Juicy Matchups: Week 4
Week 4’s Juiciest Matchups
Heading across the pond for this juicy matchup against the Dolphins, start Drew Brees with complete confidence this week. The Dolphins just got shown up by the Jets, and have traveled from Miami, to Los Angeles, and now to London. Don’t be surprised to see Drew Brees as one of the top QBs this week, and feel free to start Michael Thomas and Willie Snead with confidence.
The Seahawks are at home this week against a weak Colts secondary. In 6-point TD leagues for QBs, the Colts just gave up 26 to the DeShone Kizer. Not to mention, the week before JJ Nelson and Carson Palmer lit them up in Indianapolis as well. Russell Wilson can burn you and he can win you weeks. Fire up Russell Wilson this week.
These first two RBs this week are pretty much interchangeable. Ezekiel Elliott did his thing last week after laying a turd week 2 against the Broncos. Going up against the Rams this week, who are currently giving up the second most fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, Zeke is a no-brainer here. Start him with no hesitation this week and don’t be surprised when you see his name at the top of the list next week.
Like I said, the first two are pretty much interchangeable for week 4. Jay Ajayi has never been an RB that I am a big fan of, and his knee issue for the last couple weeks is a major part of that. However, this week returning to his birthplace in London against a weak Saints defense, I expect Jay to have a huge day. The Saints are currently giving up 126.7 yards per game on the ground and 4.6 yards per attempt, which puts them 7th worst in the league.
2017 NFL Team Rushing Defensive Stats
After 3 long weeks, it finally looks like Joe Mixon is getting what we’ve been hoping for. My hopes of getting a bell-cow back out of Jeremy Hill or Giovani Bernard over the past few seasons are gone, and Mixon is a rookie that I’ve been hyping up all off-season and still am. After finally giving Mixon a full workload, he put up 101 yards on 21 touches in week 3. With a relatively soft matchup in week 4 at Cleveland, I am putting Mixon in my lineups where I can.
There is a pretty good chance that AJ Green will end up in the top few for WRs this week, if not the number one WR this week. Green is going up against the Browns who have given up three solid weeks in a row for WRs, the first three weeks for the Browns has been ugly.
Antonio Brown- 11/182/0
Jeremy Maclin- 4/31/1
TY Hilton- 7/153/1
Nobody sits AJ Green, and you can fire him up this week with complete confidence.
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I know what you’re thinking, Xavier Rhodes. Golden Tate coming out of the slot is a must-start this week. He’ll be lined up against Terence Newman who has allowed a 124.7 passer rating on 16 targets thrown his way, according to ProFootballFocus. Not to mention, in two games last year, Tate put up 16/156/1 on 19 targets. Don’t let the matchup scare you away, start Golden Tate.
After a breakout game last week for Sammy Watkins, I expect him to have another good week against the Cowboys. Slot CB Orlando Scandrick just got embarassed by Larry Fitzgerald last week. The Cowboys have also given up 44 receptions this year, which is the third most in the league. If Watkins doesn’t play this week after being in the concussion protocol, you can start Cooper Kupp with confidence instead.
With a relatively easy matchup for the Chiefs, Travis Kelce is in for a big week. The Redskins give up the 5th most points to the TE position, and after a miserable week 3, I expect Kelce to have a big week. In standard scoring leagues, the Redskins are giving up 10.3 fantasy points per game this year. Throw in your receptions for your PPR leagues and obvious TD upside, fire up Kelce and remind your opponents that streaming TEs is fine, but a difference maker like Kelce was worth the earlier pick.
As much as I love rookie OJ Howard in Tampa Bay for dynasty leagues, Cameron Brate has likely been sitting on the waiver wire, or just got snatched up. Fantasy owners tend to forget the unlikelihood of rookie TEs producing their first year, and with a couple ridiculous weapons on the outside with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Brate is sitting pretty this year. The Giants are currently giving up the 4th most points to the TE position, and coming off a rough week in Minnesota, I expect that Bucs offense to bounce back this week, and Brate should be one of the beneficiaries here.