By: Sam Schlesinger @avishai41
Aaron Rodgers – $8,100 (@ DAL)
With most of the elite level quarterbacks either on bye, playing Thursday night, or in a tough matchup, you mas as well spend your money on A-rod. Jared Goff torched the Cowboys defense last week for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and with Green Bay’s backfield riddled with injuries, Rodgers should be throwing the ball at an even higher rate than normal. Both of these defenses have weak secondaries, so expect a high score and a ton of passing.
Carson Palmer – $5,900 (@ PHI)
Despite their hot 3-1 start, the Eagles have given up tons of fantasy points, including the 9th most points to the quarterback position. Carson Palmer has shown he’s still got some gas left in the tank, picking a different receiver to target each week between Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, and Jaron Brown. Palmer has thrown the ball 17 times more than any other quarterback in the league, a trend that will likely continue for a Cardinals team that has no run game without David Johnson.
Philip Rivers – $5,800 (vs. NYG)
Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have only been names so far this season as the Giants defense has given up the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Philip Rivers will be playing desperate and despite his high rate of interceptions, is the 6th best quarterback in fantasy through four weeks. He appears to be zoned in with Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams. I expect this game to feature many passing touchdowns on both sides.
Le’Veon Bell – $9,500 (vs. JAX)
Spend up and pay the price to base your team around Le’Veon Bell. He finally went off last week for 144 yards on an insane 35 carries plus two touchdowns. The Jaguars have given up the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season but the third most fantasy points to running backs. It took Bell four weeks (or the amount of preseason he wasn’t with the team) to get into midseason form, he’ll be a nightmare for defenses for the rest of the season.
Bilal Powell – $6,200 (@ CLE)
With Matt Forte out of the lineup, Bilal Powell absolutely ate it up last week to the tune of 21 carries for 163 yards and a touchdown. Forte is likely sitting again so Powell should get a similar workload. The Browns have been very good against the run but Powell is coming off a career game and his workload should help him to produce.
Marshawn Lynch – $5,100 (vs. BAL)
Beast mode has done virtually nothing yet in his comeback year but that may change on Sunday. The Ravens have given up the 5th most points to running backs this season and were absolutely obliterated last week by Le’veon Bell. Without Derek Carr, the Raiders will likely run early and often, and if they have any hope of treading water in Carr’s absence, they’ll need to establish the run game.
Dez Bryant – $6,500 (vs. GB)
Dez Bryant scores over two PPR fantasy points per target more against bottom ranked cornerbacks than he does against top ranked cornerbacks. This week he faces a Green Bay secondary only has a slot cornerback in Morgan Burnett that’s graded higher than 50 on Pro Football Focus. They’ve already given up over 100 yards to premiere receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Dez has managed to post up and find the end zone against Aqib Talib and Patrick Peterson, but I think he will absolutely unload against the Packers.
T.Y. Hilton – $6,000 (vs. SF)
We saw what T.Y. Hilton was able to accomplish with Jacoby Brissett in Week 3 against Cleveland. Predictably, that performance was not repeated against Seattle, but they’ve got a good chance at getting things rolling again against a San Francisco defense that has given up the 7th most fantasy points in the league to wide receivers.
Charles Clay – $4,800 (@ CIN)
The Bengals have given up the 5th fewest points to tight ends this season but Charles Clay is becoming matchup proof. Already a security blanket for Tyrod Taylor, Clay should see even more targets now with Jordan Matthews out a month with a thumb injury. The Taylor to Clay connection is one of the biggest reasons for the Bills’ 3-1 start to the season.
Evan Engram – $4,000 (vs. LAC)
At the Tight End spot, you need someone who isn’t going to bust for you. You need consistency. Engram is one of two tight ends (Zach Ertz) that have picked up at least four catches for 40 yards in each of his first four games this season. He’s going against the narrative of unproductive rookie tight ends with Eli Manning frequently targeting him.
Tennessee Titans (@ MIA)
Miami has generated one garbage time score in the past two weeks against the Jets and the Saints. Defense scoring is unpredictable and sporadic but right now I’m going with whoever is facing the Dolphins.