Your Best Friend’s Ranks: Frank Stampfl’s Week Four Lineup Ranks and High Five
Frank Stampfl offers his Week Four Fantasy Football lineup ranks
Yes, you're reading that correctly. The "Red Rifle" Andy Dalton is my QB4 this week heading into his matchup with the Atlanta Falcons. This is a classic example of two things trending in opposite directions. First, the Falcons’ defense has been decimated by injuries, losing three starters in Keanu Neal, Deion Jones and now Ricardo Allen. As a result, they've allowed at least 335 passing yards AND three touchdowns in each of their past two games. The Falcons are now allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. On the flip side, Dalton stands in as QB12 overall this season and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in four straight games dating back to last year. As if you needed any more reasoning, Vegas has this game's total at 51 points, tied for the second-highest in Week Four.
Admittedly, I was one week early on Sony Michel. To be fair, nobody saw the Patriots losing to the Lions, playing with a negative game script for a large majority of the game. The Pats only had the ball for 20:45. Week Four will be the coming out party for the fitness consigliere... Michel! On a more serious note, teammate Rex Burkhead was placed on IR with a neck injury. We wish him a speedy recovery, but that means Michel is in line for more playing time. Michel was already trending in that direction. In his debut in Week Two, Michel played in 21 percent of the snaps. In Week Three, the Pats ramped that up to 48 percent. Plus, whenever he's on the field, the team is using him. He has an 80.56 percent touch percentage (carries plus targets/snaps played), an absurd amount. Big games are coming for Michel and it starts in Week Four.
Similar to Michel, our next player to target this week is the beneficiary of a teammate injury. Sterling Shepard should be viewed as a high-end WR3 in any games Evan Engram is forced to miss. With that being said, Shepard should be viewed even higher in Week Four because he's going up against that porous Saints defense. I'm not sure if every player in the Saints’ secondary just forgot how to play football in the offseason, but it sure seems like it. Get this: In two of three games this season, the Saints have allowed over 72 PPR points to opposing team's WR corps! In Weeks One and Three, the Saints allowed an average of 17.5 receptions, 323 yards and four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. For the cherry on top, their slot corner Patrick Robinson was just placed on IR. This will be a coming out party for both Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. this week.
Fantasy owners have gone through a bit of Mike Williams fatigue over the years from "Big Mike Williams" to "Bucs Mike Williams" but I'm hoping we finally have the right one. He's proving his worth for both real football and fantasy, ranking as the current WR15 overall. In Week Three against the vaunted Rams’ secondary, he caught four of seven targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Remember, this is a man-child we're dealing with. He's 6'4, 220 pounds, runs crisp routes, has strong hands and could out-jump nearly anybody on the field. This week, he'll get a crack at a 49ers secondary that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers over the last two weeks. Additionally, they're going to be without their top cornerback, Richard Sherman, in this contest. Trust Williams as a WR3 regardless of format in Week Four.
If you lost Evan Engram or are streaming at tight end, Ben Watson is one of my favorites in Week Four. After two mediocre performances, Watson got more involved in the Saints' shootout last week. In that one, Watson caught five of six targets for 71 yards. In this week's matchup, he'll be faced with a Giants defense, which is historically bad against tight ends. Last season, they allowed 13 touchdowns to the position and the second-most fantasy points. This year, admittedly, they've been better, but they have started to revert back to their old ways in Week Three against the Texans. In that game, the G-Men allowed five receptions for 115 yards to the Houston tight ends. They'll try to stop Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, which should allow more open looks to a guy like Watson.
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