We have arrived in week 4 of the 2017 NFL Season. The biggest highlight of this year has been Tony Romo in the booth. Romo has consistently provided a different perspective of the games. And by that I mean, he is literally telling us exactly what is going to happen on the upcoming play. I have made a personal call to Tony and he has provided me with fantasy picks for this week. Now, you can’t blame me for your fantasy sleeper of the week getting injured or not recording a single catch. All jokes aside, before we get to that, here are a couple of picks last week that actually worked out.
Aaron Rodgers: 313 yds, 3 TD, 24 Fantasy Points, Julio Jones: 7 rec, 91 yds, 16 Fantasy Points
I am going to do better this week I promise. Here is my week 4 fantasy lineup.
QB- Russell Wilson vs. Indianapolis: After struggling in the first two weeks, Wilson got back on track with a 300+ yard, 4 touchdown performance against the Titans. Wilson will go up against a Colts team that has allowed the 24th most fantasy points to a QB this season. Playing at home will also provide Wilson with some comfort. His defense should shut down the Colts offense and allow Seattle to have many possessions in the red zone. Wilson is a must start this week.
QB- Carson Palmer vs. San Francisco: Last Monday night against the Cowboys, Palmer threw for over 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, while being under constant pressure from the Dallas pass rush. Things will get a little bit easier on Sunday when they face a 49ers defense who allowed over 400 yards of total offense last week to the Rams. They allowed 23 fantasy points to Jared Goff in that contest. I feel like Palmer will have an excellent day, if the offensive line can get him some time.
RB- Kareem Hunt vs. Washington: Hunt has had an incredible start to his young career. He has had 44, 25, and 25 fantasy points in three weeks this season. He doesn’t look like he is about to slow down. The Chiefs have a favorable matchup at home against the Redskins Monday Night. Washington has allowed 100.1 rushing yards per game since the beginning of the 2016 season. Arrowhead will be on fire for this primetime game and Hunt should deliver points again.
RB- Dalvin Cook vs. Detroit: Detroit’s defense has been the surprise of the season so far. They lead all teams with 45 fantasy points this season. However, they rank 25th in fantasy points allowed to a running back this season. Cook has been very effective this season, with last week as his best performance (27 fantasy points). He had his best week with QB Sam Bradford on the bench due to injury. Keenum’s performance last week should make you feel confident in playing Cook this week.
WR- Golden Tate @ Minnesota: Tate has become Matt Stafford’s favorite target. He was targeted 11 times, (7 catches) for 58 yards and a touchdown last week. The Vikings defense has allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. I like Tate getting the majority of the targets again this week, due to the Lions inability to run the ball.
WR- DeAndre Hopkins vs. Tennessee: Hopkins has yet to set the world on fire this year, but has been very consistent. With 18, 14, and 14 points in his first three weeks, a breakout game could be in store. The Titans are 30th in total fantasy points allowed to wide receivers this season. Hopkins and fellow Clemson standout Deshaun Watson have unremarkable chemistry. Look for the Tiger alums to make big plays on Sunday.
TE- Jesse James @ Baltimore: James is the type of player who sneaks into a big rivalry game and makes plays in the red zone. The Ravens defense is coming off an ugly showing in London against Jacksonville. The Ravens have allowed the second most points to a tight end this year. With the focus coming on Antonio Brown, this could open things up for James in the red zone. Roethlisberger’s ability to extend the play and find his tight end over the middle of the field, could work out for James this week.
K- Matt Prater @ Minnesota: Prater has one of the biggest legs in the NFL. Playing in a comfortable setting at Minnesota, he should get opportunities to attempt long kicks. Prater is the 4th best kicker in terms of fantasy points this season. He has not missed a kick either this year.
D/ST- Jaguars @ New York Jets: I love the Jaguars defense this week, all be it playing on the road after a long trip to London. They have confidence and have been the 2nd best performing defense in fantasy this season. Josh McCown loves to take chances down the field and this is the perfect opportunity for the Jaguars to get some turnovers.
Sleeper of the week: WR: Martavis Bryant @ Baltimore: Bryant has yet to have a breakout game in 2017. A rivalry game against the Ravens should do the trick. I believe in this Steelers offense and a game of this magnitude could be exactly what they need. Bryant has always had big play ability and it’s time he gets back into form.