Sunday Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings, Flex Rankings, Fantasy Blind Spot, Sleepers
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And for more Week 4 DraftKings and FanDuel Blind Spot players, head over to SportsGrid where I give you nine for this week.
WEEK 4 RANKINGS | WEEK 4 FLEX RANKINGS | FANTASY BLIND SPOT (SUNDAY UPDATE, Continued to 1 PM Kickoff)
As mentioned last week, the rankings will also include Fantasy Blind Spot players. What's the Fantasy Blind Spot? It's the buy-low and DFS players that people overlook. No one wants to sell low these days because they don't want to get burned (i.e. Justin Forsett), but there are some players who are performing adequately that owners might think, "Yea, I'll see what I can get for them." Also, these players are price on DraftKings and FanDuel in ranges where people will notice the surrounding players quicker. That gives you a "blind spot" to exploit for contrarian plays. For instance, last week it was Kendall Wright and Allen Hurns.
Russell Wilson, SEA - Remember the excitement for Wilson in the offseason. Heck, this is the guy that finished third overall and had a new red zone weapon in Jimmy Graham. He barely cracks the Top 10 quarterbacks, but that's why he's in the blind spot. Wilson has been good, just not great. There aren't many scary matchups left, and we all know the potential Wilson has with his legs. On DraftKings, Wilson checks in right behind Peyton Manning and above Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer, while on FanDuel he's behind all except Manning.
C.J. Spiller, NO - We've always loved the talent, but Spiller just can't stay healthy. He's finally back to 100 percent, and the Cowboys defense was decimated by Devonta Freeman last week. Freeman is a better space and pass-catching back, which is exactly what Spiller excels at. Plus, many seasonal owners have him on the chopping blocks for waiver pickups. He's just $3,900 (DK) and $5,500 (FD) in DFS, and most DK players will gravitate towards Karlos Williams at $3,400.
Melvin Gordon, SD - I was never his biggest fan, but he's performed admirably and should see more work. This is more of a seasonal blind spot, as many people are talking Gordon up for DFS this week. That should be a hint to grab him before the buy-low blind spot window is gone.
Jordan Matthews, PHI - Matthews is in a situation where owners are frustrated because they expected WR1 production and the offense has failed as a whole. Truthfully, Matthews has been pretty good with at least six catches in each game and ranks as WR25. He's also in the mix with Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Evans on DraftKings and near Fitz, Amari Cooper and Brandin Cooks (another good blind spot) on FanDuel.
Allen Hurns, JAX - I'm not going to stop screaming from the mountain tops that Hurns deserves more respect.
Eric Ebron, DET - Quietly having a terrific sophomore campaign (when most skilled tight ends break out) but is priced near Charles Clay and Coby Fleener, who are getting more attention.
Bengals DST - The Ravens game inspires little confidence, but they do have an interception in all three games, three fumble recoveries and six sacks so far. The turnover happy Chiefs allow the sixth most FPPG to opposing DSTs.
WEEK 4 SLEEPERS QB (TUESDAY)
Joe Flacco, BAL – Expect everyone to be on Derek Carr this week, which is why I won't be (and wasn't on Nick Foles last week either). Not many are noticing, but Flacco has 746 yards and four touchdowns in the last two games. In addition, Flacco had 11 games of two-plus touchdowns last year, and the Steelers defense can't stop anyone in the passing game. Great option for Tom Brady owners.
WEEK 4 SLEEPERS RB
Karlos Williams, BUF – LeSean McCoy owners know. Heck, savvy owners know. This is an emergency broadcast in case you don't know.
McCoy is doubtful for this week, and Williams has a touchdown in each game so far. Oh, the Bills also get the weak Giants defense on Sunday, which makes it even better. Williams is a must-grab and must-start in all leagues.
DeAngelo Williams, PIT – I wouldn't start him as my RB2, but with Michael Vick at quarterback, do you really think the Steelers will be passing much? Well, not if Vick can help it. Le'Veon Bell will be a monster with no Ben Roethlisberger, but the Steelers can't ask him to carry the ball 40 times. That's where Williams comes in as a sneaky Flex option if you are thin due to injuries and/or byes starting… already!
Duke Johnson, CLE – Neither Isaiah Crowell nor Johnson did much in a favorable matchup against the Raiders. Johnson did chip in 32 yards on six catches though, and in PPR, he netted you nearly 10 points. Along the same line as DWill, Johnson isn't a RB2 play, but he does bring upside in a great matchup – Chargers allow second most FPPG to running backs.
WEEK 4 SLEEPERS WR
Eric Decker, NYJ – Of course, this is if Decker plays, but if he does, get him right back in the lineup. Decker is still the 28th best receiver even with missing a game. He's found the end zone in both games played, and that is still a strong suit of his. The Dolphins defense looks terrible (surprising us all) and is allowing 25.9 FPPG to receivers.
Michael Crabtree, OAK – With Amari Cooper looking downright terrific, Crabtree's season is lost in the shuffle. He's 31st overall with 18 catches, 184 yards and a score. The reason everyone will be on Derek Carr is that the Bears defense is abysmal, but while everyone focuses on Carr and Cooper, you sneakily plug in Crabtree and enjoy the results.
Doug Baldwin, SEA – With all of the Jimmy Graham focus, you had to assume Baldwin would get lost in the shuffle last week. Look for a rebound game as Baldwin had seven catches in each of the first two games and already has 17 on the season. The Lions defense is another matchup to exploit, and shifty receivers have taken advantage of them so far. Baldwin will do the same.
Kenny Britt, STL – Just when I thought I was out, [he pulls] me back in!
I can't seem to quit Britt. I've tried so many times, but then he posts 11-183-1 through three games, ranks as WR32, lit up the Steelers and now faces the Cardinals. While they have a great defense, Carson Palmer and company will have the Rams playing catch-up early and often.
WEEK 4 SLEEPERS TE
Charles Clay, BUF – Another player to abuse the Giants matchup. The Giants have already allowed 28 receptions, 241 yards and three touchdowns to tight ends. Their back seven just can't handle decent tight ends, and Clay is a great Rob Gronkowski fill-in this week.
WEEK 3 ANALYSIS (MONDAY)
I relent. Stop it. I'm already dead.
Delete my Twitter account, delete my Fantasy teams, delete my life. C.J. Anderson is a bust. Well, unlike me, who will take all the hate and blame for what I believe would be a No. 1 running back season, I don't think CJA is 100 percent at fault.
To be fair, Anderson looked great on the drive before getting his bell rung and heading to the locker room for concussion tests. Also, Gary Kubiak has fooled us all. A tiger doesn't change his stripes? Oh really? This tiger went from stripes to a Technicolor, tie-dyed pattern with My Little Pony and fairies prancing about. Bellcow running backs… not this year for Kubiak. A running scheme that works… nope. An offensive line that can get players breathing room… nah.
In any case, Anderson isn't the only disappointment. Justin Forsett, DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Hill and Andre Johnson are just a few others. Overall, it's been mainly running backs and is another testament to drafting receivers early these days. What's an owner to do though? Forsett makes no sense, as Marc Trestman was supposed to increase his value a la Matt Forte, not destroy it. Murray and McCoy are dealing with injuries, Hill is losing time to Gio Bernard and Andrew Luck has not rejuvenated Johnson's career. How do you go from Hall of Famer with junk quarterbacks to washed up?
Of that list, Hill will likely get you most in a sell-low trade, but Anderson, Forsett and Johnson will be hard to trade and are worth benching for now. I have the most hope for Forsett of these, again because of Trestman, but don't go buying low on anyone unless you can afford to stash them on the bench and/or get for low value.
As per the norm now, I'm going to give you the best Waiver Wire Week 4 pickups, as I'm sure owners of the above players are scrambling.
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS QBS (MONDAY)
Tyrod Taylor – So, can we officially say he has QB1 upside for the entire year? Many leagues saw Taylor snatched up already, but there are plenty that still doubted (only 44.4 percent owned on ESPN). Grab him already. Do it! Do it NOW!
It's easier to list QBs I wouldn't start TT over at this point: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning… that's about it. Maybe Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton depending on the matchup, but that was only six guaranteed starters over TT if you didn't notice.
Andy Dalton – Need a quarterback and missed on Taylor? Hey, remember in 2013 when Dalton finished as QB4 (Yahoo! scoring)? Yea, he's flinging the rock and has three healthy, great weapons in A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert… and that's before mentioning Gio Bernard.
Others: Derek Carr
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS RBS
Dion Lewis – If you didn't grab him, likely too late. If he's out there, you probably need a new league with more attentive owners.
Devonta Freeman – Same as Lewis, but if some owners were hesitant and doubted him, good luck not blowing your entire FAAB or needing the No. 1 waiver spot to get him.
Lance Dunbar – Mainly a PPR option, Dunbar doesn't have a spectacular ceiling but his floor is very high no matter who is at quarterback. The loss of Dez Bryant will benefit Dunbar for as long as he's out.
Karlos Williams – As with Eddie Lacy owners last week, Williams is a must-own for McCoy owners. He has a touchdown in each game and warrants touches even when McCoy is 100 percent… which he's not.
Ronnie Hillman – Well, if CJA is a bust, Hillman is worth a flier. I wouldn't start him either, but you have to stash based on potential.
Antonio Andrews – Remember how I went on and on about Bishop Sankey not being any good and the potential for David Cobb to be a great rookie due to that? Well, Cobb's injury changed that, but it didn't change the fact that Sankey isn't good. Andrews is a great sleeper grab, even though Ken Whisenhunt could still ruin any potential breakout value because he hates sensible backfields.
Others: Matt Jones (if out there), Chris Johnson (same), Bilal Powell, Duke Johnson
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS WRS
Allen Hurns – Hey, what do you know? Even when the targets aren't plentiful, Hurns still shows his potential given his big-play ability. Stop ignoring him!
Michael Crabtree – Yes, Amari Cooper looks terrific, but a healthy Crabtree has looked quite good and is a WR3 in standard scoring and WR2 in PPR.
Rishard Matthews – I'd put more stock in Matthews if DeVante Parker wasn't going to cut into his value soon. For the short term though, he's near the top of the list.
Marvin Jones – As mentioned with Dalton, this offense is churning. People are finally starting to remember how good Jones was pre-injury.
Devin Funchess Ted Ginn – I still think Funchess is the better long-term stash, but hey, look at Ginn finally having some Fantasy worth.
Others: Cecil Shorts, Kenny Britt (sucked in again), Leonard Hankerson, Dorial Green-Beckham
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS TES
Jordan Reed – C'mon, you guys are kidding, right? Still available in about 40 percent of leagues. If that includes yours, you've failed.
Eric Ebron – Sophomore breakout is happening. At least something is going right in Detroit.
Crockett Gillmore – Won't be an every-week TE1 but has more upside than most waiver options (and the Steelers defense in Week 4!).
Coby Fleener – More short-term than anyone here. He's a TE1 candidate for as long as Dwayne Allen is out.
Others: Charles Clay, Owen Daniels
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