Last week was very hit or miss for my fantasy surprises. Coby Fleener and the Packers defense both had huge weeks and Derek Carr had a solid performance. However Melvin Gordon and Percy Harvin both disappointed and even Mike Nugent didn’t get a whole ton of opportunities. If we learned anything this past week in fantasy football, it is to stick with your top guys. After some early season struggles, owners probably started losing patience with players like Jeremy Hill and Justin Forsett. But those who stuck it out were rewarded in big ways in week four. Don’t overthink your lineups and try to get too cute with them. You drafted those players early for a reason.
QB: Jay Cutler vs Chiefs: I had to get the Bears in one way or the other when discussing quarterback matchups right? Cutler came back last week from a hamstring injury and played reasonably well. Now he gets a Chiefs defense which has been extremely vulnerable to the pass so far. In a game with shootout potential (or the Bears needing to play catch up), and an expected Alshon Jeffery return, you could do worse if in need of a quarterback. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: T.J. Yeldon vs Buccaneers: One key for finding running backs on a weekly basis would be based on volume and game flow. Both are expected to work heavily in Yeldon’s favor this Sunday against a vulnerable Buccaneers run defense. He has yet to score a touchdown through four games, but this could very well be the week Yeldon finally hits paydirt. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Kamar Aiken vs Browns: Want to take a chance that could pay off in a big way for your team this weekend? Placing Aiken in a traditional or daily fantasy lineup could be the choice. With Steve Smith ruled out, Aiken is by default the Ravens number one receiver at this point. Also in his favor is that Joe Haden is banged up and even with him the Browns secondary has been vulnerable. For fantasy purposes, I’m more into the “higher floor” plays, but Aiken could pay off for those who use him. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Owen Daniels vs Raiders: With Greg Olsen on bye, a lot of fantasy owners are in need of a tight end for this slate of games. Daniels unless claimed earlier this week should be a free agent in most leagues. While he at best is third in the pecking order for targets in Denver, the Raiders have been awful against opposing tight ends this year. Based off the matchup, you should feel confident inserting him into any lineup. Expect around 40 yards and a touchdown.
If you’re in need of a kicker this week, Sturgis might be worth a look. The matchup against a beatable Saints defense in a potential shootout definitely seems enticing. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DST: Giants vs 49ers: With the way the 49ers offensive line has looked, any defense going against them figures to be worth streaming in a given week. This week they face a Giants defense which has generated a surprisingly high amount of turnovers. On top of that for daily fantasy players, they’re pretty cheap saving money for other positions. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.