By Des Boodam
After a tumultuous week of planning leading up to Week 4 Sunday, I’m happy to say that all of our work for the fourth week in a row has paid off literally and figuratively … if you’re taking my advice of course. I finally killed the QB position, but so did every one else five QBs eclipsed the 30 point mark, three more clipped 25 points and 3 more after that cleared 20 points. At least we didn’t lay an egg. My 174 points was only in the 20th percentile as many cash games cleared 200 points and mediocre games from Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio stopped me from doing the same. The take home was moderate, but it was nice not stressing out this week, with everyone hitting except the LA Chargers defense. Raked in Tournaments to. On to Week 5.
Week 1: 149.30 points – EASY MONEY – CASHED
Week 2: 133.98 points – Escaped – CASHED
Week 3: 119.60 points – Super Gritty – CASHED
Week 4: 174.90 points – Everyone was High – CASHED
QB – Ben Roethlisberger vs Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are terrible against the pass, but offensively sound, which should force the Steelers into passing situations for the entire game. I want every part of this offense, so I’ll start from the top. It should be noted that there are several QBs that I think are due for big games, but Big Ben is likely to churn out the best value.
RB – Melvin Gordon vs Oakland Raiders
The equation is pretty simple. Stud Running back, at home, against the 30th ranked rush defense in the league. I just hope the Raiders can keep close so that Gordon can stay relevant for four quarters. The Chargers defense may be just bad enough to make that happen. All in!!
RB – T.J. Yeldon at Kanas City Chiefs
This is more of a value play as I’m not crazy about Yeldon’s overall skill set. I am crazy about his $6500 price point relative to his volume of 21 touches against the worst defense in the NFL. I think Yeldon will be owned a bunch in cash games so this is safe bet this week.
WR – Ju-Ju Smith Schuster vs Atlanta Falcons
I told you I wanted as much exposure to this game as possible. I can afford Smith-Schuster over Antonio Brown, and I think both will get double digit targets. I also think Ju-Ju will also be in single coverage and be able to churn out value pretty easily in this one. Get some!!
WR – Cooper Kupp at Seattle Seahawks
This one is a bit more risky, but I like Kupp in the slot along with his ability to stretch the field. He’s cheaper than both Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods, and could outscore both on any given game. Anyone with that much upside for under $7K is worth rostering.
WR -Taywan Taylor at Buffalo Bills
He’s averaged six targets per game over his last three, and I’m expecting an uptick here, with Corey Davis getting bottled up in this one. This is Taylor game flow and at $5K he’s worth a shot in cash games.
FLEX – Calvin Ridley at Pittsburgh Steelers
Don’t think Matt Ryan won’t be airing it out in this one as well. Double-digit output in his last three Ridley will come down to earth at some point, but not this week against the 27th ranked pass defense in the NFL. Fingers crossed for a monster shoot-out.
TE – Jared Cook at LA Chargers
15 targets last game and over 20 fantasy points makes Cook a must play this week. Travis Kelce has a tough matchup, and Jimmy Graham is slightly more expensive and will receive fewer targets. The TE position sucks this year.
DEF – Tennessee Titans at Buffalo
I really don’t know how the Titans will do, but the Bills O-line stinks and the Titans have shut down both Carson Wentz and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last two games. They are hot, and even though they are on the road, they are up against a rookie QB – for $3900 I gotta do it.
Good luck gamers – showing you the money.