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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 4

Look for Allen Robinson to have his best game of the season against the Bucs. Photo via: Chicago Bears/Facebook

We're closing in on Week 4 and I have more sleeper plays for you. Let’s take a peek at how I did last week, and then look ahead to this week’s slate of games. My criteria for a good game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.  

RB

Jordan Howard (CHI): Right, and he finally scored.

James Conner (PIT): Right, almost 100 total yards and 5 catches.

Latavius Murray (MIN): Wrong, game got out of control fast in an upset win for Buffalo.

Matt Breida (SF): Right, over 100 total yards and 3 catches.

WR

Keelan Cole (JAX): Wrong, ugly game all around.

Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson (TB): Split, DeSean not so much, but Godwin was great again.

Will Fuller (HOU): Really Right, damn he's looking good.

Nelson Agholor (PHI):  Wrong, only 5 targets was disappointing.

TE

Eric Ebron (IND): Wrong, but he did drop 2 TDs.

Jesse James (PIT): Wrong, they went with Vance McDonald out of nowhere and he had a huge game.

George Kittle (SF): Right, 5 catches for almost 80 yards is great for a TE not named Gronk, Ertz, or Kelce.

OJ Howard (TB): Right, 72 yards and 6 catches.

QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): Right, he played well and had multiple scores before the injury.

Matt Ryan (ATL): Right Wow, he was amazing again.

 

Now that's what I'm talking about. 9-6 in Week 3 with some HUGE performances from Matt Ryan and Will Fuller. I'll try and do it again this week.

 

Week 4

RB

Chris Carson (SEA): Cardinals have already given up 6 TDs to the RB position and average allowing almost 37 FPTS/G to RBs. The Seahawks should be able to control this game as they face rookie QB Josh Rosen in his first career start in the NFL.

Gio Bernard (CIN): Bernard looks to have another great opportunity if Joe Mixon is out another week with a knee injury. Atlanta is giving up the 3rd most points to RBs at just under 35FPTS/G. Get Gio in your lineup before Mixon returns to the starting role. If Mixon is back this week and it doesn’t appear his touches will be limited, start him with confidence.

Jordan Howard (CHI): I placed him in this article last week and he came through. Don’t be afraid to start him again against the Bucs, as they’re giving up over 31 FPTS/G to running backs.

WR

Sterling Sheppard (NYG): The Saints are giving up the most points to WRs this year and it’s not even that close. How about over 62FPTS/G to WRs? Is that good? We all got a good look at what Calvin Ridley did to them last week, and with Evan Engram out, I like Sterling Sheppard to have another big game.

Allen Robinson (CHI): Robinson has a great matchup against the Bucs who are giving up almost 49FPTS/G to WRs. Robinson is yet to have a big game with his new team, and I think this is the week he breaks out. So far, his best performance was in Week 2 against the Seahawks where he was able to catch 10 balls for 83 yards. I think he gets in the end zone this week.

Emmanuel Sanders (DEN): Sanders is coming off a disappointing game, but that shouldn’t keep you from rolling with him this week. The Chiefs are Top 7 matchup against WRs and Denver should be playing from behind. Fire him up.

Will Fuller (HOU): I was all over Fuller last week making him my Start of the Week and he came though big time. He had over 100 yards receiving with a TD and almost had two scores. I’m to the point where I would start him every week until he gives you a reason not to.

Mike Williams (LAC): The 49ers are giving up over 42FPTS/G to receivers and Richard Sherman is out. Williams has over 80 receiving yards in 2 of his first 3 games this year, so he’s coming on for sure. There is some downside if the Chargers get a big lead and don’t have to throw much in the second half, but Keenan Allen missed practice on Wednesday and might be limited this week.

TE

Eric Ebron (IND): His performance last week was not what you hope for, but he has a great matchup against the Texans this week, and they always have trouble defending TEs. Give him another shot.

Trey Burton (CHI): He hasn’t been great this year, but his best game was last week, so maybe he’s starting to get things going. The Bucs are awful against TEs, just look at what Vance McDonald did to them on Monday Night Football (112-yards, TD). Tampa is giving up over 21FPTS/G to the TE position this year which is the best possible matchup.

Austin Hooper (ATL): I thought he might come through last week, but Calvin Ridley got all the fantasy goodness. The Bengals give up over 19FPTS/G to the position, so he’s worth a shot if you’re weak at the position.

QB

Andy Dalton (CIN): Dalton has a great matchup this week and has thrown for multiple TDs in every game this season. Keep an eye on A.J. Green’s status this week. He suffered a groin injury on Sunday, but plans to play against the Falcons this week.

Matt Ryan (ATL): My radio partner Jerry Bo and I talk about this all the time. If you like a QB in a certain matchup, you should probably like the opposing QB to put points up as well. Ryan has been on fire, so keep using him.

That’s all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter. Good luck in Week 4!

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Could next season be the one for Watson? A few have done it before in year four

Watson could join elite company with Super Bowl run in fourth season

Deshaun Watson was magical in the win. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Countdown to "Mahomes Magic" vying for Lombardi's Prize is rapidly approaching. His arrival and amazing ascension to becoming the "face" of the NFL has been meteoric in nature. So the obvious question for us in Houston, is "how" can Deshaun Watson next year land on center stage representing the AFC at next year's Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa? For Deshaun, he'll be entering his fourth NFL season. Have no fear Texans fans, there have been a handful of quarterbacks who have won an NFL Title in their fourth campaigns.

January 12th, 1969 - Joe Namath

​Joe Namath in his 4th season, was an 18 point underdog, led the Jets to one of the games biggest upsets, beating the heavily favored Colts by a score of 16-7. What made this even more remarkable, was that the Colts in the previous round had defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 34-0. Namath was not "amazing" that day, completing 17 of 28 passes for a mere 206 yards, but it was "enough" to claim MVP honors at the Miami Orange Bowl. The Jets failed to defend their title the following year, eventually losing to Hank Stram's Cheifs in Super Bowl IV. (The last time Kansas City appeared in a Super Bowl contest)

January 26th, 1986 - Jim McMahon

​Jim McMahon "The Punky QB" aided with Buddy Ryan's famed 46 Defense, and a the league's #1 rushing attack, trounced the New England Patroits in his 4th NFL Season by a score of 46-10. A late hit by Charles Martin during the 86' Regular Season resulted in a separated shoulder, placing Mad Mac on the shelf, and essentially ending the Bears quest for a repeat.

February 3rd, 2008 - Eli Manning

Similar to Namath and the Jets upset in 69', this game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in NFL History. New England was installed as a -12 point favorite on this day and were chasing perfection, having completed a perfect regular season, and post season. Eli Manning in his fourth year pulled off the miracle, as the Giants were merely a wildcard entry into the playoffs. Prior to this upset, a NFC Wildcard had never captured a Super Bowl Title. Eli threw for 255 yards, and a pair of touchdowns, the most memorable coming in the final moments when David Tyree made the remarkable "helmet catch" in a 17-14 upset victory.

So Houston, fear not !!! A QB can take a franchise to Super Bowl Glory in his 4th season!!!! Or in the case of Patrick Mahomes, possibly as early as a third!

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