Week 4 NFL fantasy matchups

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Quarterbacks

Start:

Dak Prescott vs Rams

Prescott had just 183 yards passing last week, but he also threw two touchdowns and had a passer rating of 141.7. This week, he plays a Rams defense that allows the sixth-most yards per passing attempt (8.1), and they allowed Brian Hoyer to throw for over 330 yards and two touchdowns last week.

Kirk Cousins vs Chiefs

Kirk Cousins is coming off of one of the best games of his career. He threw for over 360 yards and three touchdowns against a Raiders team that is an early favourite in the AFC. He’ll be playing a Chiefs defense that allows the ninth-most passing yards per game in the NFL, and they allowed Carson Wentz to throw for 333 yards and two touchdowns in week two.

Carson Wentz vs Chargers

Wentz is in the top-ten passing yards list through the first three weeks, and he averages 272 yards per game. He’ll be facing off against the Chargers who allow the sixth-highest passer rating per game in the league (104.7). Alex Smith had a passer rating of 128.1 last week against the Chargers.

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Jameis Winston vs Giants

Winston threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns last week, but he also threw three interceptions. He’s had trouble taking care of the ball, averaging at least 15 interceptions in his first two seasons. He has a tough matchup against the Giants, who allow less than 200 passing yards per game.

Joe Flacco vs Steelers

Flacco got pulled during last week’s game against the Jaguars after throwing two interceptions and just 28 yards. This week, he faces a tough Steelers defense that allows the second-fewest passing yards per game (137), and they’re tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 11.

A quarterback with a tough matchup this week is Derek Carr vs Broncos. Carr is coming off of a poor performance against Washington where he threw just 118 yards and two interceptions. This week, he goes against a Denver defense that allows just 203 passing yards per game. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will have to go against Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., which is always a challenge.

Running Backs

Start:

Carlos Hyde vs Cardinals

Hyde is coming off a solid 84 yard, two touchdown performance. He had 25 carries last week, which is even more encouraging for fantasy owners. Hyde has the third-most rushing yards in the NFL (253), and he faces a Cardinals defense that has allowed at least one rushing touchdown per game.

Christian McCaffrey vs Patriots

McCaffrey had just 16 rushing yards last week, but he also had nine receptions and 101 receiving yards. He’ll be facing off against the Patriots who have the worst total defense in the league. The Patriots allow the most passing yards, rushing yards and points per game in the NFL, which makes this matchup quite favourable for McCaffrey.

Another running back with a favourable matchup is Chris Thompson vs Chiefs. Thompson had a breakout game against the Raiders last week. Thompson had 150 receiving yards on six receptions and a touchdown. The Chiefs allow 111 rushing yards per game, and have allowed four rushing touchdowns this season (tied for second-most in the NFL).

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Frank Gore vs Seahawks

Gore had 57 rushing yards and a touchdown against Cleveland last week, but he’ll be going against a tougher Seahawks team. Seattle allowed DeMarco Murray to rush for 115 yards last week, but 75 of those yards came on one play. It’s a risky matchup for Gore on the road against a Seahawks team that could have their backs against the wall.

Marshawn Lynch vs Broncos

Lynch had just 18 yards on six attempts against Washington last week. This week, he faces a stingy Broncos defence that allows the fewest rushing yards per game (59.7). Denver allows just 2.6 yards per carry, and they haven’t surrendered a rushing touchdown so far this year.

Wide Receivers

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Larry Fitzgerald vs 49ers

After a bit of a slow start to the season, Fitzgerald had a huge game last week with 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald has the second-most receptions in the league with 22, and he’ll be facing a 49ers defense that allows quarterbacks to have an average passer rating of 102.7.

Rishard Matthews vs Texans

Matthews has just over 200 receiving yards through the first three weeks of the season. He’s coming off of a solid game where he had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown against a tough Seahawks secondary. This week, he takes on a Texans defense that allows opposing quarterbacks to average a 108.6 passer rating. The Texans secondary got torched for 378 yards and five touchdowns by Tom Brady last week.

A wide receiver with a favourable matchup is Golden Tate vs Vikings. Xavier Rhodes is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but Tate should avoid matching up against him for most of this game because Tate is so heavily used in the slot. Tate has the third-most receptions in the NFL with 21, and he’s coming off a solid performance against Atlanta where he had seven receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown.

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Jeremy Maclin vs Steelers

Maclin has just seven receptions through the first three weeks of the season, and he was virtually non-existent last week with just one reception for eight yards. He’ll be facing the Steelers who have the second-best passing defense in the league, and they have the second-most sacks in the league with 11.

Amari Cooper vs Broncos

Cooper has been a total dud so far this season. He has just ten receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, and the Redskins held him to just one reception for six yards last week. This week, he’ll be matched up against Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., which is never fun for wide receivers. His struggles are likely to continue.

A wide receiver that could have a tough matchup is T.Y. Hilton vs Seahawks. Hilton is coming off a big performance against Cleveland where he had seven receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown. He’ll have a much different matchup this week against the Seahawks secondary who allow just 200 yards passing per game . The Seahawks could come into this game with extra motivation after losing two of their first three games. Both losses came on the road, but they return home this week where they usually have more success.

Tight Ends

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Jason Witten vs Rams

Witten is coming off of a weak performance against Arizona where he had just one reception for three yards. This week, he goes against a Rams defense that allowed Brian Hoyer to put up 330 yards passing and two touchdowns. Despite last week’s poor performance, Witten is still second among tight ends in receptions with 18.

Jimmy Graham vs Colts

Graham is having a slow start to the season, but he started to pick it up last week with seven receptions for 72 yards. He’s facing Indianapolis this week, and the Colts defense allows the fourth-most passing yards per game so far (284). The Colts defense is also tied for the fourth-fewest sacks this year, which should make things a bit easier for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense.

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Jordan Reed vs Chiefs

After not playing last week, Reed is expected to play this week, but he’s a risky start for fantasy owners. Opposing quarterbacks average a passer rating of 64.1 against the Chiefs this year, which is the third-lowest in the league. The Chiefs are also tied for the second-most sacks in the league with 11 and quarterbacks complete just 50 per cent of their passes against their defense, which is the lowest completion percentage against a defense in the league.

Marcedes Lewis vs Jets

Lewis looked like an all-time great against the Ravens last week after hauling in four receptions for 62 yards and three touchdowns, but don’t let last week fool you. Before facing the Ravens, he had zero receptions through the first two games. Since 2015, he’s played 39 games and has just 36 receptions for 395 yards and one touchdown (not including last week).

Defenses

Start:

Bengals D vs Browns

The Bengals defense has a favourable matchup this week when they take on Cleveland. The Browns offense averages a decent 323 yards per game, but Cincinnati allows the fourth-fewest passing yards per game (164). The Bengals also like to get to the quarterback, they’re tied for the third-most sacks in the league with ten.

Seahawks D vs Colts

Seattle is looking for a bounce-back game when they return home to play the Colts. The Colts average the fourth-fewest yards per game (275), and they average just 81 yards rushing per game. Seattle’s secondary only gives up 200 passing yards per game, and their so-so run defense shouldn’t have too many issues against a poor rushing offense.

A defense that could shine this week is the Steelers D vs Ravens.

Baltimore averages just 227 passing yards per game, and they’re facing the second-best pass defense in the league. The Steelers allow just 137 yards passing per game, and they already have 11 sacks on the season. If Flacco’s performance is anything similar to last week, the Steelers could feast on the Ravens.

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Bills vs Falcons

Buffalo has allowed the sixth-fewest total yards per game (278), but their playing a lethal Atlanta offense. The Falcons average 388 total yards per game, which is the fourth-most in the NFL. They also average 29 points per game, which is the fifth-highest in the league. The Bills looked good against Denver last week, but they could definitely struggle this week.

Redskins vs Chiefs

Washington shut down Derek Carr and the Raiders offense like no one has seen up to this point, but they’re playing the one of the best offenses in the league this week. Kansas City averages just under 400 yards per game, and they have the number one rushing offense this year (162 yards per game). The Redskins were tough on Marshawn Lynch last week but they gave up almost 150 total yards to Todd Gurley earlier this season, so they could have some problems against Kareem Hunt.

Kickers

Start:

Matt Prater vs Vikings

Prater has made all six of his field goal attempts this season, and four of them came last week. He’s got a big leg, especially from beyond 50 yards, and the Lions could find themselves stuck in field goal range this week against the Vikings.

Blair Walsh vs Colts

Walsh had a quiet game last week, but he could find himself busy this week against the Colts. The Seahawks offense has had their struggles, but they should have a better game this week at home. Walsh is five-for-five this year on field goal attempts

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Chris Boswell vs Ravens

Chris Boswell has been up-and-down for fantasy owners early. He went just one-for-two last week in the Steelers loss against the Bears. The Ravens have allowed just four field goals in their first three games, so it could be another down week for Boswell.

Justin Tucker vs Steelers

Tucker has made just three field goals on four attempts through his first three games. He’s usually automatic and productive with his leg, but he’s off to a slow start this year. The Steelers have allowed just three field goals through three games and the Ravens offense could struggle this week, so Tucker could be risky.

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