As week four of the NFL season is now upon us, that means it’s another opportunity to win in your fantasy league. With the first week of the season with byes involved, and new injuries, here are some key pickups and plays that could impact your matchup.
Phillip Rivers– QB San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are hosting the Cleveland Browns in San Diego this week, a place where Rivers shines. Yes, I’m aware that last week’s numbers were unconvincing, but this is different. Now they are at home and are facing one of the weaker defenses in the National Football League. This Browns defense gave up 13 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week One, 15 to Marcus Mariota in Week Two, and recently 20 to Derek Carr in Week Three. Rivers is a better overall QB than all the guys, and I believe is a very smart play this week.
Karlos Williams– RB Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy has been ruled out for Sunday’s home game against te New York Giants. The rookie, Williams, will take over in his place. If that isn’t convincing enough, Karlos has three touchdowns in his first three NFL games, including a 17 point game last week against Miami. This Giants defense is one of the worst in the league, and I fully expect Williams to run wild and be one of the top backs this week.
Donte Moncrief– WR Indianapolis Colts
Moncrief has emerged as the number two reciever for the Colts and is a dangerous threat. Whether Luck plays or not, it doesn’t change the fact that the Jaguars have no good cornerbacks. Expect them to double team TY Hilton, leaving Moncrief matched up against a weaker cornerback. Moncrief hasn’t put up anything less than 9 points and portrays a deep ball threat. This kid is legit.
Matellus Bennett– TE Chicago Bears
In the last two games, Bennett has combined for just five points. Not impressive, I get it. You want to bench him, I get it. But he is playing in Oakland defense this week (yes is very much improved) but still is a weak team. Bennett is a big, physical tight end that can dominate with his size. I look for Bennett to be a top tight end this week, especially with Rob Gronkowski and Delaine Walker on a bye week.
They matchup against the Buccanners this week. That should be enough for you to want to play them. Still not convinced? Carolina just went out and acquired defensive end Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears, who has lost a step but is still a solid pass rusher. This team I believe will do very well against the inexperienced Buccanners offense.
Matthew Stafford– QB Detroit Lions
Detroit plays the Monday night game this week against the Seattle Seahawks, who have one of the best defenses in the league. Stafford hasn’t looked himself in fantasy lately, and going up against an outstanding Seahawks defense won’t do much for his fantasy value.
Alfred Morris– RB Washington Redskins
Matt Jones has taken over the running game for the Redskins. Alfred Morris had just one point last week, and only six points the week before. He has yet to make into the end zone, and I honestly can’t see that happening this week due to his lack of carries.
Torrey Smith– WR San Francsisco 49ers
Any reciever that has Colin Kaepernick throwing to him you need to be careful with in fantasy. Kaepernick is such an inconsistent player, making his targets even more inconsistent. The 49ers square up against the Packers this week, who have been absolutely on fire. The Green Bay Defense is playing much better than people thought, and Sam Shields will lock down Torrey Smith. After a 20 point game to weeks ago, Smith was locked down by Patrick Peterson and had zero receptions last week against the Cardinals. I think that Smithis going to get locked down again, and produce very few fantasy points.
Jordan Cameron– TE Miami Dolphins
7, 6, 1. Those are the point totals Jordan Cameron has put up in each week this season. He just hasn’t found his place in the Dolphins offense yet, and I don’t expect him too this week either against the Jets defense, who have been playing exceptional lately. Bench Cameron this week.
Julio Jones has absolutely torched defenses this year, and looks to be the fantasy MVP. Last week he put up 28 points against the Cowboys, now Jones and the Falcons take on the Houston Texans, at home in Atlanta. Jones is going to explode again, and although this Texans defense has JJ Watt, they secondary is weak and Jones can go deep on them all day long.
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