By: Sam Schlesinger @avishai41
DraftKings “Best Buys” – Week 4
Russell Wilson – $7,300 (vs. IND)
In the first two games this season, Wilson only threw for one touchdown combined and didn’t get over 200 yards in either game. Finally, in the second half of Week 3, he went off and finished with 374 yards and four touchdowns. He was firing on all cylinders. Even if Baldwin doesn’t play, I think Wilson will stay hot against a weak Indy secondary. He was connecting with both of his tight ends – Jimmy Graham and Luke Wilson, Paul Richardson has carved himself out a nice roll, and if Baldwin doesn’t play, Tyler Lockett should step up. He’s my QB of the week.
Drew Brees – $7,300 (@ MIA)
There’s never really a bad week to start Drew Brees, but I think this week he’s an exceptional play. The Dolphins let the Jets run all over them last week and frankly looked straight awful. Brees should be able to exploit them even further. The Saints will welcome back Willie Snead this week so Brees will have even more weapons out there than he had in the first three weeks.
Andy Dalton – $5,800 (@ CLE)
If you’re looking to save a bit on QB, go with Andy Dalton. He’s another guy who I think will continue to stay hot after his first good week of the season. The Browns have given up the 6th most fantasy points to quarterbacks so far this season and new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor figured out that to be successful, one must throw the ball to AJ Green.
LeSean McCoy – $8,400 (@ ATL)
After two dud weeks, Shady is poised for a huge bounce back. Atlanta has given up the 4th most fantasy points to running backs and they are exceptionally weak against pass catching running backs. LeSean McCoy has received the 4th most targets among backs so far this season, and the guys ahead of him on that list (Tarik Cohen, Christian McCaffrey, and Ty Montgomery) are either pass catching specialists or former receivers. Shady is a true workhorse. The Bills at 2-1 are playing competitive football and coming off an impressive win against the Broncos. Shady will be heavily featured in their game plan.
Christian McCaffrey – $6,800 (@ NE)
With Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin out, the offense will likely run through CMC. The Panthers are in desperate need of a playmaker and it’s time for McCaffrey to step up. According to fantasypros, the Patriots have given up THE most points to running backs so far this season, and they were certainly exploited by the dual running/catching threat of Kareem Hunt. CMC could have similar success.
CJ Anderson – $5,600 (vs. OAK)
Everyone is freaking out about the Broncos perceived preference of Jamaal Charles last week, but that is not the case. Anderson and Charles still rocked the same 70/30 snap split ratio they did in the first two games of the season, and I believe Anderson will get back on track here. Oakland let Washington’s backup RBs establish a run game last week and the Broncos will be thirsty for a win after a disappointing game against Buffalo.
Odell Beckham Jr. – $8,900 (@ TB)
The Tampa Bay secondary was absolutely torched last week by Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. With the Giants finally looking like a football team after the 4th quarter against the Eagles, I think we need to prepare ourselves for an OBJ explosion.
Jarvis Landry – $6,500 (vs. NO)
I’m not the biggest fan of Landry, and the Dolphins looked dreadful against the Jets last week, but Jarvis Landry has been targeted 26 times in two games. He’s 9th in the league in targets and he’s played one less game than everyone. Jay Cutler is looking his way all day long and at that price, Landry is a good play based on sheer volume. He’s also received a few red zone/goal line looks, which gives him a much higher upside.
Pierre Garcon – $5,500 (@ ARI)
Pierre Garcon broke out last week with a seven catch, 142 yard performance against the Rams. He’s been heavily targeted by Brian Hoyer so far this season, and I think this week he’ll find the end zone. A once intimidating Cardinals defense has given up the 3rd most points to wide receivers through the first three games. He’ll likely have Patrick Peterson draped over him but Peterson hasn’t played at an elite level so far this season.
Zach Ertz – 6,300 (@ LAC)
Zach Ertz has been THE guy in Philly. He’s Carson Wentz’s safety net and he finally found his way into the end zone last week. He leads all tight ends in targets, and has seven more catches than any other Eagle. He’s a week in, week out consistent TE.
Jesse James – $3,000 (@ BAL)
Jesse James has been quiet since his two touchdown performance in Week 1. We know though, that Big Ben likes to look there, and he’s got a great chance of finding the end zone again this week against a Ravens team that has given up the most fantasy points in the league to tight ends.
New Orleans Saints – $2,600 (@MIA)
The Jaguars against the Jets is the obvious defense pick this week, but if you’re looking to save a bit more, go for the Saints. The Dolphins didn’t score a point last week until the last play of the game, Jay Ajayi was held to 16 yards on 11 carries, and head coach Adam Gase referred to his offense has “garbage”. This was all against the lowly New York Jets.