Hard to believe that we are about a quarter of the way through the season at the end of this week. Yet, we only have two undefeated teams in Kansas City and Atlanta. Both have players worth considering this week. I will not include the Thursday night game between the Packers and Bears, or the London game between the Saints and Dolphins. As a reminder, look for some of the multi-week bracket contests on DRAFT, as you could make some big money if you can put a streak together and only have to beat one person each week.
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The way to start this week is running backs. There may be a lot of them to choose from, but I want to go with the one or two that are the best in my mind. We have seen the Rams give up big games to Chris Thompson and Carlos Hyde the pasta two weeks. They now get to face Ezekiel Elliott, who had his best game of the season on Monday night. He's my top choice. Second, I would go with the hottest rookie running back: Kareem Hunt. Hunt faces a Washington defense giving up over 130 rushing yards a game. Don't be fooled by the Jets defense shutting down Jay Ajayi last week: go with another great rookie running back in Leonard Fournette, who has scored in every game this season. Le'Veon Bell got back on track last week with 6 receptions and four yards a carry. Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy are viable here as well.
At Wide Receiver, Antonio Brown is going to continue to be my top choice and can be picked in the first two rounds. He has put up some big games against the Ravens in the past. Julio Jones can always be played, as he is due for his first touchdown of the season. A.J. Green played well a week ago against the Packers, and now gets a Browns team that he has gone over 100 yards receiving against and a touchdown in his past two outings. Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, and Stefon Diggs are the other receivers to look at here.
At Quarterback, Tom Brady is the top choice, though Carolina is a tough defense. Brady just picked apart a tough Houston defense last week as well. Russell Wilson has a great matchup at home against the Colts, and Matt Ryan at home should be in a good spot against Buffalo.
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The second wave of quarterbacks on this slate would include Kirk Cousins on Monday night against a Chiefs team that has allowed over 250 yards a game through the air. Dak Prescott is ranked 2nd on DRAFT, and while he's not a bad play, I worry about how many opportunities he will get. I'm not venturing onto Alex Smith, as he just doesn't put up huge numbers often enough. Nor am I taking Ben Roethlisberger, who has only thrown for two touchdowns (never three or more) twice in nine career starts in Baltimore. I think Philip Rivers is intriguing, as the Eagles secondary is still not very good.
There are still plenty of running backs to consider here. Todd Gurley is coming off a big Thursday night game, and while Dallas is a tough matchup, he should get enough opportunities to be used here. Christian McCaffrey should be busy with Kelvin Benjamin being limited. Dalvin Cook could be in a high scoring game against the Lions, and is coming off a nice game a week ago. Joe Mixon seems to be the trendy pick against the Browns, and the game flow is correct. I think he can be taken late if you have to choose RB late.
At Wide Receiver, my favorite target in this area is Keenan Allen. He has seen 29 targets in the first three games of the season and has a favorable PFF WR/CB matchup against Patrick Robinson. Odell Beckham gets to face a Tampa Bay team that struggled against Case Keenum and Stefon Diggs a week ago. If you trust Eli enough, take a chance on Odell. Larry Fitzgerald had 13 catches on Monday night, and I don't see him slowing down against a 49ers team that he has had at least 9 receptions against in three of the past four matchups. Oakland's defense wasn't good last week, so DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both in play. Finally, if you want a piece of the Patriots offense, Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski are in play.
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Quarterback gets a little thinner with Rodgers playing Thursday night, and Drew Brees in the London game. Tyrod Taylor may have to do a lot to keep pace with Atlanta, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him score a lot of points this week. Matthew Stafford is in a tough game against Minnesota, but still is a solid fantasy QB. If you think the Bengals will throw this week, Andy Dalton has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four straight games against Cleveland.
At running back, we are going to look at a couple of PPR options. Bilal Powell could be in line for a lot of work if Matt Forte misses the game. Chris Thompson continues to look like the best running back in Washington, but only gets work on passing downs. Risky, but high upside. Thompson's success last week was against Oakland, a matchup C.J. Anderson now gets. He was good at home in weeks 1 and 2, and can see him returning to that success. Seattle has given up big rushing games so far this season, so Frank Gore can be used.
Finally at receiver, you can consider Adam Thielen if you think Darius Slay will shadow Diggs for most of the game. Sammy Watkins, if he plays, draws a decent matchup against Dallas, who just allowed 150 yards to Larry Fitzgerald. I personally am not playing Terrelle Pryor until he proves he can be productive with Kirk Cousins, though the matchup is not bad. T.Y. Hilton was active a week ago, and while a matchup in Seattle isn't great, Hilton is too talented to completely ignore here. Finally, Tyrell Williams has seen seven targets in two of the first three weeks and is the deep threat against a weak Eagles secondary.
I think going early on running back is the ideal strategy this week, with a few of them in really good spots, and the top receivers not being in the strongest of spots. Though Tom Brady is a clear #1 QB, you don't have to reach on him, as there are enough other options to consider.. Don't forget that Fantistics has listener league contests going on all the way up until Sunday. To see these contest, follow FantisticsRadio and you will see the $10, 10-man games appear in the lobby. I will jump in a couple of them throughout the week skeeter1114). Good luck with all of your week four NFL contests.