After an excellent Thursday night game between the Eagles and the Packers, we head into the weekend with some great week four story lines. Daniel Jones is the starter for a second straight week and he has a good chance to repeat his stellar performance from week three against the Washington Redskins.
The tank continues for the Miami Dolphins as they face the Los Angeles Chargers in what looks to be another blowout loss for them. Also, the bye weeks begin as the 49ers and Jets are on their bye week in week four. Lots of intriguing options when it comes to DFS this week, so here are two possible lineups you can use that could net you some cash money in DraftKings.
DraftKings Optimal Lineup – Week 4
QB – Andy Dalton vs. Steelers – $5,200
Remember the days when teams would have to worry about the Steelers defense? Yeah, those days are long gone and this is a defense that you can exploit. Currently, Pittsburgh is ranked third-worst in the NFL in passing yards allowed and Cincinnati is third in the league in passing offense. Dalton is not afraid to sling the ball around and head coach Zac Taylor is making this a pass-first offense. This game overall should be a back and forth game where defenses for both teams will be left at home. For a pretty affordable price, Dalton can lead your team to a good day in DFS circles, leaving you to spend more money on other positions on your roster.
Alternate option: Russell Wilson vs. Cardinals, $6,100
RB – Joe Mixon vs. Steelers – $5,800
As mentioned earlier, this early divisional game will feature a lot of offense. Mixon started the season a bit slow but was able to pick things up nicely against a tough Buffalo defense last week. While the Bengals offense is not one of the best in running the ball, Mixon has versatility that gives him value in this game. Also, this Pittsburgh defense is currently allowing the sixth-most rushing yards in the league. So if there is any game that Mixon can break it out in the run game, this would be the opponent to do it against. Compared to some of the other running backs priced this week, Mixon can return excellent value. Expect Mixon to have a huge day and he won’t be this cheap for much longer.
Alternate option: David Johnson vs. Seahawks, $6,800
RB – Marlon Mack vs. Raiders – $6,100
The Colts had to deal with the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck from the NFL. This came with only two weeks until the regular season began and the reigns fell to Jacoby Brissett. Now while Brissett has been playing admirably, the real story for the Colts offense has been Mack. Currently, he is leading the league in attempts and is third in the league in rushing yards. So you would expect that a middle of the road Raiders defense should have a problem trying to stop Mack. He will be running over and through the defense like the trucks that share his namesake. Mack will be delivering the goods in fantasy points this week. Just make sure you’re the one signing for the delivery.
Alternate option: Mark Ingram II vs. Browns, $6,600
WR – Parris Campbell vs. Raiders – $4,900
It’s looking like T.Y. Hilton will not be suiting up for this week four contest against Oakland. This means that the young receivers for the Colts have a big day ahead of them early in the 2019 season. Campbell is a rookie coming out of Ohio State and is looking to emerge as one of the go-to options in the passing game for Brissett. While many expected Campbell to make that move later in the season, this is a prime match-up for Campbell to make his mark on the team and the rest of the NFL. He has the skills to put up big numbers and don’t be surprised if Brissett makes a couple of long-distance calls to Campbell and he connects on more than one occasion. Also, being priced at under $5,000 is going to be a huge value play in most games on DraftKings.
Now the risk is there because they may rely more on veteran tight ends, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, and of course Marlon Mack out of the backfield. The reason you should be comfortable playing Campbell though is that he is the most talented receiver available this week and head coach, Frank Reich, will want to see everything he can out of the recent second-round pick. So the targets will come and Campbell will make everyone a happy camper after week four has concluded.
Alternate option: Keenan Allen vs. Dolphins, $7,600
WR – Tyler Lockett vs. Cardinals – $6,300
The Seahawks offense took things to another level when Russell Wilson started throwing the ball to keep them in the game against the Saints. Throwing 300 yards in week two and then 400 yards in week three means that Wilson is putting the team on his back. This means that targets will be coming to Lockett in bunches because after a dud week one, he now leads this team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. Expect Lockett to continue his streak of good game as the Cardinals have one of the worst passing defenses in the league. They are currently tied for second in passing touchdowns allowed and have allowed the fifth-most passing yards as well. Good week to put Lockett in your lineup and at $6,300, he has a good price value based on the production he will provide.
Alternate option: Larry Fitzgerald vs. Seahawks, $5,600
WR – Kenny Golladay vs. Chiefs – $5,900
Whenever someone plays the Chiefs, one of two outcomes will happen. Option one is the game is a blowout and the Chiefs don’t even make things interesting with their opponent. Option two is that the game is a shootout and the outcome is based on who can make a stop or two to prevent the opposing offense from scoring. Most likely this game will be the latter and not the former. Matthew Stafford is enjoying a bit of a renaissance season with the Lions in 2019 and he should put up big numbers against a weak Chiefs secondary. Golladay has been one of Stafford’s go-to options and should see a steady diet of targets against Kansas City. Although he only caught two balls against Philadelphia last week, Golladay has been targeted at least eight times in all three contests so far. This means that Stafford is looking at his direction consistently and trying to get him the ball as much as he can. He should easily be able to find the end zone once and really be a key cog in the offense all game long.
Alternate option: Phillip Dorsett II vs. Bills, $4,700
TE – Travis Kelce vs. Lions – $7,200
This is where you pay the big dollars because he is the most reliable option on the Chiefs for Patrick Mahomes. While there is a different flavor of the week at receiver until Tyreek Hill comes back from injury, Kelce is the steady go-to guy that Mahomes can rely on to get the ball down the field. No need to go too deep on this, but pay the price for Kelce and you won’t be sorry.
Alternate option: Will Dissly vs. Cardinals, $3,600
FLEX – Josh Jacobs vs. Colts – $5,100
So far through three weeks this season, Jacobs has been worth the first-round pick that the Raiders invested in him. Now he doesn’t have gaudy numbers, but he has been a tough runner and a consistent option to rely on for Jon Gruden and the Oakland offense. Coming into a battle against the Indianapolis Colts, Jacobs will probably be leaned on more in the passing game as well as the running game. Star linebacker for the Colts, Darius Leonard, is looking like he might miss his second-straight week. This can point to Jacobs having a solid week of production. Also, looking at his price-point this week, you won’t find better value either for a guy that can hit the home run play if given the opportunity.
Alternate option: Kerryon Johnson vs. Chiefs, $5,400
DST – Baltimore Ravens vs. Browns – $3,200
The Browns have been riding the hype train all offseason and we’re starting to see that train slow down during the regular season. There have been too many times that we see the inexperience of Baker Mayfield and the inconsistencies of the offense in general. Now the Ravens are coming off a difficult loss against the Chiefs and return home for their first divisional game of the season. With the Cleveland offensive line being banged up, expect the Baltimore front seven to get after Mayfield and force him into making some poor decisions. The defense could be the highest-scoring defense this week and for only $3,200, you are getting a steal of a defense at that price.
Alternate option: Los Angeles Rams vs. Buccaneers, $3,500