My Favorite DFS Plays for NFL Week 4
Kirk Cousins– QB– Washington Redskins (FD$7600/DK$6500)
The Browns are on pace to give up a cool 36 touchdowns and have offered about as much resistance as a wet napkin. The Redskins also employ Jordan Reed and the Browns give up an average of 81 yards to tight ends. Everything is shaping up for a big Cousins day.
Cam Newton– QB– Carolina Panthers (FD$9300/DK$7800)
Newton was harassed by an elite defense into an awful fantasy (and reality) day last week. He burned a lot of people, including myself, with a crappy day. What better for a guy coming off a bad week than such a generous Falcons defense? They have given up 11 touchdown passes which is most in the NFL, and every QB who’s played against them has finished in the top five of fantasy quarterbacks for that particular week.
Joe Flacco– QB– Baltimore Ravens (FD$7700/DK$5900)
I’m honestly tired of playing Joe Flacco in season long and DFS leagues at this point. He’s painfully boring. Even though I acknowledge that, I also have to point out that Flacco dropped 384 yards and three touchdowns on these Raiders last season. He has 30+ attempts in every game this season and Oakland has allowed 2 top two finishes to QBs in the first three weeks. Just play Flacco and don’t bother actually watching the game.
Matthew Stafford– QB– Detroit Lions (FD$8300/DK$7300)
The hapless Bears are currently giving up 27 points per game despite a relatively unimposing schedule. Stafford is currently the third best QB in fantasy and lit up the Bears twice last year with 750 yards and S-E-V-E-N touchdowns.
Brian Hoyer– QB– Chicago Bears (FD$6000/DK$5000)
First of all, get your Pepto Bismol ready. Detroit has been flamed in the air. I’m assuming the Bears defense won’t offer much resistance. Hoyer is absolutely dreadful but he might put up points by default and is dirt-cheap on both sites.
LeGarrette Blount– RB– New England Patriots (FD$7500/DK$5000)
As long as Tom Brady is out, Blount has value since the Patriots will continually feed him the ball. He’s had 20+ carries in each game this season and is currently RB9 in season long leagues. He’s scored a touchdown in each of the first three games and the Buffalo Bills defense scares exactly nobody. He’s a nice play in his last hurrah until Brady comes back.
Carlos Hyde– RB– San Francisco 49ers (FD$6800/DK$4200)
The Niners play better at home which should help Hyde’s positive game script. Hyde is averaging 21 touches per game and faces off against a Cowboys defense yielding 5 yards per carry. Hyde is a damn good play this week.
Dwayne Washington– RB– Detroit Lions (FD$4800/DK$3800)
Raise your hand if you are shocked that Theo Riddick has proven to be an unproductive runner. Nobody? Ok, me either. Despite the score last year and Washington’s uninspiring line (10 carries, 38 yards and a touchdown) his ability really leapt off the screen. If the Lions actually play from ahead in this game, Washington can see 20 or so touches against a leaky Bears run defense. Washington is a good tournament play.
Jordan Howard– RB– Chicago Bears (FD$5600/DK$3700)
If you couldn’t already tell, I think there will be a lot of points in this football game. The Lions are dead last in the NFL in yards per carry allowed. Maybe Howard gets a goalline touch or two as well? Who knows? He has a nice ceiling in this game
Spencer Ware– RB– Kansas City Chiefs (FD$6200/DK$5700)
Charcandrick West is out, and I’m not convinced Jamaal Charles will have a large role in the event that he is activated. If it’s the Ware show, he’s going to see a ridiculous amount of volume and should be able to pay back his value on the virtue of that alone.
Jeremy Maclin– WR– Kansas City Chiefs (FD$6900/DK$6000)
I’m well aware of how frustrating rostering Maclin can be because of whom his quarterback is. Despite said frustrations, I suggest him this week because of the type of environment the Chiefs will be in this week. The Steelers score a lot of points at home and get Le’Veon Bell back to boot. Also Pittsburgh has given up the second most passing yards in football. This is a good spot for Jeremy Maclin who seems to be a nice high floor play this week.
Michael Crabtree – WR – Oakland Raiders (FD$6500/DK$6400)
Shareece Wright is the Ravens RCB. He’s given up a touchdown in every game this season including two apiece in each of the last two games. He should see a lot of Crabtree in a game that might have a lot of points.
Will Fuller V– WR– Houston Texans (FD$6700/DK$5300)
Fuller is averaging eight targets a game and gets a nice matchup against Perrish Cox who has given up 100+ yards to his assignment in each of his first three games. Game flow might work against him but his role in the offense and the guy defending him is too enticing to ignore.
Emmanuel Sanders– WR– Denver Broncos (FD$6900/DK$6400)
Quiet as kept, Sanders is probably the best Broncos receiver at this point. He’s seeing 30% of the team’s targets right now and Tampa has given up the most touchdowns to wide receivers this year. The Bucs are a defense that tends to dare you to beat them in the air and so far everybody has. I don’t see that stopping Sunday.
Terrelle Pryor– WR– Cleveland Browns (FD$7000/DK$4300)
Who else is going to move the ball for the Browns? Do I need to expound?
Coby Fleener– TE– New Orleans Saints (FD$5400/DK$3200)
As someone who owns him in way too many fantasy leagues, last week’s performance from Fleener made for a big sigh of relief. The Chargers have allowed 18 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown to tight ends this year so Fleener has another good matchup. Hopefully, last week was the start of good things to come for Fleener.
Greg Olsen– TE– Carolina Panthers (FD$7900/DK$6000)
The Falcons made Fleener look like Rob Gronkowski on Monday night and have given up 22 catches for 247 yards and two touchdowns in the first three games of the season. Since Dan Quinn took the job as Falcons head coach, they haven’t been able to stop tight ends. Fresh off a butt whooping at the hands of the Vikings last Sunday, I expect a good game from Carolina’s offense. That often starts with the Cam to Olsen connection.
Hunter Henry– TE– San Diego Chargers (FD$4500/DK$2700)
The Saints seem to equally generous to offensive players regardless of their position so Henry makes for a great play this week. He’s cheap and is coming off a 5 for 76 in his first career start. Even more important than that is the fact that he played nearly 100% of the snaps. He could blow up this week.
Seahawks D/ST (FD$5000/DK$3800)
The QB on the New York Jets is like Santa Claus. Although I hate relying on West teams with 1 ET game starts, just figure out a way to play these guys.