Fanduel NFL Picks Week 4
The Week 4 Fanduel slate is star-studded. Lamar Jackson ($9,600), Russell Wilson ($9,000), and Patrick Mahomes ($8,700) sit atop the quarterback pricing. You have your pick of touch kings at RB with Ezekiel Elliott leading the way at ($9,000). And Michael Thomas ($8,800) looks like he will be making his return from injury against the Lions. Now for a look at my NFL Week 4 Fanduel picks.
QUARTERBACK – Dak Prescott ($7,400)
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have had an up and down start to the season. It looks like they won’t be able to overcome both missing key pieces on the offensive line while also having a sieve of a defense. With that said, Dak Prescott and his triumvirate of receivers continue to produce plenty of fantasy points. This weekend they will head back to Jerry World to take on a Cleveland Browns team that has strung together two straight wins. Luckily for Prescott, the Browns’ rank in the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. He has also thrived throughout his career when at home. According to profootballreference.com, Prescott’s yards, yards per attempt, rating, and completion percentage all spike when he’s under those bright Dallas lights. Dak’s increased role in the running game so far this season just makes me like him even more in this spot, where the Cowboys are 4.5 point favorites.
Other Options: Joe Burrow ($7,400) continues to dazzle even despite adversity. He was sacked a whopping 8 times by the Eagles, yet still threw for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns. He and the Bengals get their chance to pound on the Jags’ defense in Week 4.
A Couple Questions: Can Baker Mayfield ($7,000) and the Browns contend through the air? Or will they be able to rally around the tandem of Nick Chubb ($8,300) and Kareem Hunt ($5,900) on the road? Is Deshaun Watson ($7,800) finally playable again with a home matchup against the Vikings in Week 4?
RUNNINGBACK – Joe Mixon ($7,200)
While there’s a slew of rock-solid plays on the more expensive side, there’s a running back much cheaper who should face his easiest matchup so far this season. While Joe Mixon has mainly disappointed both season-long and DFS players thus far, his frustrating start can be attributed to some rough running matchups and Zac Taylor’s odd usage of Giovani Bernard. Nevertheless, this could be the “get-right” game Mixon needs to right the ship. He will face a flimsy Jaguars defense that just allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Myles Gaskin to rush for 106 yards. Even if you are concerned over Mixon’s lack of points, he has averaged 17.6 carries and 3 targets through 3 games. This may be one of the only times this season Mixon is in consideration, and it would be wise to take advantage.
Other Options: Kenyan Drake ($7,000) was a popular option at running back last week to no avail. His matchup with the Panthers in Week 4 would suggest the same. With the lack of production, however, there’s reason to believe he won’t be near as owned as he should be. If either back isn’t your style for cash games, this is a perfect opportunity to load up on them in GPPs.
A Couple Questions: Can you afford to play two of the four highest priced backs? (Ezekiel Elliott $9,000; Alvin Kamara $8,800; Dalvin Cook $8.700 or Derrick Henry $8,500) How much will you consider Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($7,400) at home against the Patriots?
WIDE RECEIVER – Will Fuller V ($6,100)
The Will Fuller V Texans’ WR1 experiment is off to a weird beginning. After a Week 2 airball and an ailing hamstring, he was able to hang 4 catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers’ defense. Thankfully for the Texans, the Murderer’s Row of opponents is over. He and Deshaun Watson should be in line for a field day against a Vikings defense that is allowing over 32 points per game. They also rank 4th in the league in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers (31.9) according to FantasyPros.com.
Other Options: Tyler Boyd ($6,000) looks like he is becoming Joe Burrow’s favorite target. His targets have increased each of the last 2 games and as mentioned twice already, the Bengals get to face the Jags this week. The combination of Boyd and Fuller gives your lineup the floor and the ceiling without having to pay up.
A Couple Questions: How will you treat the duo of Tyler Lockett ($7,500) and D.K. Metcalf ($6,900) moving forward? Does the quarterback change in Chicago make you more interested in Allen Robinson II ($7,000)? Is Robby Anderson ($6,200) or D.J. Moore ($6,800) the go-to guy in Carolina?
TIGHT END – T.J. Hockenson ($5,400)
The Lions are a difficult team to trust when it comes to fantasy football. Even so, they were able to overtake the budding Arizona Cardinals in Kenny Golladay’s return to action. Despite the increased target competition, T.J. Hockenson saw a season-high in that exact stat (7). The Lions go back home to face New Orleans in Week 4 where Golladay will likely see coverage from Marshon Lattimore. If I had to guess, this could be the Hockenson breakout game. The Saints are allowing over 17 fantasy points per game to tight ends, good for dead last in the league according to fantasydata.com. Not to mention all of the tight ends they have faced this season have found the endzone.
Other Options: If you are looking for a cheaper option, Dalton Schultz ($4,900) could be your target. Schultz was tabbed as more of a blocking tight end, but he has proven to be capable in the receiving game in Blake Jarwin’s absence. With a punt like Schultz, you are hoping for a few catches and a decent yardage total. There is hope that he could deliver a little more though as he has seen 4 red zone targets so far this season according to fantasydata.com. Being attached to one of the league’s best offenses combined with his matchup against the Browns makes Schultz a smart play.
A Couple Questions: Is Mark Andrews ($7,400) the best Week 4 GPP target at tight end after turning in that abysmal performance against the Chiefs?
D/ST – Kansas City Chiefs ($3,800)
The Chiefs’ reward for laying waste to the Ravens is a home matchup against the Patriots in Week 4. The Pats have transformed their offense around Cam Newton with an emphasis on the run game. While that may be the recipe for beating the Chiefs, the Ravens had no luck whatsoever. The Pats will likely have to go to the air to beat the Chiefs. Unfortunately for the Pats, I don’t see them overcoming this Chiefs defense with their overall lack of playmakers. Hoping that the Pats’ increased urgency to throw leads to some interceptions for the defending Super Bowl champs.
JR Reynolds has covered DFS for the past couple of seasons and look forward to continuing to do so with Gridiron Experts. I am currently in my first year as a Registered Nurse. I get to meet and work with many different people on a daily basis which is one of my favorite parts of the job. While I love the NFL, I also enjoy paying attention to the other sports with a soft spot for the Philly teams. I am also an avid golfer and love to hit the course anytime I can.