I told you in last week's daily fantasy football (DFS) picks that Daniel Jones was "a great pick" against Tampa Bay. Hopefully, you listened to me and perhaps game-stacked him with Mike Evans? I know I made a profit last week, but the loss of Saquon Barkley definitely minimized my DFS winnings. But I'm guessing you are still interested in whom I like for the Week 4 DFS slate this week, right?
Well, spoiler alert, I'm going to go back to Daniel Jones despite the slight price increase. But Washington is a dream matchup for week 2 of the Daniel Jones era and I'd stack him with a number of his receiving options.
Of course, a number of the young quarterbacks had big games last week. As I mentioned in my Week 4 QB rankings, many of them impressed me. Either way, I am looking to save a little money this week at quarterback. Because with the quarterbacks making the headlines last week, expect the running backs to take the spotlight back.
Or not. Whatever, onto the picks!
Week 4 DFS Picks
Safe QB: Daniel Jones vs. Redskins (DK: $5300, FD: $7300)
Dak Prescott was actually the pick, but he's not on the main slate, so I am going with Jones. His price did go up a little, but Washington is giving up the fifth-most fantasy football points to quarterbacks. And Jones will be making his MetLife Stadium debut this week. As the curtain falls, expect a standing ovation for Jones.
Of course, Jones is not the only quarterback in New York who when picked was criticized that I like this week.
High Risk/Reward QB: Josh Allen vs. Patriots (DK: $5600, FD $7400)
One of the knocks on Allen, for example, was that he was a bad match for the bad weather in Buffalo. However, the weather this weekend for Orchard Park is clear skies and warm temperatures during the day with not much wind. And yes, Allen should continue his streak of touchdowns against, gulp, the New England Patriots
If picking against the toughest fantasy defense vs. QBs isn't risky, I don't know what it is. But let's look at the Patriots' first three opponents shall we?
They opened with what we now know was an injured Ben Roethlisberger, then Miami, and then a Sam Darnold-less Jets. Not exactly a Cerberus of aerial assaults.
Yes, it's risky but Allen is on fire and picking him could win you some cold hard cash.
Safe RB: Austin Ekeler at Dolphins (DK: $8000, FD: $8100)
Got groceries? Done. Sent mortgage check? Done. Insert starting running back playing Miami? Done.
High Risk/Reward RB: Chris Carson at Cardinals (DK: $5700, FD: $7000)
Carson is on a tight leash but I think he feasts this week against Arizona's defense. Looks like Rashaad Penny might be out again:
If he fumbles again, it might be time to move on from Carson. But I think he takes advantage of the opportunity and gives us a solid Week 4 DFS line.
Safe WR: Keenan Allen at Dolphins (DK: $7600, FD: $8100)
He has three touchdowns and 404 yards in three weeks. And now faces Miami. Don't overthink it. Moving onto a riskier pick...
High Risk/Reward WR: Mecole Hardman at Lions (DK: $5100, FD: $6500)
Could he wind up with worse numbers than Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, and Travis Kelce? Of course. But my eyes said he looks like the fastest person on the field. And that was before I saw this from NextGen Stats:
Safe TE: Evan Engram vs. Redskins (DK: $5700, FD: $6800)
See my Week 4 TE rankings.
High Risk/Reward TE: Will Dissly at Cardinals (DK: $3600, FD: $5400)
Dissly has started hot before and then completely faded. And you know Pete Carroll will want to establish the run. So my gut tells me this pick is very risky. But the fact is Dissly has been on fire, scoring three times just in the last two weeks and now faces the Cardinals, who are giving up the most fantasy points to TEs.
Safe DST: Ravens vs. Browns (DK: $3200, FD: $4200)
Not the Chargers? Okay, the Chargers are the safest pick on the board. But unlike the Chargers, the Ravens are at home and should make life miserable for Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. I'll take the $600 savings.
High Risk/Reward DST: Rams vs. Buccaneers (DK: $3500, FD: $4300)
The Rams are not even a top-10 defense so far this season. Jameis Winston is coming off a three-TD, 380-yard performance. There's obviously a lot that can go wrong here. And yet... I love the upside of this pick. It's one thing to pick apart the talentless Giants in Tampa Bay. It's another to fly across the country to go against Aaron Donald and the loaded Rams defense. Would you really be surprised if the Rams forced five turnovers, had multiple sacks, and maybe even scored a defensive/special teams touchdown? I wouldn't.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.