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Week 4 DFS picks: Taking A Knee

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Why is everyone so upset about NFL players taking a knee? Players have been taking a knee to run the clock out for years and years. Why such the fuss now about taking a knee?

After all, would people rather the quarterback dive forward instead of taking a knee? He could get injured that way. That’s bad for football and for Fantasy Football. Taking a knee is a smart way to finish out the game. Now, I could understand if it was taking out a knee, that’s bad. But taking a knee….

(ear is whispered into)

Oh. Well, that’s different. Never mind.

Now that my Gilda Radner Emily Litella impersonation is done for the week, I will say that this whole debate about taking a knee thing during the national anthem has me very agitated. I am too smart to publicize my opinion here other than to say I understand what both sides are saying and think both sides have strong arguments. However, one of the reasons I love football is that it is usually a politics-free area. Apparently, nothing is above the murky waters of politics.

But returning to football I’d like to take a knee and get in victory formation after recommending players like Kirk Cousins and A.J. Green last week, but alas I also recommended Derek Carr.

So, like I wish we could do with this taking a knee thing, let’s just move onto Week 4.

Week 4 DFS Picks

Week 4 Cash Game Play

RB Leonard Fournette (DK-$6700 FD-$7700)

Fournette looked strong last week against a traditionally stout Ravens run defense. He gashed the Ravens for 80 yards and a touchdown. This week he’s going against the Jets who have given up the seventh-most Fantasy points to running backs. Fournette’s salary this week is about 10% less than some of the higher priced and likely popular options like Devonta Freeman and Ezekiel Elliott. I would happily roll out Fournette who I think outproduces many of those above him and use the savings elsewhere.

 

Week 4 GPP Play

WR: Marqise Lee

I hope the Marcedes Lewis owners enjoyed that because that might be the last time it happens this season. Marqise Lee is the Jags best-receiving weapon. Lee is averaging more than seven targets a week, but this is the week he scores a TD. Against the Jets and their eighth most generous defense to opposing Fantasy receivers, Lee makes for a great value play.

 

Week 4 Draft Kings GPP Lineup

QB: Deshaun Watson ($5100)

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Watson showed me a little something the other day, going against the Titans and their seventh-ranked passing defense, and at $5100 I’m willing to take a chance. And he’s far cheaper here on Draft Kings than on Fan Duel where he is at least a couple hundred too high at $7300.

WR DeAndre Hopkins ($6400)

I’ll take Nuk for the obvious Texans stack.

RB Joe Mixon ($5700)

Feels a little chalky to me, but I like the value AND the production

RB C.J. Anderson ($5600)

There’s a ton of great value options in this range and Anderson is one of them

WR Marqise Lee ($4500)

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I’ve liked Lee since the preseason. This might be the last time we see Lee this low.

WR Larry Fitzgerald ($6100)

Old man Fitzgerald ain’t going out without a fight.

TE: Charles Clay ($3700)

Looking to save some salary here and Clay, who has two touchdowns in three games, seems like a good way to do so.

DST: Jaguars ($3600)

I admit it, Baltimore and Miami blew up in my face last week. But I feel really good about this DST pick this week.

Flex: LeSean McCoy ($8400)

I ended up using all of my budget this week, but going against the Atlanta Falcons and their fourth-ranked kindest defense to f=Fantasy running backs is well worth it.

 

Week 4 Fan Duel GPP Lineup

QB: Blake Bortles ($7700)

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How’s that for a bounceback? I’ve already said I love Lee this week. If Lee is going to have a big week, Bortles will be a solid play.

RB: Todd Gurley ($8000)

It’s amazing what happens when Jeff Fisher is no longer the coach. Well, actually, it’s not amazing at all.

RB: Carlos Hyde ($6800)

Arizona has been pretty stingy against opposing running backs. That will make him low owned, but you can’t ignore Hyde’s production. Coming off of 84 yards and two touchdowns, I think Hyde keeps it going.

WR: Marqise Lee ($6200)

He’s a little pricier here on Fan Duel than I would prefer. I’m still buying.

WR: Alshon Jeffery ($7100)

The Chargers are an absolute mess right now and their homefield advantage is anything but. Jeffery is healthy and with his talent when healthy, he’s a steal at $7100.

WR: Stefon Diggs ($7200)

After Diggs put up over 24 Fan Duel points against New Orleans, there was excitement but New Orleans is still very soft against the pass. When he put up over 41 and 33 points against the Top 10 pass defenses of the Steelers and Bucs respectively, that’s more impressive. Going against the Lions who are ranked 24th against the pass? Lock him in.

TE: Zach Ertz ($6900)

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Ertz has 28 targets in three weeks. He’s making the most of those targets with at least double-digit Fantasy points each of the first three weeks of the season. He will make it four this week.

K: Justin Tucker ($4800)

You know what I like about last week’s one point outing? It drove his price down. The Ravens offense might not score a lot, but that’s exactly why I’m buying!

DST: Jacksonville Jaguars ($5200)

See above.

 

Here’s hoping these picks help get you to the medal stand this week. Whether you take a knee or not if you make it there, that’s your decision.

 

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Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg remembers making Jerry Rice his first round selection as well as taking a flyer on a young pitcher named Doug Drabek. His Fantasy analysis has spanned multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball, and even golf. A FSWA finalist, his fantasy analysis has been featured in various outlets including but not limited to SI.com, USA Today national magazines, Yahoo! and RotoExperts.
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