It’s Week 4 of my offering of top plays and optimal lineups for daily fantasy football on FanDuel and DraftKings or whatever DFS site you use. This week offers something a little different in that byes enter the equation. It’s just two teams (Green Bay, Philadelphia), but it’s still something that must be taken into consideration.
As for Week 3, once again it was a big of mixed results, as two of my four suggested lineups cashed in. One of the lineups dailyfantasycafe.com optimized for GPP on FanDuel ended up cashing with value plays from Kirk Cousins, Frank Gore and Doug Baldwin paying off. The other lineup I built for FanDuel fell short in part due to a disappointing performance from DeAngelo Williams.
The DraftKings lineups were more of the same. Cam Newton headed up the DK Cash lineups, but Minnesota’s defense made life miserable for him at home. The lineup just missed cashing with 104 points. Andrew Luck and the cash lineup with David Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr. ended up with 151.54 points and cashed everywhere I played it.
Jarvis Landry was well worth his price and hit as my WR/Value pick last week. Greg Olsen and the aforementioned Williams struggled, but it is a new week right?
Again, the byes mean there’s one less game in Week 4, but the options remain endless and there are a few sneaky values to be had with injuries. So let’s not dwell on the past and hope to cash in all formats this week shall we?
What I will be doing in this space is sharing my top plays for the week, a value play, and most importantly a lineup or two. I will likely be focusing on cash games (50/50 and Double Up) and not GPP (tournaments, multi-player) contests. My Week 3 lineups should work in both formats.
Week 4 Top Plays
This will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use all three in one lineup. A reminder for cash games: going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you opt for a value quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City ($8,400 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings)
Big Ben has been heating up and getting Le’Veon Bell should only help. Although DeAngelo Williams filled in fantastically, the offense is simply more potent with Bell. Let’s not forget Antonio Brown is part of this offense too. The Chiefs actually have a very physical and tough secondary so Roethlisberger and company will have their work cut out. However, after last week’s debacle the Steelers will be looking to bounce back.
RB: Melvin Gordon, San Diego vs. New Orleans ($7,600 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Gordon is DFC’s top projected running back this week facing the soft New Orleans run defense. The Saints have allowed a whopping 121 yards per game on the ground and with the loss of some key weapons in San Diego Gordon will certainly be called on more this week. Fairly priced on both sites, Gordon is my must-play for Week 4.
WR: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City ($9,400 FanDuel/$9,700 DraftKings)
Brown dropped a dud in Week 2 and came back fine in Week 3. As stated above the Chiefs have a very tough defense and this could certainly impact Brown and the Steelers, but he is also nearly matchup-proof. The Steelers will come out firing and Brown will be a big part of their offense this week.
TE: Jordan Reed, Washington vs. Cleveland ($7,500 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Did you see that crazy catch Reed had in Week 3? If not check it out, but either way that doesn’t impact his fantasy relevance at all. What does is his matchup against the lowly Browns. They haven’t been terrible against tight ends in 2016, but Reed is an above-average tight end who also is a major cog in this offense. I like his chances to rack up catches, yards and likely a touchdown for good measure.
Value Play of the Week
Doug Baldwin, Seattle at New York Jets ($7,400 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Baldwin has been very good so far this season and his price remains fair for his output. Even if Russell Wilson misses this week Baldwin will certainly be a target against the Jets. New York’s secondary has not been amazing this season so there is no real fear for Baldwin. I love him as a complementary piece in lineups this week.
The Lineup (s)
This week the GPP FanDuel lineup was built with a little help from my friends over at dailyfantasycafe.com. Each week I will create a FanDuel lineup using their quick and easy customizable lineup optimizer tool. I will continue to make my own, but who is going to complain about options right?
This week in particular I will be looking at some deeper stats which look at red zone statistics, targets, and snap count. Try it yourself and give it a whirl!
FanDuel Cash Lineup (I will play this some in GPP as well)
FanDuel GPP Lineup
DraftKings Cash Lineup (GPP too)
GPP Lineup (I will use this in some Cash games too)
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.