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NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Top Plays
CAR @ ATL
I have two words for you: Cam Newton.
We all know what this man can do. He can run, throw, score fantasy points in bunches and can even dance. This man does it all and I’m going to play him in my cash games. We all know Cam’s ceiling is higher than most, but what you probably didn’t know is that he’ll be playing mad. Yes, he’ll be mad.
The Panthers lost last week on the road against the Vikings, and I’m expecting him to take his frustrations out on Atlanta. We know he doesn’t like to lose, and facing a divisional rival will make Cam even hungrier for the W. I’m expecting to see a whole lot of dancing and smiling from Cam Newton in this contest, which is why I don’t mind paying up for him this week.
DET @ CHI
I don’t love any of the low-priced guys, so I’m going to go ahead and talk about Matthew Stafford.
If you’re not comfortable paying up for Cam, Stafford is another great option. Not only do you save $5,300 by going Stafford, but he’s also been stellar. So far this season, the Georgia graduate has thrown for seven touchdowns, two interceptions and has averaged 328 passing yards. I know he only has three games under his belt, but he’s looked excellent, which is why he’s a nice pivot from Cam.
NE VS BUF
No offense has run the ball more than the Patriots (106 rushing attempts) this season, which is why I’m all over the bulldozer. Brady is suspended for one more contest, and with Garoppolo and Brissett battling injuries — I expect this offense to run the ball a ton! So that means we will see a whole lot of LeGarrette Blount!
The Bills’ run defense has been solid to start the year (14th in run defense), but Blount will be used often and I see him having another big day. He’s reasonably priced and is an excellent play this weekend.
CLE @ WAS
All these talks about Duke Johnson before the season, but man, Isaiah Crowell is showing everybody that he’s the real-deal. I know it’s only been three games, but I’m impressed. He is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has looked explosive. He’s also scored in two out of his three games this season, which is a huge bonus — especially from the running back position.
This week, he’ll be going up against a Redskins’ defense that has had some trouble against the run. They have allowed a total of 365 rushing yards (4th-most in NFL) and have also allowed six rushing touchdowns (tied for highest in NFL) this season. Isaiah has a beautiful matchup and I’m expecting him to have another solid fantasy outing.
SD VS NO
For some reason I’m not in love with any of the studs at receivers this weekend, so instead I’ll go ahead and give you two value plays. The first value play that I like quite a bit is Tyrell Williams.
He’ll be going up a Saints’ defense that has been horrible on the defensive side of the ball. In three games this season, the Saints have allowed an average of 30 real-life points per game (30th in NFL) along with 448.3 yards per game (31st in NFL). It’s been real ugly, which is why I like Williams. He’s built a nice rapport with Rivers and if Gates is out again this week, look for him to get a ton of targets.
CHI VS DET
Kevin White will be going up against Detroit and I believe this matchup sets the rookie up nicely. I expect Darius Slay to cover Alshon Jeffery, which gives White a much better matchup. The other reason why I like White a lot is because of the way the offense is set up. I mentioned how the Patriots have run the ball the most this season, well the Bears have run the ball the least. They love to throw the ball (well, they can’t run it) , which means White should get a nice workload. He had 14 targets in his last game against the Cowboys and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit that number again this week.
CAR @ ATL
I mentioned Cam earlier, and the guy I’m going to pair him up with is Greg Olsen. Olsen is a big target and has great hands, but also has a beautiful matchup. He’ll be going up against the Atlanta Falcons, who have struggled covering tight ends this season. They have allowed a total of 247 yards (3rd-most in NFL) along with 4 touchdowns (2nd-most in NFL). Olsen is still getting his targets with Kelvin Benjamin back in the mix, so look for him to continue get plenty of opportunities — especially in this gorgeous matchup. Benjamin will have Desmond Trufant on him (one of the top corners in the game), so that helps Olsen out as well. It’s almost too good to be true.
NO @ SD
Oh Fleener. I’m not a fan of your hands, but I’m a fan of your matchup and workload. So I guess I have to go ahead and plug you into my DraftDay lineups this week.
Although Fleener can’t catch a cold, he is still getting plenty of opportunities, which is why I’ll target him. On Monday night he finally made something happen with all those targets he has been getting. He had 11 targets and hauled in seven of those for 109 yards. He also got his first touchdown as a Saint. I guess you could say it was a good day for Fleener and he gets another attractive matchup against the Chargers. I know I’m not his biggest fan, but you will see him in some of my lineups! Please make me proud, Fleener.
ARI VS LA
The Rams’ offense came to life last week against the Buccaneers, but I’m not buying it. I don’t think Case Keenum is a legit NFL quarterback and that offensive line is bad. It’s safe to say that I’m expecting a big day from this Cardinals’ defense. They have the ability to take over a game and cause a ton of turnovers, which is why I love them.
SEA @ NYJ
Ryan Fitzmagic threw six interceptions last game! Six! That’s insane! And for that exact reason, I’ll be picking on the Jets and going with the Seahawks defense.
Besides being one of the top defenses in the league, they will be going up against Fitzmagic. I see those six interceptions hurting him mentally in this contest and I see another poor outing from this Jets offense. No, I’m not saying he’s throwing six interceptions again, but I see him having another poor outing, which will help the Seahawks rack up those fantasy points.