Welcome to the Week 4 starts and sits. As always, I have done my best to avoid rehashing obvious options who will be starting for you no matter what. I have also tried to come up with players who are good values on DraftKings this week. If you are looking for my take on players not listed in this space, feel free to check out my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn.
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Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints, $6,900
He’s a nice cheap source of points, and he has the upside you want in DraftKings tournaments. Rivers also is a solid play in any seasonal league. The Chargers will have the ball in the air often against the Saints and his receivers should find space against New Orleans’ cornerbacks.
Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Browns, $6,500
Cousins excels in easier matchups, so this is obviously a week to play him. The Browns have a weak team overall and Washington should be able to make plays in the passing game. I’m leaning toward Jordan Reed ($6,300) as a stacking option.
Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders, $5,900
I just can’t get over the low price. Yes, Flacco has been mediocre so far for fantasy purposes, but you know they are going to throw it a ton with Marc Trestman calling the plays. I think it’s just a matter of time until Flacco posts a big game, and that could happen here. What’s great is that, at his price, I can afford to put a lot of talent around him in my DraftKings lineup. I like the idea of stacking him with either Dennis Pitta or Mike Wallace this week — and maybe even both.
Brock Osweiler, Texans vs. Titans, $5,800
This is a move for the bold — in the vein of my Fleener recommendation from Week 3. Osweiler is wearing a “kick me” sign after last week’s debacle in New England, but let’s give some credit to the Patriots defense and let’s give Osweiler a break, too. After all, everybody looks like a warmed-over Tony Eason sometimes. That joke was for Jim Hackett. If it got any other laughs, I got lucky. That said, I don’t think you’ll need luck with Osweiler this week. That’s what the Titans are there for. The Titans have been a get-well game for the Texans more than a few times in recent years, and they look like a road apple here.
Tyrod Taylor, Bills at Patriots, $5,400
He is just way too risky on the road against a tough defense and without his best weapon in the passing game, Sammy Watkins. No way am I playing Taylor if I have a choice in the matter.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets vs. Seahawks, $5,300
It’s not the bushel of picks he threw this past Sunday against the Chiefs. It’s not the injury to Eric Decker. It’s not Fitzpatrick’s generally weak skill set or even his stupid beard. Well, it’s all of those things, but there’s more. The Jets with Fitzpatrick just don’t match up well against the Seahawks defense. The Jets like to spread the field and use misdirection. The Seahawks eat that stuff as they close and tackle as well as anybody outside of Carolina. Avoid Fitzpatrick, as the Jets should have last offseason.
Carlos Hyde, 49ers vs. Cowboys, $4,200
He’s been great this year when given any room whatsoever, and I like his chances of finding some room here. In fact, the Cowboys had better be careful in this game without Dez Bryant to balance the field and keep teams from loading up the box. Hyde is a buy for me on DraftKings and a fringe RB1 in seasonal leagues this week.
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots vs. Bills, $5,000
I like the projected game flow (a Patriots lead early) for him, and I like the way he’s been running for the most part. Blount should get some goal-line chances and about 20 touches. He is easily worth a RB2 play in all leagues. He’s just a solid option on DraftKings due to the full PPR scoring.
Jerick McKinnon, Vikings vs. Giants, $3,900
The Giants handle the run fairly well, but McKinnon is a serious handful who can bounce the ball outside with ease. He can also make big plays as a receiver, so he fits the full PPR format on DraftKings pretty well. McKinnon is still getting over a foot injury, and I might want to hold off a week on him, but his price is so low I will want some exposure in DraftKings tournaments.
Jordan Howard, Bears vs. Lions, $3,700
I have been trumpeting Howard as an option for weeks, and now he’s here. And, he’s here at a bargain price. Howard will be a huge part of the offense against the Lions. Expect a 20-touch workload with some receptions mixed in. He also should be the man at the goal line. The matchup is nothing scary, so I definitely will have Howard in some tournament lineups this week.
Latavius Murray, Raiders at Ravens, $4,900
He is playable if you need him, but he’s also getting slowly de-emphasized in the Oakland offense. To change that, he needs to speed up and play better, but for now, he is losing snaps to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. That makes Murray a weak RB2 or flex option against the Ravens.
Travis Benjamin, Chargers vs. Saints, $5,900
There are not enough weapons in San Diego to go away from Benjamin even if they wanted to. He and Tyrell Williams will both be heavily targeted in this matchup with the Saints. I’ll be firing them up anywhere I can, and that includes on DraftKings.
Terrelle Pryor, Browns at Washington, $4,300
He was all over the formation last week and that could continue Sunday at Washington. Pryor may or may not end up being a great receiver, but he’s a central cog in this offense right now, and a nice play as a WR2 or as a tournament option on DraftKings at 4,300 units. He should give you some rushing, passing and receiving stats this week.
Will Fuller, Texans vs. Titans, $5,300
As I mentioned earlier, the Titans project as a get-well opponent for the Texans offense this week. They have nobody to handle Fuller and I think there’s a great chance the rookie finds the end zone in this game. He’s priced well on DraftKings and I will definitely have some Fuller exposure this weekend.
Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Saints, $4,400
Williams has really fit in well in the wake of Keenan Allen’s injury and there is no reason to go away from him here. He’s a high-end WR3 option in seasonal leagues and I like him in all types of DraftKings contests. His target volume this week is all but assured.
Phillip Dorsett, Colts at Jaguars (in London), $4,700
He was a bit of a disappointment last week, but it was a tough matchup for him. This week is a different story and I suspect Dorsett will make several big plays in this game. I like him as a WR3 in seasonal leagues and I will have some tournament exposure on DraftKings as well.
Tajae Sharpe, Titans at Texans, $5,000
I do not trust him as more than a possession guy at this point. He’s not on my Week 4 WR3 radar and he lacks the upside I look for in DraftKings tournaments. There’s also the issue of Kendall Wright’s return, which may cost Sharpe some targets. There were four receivers getting significant snaps for the Titans last week. With Wright’s return, there probably will be five of them. It’s a bad recipe for fantasy production.
Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $3,400
The matchup could not be worse, and he’s been light so far this season. While I suspect that Jackson will bounce back, I truly doubt that it will happen this week against a rough and tumble Denver defense.
Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Raiders, $3,900
He’s been seeing the ball consistently and that won’t change here. Pitta has a great rapport with Joe Flacco that goes back years. It’s been on display through the first three games. He’s a solid TE1 this week in seasonal leagues and he’s a bargain on DraftKings.
Coby Fleener, Saints at Chargers, $3,200
So, who had the guts to play him last week? I hope some of you did. Fleener is not quite as obvious a play in Week 4, but I like his chances as the Chargers cornerbacks tend to force the ball to the middle of the field. Fleener should see the ball consistently again. He has a good shot at a score.
Zach Miller, Bears vs. Lions, $2,700
He looked more like himself last week and he gets a positive matchup here. With Alshon Jeffery banged up and Kevin White still in the process of finding himself, Miller is an important third option and he’s a strong red zone weapon as we saw last week.
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $2,800
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is no longer on the team, which leaves Brate as the unquestioned lead dog. That should mean solid week-to-week production as he’s shown an ability to work well with Jameis Winston over the last year. He’ll be a big part of the game plan this week as the Bucs will have trouble targeting their outside receivers due to Denver’s absurd strength at cornerback. Brate is a potential steal on DraftKings.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons vs. Panthers, $3,400
It’s a tough matchup and he was nothing special last week. I also worry about him losing snaps to rookie Austin Hooper. Tamme may make some plays, but Carolina closes too well for him to make a big dent on the scoring sheet unless he somehow scores, which I tend to doubt.