DFS Fantasy Football Sunday Slate
Welcome to Week 4 of the NFL season! We have commenced the beginning of byes this week in fantasy football, which definitely has some impact on our picks for the week. We have some fresh new faces on the scene and a mix of bold and safe picks for you heading into the weekend. Here are the DFS Week 4 Starts and Sits. Let's gooooooo!
I use the DraftKings salary cap as my basis for picks, which operates on a 50k salary but I know we have many FanDuel players as well. For reference, Fanduel operates on a 60k salary, so prices will appear higher on that platform.
QB: Daniel Jones vs. WAS ($5,300)
It is Danny (Freaking) Dimes time y'all.
The Daniel Jones era in New York has begun. And boy, did it start off hot. As in, 336 passing yards, with 2 passing and 2 rushing touchdowns, hot. I'll save you the math: That's 39.2 fantasy football points.
I'm firing up Jones in DFS this week. I'm all in on him for a couple of reasons. First, his rushing ability was vastly understated when he entered the league. That gives him a higher floor than many quarterbacks right off the bat. Second, he gets the not-so-vaunted Washington defense, which ranks 20th in passing yards allowed, 29th in rushing yards allowed and 29th in points allowed per game. Lastly, he will be without Saquon Barkley, which in the big picture hurts the team. However, for fantasy purposes, it just means more opportunities for Jones to score via the pass or some designed run plays.
Wayne Gallman isn't coming in and taking 20+ carries a game in place of Saquon. It's up to the arm and legs of Danny Dimes to will the G-Men to victory. And even if he doesn't get the win, I think he puts up big points for a bargain price tag.
RB: Marlon Mack vs. OAK ($6,100)
The Colts are holding their own sans Andrew Luck. Jacoby Brissett has been solid, and Marlon Mack has shouldered the load rushing the ball. He's averaging 21.7 touches a game so far this season, which is a great indicator of a good DFS play. Volume. Volume. Volume.
He also faces an Oakland Raiders team that ranks 24th in the league in points allowed to opposing running backs so far this season. At his price range, I really like his potential. I like him more than more expensive backs near him like Mark Ingram and Nick Chubb this week. And he's only a bit higher priced than Leonard Fournette and Chris Carson, and I like him more than either of them as well. Fire up Mack this weekend and enjoy the results.
WR: Terry McLaurin @ NYG ($4,500)
Scary Terry. McLaurin F1. Whatever nickname you want to call him, this guy can fly. His speed has been giving defenses fits so far this season. He's scored at least 17 fantasy points in every game this season, even against good defenses like the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
He is battling a hamstring injury, according to reports. Hopefully, that doesn't keep him out or impair his ability to stretch the field come Sunday. But just in case, it's something to keep an eye on.
If he does play, he will be a must-start in a game where there should be a lot of points scored between two teams that have sub-par offenses and even worse defenses. You won't find a better play at this price tag for your WR slot.
TE: Evan Engram vs. WAS ($5,700)
The Daniel Jones-Evan Engram stack is something I really like this weekend.
Engram has been soaking up targets all season and has put up over 26 fantasy points in two out of the three games in this early NFL season. And that was WITH Saquon Barkley getting his allotment of touches. Now that he's out of the picture, for the time being, I expect Engram's volume to increase, making him a great start at tight end without breaking the bank.
QB: Jared Goff vs. TB ($6,300)
The Tampa Bay defense presents a juicy matchup this week for Goff. But I have him in the Sit section because I think he's overpriced. I don't doubt he will have a good game against the Bucs' 21st-ranked passing defense. But I think if we are trying to assemble the best possible DFS lineup, we need to look for the bargains who are primed to boom and surpass their projections.
Goff is a safe play, but you are paying a premium price for someone who has only hit the 20-point fantasy mark once this season. For the fifth most expensive QB on the slate, I need to see more upside.
WR: Mike Evans @LAR ($7,100)
Yes, this is the same Mike Evans who exploded for 190 yards receiving and three touchdowns last week. No, I did not make a mistake when I put him in the Sit section.
While fantasy managers were thrilled to see him break out of his slump, I think he regresses this week against a Rams defense that ranks fifth in passing yards per game, third in total yards allowed per game, and seventh in point allowed per game. I just don't have the confidence in Jameis Winston to deliver accurate passes when he is under extreme duress at the hands of Aaron Donald and company.
Look for Godwin and the running backs to be involved on short passes and dump-offs, but Evans won't have the time to run deep routes and do major damage. The offensive line won't hold up long enough.
TE: Travis Kelce @DET ($7,200)
I know tight end is a tough position for DFS. They are so few consistent players in the tight end pool that see regular volume. It's tempting to just overpay for Kelce this week.
But when you see that Kelce is a full $1,500 above the next available player in Evan Engram, you have to wonder whether or not those extra dollars could be better spent elsewhere.
For me, I am of that belief. I would feel almost as confident in Engram or Darren Waller, both of whom receive a great volume share in their respective passing game for a fraction of the price of Kelce. I make it a general rule to almost never pay up for the most expensive player at any position each week, mostly because I think there's value to be had if you just look a little harder.
Maybe even go dumpster diving and check out Will Dissly of the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle just traded fellow tight end Nick Vannett to the Steelers, leaving Dissly to take the bulk of the snaps at tight end. Just my two cents.
Good luck! Here's to hoping your fantasy football players ball out and you cash out.