Another week of daily fantasy football action is upon us, as the 2017 NFL season seems to be moving a little too fast. We’re already to week four and our first few lineups have been at best a mixed bag. We’ve gotten burned quite a bit along the way, as Le’Veon Bell has been a turd, Julio Jones has yet to score a touchdown and we haven’t had much luck picking our weekly defenses.
Things have been relatively backwards in the NFL this year, but we can hope for things to start straightening out a bit now that we have a few games to reflect on. With that, let’s try to nab our favorite picks and a few sleepers to help us create a winning GPP lineup at FanDuel this week:
Note: This team focuses on just the Sunday main slate, leaving out TNF, MNF and the early London game.
QB: Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks ($7.9k)
Quarterback is not pretty on the main slate. Tom Brady is super pricey at $9.5k and Matt Ryan is the next closest guy at $8k. There are some viable options, but I certainly don’t think we need to pay for Brady to win money. Wilson could easily end up being chalk against a Colts defense that ranks 22nd against quarterbacks, but he blew up last week and could be a great cap to the week on Sunday Night Football.
RB: Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys ($8.5k)
I’m all about Zeke this week, as he could begin his suspension in week five. He was bad two weeks ago against the Broncos, but he’s been fine (16+ fantasy points) in his other two games and you just know he’s due for a huge game.
That could come at home this week against a Rams defense that hasn’t been that great against the run. L.A. has a talented defense, but Carlos Hyde had his way against them last week and the Redskins had their way with them in week two, as well.
RB: Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars ($7.7k)
I love the idea of Fournette being somewhat contrarian this week after the Jets somehow shutdown Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins. Jacksonville’s game plan revolves around hiding Blake Bortles, while Fournette is locked into 15+ touches and goal-line work. He’s yet to truly explode, though, and in this matchup I think he just might.
WR: DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans ($7.3k)
Nuk has yet to really explode in 2017, but I feel his big game is just around the corner. The talent and role are both there (7 receptions in every game this year) and Deshaun Watson has not been shy about funneling his top receiver targets. We’re also getting an elite receiver at a discount, while Hopkins will be at home this week against a shaky Titans pass defense that ranks 29th against the position.
WR: Paul Richardson – Seattle Seahawks ($5k)
This play gives us a fine stacking option with Russell Wilson, but it’s pretty contingent on #1 receiver Doug Baldwin (groin) sitting out week four. If he starts he’s probably worth forcing in this lineup, but if he’s out, we get the explosive Richardson in a great matchup at a severe discount.
WR: A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals ($8k)
It’s the same story here with Green, who has too big of a role and is too talented to ignore at a discounted price. Green tore up the Packers last week and could have easily done more if Andy Dalton had been a bit more on in the second half. It’s hard not to love Green in a must-win week 4 battle with the rival Browns.
Cleveland has not been good against wide receivers in 2017 and just got burned by T.Y. Hilton in week three. Green has a nice history of torching Cleveland and it’d be shocking to see him any less involved or effective this week.
TE: Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks ($6.2k)
My favorite tight end value pick going into week four is actually Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but I’m not sure I can pass up on a trio Seahawks passing game stack. I’m game for Graham even if Baldwin is in, but especially if he’s not.
Indy does not have a scary pass defense and Graham finally saw the role we want (11 targets) in week three. Under the bright lights, a 1-2 Seattle team needs to liven up. I think they will, with much of their success coming through the air.
K: Ryan Succop – Tennessee Titans ($4.6k)
Succop continues to be cheap even though he is crushing it so far in 2017 (14 fantasy points per game). He’s blessed with a strong offense that is both balanced and explosive, yet they stall enough that he gets a lot of work. He’s proven to be very reliable and this week with the Titans facing the Texans, I expect him to try 3-4 field goals again.
DEF: Cincinnati Bengals ($4.6k)
I’ve been spending on defenses and getting burned for no real logical reason, so I’m going with a value play I like this week.
If we want to save cash, the Cincinnati Bengals ($4.6k) might not be the worst play. The one constant for them in 2017 has been a solid defense and they get stud linebacker Vontaze Burfict back from suspension this week. A date with the rival Browns gives them a great opportunity to get their first win of the year, so a dominant performance wouldn’t at all be shocking.