CPGM collaboration with @nostraballus Exploiting Fantasy Football Matchups in Week 4.
By: Matthew Lotshaw @nostraballus
Fresh off giving up 230 rushing yards (184 to Christian McCaffrey) in Week 3, the Bengals defense is a matchup to exploit against the high powered Falcons offense. While most folks will be targeting the Falcons pass offense, don’t forget about Tevin Coleman as Devonta Freeman will miss another week with a knee injury. Coleman has the ability to break for long runs and catch passes out of the backfield.
The 49ers defense was predictably exploited last week against the Chiefs offense and there is no reason to go away from that matchup this week against the Chargers. Philip Rivers and company will be licking their chops to get after the Richard Sherman less Niners secondary. Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler are must plays.
After a better showing last week against the Texans, the Giants get the sweetest matchup of the week versus the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense went back to sucking and can be taken advantage of, especially targeting Ken Crawley and P.J. Williams. Even with the Saints projecting to shadow Odell Beckham with Marshon Lattimore, OBJ is still a must play. Find a way to get Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard and #SleeperAlert Rhett Ellison (who will be starting for the injured Evan Engram) in your lineup.
The 3-0 Dolphins have been under the radar this season but last week showcased the amount of speed they have on offense. Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson blew up last week with game breaking plays over and over again. Great matchup to exploit this week for the Dolphins as the Patriots defense is too slow to keep up. There are a lot of options for the Fins but don’t forget about Kenyan Drake and DeVante Parker who logged the highest snap rate (75%) last week in his first game of the season.
The Giants defense have been middle of the road in 2018, however the Saints Big 3 are must plays each and every week. Alvin Kamara is the RB1, Michael Thomas is the WR1, and Drew Brees is QB3, enough said. Fire them up and pay up in DFS as the Saints defense will allow the offense to keep the pedal to the metal.
Mitchell Trubisky has the Bears atop the NFC North but it has less to do with him and more to do with that Bears defense with Khalil Mack. All that said, this can be his breakout 2018 performance as he gets a matchup against the porous Buccaneers defense that missed a bunch of tackles in the secondary last week. Allen Robinson, Jordan Howard, and Trey Burton are all good plays but the biggest steals maybe Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel as they make defenders miss in the open field.
Play of the week is Ezekiel Elliot. He is the only option in the Cowboys offense and he faces a defense that came into week 3 as the worst fantasy run defense in the league. They played well last week against the Patriots but they’re still ranked dead last in rushing yards allowed.
The Bills defense unexpectedly showed up last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Don’t double down on that performance, attack them with the Packers backs this week. The difficult part is which Packer back to play? Jamaal Williams is good for a touchdown but Aaron Jones is the most explosive player in their backfield, so he can be a very sneaky play this week.
The Steelers decided to send more pressure after the quarterback last week, which helped momentarily, but they still couldn’t hold up on the backend. Joe Flacco should take advantage on Sunday Night Football. Look for John Brown to make big plays and Michael Crabtree to catch a TD. Sneaky play here is Willie Snead as the Steelers struggle mightily against slot receivers.
Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer finally decided to commit to the running game giving Chris Carson 32 carries in Week 3. Look for another heavy workload for Carson as the Seahawks figure to be either leading or playing it close against rookie QB Josh Rosen making his first NFL start. Gameflow is big for Seattle and Carson, get him in your lineup as he can take advantage of this matchup against the Cardinals.
About the Author – Matthew Lee Lotshaw makes infographic picture designs for marketers with a story to tell or a product to promote. My goal is to help everyone tell the story better with an infographic that can bring the information alive. More than ever before, the visual aspects of well-crated infographs can make data memorable and understandable in a way that few other forms of media can.
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