DRAFT Week 4 Targets
If you read my preseason preview of DRAFT, you know it’s a great compliment to DraftKings and Fanduel in the daily fantasy sports space, and hopefully, you are enjoying the weekly snake drafts as much as we are here at Gridiron Experts. With a variety of price points, league sizes, and game slates, I like to think it has something for everyone, from the casual player to those of us that obsess over fantasy football perhaps a little more than most.
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Okay… back to the fantasy advice. Below are some of my favorite targets for this week’s slate at DRAFT. As a reminder, your DRAFT roster will consist of one quarterback, two running backs, and two receivers (WR or TE).
When getting ready for my snake drafts at DRAFT, I like to look for obvious variance between the top players in the Gridiron Experts weekly rankings and the projected point totals assigned by the site/app. Since point projections set the default rankings during live drafts, I’ve found an increased ability to land these variance plays a round or two after I would normally expect them to be selected. Keep these relative value picks in mind when you are on the clock at DRAFT, as you might be able to address other needs and still end up with these strong fantasy options.
Titans vs. Texans
Mariota is currently the consensus #7 quarterback for Week 4 in the GX rankings, but he’s all the way down at 18 in projected points at the position on DRAFT. The Titans QB has at least 215 yards passing, 24 yards rushing, and one touchdown (pass or rush) in each of his first three games, and he’s coming off his best performance of the season in a Week 3 victory over Seattle. The Houston defense Mariota faces this week isn’t the same caliber group that the Texans have rolled out in recent seasons. He’s a safe quarterback pick with upside that can allow you to address other positions early in the draft.
Saints vs. Dolphins (in London)
We have Ajayi as the sixth best running back option for the week, while he checks in at 15th in the DRAFT projections. Coming off a surprisingly bad game last week against the Jets, Ajayi is listed as questionable for Sunday’s kickoff in London, but after practicing Thursday and Friday he should be good to go against a porous Saints defense. New Orleans gives up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but you might be able to snag him as your RB2 on DRAFT in Week 4.
Colts vs. Seahawks
Carson has looked like the best running back in Seattle since early in the preseason and it seems as though the Seahawks coaching staff is finally ready to concede that fact. While Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy were both active in Week 3, neither saw a single touch, while Carson further established himself as the team’s primary rusher. Gridiron Experts has Carson ranked as the 15th best running back option this week, but he’s way down at 30th in projected DRAFT points at the position. The rookie makes for a great play in a favorable home matchup against the Colts.[the_ad id=”73965″][the_ad id=”63198″]
Odell Beckham, Jr.
Giants vs. Bucs
Beckham is the glaring choice at receiver in terms of projection variance, as our consensus rankings put him in the top spot for the week while DRAFT projections have him just 20th among wide outs and tight ends. A high-profile name, Beckham probably won’t slide too far in snake drafts this week, but it seems there might be a chance to snag him in the second round, which is still great value. Coming off a two-touchdown game a week ago, OBJ has a great matchup on Sunday with a beat-up Tampa Bay defense that has been getting touched through the air in 2017.
Titans vs. Texans
While he’s yet to blow up with a huge fantasy day, Hopkins has been steadily solid over the first three weeks of the season, recording seven catches in each outing and averaging 11.6 DRAFT points per week. The most targeted player in the NFL this season with 37 attempts in his direction, Hopkins checks in as the 11th choice among receivers in GX rankings, but he’s 21st in projected DRAFT points. With Deshaun Watson looking the part of a franchise quarterback in Houston, Hopkins stands to benefit and gets a favorable matchup this week with a Tennessee defense giving up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.[the_ad id=”65749″][the_ad id=”66090″]
Teams to Target
New England Patriots
Panthers at Patriots
The Patriots have the highest implied point total of the week (29), as the league’s top offense hosts a Panthers defense that was shredded by New Orleans in Week 3. Tom Brady is a great option for those that choose not to wait on quarterback in drafts, and Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks make for nice stacking compliments to Tom Terrific. Mike Gillislee is a solid back-end RB2 for your DRAFT roster.
Bills at Falcons
Matt Ryan and company have an implied point total of 28.25 in a home matchup with the Bills this week, making the Falcons QB and star wide receiver Julio Jones fantastic fantasy plays. Devonta Freeman has averaged 22.15 DRAFT points per game over the last two weeks and also makes for a great option out of the Atlanta backfield.
Rams at Cowboys
A strong showing in Week 3 and a favorable matchup with the Rams has Dallas’ implied point total at 27.5 for the week. Dak Prescott has the highest DRAFT point projection of anyone in the main slate, and while his price tag might be too rich for my blood, he and Dez Bryant are certainly strong options this week. But the top Cowboy target for me is clearly Ezekiel Elliott, who scored his first touchdown of the season last week and faces a Los Angeles defense that has surrendered the second-most rushing yards in 2017 and the most rushing touchdowns.