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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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Another tough loss for the Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans started fast but faltered late as the New York Jets hand Houston their ninth loss of the season 21-14. Here are 11 observations from the game.

1. Starting safety Justin Reid was benched for the game. David Culley said after the game it was his decision as head coach and he would keep the matter internal with Reid.

2. This is the third defender benched for disciplinary reasons this season. Reid joins Zach Cunningham and Desmond King as players who missed time for discipline.

3. Justin Reid told Fox 26 he was benched because he had a disagreement with the coaching staff. He also said he was shocked the Texans benched him. You have to wonder if the “culture” the team is building is right when one of the more likable and personable players falls victim to their rules. Reid, who is a free agent this offseason, could leave the Texans.

4. Tyrod Taylor had a couple of nice plays early on for the Texans. His willingness to take some shots downfield was refreshing and led to a touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

5. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan found the end zone. He has played well in recent weeks after finally getting on the field. Jordan is playing over Jordan Akins as Akins was a healthy scratch again this week.

6. Tytus Howard started at left tackle with mixed results. Howard has struggled to find his way at guard but could be a long-term option at tackle if given the chance.

7. The offensive line overall played poorly after some early success. The pass rush of the Jets got going and the run blocking was poor again. Lane Taylor played at left guard some, with Max Scharping also playing some at that spot.

8. The offense was horrendous after the two scoring drives. The Texans amassed 202 net yards with 91 yards coming on those two scoring drives. Houston gained just 49 net yards after their opening three drives.

9. After the game, I asked David Culley if he would be making a change with his play-caller. Culley stood behind offensive coordinator Tim Kelly and said he would remain the team’s play-caller.

10. Second-year defensive lineman Ross Blacklock had two horrible errors that handed the Jets a chance to turn three points into seven points. Blacklock got a personal foul on a field goal attempt giving the Jets a first down. The very next play his offsides penalty erased a sack. Each week Blacklock falls even more behind a bevy of players drafted after him who contribute positively on a regular basis.

11. The loss to another bottom-dweller has the Texans back in the second spot in the 2022 NFL Draft order. It also feels like the deflating nature of this loss erased some of the good feelings after the victory over the Titans. The Indianapolis Colts come to Houston next week to begin December’s portion of the schedule.

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