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Monday 21st Aug 2017

Boy, the early games were rife with numbers for me, with Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Jarvis Landry rocking the point world, and moving me up among the top teams. Unfortunately, the Steelers defense (-1) were destroyed by the Eagles.

Apparently Michael Beller saw no such attractions in Fout Wars, where the Touts stage a weekly DFS on DraftKings. Beller's squad went big with Ryan Tannehill (24.96), Christine Michael (28.1), and David Johnson (26.1), who helped contribute to a 167.36 week that gave the S.I. writer top honors in a week where the bulk of teams performed well. Jeff Erickson (160.46), riding big days from Landry and Johnson, but also Michael Crabtree (21.2) and DeMarco Murray (29.5) while third place this week went to Brian Walton (156.2) who exploited Rodgers and Landry, but then got great days from Charles Sims (24.4) and Mike Evans (32.2)

To show how things have tightened, though, my squad, which finished tenth, with 143 points. Oh what a difference a pick six by the Steelers would have made. But, sometimes grass don't grow, and sometimes the wind don't blow.

You can check out the entire league Scoreboard here: Fout Wars Google Doc.

So, who am I looking at for Week 4? Let's look.

Christine Michael (RB, Seahawks): Considering the roundabout manner in which Michael even got a start last week, let alone took advantage of the opportunity, we just have to take a look at the RB who bagged a pair of scores, a pair of catches, and 106 yards. Michael has to move ahead of Thomas Rawls on the depth chart, at least for the coming week, and if you have an RB void.

Tevin Coleman (RB, Falcons): Coleman, paired with Devonta Freeman remind me of the old Raiders who had Napoleon Kaufmann grabbing the yards and Zach Crockett scoring the TDs. Not thinking of Coleman as a potential weekly producer like Michael can be, but he could be a fun bye play and DFS bargain, meaning track the guy and his match-ups.

Everson Griffen (DE, Vikings): Griffen was dynamite, sacking Cam Newton three times while bagging three tackles for losses, and leading what looks to be a pretty solid defense and pass rush. If your league plays individual defense, Griffen is this week's guy. 

Dorial Green-Beckham (WE, Eagles): Every week we seem to have an Eagle on the list, and Green-Beckham is in the spotlight this time. A second-round pick in 2015 Green-Beckham caught three passes last week for a modest 33 yards, but, he was in on half the team's snaps, and just looks to have an increasing role. (Do note the Eagles are on their bye week.)

Cameron Brate (TE, Bucs): The Harvard grad stepped right into the Bucs breech, and collected a pair of TD passes over the past week, giving him 11 catches for 92 yards, and making Brate another player to track and maybe stash, thinking injuries and byes. 

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