Week 3 is in the books and provided quite a few surprises. There were big games from Todd Gurley, Dalvin Cook, DeMarco Murray and Kareem Hunt, again! Stefon Diggs had a huge game and Brandin Cooks, T.Y. Hilton and Larry Fitzgerald finally got on track. The Jaguars, Bills, Jets and Bears provided big upsets, and the Titans and Redskins, smaller ones. What will Week 4 have in store?
Below I address some of the possible options this week at Receiver and Running Back. Again, if you spent a first or second round pick on a receiver or running back you should probably be starting them. I’m trying to help you find others with good matchups to fill out your lineups in Week 4, though Dalvin Cook may soon not fit this category any longer, moving over to the “must start” from the “maybe’s”. My picks for the week follow…
Marqise Lee – Jacksonville @ NY Jets – Draft Kings $4,500 / Fan Duel $6,200 – Jacksonville shocked all of us last week in London, and put the game away against Baltimore by halftime. Unfortunately for Lee he didn’t benefit from the pass first mentality of a Jags team playing catchup. In fact, his stats were achieved mostly in the first half. This week he should have four quarters of game play. The Jets will plan to shut down the running game and force Blake Bortles to beat them., and Lee has been the favorite target.
Rishard Matthews – Tennessee @ Houston – Draft Kings $4,900 / Fan Duel $6,000 – Matthews caught six of his ten targets last week for 87 yards and a TD. His targets went up after Corey Davis left the game with a hamstring injury. Matthews should continue to benefit as Davis is expected to miss a few games, and he is facing a Houston team that gave up 378 yards and 5 TD’s to Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Keenan Allen – LA Chargers vs Philadelphia – Draft Kings $7,200 / Fan Duel $7,300 – The Eagles are near the bottom of the league against the pass, so this should be a welcome matchup for the struggling Chargers. Allen is by far the best receiver on the Chargers roster, and the team should make a point of getting him more involved or they will be looking at an 0-4 record after this weekend.
Golden Tate – Detroit @ Minnesota – Draft Kings $6,300 / Fan Duel $7,100 – This could be a high scoring affair this weekend. Minnesota has shown they can score minus Sam Bradford and should find similar success against the Lions defense. Minnesota, though they won easily against Tampa Bay did give up a lot of yards in the passing game. Golden Tate should be the main target this week for Matthew Stafford as he usually is, and should find fantasy success win or lose.
DeVante Parker – Miami vs New Orleans (In London) – Draft Kings $6,700 / Fan Duel $6,500 – Hopefully this week Parker will get started in the first half and put up numbers over all four quarters. Against the Saints secondary this should be achievable and part of the game plan as the Dolphins will need to score to keep up with the Saints offense. Parker should go over 100 yards for the first time this season.
Christian McCaffrey – Carolina @ New England – Draft Kings $6,800 / Fan Duel $6,400 – I like McCaffrey to continue to be heavily involved in the passing game as he was in Week 3, especially in this matchup against the Patriots. McCaffrey did benefit from Kelvin Benjamin leaving the game against the Saints, and was targeted eleven times which led the team. Against the Patriots I expect the Panthers to be playing from behind, and McCaffrey to again receive plenty of targets.
Dalvin Cook – Minnesota vs Detroit – Draft Kings $6,500 / Fan Duel $7,500 – At this point Cook is a must start. He has found success no matter the opponent both on the ground and through the air. Detroit surrendered over 100 yards to Devonta Freeman of the Falcons in Week 3, and Cook will find similar success.
C.J. Anderson – Denver vs Oakland – Draft Kings $5,600 / Fan Duel $6,900 – Anderson is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this season and 22.5 carries per game if you don’t count the Week 3 game against Buffalo. Oakland held Samaje Perine to 49 yards rushing in Week 3 on 19 carries. This week the advantage goes to Anderson however. Washington’s Perine has similar ypc numbers against all of his opponents this season, and Oakland has very young linebackers that have been exposed to be vulnerable in their other matchups. I think Anderson returns to the form of Week’s 1 and 2 this week, and provides a low cost option in DFS.
Chris Johnson – Arizona vs San Francisco – Draft Kings $4,200 / Fan Duel $5,900 – Chris Johnson did not look good against Dallas on Monday night, but he didn’t have much room to run either. Coach Bruce Arians has said that Johnson is his starter for Week 4, and he gets a nice matchup against the 49’ers defense that is coming off a poor performance against Todd Gurley and the Rams. Johnson should rebound this week, but I wouldn’t set the bar too high, his success will be determined by whether or not he reaches the end zone this week. He is definitely a risky start, but would provide a nice return at his current DFS cost.
Running Back Tandems
This week I’m going with Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. as my pick for the best running back tandem. They are playing at home against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Johnson has become more and more involved in the passing game of late, and with no quality receivers in the lineup he should remain a mainstay in this passing game. Isaiah Crowell suffers from a lack of touches in the running game. In a matchup last week against the Colts that looked good on paper, the Browns fell behind early and all but abandoned the running game. This week is rivalry game and the score should stay close as the Bengals have not yet shown a lot themselves on offense, especially when Dalton is pressured. I’ll go ahead and predict another 37 yard game for Crowell (so now he’ll surely go over 100 yards with at least 1 Touchdown!).