Week 4 bandits


Here were are in Week 4 of the #fantasyfootball season and I can't wait to go over it with you!

There are a few teams left at 3-0 and I expect that to continue for all but Buffalo, naturally because they get New England who have been on a different level this year and this week I believe it’s where I their run of form run stops. The Patriots are red-hot right now and I don’t think the Bills will keep up.

And Detroit, if not for that stumble in Week 1 at Arizona could be also 3-0, and face Kansas at home and are likely to chase the game. But they have a sneaky good offense (Kerryon Johnson, T.J. Hockenson, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Danny Amendola with Matt Stafford) a solid front five - they could cause a few mismatches this week. They are underrated, and if they have a touch of luck on their side they could cause an upset...

...alternatively, it is Kansas. And the Lions could get pantsed and exposed for 35 by Pat Mahomes before halftime and whoever the hell he wants to throw it to… So there’s that too.

Tampa trusted a kicker, which has to be the funniest thing I've ever heard of, and maybe the saddest thing I've ever seen, which gave us the ‘Danny Dimes’ breakout game as he rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 also; all the while losing Saquon Barkley to a high ankle sprain. Darius Slayton in deeper leagues looks promising, so feel free to throw a few bucks at him and stash moving forward. 

The Giants, however, face a Landon Collins revenge game in Week 4, which is something the back pages should be all over in the big apple, and as a Giants fan, him walking for nothing still stings a bit and boggles the mind at the same time. 

The Cleveland Browns are clearly #TankingForTua, the Eagles look like they're playing with clipped wings and now hold the same honorable record as an Eli Manning Giants team (thats 1-2 for those keeping score at home), and we still don't know which running back to play in San Francisco (it’s been 5 years already Kyle, quit bangin’ on tables and give us a clue already, jeez). 

Chicago is trying to fool everyone into believing that they're a decent team and I have news for all of those who believe that…: they're not very good at all, and Mitchell Trubisky should give Khalil Mack his wages, as he proves himself to still be the ‘Zoolander’ of the NFL (yeah he still can’t throw left).

And while we are talking about amateur Quarterbacks, congrats to Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Allen who got wins, and to Mason Rudolph, Josh Rosen and Luke Falk who started also but didn’t get to ‘eat a W’, it’s coming, relax, better times are coming.

So much happened, so much unraveled, so here’s what Week 5 has me looking at, starting with some deep league plays that could be Waiver Wire applicable:

  • Get your Rookie: I said it once before and I said his name again today, but get on Darrius Slayton. And if Slayton is a little deep for you...

  • Then get on Diontae Johnson: who skinned Jason Verrett for a 39-yard touchdown last week and probably cost Donte Moncrief his job in the process. He faces an ordinary Bengals secondary at home this week. but if you like him, then... 

  • You gotta pay up for Phillip Dorsett: who is still virtually free (for example, still only rostered on 29.1% of leagues on ESPN). There’s no more Antonio Brown and Julian Edelman cracked his ribs so who knows how he will cope. He’s averaging roughly 14.4 points per game AND has three touchdowns for the year already. He is quietly breaking out and no one is talking about it.

In the sports betting world - 

  • I, ironically, love Cleveland this week: opening up at +7 in Baltimore. They haven't shown any signs of life, but this to me has shootout potential, and covering the spread could be well within their range of outcomes for the week. 

  • Speaking of trash secondaries again: Washington at New York and the ‘Overs’ for me could be on the cards also. I’m going to wait and see how it settles later in the week but currently at mybookie.ag its set at 49.5.

  • I mention them in the DFS section below, but: the Colts (-7 against the spread) are at home against the haphazard Oakland Raiders. They did allow Atlanta back into the game which caused some nervousness, but I don’t believe that the Raiders have the quality to force the ‘overs’ set at 46. So the Colts and the ‘Unders’ to me look tasty also.

And finally, on Draft Kings, there are a handful of stacks that are probably a little overlooked that I love this week - 

  • New York vs Washington: Daniel Jones ($5300), Terry McLaurin ($4500), Evan Engram ($5700), and Darrius Slayton ($3200) - I’ll take all four of them thanks!

  • Seattle at Arizona: Russell Wilson ($6100), Tyler Lockett ($6300), Will Dissly ($3600), but if you need the cash, D.K. Metcalf ($4800) can be subbed in for Lockett. Christian Kirk ($5100) could shine also.

  • Colts vs Raiders: Jacoby Brissett ($5400), Marlon Mack ($6100), Eric Ebron ($4000) and the Colts DST ($3100) - again I think the Colts will dominate this.

And there you have it!

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