By: Anthony Fabiano @fantasyhelpguru
Week 4 DraftKings Top Plays
These plays are the best values of the main slate on DraftKings. I would play any of these options in cash games, and most likely will have exposure to everything on this list. Let’s get to it!
Deshaun Watson – $5100 – Definitely a slate for the cheap QBs. Deshaun Watson is coming off a career game, especially for a rookie. Putting up 300 yards passing (DK Bonus) and 2 TDs, along with 40 yards on the ground for 25 fantasy points in total. He has a great floor with his rushing ability, plus he draws an excellent matchup with the Titans who cannot stop anyone through the air. Pair him up with DeAndre Hopkins this week.
Trevor Siemian – $5200 – I love my cheap QBs, saving $1500-$2000 on a QB is fantastic. Trevor Siemian is coming off a pretty poor performance, and goes back home to Denver for a plus matchup with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, who just gave up 4 TDs to Kirk Cousins, will be no match for Denver and their WRs. He will easily crack 16 points for 3x cash value and he should score even more.
Cam Newton – $5900 – Cam Newton’s Last Stand. We all rostered this guy last week somewhere, just to have him shit the bed against a terrible Saints secondary. He did lose Kelvin Benjamin pretty early in the game, and Benjamin looks like he will be questionable Sunday. Cam is under $6k, and plays the Patriots defense that has been the worst defense statistically coached by Belichick. If Cam doesn’t hit this week, it’s over.
Joe Mixon – $5700 – I hope the secret is not out yet. Coming off an 18 carry, 3 reception game for 15.5 fantasy points and over 100 yards from scrimmage, Joe Mixon draws an excellent matchup against the Cleveland Browns. This is the ideal breakout game for Mixon. The new OC featured him in the last game. He should receive the lion’s-share of the carries and see 20+ touches in a game that the Bengals are 3 point favorites.
Christian McCaffrey – $6800 – This could be a great stack on the cheaper side with Cam Newton, and a tad contrarian with the QB/RB combo. Christian McCaffrey had 9 catches last week for 101 yards (DK Bonus). He could see a ton of targets yet again, especially if Kelvin Benjamin is out. Carolina will be playing from behind with the Patriots on tap and at this point, ‘Caff is becoming the focal point of that Carolina offense. The Patriots have also been notoriously weak against pass-catching RBs.
Ezekiel Elliott – $8200 – Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like the Zeke from last year. The Cowboys draw a plus matchup at home vs the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams Defense gives up 139 yards per game on the ground and 4.3 YPC. Even though he will be the highest owned RB on the slate, he has 100 yard and 2+ TD upside.
Le’Veon Bell – $8700 – The most expensive RB on the slate and he draws a “tough” matchup. With several of the top RBs drawing great matchups, it is looking like Bell will be an afterthought this week. At this point, it looks like Bell is going to be around 5% owned. Bell averages 23 PPR points in his last 4 games against the Ravens, plus the Ravens star defensive tackle Brandon Williams has already been ruled out. Without him, the Ravens D has not been nearly as tough.
Larry Fitzgerald – $6100 – It’s great that he had the huge game on Monday Night, his price was put out before that game. Now his ownership will be one of the highest on this week’s slate. However, with the matchup at home against the 49ers, Fitz draws a very favorable matchup against Quon Williams. At his cost he is a must play this week, and pairing him with Carson Palmer isn’t a bad route to take.
Emmanuel Sanders/Demaryius Thomas – $6100/$6300 – Take your pick or set a lineup with both of them. In a game like this, they are terribly underpriced. Denver is one of two teams that gives 30+% market share of targets to two WRs. (The other team is the Oakland Raiders) In full PPR DT and Sanders both have the chance for 8+ receptions, maybe 10+ and a TD. This game also provides a cheap cash game stack with Trevor Siemian.
DeAndre Hopkins – $6400 – Another game stack with one of our featured QBs. He is still far too cheap. Seeing 12+ targets in the last three games. Hopkins plays the Tennessee Titans who are miserable against WRs. With Will Fuller back look for Hop to gain an extra step on the defenders. Look for Hopkins to break 100 yards and get a TD in this game.
Cameron Brate – $3800 – The Giants are known to have trouble covering the tight end position. If the CBs give the Bucs WRs trouble, then Brate is in line for targets this week. Tampa just gave up 30+ points to Case Keenum and the Vikings. Brate could be in line for garbage time at the least this week.
Jared Cook – $3400 – Jared Cook scored last week and if Michael Crabtree is out or hurt, Cook should see a few extra targets. At this point, Crabtree has been downgraded to doubtful. The Denver D is no longer the gauntlet they were in the past few years, allowing 7 receiving TDs already this season. Last season they only allowed 4 receiving TDs over the entire season.
Evan Engram – $3000 – Another TE in the Bucs Giants game. He has been heavily involved, the run game is non existent, and it looks like Shane Vereen could miss this game. Eli Manning is going to miss Vereen and those targets should funnel to Engram. He already has a TD this season, look for him to score another in this one. Rookie tight ends don’t normally produce in their first season, but Engram is clearly going to have a solid role in New York.
Cincinnati Bengals – $3500 – Not too pricey and the Bengals get the Browns this week. Look for Kizer to make a few mistakes. The Bengals are a 3 point favorite and at 0-3, they should be getting desperate for a win.
New England Patriots – $3400 – The Patriots burnt some of us last week, but if you don’t like the Cam Newton call, then this is your play. Cam can’t seem to do anything on offense this year. Something is obviously wrong with his shoulder and if Benjamin isn’t good to go, this could become an even better play.
Los Angeles Chargers – $2500 – The Chargers get the Eagles at home. Philly has several injuries on Defense and just lost Darren Sproles for the year. They have no run game to speak of with Smallwood and Blount. This could be a horrendous game for Philly for $1k cheaper than the Bengals.