Week 4 features the first teams on byes (Eagles and Packers) and a London game (Colts-Jaguars) that is off the regular Sunday DraftKings slate.
The solid fantasy quarterbacks are starting to sort themselves out. Cam has to remain a consideration even after the dud against the Vikings. This might be the last week of 2016 to get Drew Brees for under $8,000. The Saints defense is just plain bad leading to Brees playing from behind all the time.
|QB||Cam Newton||Car||7800||Rebounds nicely in potential shootout|
|QB||Drew Brees||NO||7600||Bad Saints defense leads to big days from Brees|
|QB||Matthew Stafford||Det||7300||No running game means big passing attempts|
|QB||Philip Rivers||SD||6900||Anyone against the Saints|
|QB||Kirk Cousins||Was||6500||Starting to heat up - blowout probable|
|QB||Trevor Siemian||Den||5400||Still very cheap|
There is an extended list of running back options in Week 4. The main objective with running backs is to try and pick two that will not get injured. There are some solid matchups for the high-priced guys and interesting opportunities for a couple of low-priced players.
|RB||David Johnson||Ari||7800||Plays just about every down|
|RB||Le'Veon Bell||Pit||7500||Have to expect high usage in return|
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Dal||6900||Cowboys may force the run against weak SF|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Ten||6800||Has been solid in passing game|
|RB||LeSean McCoy||Buf||6700||Excellent all around so far - continues bump without Watkins|
|RB||Melvin Gordon||SD||6300||Tough to trust, but is the main option and is still priced fair|
|RB||Christine Michael||Sea||6000||Finally got all the carries (before the rout)|
|RB||Charles Sims||TB||5600||Main man still priced down|
|RB||Jordan Howard||Chi||3700||Gains starting job with Langford injury|
Every so often we get a dud from a solid receiver as we did last week from Kelvin Benjamin. Expect a big rebound in Week 4 (and expect low ownership with people falsely scared away). Players like Crowder and Beasley are proving to be consistent cheap options.
|WR||Antonio Brown||Pit||9700||Expensive but very high floor|
|WR||DeAndre Hopkins||Hou||8400||Due for big return after being shut down by NE|
|WR||Marvin Jones Jr.||Det||7300||Highest scoring receiver stays on list until he is priced right|
|WR||Kelvin Benjamin||Car||7100||Rebounds off zero - should be very low ownership|
|WR||Mike Evans||TB||6500||Every bit the beast that many expected so far|
|WR||Jeremy Maclin||KC||6000||A risk because KC is run-first, but expected high-scoring Sunday night|
|WR||Quincy Enunwa||NYJ||4400||Low price consideration if Decker is out|
|WR||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cle||4300||Might have the highest ownership percentage in Week 4|
|WR||Jamison Crowder||Was||4200||Has been solid contributor in 2016|
|WR||Cole Beasley||Dal||3900||Dak's security blanket - pencil in 6 for 60|
|WR||Michael Thomas||NO||3800||Low price consideration if Snead is still out|
Tight End has proven to be a mine field early in the season, so they all remain very fairly priced. Jordan Reed has been an early-season disappointment but appears to be in a great spot to explode in Week 4.
|TE||Jordan Reed||Was||6300||Top option, even after disappointing Week 3|
|TE||Greg Olsen||Car||6000||Continues to see consistent targets|
|TE||Travis Kelce||KC||4800||Should be up and down the field|
|TE||Dennis Pitta||Bal||3900||Flacco's favorite target still cheap|
|TE||Hunter Henry||SD||2700||Great cheap spot if Gates is out again|
|TE||Zach Miller||Chi||2700||Best receiving option on the Bears|
A couple of big home favorites pop up on the list this week in the Cardinals and Redskins. While I usually pay down for defense, I may have to move to Arizona just based on the matchup.
|DST||Cardinals||Ari||3900||Rams one-dimensional offense is easy to contain|
|DST||Seahawks||Sea||3800||Against a QB that just threw six picks|
|DST||Redskins||Was||3500||Browns offense does not intimidate|
|DST||Texans||Hou||3200||Even without JJ, Tenn has been an offensive mess|
|DST||Lions||Det||3100||Not much of a defense, but great matchup|
Last week, I made no changes to my posted lineup and cashed 100% of my double-ups and most of my triple-ups. This was in spite of taking zero from Kelvin Benjamin. That just re-emphasized the cash game strategy of loading up on players that should see high target numbers across the board. Even if one turns into a bum for a week, you can still post a solid score.
I am weighing two potential lineups (predominantly in DraftKings cash games) as of this writing:
|WR||Terrelle Pryor Sr.||Cle||4300|