Welcome to Week 4 of the fantasy football season. Below I’ve cobbled together a FanDuel lineup that I like for this week. Take a look-see and tell me what you think.
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QB Colin Kaepernick $8,100 PHI@SF
The Eagles just gave up 400+ yards passing to Kirk Cousins and so far are allowing 2.7 touchdown passes per game. Kaepernick should have Vernon Davis back to go along with a healthy Michael Crabtree and yet another passing weapon in Steve Johnson, who he connected with well last week.
The Eagles have given up just one rushing touchdown and 3.4 yards per carry to running backs, while their offense is averaging the second most points per game in the league. This should set Kaepernick up to need to throw and scramble and rack up juicy fantasy points in the process.
RB Eddie Lacy $8,000 GB@CHI
Eddie Lacy isn’t nearly as bad as his stats have shown so far. He has faced the Jets, who just gave up 33 yards rushing on 13 carries to Matt Forte. You know him, he’s pretty good. He’s faced the Lions, who held Rashad Jennings under three yards a carry and on the season have allowed 2.6 yards per carry. And how about Seattle? They have shut down Ryan Mathews and Montee Ball so far and allowed one touchdown and 3.1 yards per carry. So yeah, he’s had a tough road, including a concussion during his poor stretch.
So how have the Bears fared against running backs this year? So far they’ve allowed 328 yards rushing on 67 carries and one touchdown (4.9 yards per carry). They’ve mostly seen split backfields, so no one player has run them over, but Lacy isn’t in a split backfield and should have his way with them, much like he did last season when he ran 43 times for 216 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and two touchdowns against them.
RB Donald Brown $6,300 JAC@SD
The Jaguars have given up 184 total yards and two touchdowns per game to running backs this season. That’s insane. Donald Brown’s numbers last week are pretty sad as he rushed 31 times for just 62 yards, but did also catch five passes for 27 yards. His usage is what I’m happy about. If he comes anywhere close to 34 touches against the Jags, he’s going to hit value and now that Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are out, he just might.
WR Golden Tate $5,500 DET@NYJ
Tate has been consistent this season with at least five receptions and 50+ yards in each game. I like that consistency, but his matchup with the Jets this week should help raise his floor. So far the Jets have allowed five touchdown receptions to wide receivers and an average of 170 receiving yards. They were lucky that Brandon Marshall was hurting last week, but Alshon Jeffery topped 100 yards on them and the week before Jordy Nelson topped 200 and a touchdown, while Randall Cobb caught two touchdowns. And the week before that Derek Carr dropped a couple touchdowns to wide receivers as well. And now they face Calvin Johnson and our man here Tate. It might not be pretty for Jets fans.
WR Jeremy Maclin $8,000 PHI@SF
So far Maclin is the third best fantasy wide receiver in the league with 16 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns. He has scored a touchdown and had four or more receptions in every game. He’s averaging 10 targets per game and his quarterback has thrown for 300+ yards in each game so far. The 49ers defense used to be one to shy away from, and their run defense has still been strong, but their pass defense this season has been weak. They are giving up 2.3 receiving touchdowns per game and six total to wide receivers. The Eagles will have trouble running the ball and their defense should give up points, so this one could fall on the passing game’s shoulders.
WR Steve Smith $6,100 CAR@BAL
I’m guessing every fantasy article this week has Steve Smith Sr. on its list of good starts and this one isn’t going to be any different. Smith has already let it be known that he wants to show his old team that he can still play and so far he’s done just that. Now he gets to shove their noses in it. Antonio Brown just caught 10 passes and two touchdowns against the Panthers, so it can be done and Smith is just the guy to do it. So far this season he’s averaged 10 targets, six receptions and 97 yards per game and found the end zone once. I don’t know if he’ll go off on his old team, but I know he won’t be shut out; he won’t let that happen.
TE Jimmy Graham $8,200 NO@DAL
The Cowboys have allowed 290 yards, 27 receptions and four touchdowns to tight ends so far this season. That seems like a typo. Let me check. Nope, that’s right. Graham is a beast, so we know what he can do. He’s your safest play and has the highest upside, as usual.
K Shayne Graham $4,500 NO@DAL
Graham hasn’t quite been getting enough opportunities, but he’s on a high scoring team against a poor defense in a dome like setting. At his price he feels like a no-brainer.
D San Diego Chargers $5,300 JAC@SD
I like Blake Bortles and think he’s going to be good, but going to San Diego and taking on a team that averages 34 minutes with the ball is going to be tough. If he can’t sustain drives he’s going to have very few chances.
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