Fantasy Fix: Our Favorite Fantasy Matchups for Week 4 of the NFL Season
The NFL has been incredibly unpredictable throughout the first three weeks of the young season. Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford and Trevor Siemian are all 3-0, the Patriots have already won the AFC East (basically), and the Los Angeles Rams are leading the division over NFC favorites, Seattle and Arizona. It’s such an amazing feeling for football fans knowing that it’s September, the heart of football season. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best Week 4 value picks.
Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions
The Bears could very well be the worst team in the entire NFL, in large part to their “defense.” Meanwhile, Matt Stafford has been lighting up the stat sheets with Marvin Jones, or as I like to call him “Calvin Johnson Jr. Jr.” I fully expect Matt Stafford to log his 3rd game with 300+ yards and 3 TDs, continuing his positive momentum in what should be his easiest division game of the year.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Brees has reached 375 yards and three touchdowns in two out of three games this season. Even though the Saints are 0-3 on the season, Brees clearly has a very nice connection with multiple receivers including Willie Snead, Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas. The 37-year old veteran has always been known to stuff the stat sheets, so expect Brees to have another huge game against the team that drafted him in 2001.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Did I literally just say that the Chicago Bears may be the worst team in football? Yes. Do I think they’re going to lose this week? Yes. Is Jordan Howard going to have his breakout game? I sure hope so, because I’m starting him this week. The talented rookie out of Indiana only has 12 career carries to his name but, considering he’s averaged over 5.5 yards a pop, I’d say he at least looks the part of an NFL running back. Considering the injuries to Chicago’s running back unit, most notably Jeremy Langford’s, Howard is a lock to carry the load this weekend against Detroit. Chicago will most likely look to use Jordan Howard as their workhorse so that Brian Hoyer throws it as infrequently as humanly possible. Howard should have every opportunity to show us what he’s got on Sunday.
Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers
The unfortunate losses of Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead have left the Chargers with few options on the offensive side of the ball. Melvin Gordon’s rookie season was underwhelming to say the least. However, this season has provided Gordon with a golden opportunity after being handed the keys to the San Diego offense. Even though the Chargers are unlikely to make the playoffs, Gordon has started to prove why he was the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He should have an absolutely monster game against a defense that let up 217 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground last week.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
Benjamin put up a monster stat line of 0-0-0 last week. He was targeted just one time and was clearly a nonfactor in Carolina’s disappointing loss to Minnesota. However, Benjamin put up huge numbers in Weeks 1 and 2 and is primed for a bounce back week against Atlanta’s lackluster defense. The former Florida State star knows he needs to step up big time in order for his team to be back atop the division.
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
After last week’s nine catch-117 yard and two touchdown performance, Sanders is back on all of our fantasy radars. He will have the opportunity to remain there this week against a Bucs defense that allowed 37 points to the Rams. You know, that offense that did not have a single touchdown over the first two weeks. I think it’s a very safe bet that Emmanuel Sanders (and Demaryius Thomas) takes his lunch money this week against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
Miller had an extremely efficient Week 3 matchup, and it’s fair to assume that he’ll carry this over to Week 4 against the Lions. Detroit has given up a touchdown to the opposing tight end in all three games this season, so expect Miller to find the end zone at least once in this matchup. With much uncertainty around the league at the tight end position, Miller has the potential to be the top tight end in fantasy this week.
Indianapolis Colts Defense
The Colts’ defense was downright disgusting to watch at the beginning of the season due to an unprecedented level of injuries. However, last week’s strong effort against the San Diego Chargers looks to be a sign that the ship is finally being righted in Indianapolis. Vontae Davis, Henry Anderson, Patrick Robinson and Clayton Geathers are all healthy and starting in their London matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Considering the Jags’ utter lack of a run game and Blake Bortles’ apparent devolution into Blaine Gabbert (7 turnovers to just 5 touchdowns this year), I like the Colts’ defensive chances in jolly old London.
Well everyone, it’s Week 4 of fantasy season and I’m firmly addicted to FanDuel again. When you draft Keenan Allen, Sammy Watkins and Donte Moncrief as your top 3 wide receivers, daily fantasy might be your (my) best option at this point anyway. Bad injury luck aside, there have been a lot of wacky developments in fantasy world like LeGarrette Blount and Marvin Jones leading their position groups in yards, and I’m going to do my very best (maybe) so that you too can marvel at your own fantasy football successes.
Either way, I’ll make some good calls, Cobi will make some bad calls, the Dolphins will give me a conniption, and of course the Patriots will win without Tom Brady for a fourth straight week. So, without further delay, here are The Deep End Miami’s favorite fantasy starts for Week 4 of the NFL season.