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NFL Fantasy Football Week 4: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game.

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Welcome to the Week 4.

For standard leagues, I'll pick some players outside the top 10 and 15 who I think will play well as well as some higher rated players who I see underachieving using the ESPN rankings. I've got my FanDuel picks at the bottom.

Last week, I went 14-6 in underachievers and overachievers, and 12-5 in what was a successful week for me in FanDuel. Let's get to it.


  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees: Even if he plays, there is just no way to trust him right now.
  • Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill: The Jets are the best at defending the QB in fantasy. Look elsewhere.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers QB Michael Vick: He has to prove it to me. There's a reason he was out there for so long in the offseason.
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch: He is 50/50 to play. I would not take the chance waiting for Monday unless you have Thomas Rawls.
  • San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde: I see a high scoring blowout without the opportunities going to Hyde. It's not about the talent; its the situation.
  • Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart: He has been mediocre at best, and he's just not getting goalline chances.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald: The Rams' bend-but-don't-break defense has made them a tough play for WRs.
  • Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey: I just can't start a WR with Jimmy Clausen as the QB.
  • Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry: I see the Dolphins struggling big time in London.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller: You can't start him until Big Ben Roethlisberger comes back.


  • Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor: He has been a top-five fantasy QB, and the Giants are last in the league in giving up passing yards.
  • Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco: He has had a sneaky good fantasy year, and the Steelers' secondary is awful.
  • Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr: He has the OL and weapons in a great matchup against the Bears.
  • Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore: He is averaging 4.7 YPA. With a possible blowout coming, he should have a great day.
  • Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill: If he is going to break out, this has to be the week. If not, it's time to shut him down.
  • Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell: This is my long shot play and more of a play against the Chargers.
  • Green Bay Packers WR James Jones: There is no way he can be on any bench.
  • Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief: He looks to be the 1b to T.Y. Hilton's 1a.
  • Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin: Here is my long shot play of the week with Sammy Watkins out.
  • Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay: As you can see, I like all the Bills this week with Eli Manning and the Giants coming to town.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week where I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position. As you will see, I will be focusing on the defenses to pick on:


  • Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, $8,300: If you are going to pay big, this is the matchup you want.
  • Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor, $7,600: A nice price for a top-five QB.
  • Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr, $7,000: The best cheap option of the week.



  • Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb, $8,200: A top-three WR with a bargain price.
  • Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, $7,900: 12 or more targets every week.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans, $7,500: This is the cheapest he will be the rest of the year.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Mathews, $7,000: Chip Kelly's passing game looks shaky, but Mathews continues to get the targets.
  • Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief, $6,300: QB Andrew Luck continues to pepper him with tons of targets.
  • Green Bay Packers WR James Jones, $6,000: Touchdowns all day, every game.
  • Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin, $5,700: The best cheap option of the week, boom or bust.


  • Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener, $4,900: He seems to shine against bad pass defenses, and his fantasy stock is only helped with Dwayne Allen out.
  • Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels, $4,600: If you have to go cheap somewhere, this is the place.

Thank you for reading and have a great week, feel free to ask any questions here or on Twitter.