Week 4 is looking like a slate that will be filled with a lot of scoring, as seven NFL games are projected to have over 50 total points, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. With that in mind, I’ll get you set with some of the best options to consider at each position for your DraftKings fantasy football lineups.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Sunday’s Patriots-Chiefs game has been postponed, with the game scheduled to be played Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans vs. Minnesota Vikings, $6,600 – I still haven’t got a feel for how popular Watson will be come Sunday. Regardless of what everyone else thinks, I love using him here against the Vikings. Even in three really tough matchups, he’s still averaging 264 passing yards, a 67.4% completion rate and 16.3 rushing yards. Now he has his easiest matchup by far against a Vikings defense that has really struggled defending against the pass. Against Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill, the Vikings allowed an average of 300 passing yards, five passing touchdowns and 8.48 yards per attempt, the third highest mark in the league.
Other Option – Russell Wilson ($7,800)
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys, $5,800 – Another really strong option at quarterback is Mayfield. Despite the Browns posting 69 points over the past two weeks, Mayfield averaged just 187.5 passing yards in those games. He now faces a very, very poor Cowboys defense that has been ripped to shreds all season long. This is a great spot for players like Odell Beckham Jr. ($5,800) and Jarvis Landry ($5,100), who both are very cheap as well. This QB/WR stack is extremely affordable and brings some legitimate upside against a Cowboys team that has allowed an average of 32.3 points per game. The Cowboys are also allowing an average of 26.6 DKFP to opposing quarterbacks, the third-highest total in the league.
Other Option – Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,400)
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions, $8,000 – Honestly, $8,000 for Kamara is a joke. With the way these first three weeks have gone, he should easily be way more expensive than this. Without Michael Thomas ($7,600) on the field, Kamara has averaged 21 touches, 11.5 targets and 9.5 carries per game. Now he faces a Lions run defense that’s allowing an average of 24.5 DKFP, 6.1 YPC and 10.4 YPR. Aaron Jones destroyed them both on the ground and through the air in Week 2, averaging 9.3 YPC and 17 YPR. Kamara should continue to be a target monster in a very good matchup.
Other Options – Austin Ekeler ($7,100), James Robinson ($6,500)
Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals, $5,700 – I’m not going to lie, Davis looked darn good in Week 3 against the Chargers. He logged 46 rushing yards on 13 attempts and eight catches on nine targets for 45 yards and a touchdown. If he’s going to continue to be this heavily involved, especially in the passing game, he’s a steal at $5,700. The Cardinals are struggling against the run and have allowed at least 91 rushing yards in all three games. On top of that, despite the Washington Football Team posting -3 receiving yards, the Cardinals are allowing 67.3 yards through the air.
Other Options – Devin Singletary ($5,900), James White ($5,200)
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Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Giants, $6,700 – This likely isn’t the name you expected for my favorite expensive wideout on this slate, but I’m absolutely loving this spot for Kupp. Playing in the slot on 57% of his snaps, Kupp should draw coverage against CB Darnay Holmes, who has been the slot corner on 82% of his snaps. He’s been targeted against 16 times and has allowed 12 receptions for 145 yards, which averages out to 12.1 YPR. 69 of those yards have come after the catch, which is always nice as well. I realize the Rams are huge favorites in this game, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, but with CB James Bradberry likely on Robert Woods ($6,300), Kupp should be in line for another big game.
Other Options – DeAndre Hopkins ($8,500), Tyreek Hill ($6,900)
Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle Seahawks, $4,500 – It’s been a rather quiet start to the year for Williams, who has hauled in only five catches on 14 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. However, he draws his best matchup to date against a Seahawks secondary that even my grandmother could gain some YAC against. Opposing receivers have combined to average a ridiculous 79.2 DKFP against the Seahawks, which is by FAR the most in the league. They’ve combined for 401 yards (Falcons), 330 yards (Patriots) and 405 yards (Cowboys) last week. Parker should draw coverage against CB Tre Flowers, who has been targeted against 10 times, allowing eight receptions for 129 yards and an average of 16.1 YPR. At this salary, Williams could be a steal, especially with the Dolphins playing from behind.
Other Options – Will Fuller V ($5,900), Tee Higgins ($4,500)
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills, $5,200 – I think this is a great opportunity to get back on Waller after a very quiet Week 3. The Patriots do what they always do and eliminate the opposing team’s top receiver. Waller saw coverage from each of their top corners on his four targets, making only two catches for nine yards. He shouldn’t have that issue against the Bills, who have allowed the second-most receiving yards at 245 and an average of 10.2 YPT to opposing tight ends. Waller is always one of the top options at this position and he currently leads the team in red zone targets at 27.2%.
Other Options – Mark Andrews ($6,000), Jared Cook ($5,400)
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Chargers, $3,600 – I really, really didn’t want to write up Gronk because he’s done NOTHING in three weeks. However, it appears the stars might be aligning for a coming out party in Week 4. The Bucs are coming into this game banged up with Chris Godwin ($6,500) unlikely to play and Scotty Miller ($4,100) missing practice early in the week. Gronk played on 92% of the offensive snaps in Week 3 and in total has run a route of 70% of his snaps. He’s not going to draw much ownership at all, so if Gronk can be involved as much as he was last week, making six catches, he could be a nice value.
Other Option – Mo Alie-Cox ($3,900)
Los Angeles Rams DST vs. New York Giants, $3,900 – Among qualified quarterbacks, Daniel Jones ($5,100) has been under pressure on 54 dropbacks, or 41%. That’s, like, a lot. Now he faces the Rams, who have this guy named Aaron Donald, who has accounted for three of their seven sacks and five QB hits. When Jones has been under pressure this season, he drops all the way down to a 41% completion percentage with two of his four interceptions thrown and nine sacks taken.
Other Option – Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($3,400)
Miami Dolphins DST vs. Seattle Seahawks, $2,000 – On the surface, it’s a weird choice, I know, but hear me out. The Dolphins’ pass rush has actually been quite strong thus far. Russell Wilson ($7,800), for as good as he’s been, has been under pressure on 38% of his dropbacks. Of course, he’s still productive with a 65.6% completion rate, but he’s also taken nine sacks. This is a total punt play at the position and this could EASILY blow up in our faces, but with the potential for some defensive plays, I’d take a shot in large field tournaments.
Other Option – Jacksonville Jaguars ($3,000)
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