Since watching the debacle of a Presidential debate the other night, I’ve been itching at the opportunity to start setting my Week 4 DFS lineup! A much needed distraction after a nationally televised display the likes of which we’ve never seen.
Week 3 was a scoring bonanza and hopefully you netted some nice returns. We had a few misses, like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer, but some of our calls hit big last week.
Last week we recommended plays of Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Ezekiel Elliott, Charles Sims, Antonio Brown, Jarvis Landry and Sterling Shepard. Baller time.
A few more weeks like Week 3 and I’ll be able to buy one of those cash cannons. Honestly, if one of your life goals isn’t to use a cash cannon during a salacious situation you probably shouldn’t be playing DFS in the first place.
Week 4 gives us eight match ups with projected point totals of 47 points are more. While ideally we’re targeting games with 50 or more, this gives us plenty of options to work with. Let’s get down to bidness!
Week 4 DFS Lineup: DraftKings – Cash Games
Week 4 DFS Lineup: QBs
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons ($7,800)
The Panthers are going to be in angry revenge mode after last week. I would like as many shares of angry Cam as I’m allowed to purchase.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears ($7,300)
This is more about the Bears inept defense than it is about Stafford. The Bears don’t have anyone who can stop Golden Tate, let alone Marvin Jones.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns ($6,500)
Shake your head at Cousins all you want but look what Ryan Tannehill did last week versus this Browns defense.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: RBs
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams ($7,800)
The best DFS RB in the game right now. DJ is a constant threat to score on the ground or in the air. DraftKings offers point per catch scoring which suits Johnson perfectly, especially against an average defense.
LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs ($7,500)
Look who’s back! The average person is probably going to be too skeptical to play Bell in his first game back. The risk is DeAngelo Williams stealing carries. I’m not worried. Bell could play only 75% of the snaps and still triple his price.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers ($6,900)
People quite a bit smarter than me are calling for a San Fran upset this week versus Dallas. If that narrative holds, that means we’re going to see lots of Elliott due to his ability to pass protect and his versatility as a receiver.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints ($6,300)
Whatever you thought about Melvin Gordon coming into the season, forget it. He’s a different player. This is a different offense. Gordon has been getting the ball a ton in the red zone this season and now faces off against the worst defense in the history of professional sports. My only hesitation here is the health of the Chargers offensive line. I love Gordon this week but if they’re missing three starters on the line, I may pivot to someone else.
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys ($4,200)
Whoever set Hyde’s price at $4,200, I heart you. Hyde could legitimately see 25 touches in this game and is priced as someone who is going to split carries in a committee. For anyone trying to fit in high priced players like Cam Newton or Antonio Brown, Hyde is a perfect guy to slide in your lineup at a discount.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions ($3,700)
The Jeremy Langford injury likely means a full time role this weekend for Howard. Brian Hoyer is competent and should be able to move the ball well enough against a porous defense to rack up some Fantasy points for the Bears. Howard has shown ability as a receiver and may end up with 20 touches in this one. You can’t beat this price.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: WRs
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs ($9,700)
He’s Antonio Brown. I don’t care what his price is. #Analysis
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans ($8,400)
The Texans stunk last week against New England. So what? Hopkins is one of a handful of players who could win you money each and every week. If you don’t play him, your opponent might. You okay with that?
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts ($8,000)
Allen Robinson against the Colts defense is a match made in heaven. Robinson could have his best game of the season this week.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears ($7,300)
Until he proves otherwise, Jones is a No. 1 WR being priced as a No. 2. Assuming he’s healthy (keep an eye on the injury report going into the weekend), he could easily light up this Bears defense.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets ($6,100)
Baldwin has been a No. 1 WR for roughly a year now and yet is still being priced as someone who provides inconsistent results. Tyler Lockett is still banged up which means Baldwin will be the focal point of the passing game, against a Jets secondary getting burned by everyone.
Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers ($6,000)
Does anyone else feel like the KC/Pit game might be the game of the week this weekend? Yes, Jamaal Charles is likely returning to action this week but the Steelers offense is potent enough, especially with LeVeon back, to force KC to throw in order to remain competitive. The Pit secondary is adequate which means Maclin should have plenty of opportunity.
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns ay Washington Redskins ($4,300)
I’m skeptical too, believe me. We can’t ignore evidence suggesting a guy may lead his team in touches however. Hue Jackson is a creative offensive mind and given the injuries and loss of Josh Gordon, they have to use whatever tricks are up their sleeve. I’ll give Pryor a shot this week and see if he can duplicate last week’s Kordell Stewart-esque performance.
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns ($4,200)
I’m not a huge Crowder fan but he leads this team in red zone targets, Josh Doctson is not fully healthy. Pierre Garcon is like 46 years old and the Cleveland defense is abysmal. The possibility Crowder gets 7-10 targets, including some in the red zone is worth the $4,200 price tag.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers ($3,900)
Without Dez Bryant, who is Dak going to look to? Brice Butler is the Twitter buzzword of the day but Beasley has been Julian Edelman lite thus far in 2016, even with Dez on the field.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions ($3,400)
The Kevin White experience has begun. I’m a believer. This price is fantastic given White could see 8-10 targets against a poor D.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: TEs
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns ($6,300)
Until Rob Gronkowski emerges, Reed is still the most dangerous TE in the game, even if he has yet to live up to expectations in 2016.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,800)
I expect KC to rely on the pass in this one more than some others seem to think. Considering how bad the TE position has been, Kelce seems worth the risk this week.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders ($3,900)
Last season everyone got their rocks off playing TEs versus the Raiders. They don’t seem to have patched that hole completely this season either. Pitta is back to being best buds with the mighty Joe Flacco. Pitta should have an opportunity to score a TD in this one.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions ($2,700)
Miller’s DraftKings price was set prior to his performance last week so we’re still getting him at a discount. Brian Hoyer relied on Miller who many projected to be a sleeper at the TE position this year. Miller should see at least a handful of targets at a minuscule price.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: FanDuel – Cash Games
Week 4 DFS Lineup: QBs
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons ($9,300)
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears ($8,300)
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns ($7,600)
As with DraftKings, I’m sticking with these three QBs as my cash game options. The high floor combined with potential for high ceilings is too good to pass up. What gambler has ever said that and lost?
Week 4 DFS Lineup: RBs
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams ($8,700)
LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs ($8,300)
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints ($7,600)
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills ($7,500)
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers ($6,800)
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions ($5,600)
Mark Ingram and LeGarrette Blount are the additions to the FanDuel list of RB plays because of the scoring differences between FD and DraftKings. FD is more touchdown dependent so we’re looking for players who could score multiple touchdowns rather than simply above average yardage.
The New England QB situation is murky and even if they do roll out Jimmy Garoppolo, he probably won’t be 100%. Until Tom Brady returns, the reality is the team will be reliant on the running game, Blount specifically.
Ingram gets a nice matchup against the Chargers who have plenty holes on the defensive side of the ball. Drew Brees is the gun slinger on the road like he is at home so don’t be surprised if we see a decent amount of Ingram in this contest. The Saints are 0-3 and clearly need to do something differently. That could be Ingram.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: WRs
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs ($9,400)
Find me someone who has ever said, “Oh, I’m SO glad I didn’t play Antonio Brown this weekend” more than once in their life.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears ($7,600)
Let’s get it on!
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets ($7,400)
Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens ($6,500)
Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints ($6,400)
We’ve added Crabtree and Tyrell Williams to the list of FanDuel WR options because of their price. Williams has been getting some looks in the red zone and we have plenty of evidence to suggest Derek Carr prefers to target Crabtree in the endzone rather than Amari Cooper. Remember, FanDuel is about touchdown opportunity.
Week 4 DFS Lineup: TEs
Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers at Atlanya Falcons ($7,900)
I’m adding Olsen to my FanDuel list because of his advantage over Atl LBs and safeties. This gives Olsen a chance to score a TD even if he isn’t heavily targeted within the 20s.
Jordan Reed Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns ($7,500)
Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers ($6,500)
Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers ($6,000)
I’m adding Witten because of Dez Bryant’s absence. Dak has shown a comfort level with Witten thus far and while Witten hasn’t been a reliable TD scorer in seemingly forever, they may lean on him a bit more until Dez returns.
Zach Miller Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions ($5,000)
Week 4 DFS Lineup: Tournament Plays – Treat Yo Self Edition
Week 4 DFS Lineup Tournament QBs
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
This is the perfect time to play Palmer. Everyone hates him. He’s coming off an embarrassing performance against the lowly Bills. He still has Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd (maybe), John Brown and David Johnson to throw to.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns
Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans
As with Palmer, everyone will be off the Brockstar after last week’s dud versus the Patriots. Tennessee’s defense doesn’t scare me and it won’t scare DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller or Will Fuller. With these weapons facing a sub-par defense, the Texans offense could bounce back in a big way during a week with extremely low ownership percentages.
Brian Hoyer, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions
You can’t beat his price. He’s playing against a terrible defense. He’s had big games in the past. Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Zach Miller and Jordan Howard are better than you think.
Week 4 DFS Lineup Tournament RBs
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
LeVeon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers
Todd Gurley, Los Angelas Rams at Arizona Cardinals
When is the last time anyone talked about Todd Gurley? In tournaments we’re looking for players who could explode and have a monster game while being owned at a small percentage. Gurley will fit that mold, especially against a defense as potent as Arizona.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers
Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers vs Dallas Cowboys
Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Denver Broncos
No, I don’t like playing anyone against Denver either. I do, however, like RBs who could easily see 90 percent of their team’s offensive snaps while trailing. Sims is one of the better pass catching RBs in the league and whether they’re up or down, the Bucs are going to keep him on the field.
Matt Jones, Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns
I’m labeling Jones as a tournament play because he’ll likely have a low ownership percentage and he’s the starting RB on a home favorite. If Washington gets out to an early lead, they could rely on Jones more than usual.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
I love Dwayne Washington. I love him in season long, cash and tournaments. Dude is legit.
Week 4 DFS Lineup Tournament WRs
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens
Cooper is one of the best receivers in the league, although his numbers thus far don’t suggest that whatsoever. Derek Carr and Cooper have to start clicking at some point …. right? #ACDC
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins
Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints
John Brown, Arizona Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams
John Brown looks to be slowly coming back from a concussion that, to be blunt, resulted in him playing like a shell of himself. Last week looked much better for Brown and if he’s back to full health, that means Arizona is going to target him on plays down the field.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets v Seattle Seahawks
Eric Decker appears likely to miss this week’s game. We’ve seen what Enunwa can do when he gets a healthy dose of targets and counterpart Brandon Marshall may still be hampered as well. Enunwa could end up being the Jets No. 1 target on offense this weekend.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions
Week 4 DFS Lineup Tournament TEs
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants
Sam Bradford has quickly established a rapport with Rudolph, one Fantasy owners have been predicting would happen for years. With the running game in flux, the Vikings have apparently decided Rudolph is in fact an offensive weapon once again. The Giants are better against the TE this season than in year’s past, but Rudolph could see plenty of opportunities.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers
For me, this is dependent on the health of Willie Snead. If Snead is still a legitimate question mark heading into this game, then Fleener slides into his role within the offense. We saw the results of that last week as Fleener finally had the type of game his owners were insisting he was capable of.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos
Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been booted out of town, leaving Brate as the primary TE. It is likely that Tampa will be trailing in this game and given the talent of the Denver secondary, Brate could be leaned on as a red zone target.
Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers vs New Orleans Saints
If you don’t know who Hunter Henry is yet, you will soon enough. Antonio Gates is on his way out. This kid is for real. The Saints defense is one DFS players should try and take advantage of every week.
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