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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 4

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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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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