A Look at Fantasy Football – Week 4


Bengals: Miami allowed an average of 137 yards rushing in its first two games and 148 yards to Cleveland last week, so Jeremy Hill is chomping at the bit to face the Dolphins. Andy Dalton is averaging 313 yards passing, with only two TD passes.

Dolphins: Forget about the rushing game and hope Ryan Tannehill, who has  averaged 353 passing yards with 5 TDs the last two games. WRs Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker are the ‘big three.’


Set your alarm clocks early for this one, which starts at 8:30 am our time. There should be plenty of points on the board if the teams wake up on time.

Colts: Jaguars have allowed 3 TDs per game and Andrew Luck has averaged 330 yards per game vs Detroit and San Diego. I like RB Frank Gore a little bit and WR T.Y. Hilton.

Jaguars: For what it’s worth, Jacksonville beat Indianapolis 51-16 last December and the Colts have allowed the 2nd-most points in the league. I like Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson for sure and my dark horse is Allen Hurns to get in the end zone.


Titans: With J.J. Watts on the IR, the Texas don’t look as intimidating. Look for RB DeMarco Murray to be effective and watch Marcus Mariota dink and dunk. That’s about it.

Texans: Houston is 4-0 vs Tennessee the past two years. RB Lamar Miller might wear out with all the touches he’s getting before reaching the end zone. WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are struggling because of Brock Osweiler’s inability to get them the ball more.


Browns: Their biggest hope is the Redskins have a let down after beating division rival New York Giants. RB Isaiah Crowell is second in the league in rushing, but a lot are garbage yards, which doesn’t matter in fantasy. The flavor of the week is Terrelle Pryor, who has come on as a WR but also plays in the wildcat in the red zone.

Redskins: Kirk Cousins has plenty of weapons in DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon. The leading kicker in the NFL is Dustin Hopkins, so pick him up if you need help at PK.


Seahawks: Injuries and a bad offensive line have decimated the Seattle offense. Can’t even count on Russell Wilson who is banged up – I know he’s my QB. Two bright spots, TE Jimmy Graham hit the 100 yard mark and scored a TD and gets better every game and RB Christine Michael had perhaps the best game of his career with 100 yards and 2 TDs. But against the Jets defense, I don’t expect a lot.

Jets: These teams are a mirror-image of each other. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 6 picks last week and WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are beat up. Matt Forte is being run into the ground, so enjoy it while it lasts. Look for WR3 Quincy Enunwa to be a dark horse here.


Bills: Their offense is pretty one-sided with LeSean McCoy getting most of the work. Tyrod Taylor isn’t living up to his contract, but an injured Sammie Watson’s absence is killing them.

Patriots: Three years in a row the Patriots have failed to score more than 20 points in one of their games against Rex Ryan’s defenses. QBs Jacoby Brissett/Jimmy Garoppolo have suited up in practice, but only Bill Belichick knows who will start. Play RB LeGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, but the latter two only if you’re desperate because of the QB situation.


Panthers: Carolina should wake up against this defense, even with a limited running game. Cameron Newton should have a big game and Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin will bounce back. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. is my dark horse to get in the end zone.

Falcons: Matt Ryan is having a good season, but can he keep it up? RBs on Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been very good, while Julio Jones even struggled against the Saints last week (1 catch, 16 yards). Jacob Tamme has been solid at TE.


Raiders: QB Derek Carr has played well, but this is a tough test. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had 16 catches, 220 yards and 2 TDs against the Ravens last year.

Ravens: Joe Flacco is having a solid year (258 yards a game) and has TE Dennis Pitta and WRs Mike Wallace and now Steve Smith, Jr. playing well. RBs are vanilla in Justin Forsett and Terrance West.


Lions: Matt Stafford is having a good season, Marvin Jones has been awesome, Golden Tate disappointing, Anquan Boldin steady and TE Eric Ebron is coming on. There is no running game. This should be more than enough against the injured Bears defense.

Bears: Still looking for their first win, Brian Hoyer played well the other night, Jordan Howard is the FA flavor of the week for people seeking RB help and WR Alshon Jeffery and TE Zach Miller could do well.


Broncos: If Trevor Siemian continues to improve the passing game, then suddenly DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are worth something once again. Toss in some C.J. Anderson and this team will be meeting the Pats in the AFC Title game.

Buccaneers: Jameis Winston has 8 TD passes, but he will be lucky to throw 2 scores against this defense. The running game is nil and Mike Evans has scored in each game. Watch two no-names – WR Adam Humphries and TE Cameron Brate – for future purposes.


Rams: Their offense was supposed to be awful and it has been. Todd Gurley is averaging 3.1 YPC with 2 TDs and he is the only Ram worth starting.

Cardinals: Carson Palmer is struggling (287 yards average, 5 TDs) so the WRs are struggling, but Larry Fitzgerald is a good start, although he hasn’t scored against the Rams since 2013. But the best running back in the NFL might be playing for the Cards in David Johnson, who should start every game for you if healthy. He is the total package.


Saints: This team does have an offense and Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Mike Thomas and Willie Snead (groin) can score. Coby Fleener finally had a good game against Atlanta, but keep you eye on him.

Chargers: Tip of the cap to Phil Rivers and Melvin Gordon, who carry the offense. WR Travis Benjamin has been getting help from my dark horse Tyrell Williams. TE Hunter Henry is playing more because of a hamstring injury to Antonio Gates.


Cowboys: Plenty of weapons in dual threat Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant (hairline fracture of leg???). Dan Bailey is also an outstanding PK. This game might be lower scoring than people think. I hope not, I’m starting Prescott with Russell Wilson’s problems.

49ers: RB Carlos Hyde is a perfect example of a garbage time scorer, but in fantasy it doesn’t matter. A last minute TD in the opener kept me from being undefeated in one of my leagues. TE Vance McDonald is a sleeper to keep you eye on with bye weeks coming up.


Chiefs: Alex Smith is a lower end bye week QB. Spencer Ware will carry the load – he got ripped off on a TD last week – but Jamaal Charles might play. But I think they will hold him off until after the Week 5 bye week. Jeremy Maclin is a solid WR and TE Travis Kelce has been disappointing. Cairo Santos is a good PK.

Steelers: Le’Veon Bell’s receiving skills should help out Antonio Brown, who isn’t getting much help from Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers. Ben Roethlisbeger will have to be strong in the pocket against the KC defense.


Giants: No running game, but Eli Manning has Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw to. Josh Brown is a solid PK. Should be a test for the Vikings fine defense.

Vikings: This team will live and die with Sam Bradford throwing to WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph. PK Blair Walsh needs to be more consistent.

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