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Welcome to Week 4 of the National Football League and all of it's auxiliary manifestations, such as the fantasy side where we pick and choose who we thing is good and who we think should be far, far away from our fake teams. So I've accumulated some of those players i want on my side and come up with a team for our $30,000 FanDuel tournament. I feel good about this team after researching and writing this, so that’s a warning flag for everyone, but hear me out and join the league and see who you want to be on your pretend, but for real money, team.
QB: Peyton Manning: ($9,900) When you play NBA daily games on FanDuel it’s almost impossible not to play LeBron James because they cap their salaries at $9,900 and his value goes way above that number. I usually never feel like there is an equivalent NFL player worth paying the max price for, but Peyton Manning with four top-flight pass catchers? Well, it’s just not fair. We’ve seen what he’s done so far. Remember those seven touchdown passes against the Ravens? Well, the Ravens have now given up seven touchdown passes all season. And the Eagles are not the Ravens. Of course everything has to go perfectly for Manning to put together a huge game like that, but the Eagles are no slouches on offense. If they can do anything at all Manning will go for 300+ and three touchdowns with one hand tied behind his fused neck.
RB: Trent Richardson: ($8,000) The Colts are a run first team. That seems odd when you have Andrew Luck on your side, but it’s the way it is. It helps hide their defense some and it keeps Luck from getting killed. And now Ahmad Bradshaw has used the last bit of his life force to beat the 49ers and prove that they shouldn't have traded for Richardson and now he’s out against the Jaguars who are giving up 128 yards and 5.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs. So yeah, Richardson should do fine.
RB: Bilal Powell: ($4,700) With Chris Ivory out with a hamstring injury against the Bills, Powell had 27 carries. The team as a whole had 37. They want to run. They are averaging 30 rushing attempts a game by their running backs, which is only two carries behind their opponent, the Titans. Both teams want to run the ball, but the Jets are allowing 65.7 yards and 3.1 yards per carry to opposing running backs while the Titans are allowing 100.3 yards and 4.4 yards per carry. This game is shaping up to be a low scoring affair with 25+ touches for Powell with Ivory out once again. And at $4,700 it’s almost criminal to not have him in your lineup.
WR: Ryan Broyles: ($5,000) Powell and Broyles are my two cheap plays to allow for my expensive ones, but I still like both quite a bit. Last week was Broyles’ first game of the year and he only ran 13 routes, so he’s still pretty new to this season. In those 13 routes he did see three targets, which he caught each of for 34 yards. The receivers who were ahead of him, Kris Durham and Pat Edwards, in three games had 102 pass routes, 10 targets and five receptions for 74 yards. It looks like Matthew Stafford liked Broyles enough to get him involved in a close game on just a few snaps and he did well. And since then Nate Burleson was in a pizza induced accident and broke his arm and will be out 6-8 weeks. This shoots Broyles directly into the starting lineup and a whole lot of targets. And if you are worried about the Bears defense in Ford Field, don’t be. The Bears have given up 214 yards a game to wide receivers, ranking 26th and Charles Tillman, their best defensive back, is nursing a groin and knee injury. This game has one of the highest over/unders this week and should give out plenty of fantasy points.
WR: Torrey Smith: ($7,000) Smith is on pace for his best reception and yardage season to date, but has yet to catch a touchdown. That won’t last and the Bills are the perfect team to give him a pass to touchdown land. Last week they gave up the deep pass to Geno Smith and company often and just like the Jets, the Ravens want to run to set up the deep pass. The Bills have given up five touchdown passes to wide receivers this season and the fifth most fantasy points. Smith is their go to receiver and will get his chances.
WR: Dez Bryant: ($8,600) The Chargers have given up the second most yards to wide receivers this season and they faced the Titans! With Miles Austin out this week it leaves Bryant as the only wide receiver Romo can really trust and you can really, really trust Bryant. He is a top three receiver, but Romo has been trying to spread the ball around and play it safe this year. This is the week he lets Bryant be Bryant.
TE: Jason Witten: ($6,500) last season with Miles Austin hurting for much of the year, Jason Witten broke the record for most receptions by a tight end. Now with Austin out again we will see targets funneled his way. San Diego has given up 16 receptions, 201 yards and three touchdowns to tight ends this season ranking them as the 5th worst against the position.
K: Robbie Gould: ($5,000) I like that this game is in a dome and has a high over/under. Detroit has given up seven field goals this season, the third most in the league.
DEF: Kansas City: ($5,300) Eli Manning has been an equal opportunity giver of football gifts this season. Against Dallas he threw two interceptions, Denver four and Carolina two. Defenses have recovered four fumbles, scored three touchdowns and sacked Eli 11 times. Now the Giants go into a sea of red in Arrowhead stadium against a Kansas City team with a league-high 15 sacks, nine turnovers (two returned for touchdowns) and they are tied with the Seahawks with just 18 points allowed. Things don’t always go as planned, but there isn’t a better matchup to be found this week.