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For all of you fantasy owners in season long leagues or who lost in DFS because the Chiefs defense was across from you, I feel your pain. Thanks Fitzpatrick for handing the Chiefs 35 fantasy points on DraftKings and FanDuel.

I tend to usually check my article many times after I am finished writing to see if I made any dumb little mistakes. Also, really like to do a little discount double check with all of my lineups before kickoff on Sunday’s. I am truly wondering if Fitzy, a Harvard grad I might add, thought Brandon Marshall was wearing a Chiefs jersey out there. It sure looked like it.

In fact, the Chiefs defense had six catches thrown by Mr. Fitzpick, while Marshall and Decker combined for four receptions. No team had forced more than eight turnovers in a game since 1990. Watching that game just made me sick. Got to love fantasy football. Rant over.

Lets take a look at last weeks picks.

Based off of price:

  • Carson Wentz (24 DK, 21 FD)
  • Christine Michael (28.1 DK, 24.1 FD)
  • Melvin Gordon (17.8 DK, 15.8 FD)
  • Shane Vereen (16.5 DK, 14.5 FD)
  • Jamison Crowder (17.8 DK, 15.8 FD)

Solid buys included:

  • Sterling Shepard (18.3 DK, 15.8 FD)
  • Dolphins defense (7 DK, 7 FD)

The whiffs include:

  • Marcus Mariota (7.76 DK, 6.8 FD)
  • Phillip Dorsett (5.7 DK, 4.2 FD)
  • Jason Witten (4.5 DK, 3.5 FD)
  • Jordan Cameron (1.5 DK, 1 FD)

ALSO, check out Andrew Saladzius weekly work, where he goes over the DFS Busts for the given week. Great information from Andrew. Lets get into this weeks DFS sleepers.

Week 4 DFS Sleepers

Mid-Tier Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins, Home vs. Cleveland Browns (6,500 DK, 7,600 FD)

I really wanted to start off with a “You like that” joke but feel it’s getting a bit old. Any who, he has been getting a lot of flak lately, but he has put up some nice garbage time numbers. Which we will take in fantasy!

Also, love his price on FanDuel here. Fourth in pass attempts thus far. He will keep chucking the ball down field. He has been one of those home-road split quarterbacks. Did mention this in my Brady article this offseason regarding his wild statistics at home. 16-2 touchdown to interception ratio at home. Crazy. He is in Washington taking on a very friendly Browns team. Plug captain Kirk in here.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, Road vs. San Francisco 49ers (5,700 DK, 7,200 FD)

Now, he may be one of the most owned quarterbacks in daily with this price tag, so just be aware of your DFS format. This offense is really starting to click as well

Now it is a bit odd that Dez is going in for an MRI, reportedly on Tuesday, with those usually getting done on a Monday. Of course I had written a few sentences on Tuesday about how Dez will probably be out there Sunday. Things have since changed in the last 24 hours, having being diagnosed with a hairline fracture. Reports have been all over the place from tweets saying, ‘day to day’ to ‘4-6 week recovery’.

In Dak’s favor, Dez hasn’t really had one of his monster games either and for that matter, hasn’t looked healthy on the field. For the price and juicy matchup with the niners, Dak is worth putting in your lineup this week.

Mid-Tier Running Backs

Duke Johnson Jr. Cleveland Browns, Road vs. Washington Redskins (4,000 DK, 5,400 FD)

The last two weeks the Browns have gone up against mediocre at best, offensively built teams, in the Ravens and Dolphins. They take on the Redskins this week at home. If you skipped over my Kirk Cousins tid bits, then how I think this game is going to go is the Redskins get up big early. Which means more passing down plays for the Browns and the Dukester.

Interesting as well, looking at the snap counts through the first three weeks below, they have been pretty much identical. Game flow, I believe is the determining factor towards Duke geting more passing down work this week.

Snaps per week Isaiah Crowell Duke Johnson Jr.
Week 1 30 22
Week 2 32 31
Week 3 42  41

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers, Home vs. Dallas Cowboys (4,200 DK, 6,800 FD)

Really trying to figure out the price on DraftKings for Hyde here but I’ll take it. A guy who is seventh in rushing attempts three weeks in. Sign me up. In today’s fantasy world, it’s all about volume for your running backs.

Pretty much the only fantasy relevant option on this niners team, but I think he runs well against the boys this weekend. The knock on him is his health and in DFS all we need from guys are one week. Oh the joy of daily fantasy sports! Yes, Hyde is still fully healthy. It would be silly not to get this guy in your lineup especially for DraftKings players!

Diamond In The Rough Running Back

Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions, Road vs. Chicago Bears (3,800 DK, 4,500 FD)

6 ft. 2 in. 226 lbs. 4.44, 40 yard dash. Seventh rounder in this past draft and I don’t think you can teach size. Well actually, you can’t.

Riddick had 45 snaps compared to Washington’s 25. But when he was on the field he got a lot of work. 10 carries for 38 yards. Riddick saw 10 carries as well but gained nine yards… This game yells, game flow, game flow, game flow. Lions get up big and Washington gets the bulk of the carries later in the game against the middling Bears.

Mid-Tier Wide Receivers

Will Fuller, Houston Texans, Home vs. Tennessee Titans (5,300 DK, 6,700 FD)

Decently priced for a guy who got shut down by the Patriots last Thursday.

The Titans have done a pretty good job against their opponents number one receiver this season, albeit against Stefon Diggs and the Vikings. The secondary wide receiver in the other two games has fared pretty well.

Against the Raiders, Cooper was held in check while Crabtree grabbed eight passes for 102 yards. Golden Tate was held in check as well while Marvin Jones went in for eight catches for 118 yards. Get Fuller in your lineup please.

Diamond In The Rough Wide Receiver

Chris Hogan, New England Patriots, Home vs. Buffalo Bills (3,700 DK, 5,200 FD)

Every player loves to go off against their old team. He was pretty quiet last Thursday night but his first two games were solid performances. Jimmy Garrappolo being hurt definitely had a role in that, and this may be just a hunch, but I believe the galloping chicken is back this week.

He was out on the practice field today and was listed as limited on Wednesday. Huge news for Hogan, who had a very good connection with Garoppolo.

Revenge game, Rex Ryan factor, Jimmy G back. All of these factors makes Hogan a good buy this week.

Tight End

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions, Road vs. Chicago Bears (3,700 DK, 5,800 FD)

Like his teammate, Dwayne Washington, which I talked about earlier, he has freak talent. 6’4” 250 lbs. and ran a 4.60 40 time. Still young and developing but it really looks like he is turning into something finally.

Has seen increasing targets each week and in this high powered offense, Ebron should continue to see more work. He was taken with the 10th overall pick for a reason. Great matchup with the Bears and I do see him getting into the endzone here and no reason to doubt five to six catches.

Defense

New England Patriots Defense, Home vs. Buffalo Bills (3,300 DK, 4,500 FD)

Watkins did not practice today as of writing this on Wednesday. Having been a Patriots fan and watched every game for the last ten years or so, they do play Rex Ryan teams tough.

Belichick is often worried against those running quarterbacks, so expect Collins to possibly spy him in this one. If Watkins doesn’t play they will absolutely be stacking the box on McCoy.

The combination of how great the Pats play at home, as well as it being the week before Brady gets back, and the way Rex has been talking this week, expect the Patriots to wreak havoc.

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