer at this point, especially now that he’ll have to do more with Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) hurt. — JS

  • Carr once again passed for well over 300 yards vs. Miami and built on his lead NFL lead in passing yards. The Raiders’ skill-player are stepping up, so this offense should continue to flourish. He’ll play the Chargers in Week 4, and that could be a shootout. –JS

  • Conklin looks like he could finally break out as the lead tight end in Minnesota. He caught seven-of-eight targets for 70 yards and a touchdown against Seattle. There’s a chance it’ll be either him or K.J. Osborn that eats next to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, but not both at the same time. At a position starved for production, Conklin’s game is hopefully an indication for the future. He’ll play the Browns in Week 4 before taking on Detroit in Week 5. — JS

  • The Raiders are evidently committed to feeding Barber while Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) is inactive. He easily surpassed 20 touches, 100 total yards, and found the end zone in Week 3, and the Raiders’ offense looks like the real deal. Perhaps remarkably, he’s getting the same usage Josh Jacobs would. Obviously, when Jacobs returns — which could be next week — Barber will have next to no value, be we have to think he’s going to continue to be a factor until then. –JS

  • Chances are, this was just a random D-Jax blowup week, but given how sharp the Rams’ offense has looked, he’s worth mentioning. The oft-injured speedster caught three-of-five targets for 120 yards and a TD against the Bucs, showing he still has monster upside any given week. Cooper Kupp is clearly Matthew Stafford’s favorite target, but with Robert Woods struggling to get going and Van Jefferson not breaking out, Jackson is worth having around as a boom-or-bust streamer, especially the next two weeks in what could be shootouts against Arizona and Seattle. — ML

  • PPR phenom Cole Beasley is back. In Week 3, he drew 13 targets, catching 11 of them for 98 yards. What more can you ask for in PPR leagues? We’ve told you to grab Beasley, and this might be the last week it’s possible in most leagues. — JS

  • Callaway hasn’t been as productive as anyone would hope, but he did finally score a touchdown in Week 3 vs. New England. He hauled in four-of-five targets for 41 yards as a part of his best day this season. He still shouldn’t be viewed as much more than a flex option heading into a Week 4 matchup with the Giants, but there’s upside here as New Orleans’ “No. 1 receiver.” — JS

  • Bourne caught six-of-eight targets for 96 yards in a touchdown against the Saints. This WR room is wide open, but Agholor, Meyers, and Bourne have all had their fair share of success. This is a group that is worth monitoring moving forward, but Bourne will be the hot name this week. However, Tampa Bay figures to be a tough matchup in Week 4 even though New England will have to throw a lot in that one. — JS

  • Green was written off prior to this season, but he’s been productive in the high-flying Cardinals’ offense. In Week 3, he caught five-of-six targets for 112 yards. He clearly still possesses big-play potential, so he’s especially attractive in standard leagues. With DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) limited by injury, Green almost serves as a handcuff WR. He’ll play the Rams in Week 4. Hopefully, Hopkins will play so Green doesn’t draw Jalen Ramsey — JS

  • The Jets’ offense is terrible. There’s no nicer way to put it. However, Carter is gaining more steam in that backfield and was clearly ahead of Ty Johnson in the absence of Tevin Coleman in Week 3. None of the Jets’ RBs are all that attractive, but Carter is trending toward being the top dog as he heads into a matchup with the Titans in Week 4. — JS

  • Chuba Hubbard is the the top back in Christian McCaffrey’s absense with a hamstring injury, but Freeman will likely get usage, too. In Week 3 after CMC went out, Freeman got six touches and produced 25 yards. Hubbard got 14 touches, but we don’t see him dominating that backfield like CMC does. If Hubbard struggles, there’s a path to more touches for Freeman. Carolina has a favorable matchup with Dallas in Week 4. — JS

  • Ruggs continues to be a respectable option in the Raiders’ passing attack. He’s getting a ton of deep shots downfield and drew seven targets vs. Miami. He caught four of them for 78 yards and was wide open for a deep touchdown before Derek Carr missed him in stride. He looks to be a boom-or-bust option, but one with a very high ceiling. If he continues performances like this one, he might even have a decent floor. He’ll take on the Chargers in Week 4 in what could be a shootout. — JS

  • Johnson took advantage of hamstring injuries of Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton to lead Giants wide receivers in receptions (5)and targets (7) in Week 4. With Kenny Golladay (hip) also dealing with injury issues, Johnson has a real chance of being the No. 1 wide receiver in the near future. That might not mean a ton in standard leagues, but it should give him a solid PPR floor. Watch for injury updates this week and consider grabbing Johnson as a free agent if Shepard and Slayton are expected to miss time. Matchups against New Orleans and Dallas the next two weeks aren’t overly intimidating.– ML

  • JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and Diontae Johnson (knee) are banged up, so by default, James Washington would move to the No. 2 WR in the Steelers’ offense if they miss time. He drew five targets in Week 3, and Big Ben attempted 58 passes. There is a ton of volume here, but it’s a low-depth-of-target passing attack, so Washington is more appealing in PPR — JS

  • Miller was targeted six times in Week 3, catching four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. While this is a pedestrian passing attack in Houston, Miller has the talent to emerge as the No. 2 WR next to Brandin Cooks. A Week 4 game against the Bills awaits, so while you aren’t starting him right away, he’s worth watching moving forward. — JS

  • Raymond caught six passes (10 targets) for 68 yards in Week 3. While we don’t want to rely on any Lions’ WRs, we have to take note of his performance. There’s still no clear-cut No. 1 WR in Detroit, so we’ll see if he can carry the momentum moving forward in a Week 4 matchup with the Bears. — JS

  • We’ll update Reagor after the Monday night game.

  • We’ll update Watkins after the Monday night game.

  • Samuel was a popular preseason sleeper, but a hamstring injury knocked him out for the first three games of the year. He’s eligible to return in Week 4, and if he does, he’ll come back to an optimal matchup against Atlanta. At the very least, he’s worth stashing on your bench. — ML

  • Hilton (neck) is eligible to return from the IR this week. It’s unclear how close he is from coming back, but he’ll be worthing having on your roster when he does return. — ML

  • Smith (hamstring) is also eligible to return from IR this week. No one has stepped up for the Saints in Michael Thomas’s absence, so Smith has a chance to be the No. 1 wide receiver when he does get back in the lineup. — ML

  • Bateman (core) is eligible to return from the IR this week. With Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins establishing themselves as a solid 1-2 on the Ravens’ WR depth chart, it’s tough to imagine the 2021 first-round pick seeing significant targets right away when he does come back, but he’s a name to file away just in case he is able to make an immediate impact. — ML

  • Bridgewater was once again efficient in Week 3, but he just didn’t get the touchdowns to make it a great fantasy performance. He was 19 for 25 with 235 yards. It remains to be seen how good the Ravens defense is, as they’ve delivered mixed results, but that is the matchup that awaits Bridgewater in Week 4. –JS

  • In the week where Jones was a popular streamer, he wasn’t as productive as we’d hoped. Didn’t we all see this coming? Anyway, he still had a decent performance, thanks to his 39 rushing yards. Even if a day with zero touchdowns, he scored 16.54 points. That seems like the floor here. He’ll play the Saints in Week 4, before a possible nice matchup with Dallas in Week 5. — JS

  • We’ll update Lance after the Sunday night game.

  • We liked Freiermuth’s chances heading into Week 3, and he caught three-of-five targets for 22 yards and a touchdown — a respectable line for a streamer tight end. With JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and Diontae Johnson (knee) banged up, there will be plenty of opportunity for him. He’s passed up Eric Ebron as the top tight end in Pittsburgh. — JS

  • Engram disappointed in his season debut (two catches, 21 yards, six targets), but with injuries striking the GIants WR corps (Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard left the game early because of hamstring ailments, Kenny Golladay was questionable because of a hip issue entering the game), Engram should see a steady stream of targets. At TE, that’s about all you can ask for this year, so he’s at least worth having on your team even if he seems destined to disappoint. The Giants will face the Saints next week and the Cowboys the week after.– ML

  • Arnold isn’t going to be a spectacular play, but he’s in consideration for streamers in Week 4 @ Dallas. In Week 3, he caught two for four targets for 23 yards. However, he was open a lot more than his box score numbers would suggest. With Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) out, there will surely be more targets on the table in the short to intermediate paassing game. Carolina should have to pass to keep up with the Cowboys. — JS

  • The Saints’ defense made Mac Jones’ life difficult in Week 3, as it blocked a punt and scored a touchdown on a pick-six. We like the Saints chances against Daniel Jones and the Giants in Week 4. — JS

  • The Dolphins’ offense has looked putrid with Jacoby Brissett at the helm, and the Colts’ D/STshould take advantage in Week 4. — JS

  • Carson Wentz is hobbled with two ankle injuries, and the Colts’ are 0-3 with very little success on the offensive side of the ball. Miami scored on a pick-six vs. Las Vegas and continues to be an opportunist defense., so consider streaming it in Week 4 against Indy.– JS

  • The jury is still out on how good the Packers’ defense is, but we know the Pittsburgh offense is bad. The line can’t block, Big Ben can barely move, and a new WR is dropping every week. Green Bay will at least have a high floor because of sacks and a few takeaways in Week 4. — ML

  • You can’t go wrong streaming a defense against the Jaguars, especially on a short week. The Bengals have shown an ability to get pressure, and if they do, Trevor Lawrence will make some mistakes. — ML

  • Detroit’s offense has very little talent at the skill positions, and we always look to play defenses against Jared Goff. Look for Khalil Mack and co. to disrupt anything the Lions’ try to do in Week 4. — JS

  • The Giants defense finally showed a few signs of life in Week 3, racking up three sacks and a takeaway while holding the Falcons to 17 points. The Saints offense is still a work in progress, and Jameis Winston is no stranger to bad INTs. Because so many drafted D/STs have bad matchups in Week 4, the Giants are in play as a possible streamer. — ML

  • The Titans defense doesn’t have much going for it, but the Jets are as favorable of a matchup as you’ll find for a fantasy defense. It’s a tough week for some of the top D/STs, so consider streaming Tennessee if you’re in a bind. — ML

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Eyes on Manu Bhaker as she tries to overcome Olympic failure





Manu Bhaker and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar will be eyeing to overcome their Olympic demons as the duo gear up for the ISSF Junior World Championships on September 27. India has sent a large contingent of 74 shooters, coaches and support staff for the competition scheduled to be held in Peru from September 27 to October 10.

Manu Bhaker, World No. 2 in women’s 10m air pistol event, will compete in five events at the Junior Worlds. The youngster was a sensation at the 2018 ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and Suhl. She was the headline-maker with five medals at the World Cup.

However, she failed to live up to the expectations at the Tokyo Olympics. Going into the Summer Games, she was dubbed as the favorite for a medal in the three events – 10m air pistol, 10m air pistol mixed team and 25m air pistol. However, the Haryana-shooter had a disappointing tournament.

National head coach Ronak Pandit feels Manu Bhaker is not ready to compete as she has technical flaws that need to be fixed.

Jaspal Rana and Manu Bhaker to compete again

In addition to overcoming the Olympic let-down, Manu Bhaker will also have to put her differences with coach Jaspal Rana aside for the competition.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has decided to send Rana as chief coach of the junior team at the Worlds. This comes as a shock as the federation had called him a ‘negative influence’ on the shooters.

Rana, though, seems to have forgotten the fallout and is now looking for a positive performance from the Indian squad in Peru. He told Sportskeeda exclusively:

“I am going to Peru as a national coach. I am not anyone’s personal coach there. I am open to helping anyone who feels like it.”

Fellow Indian Olympian Aishwary Pratap Singh will also feature at the event in Lima. He will participate in the 50m rifle 3 positions. Manu Bhaker will partner with Sarabjot Singh in the 10m mixed event.

In addition to the Olympic duo, Vijayveer Sidhu, Anish Bhanwala, Ganemat Sekhon and Mehuli Ghosh will also be in the spotlight. This will be the first multi-discipline event since the Tokyo Olympics, which will see participation from as many as 32 nations and nearly 370 athletes.

There are 14 gold medals at stake in the first three competitive days of the championship.

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Cloud-based performance management platform StaffCircle sees 200% increase in customers and revenue in 2020-21





Pandemic and company innovation drives record annual takeup for UK remote staff management and communications tech

London, 27th September 2021: Cloud-based performance management software company StaffCircle has tripled its Annual Recurring Revenue and headcount in the past year. As the company expands into global markets – most notably the US and Canada.

Leicester-based StaffCircle helps companies save time and maximise productivity by keeping employees connected, helping to build a strong company culture and create exceptional employee experiences regardless of location. With many companies pivoting to work from home and embracing digitalisation the past year, StaffCircle’s client base has increased 150% between September 2020 and September 2021.

The increase in demand for the StaffCircle platform saw the company’s employee numbers doubling during the same period, and planning for 15 new hires over the next year. Likewise, StaffCircle’s appetite and potential for global expansion has also been proven to date, with a new roster of US and Canadian clients including renowned law firm McCarthy & Holthus.

New UK customers benefiting from StaffCircle’s platform include financial services firm finnCap, and Beccles Medical Centre, with the latter successfully using StaffCircle to decrease HR admin time by two-thirds and elevating employee engagement by 15% during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Further benefits have been seen by other clients including Believe Housing, The Green Organic Dutchman, and ADP. StaffCircle is set to continue its successful UK growth and maintain execution of its ambitious global growth plans across several markets in the coming 12 months.

In addition to customer successes, StaffCircle has become a leading voice providing insights on the HR landscape. The company recently conducted a survey revealing that 42% of employees and HR leaders believe the culture of their organisation has deteriorated since the pandemic. This suggests that the demand and need for HR and performance management technology is likely to grow further.

“This past year has shown that remote working is here to stay, and with that the need for technology to manage and motivate teams who may be out of sight is increasing,” said Mark Seemann, CEO of StaffCircle. “This is a real ‘right time, right place’ technology, and it’s great to see so many organisations and their staff reaping the benefits. We are delighted to have expanded to the US and Canada and have further growth plans in the pipeline. It’s a testament to the hard work of the StaffCircle team over the past year, and we’re excited to form new partnerships in the industry in the coming year.”

StaffCircle be exhibiting at CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition between 3-4th November 2021 amongst other industry leaders aiming to reinvent HR to create a better working world.


About StaffCircle
StaffCircle uniquely combines performance management and employee engagement into one cloud platform that measurably improves workplace culture, automates processes to deliver greater operational efficiency. Our platform is designed to deliver a holistic approach to managing the end-to-end employee experience in one consolidated platform which gives 360 insight into performance, engagement, and sentiment across distributed dispersed workforces. These data-driven insights provide the basis for informed decision-making and a more strategic HR function. Our unique approach is helping customers across the UK to achieve high-performing cultures with more engaged employees and strengthens their ability to attract and retain talent.

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