After taking week 3 off, I’m back with some week 4 DFS value plays. I already discussed some of the guys I like during the Puttin’ On the Blitz podcast. As always, I’m only trying to identify the value. You don’t need me to tell you to start a guy like Cam Newton or Drew Brees. The players I like should get at least three times their value in cash games. The salaries below are based on DraftKings.
Joe Flacco – $5,900
Flacco has been throwing the ball a ton – he is averaging almost 40 attempts per game so far. This week he has a great matchup at home against a Raiders defense that has been shredded by opposing QB’s. Oakland ranks 30th against the quarterback and are giving up an average of 340 yards per game through the air. Flacco’s salary has decreased each week and at under $6k, he is almost a lock to hit three times his value. He averages 16 fantasy points a game and will need only 17.7 points to reach his value. I feel as though he finishes around 4 times his value.
Trevor Siemian – $5,400
Siemian had a surprising week 3 performance as he finished with 32 fantasy points. He has already faced two tough defenses in Carolina and Cincinnati and now gets a very favorable week 4 matchup. Siemian will face a Tampa Bay defense that currently ranks 28th against the quarterback position. Last week, Siemian proved that he can throw the deep ball as he connected with both Sanders and Thomas for big plays. At only $400 above the minimum salary for quarterbacks, it’s very hard not to start Siemian in your cash game.
Theo Riddick – $5,200
I love Riddick in PPR formats, and I love that he is very reasonably priced at $5,200. Last week Riddick hauled in 7 receptions on 9 targets. He hasn’t found the end zone in the past two weeks after recording both a rushing and receiving touchdown in week 1. However, I feel pretty confident that he will get in the end zone against the Bears defense. Most of Riddick’s value comes due to the fact that the Lions throw the ball a lot from behind. I don’t think that’s the case this week, I just like Detroit to move the ball this week.
Melvin Gordon – $6,300
Gordon already has four touchdowns on the young season much to the delight of season-long and DFS fantasy players alike. It’s impossible to not like Gordon this week for this price. To say he has a favorable matchup is an understatement. He’s playing at home against a New Orleans defense that can only be described as dismal so far. Gordon has averaged 19.8 fantasy points per game, so if he just hits that average he will already provide more than three times his value. I predict that Gordon owners will be very happy on Sunday with his performance.
Julian Edelman – $5,800
It appears as though Jimmy Garoppolo is definitely starting on Sunday. That means that Edelman benefited from the salaries coming out early in the week when Garoppolo’s status was still in question. Whenever you can get the number one target in a high powered offense like New England’s, you have to roster him. Edelman had a versatile role in week 3 with Brissett under center, so I can also see the Patriots using some of the same reverse plays this week to keep the Bills defense guessing. My gut is telling me that Edelman will have a big day on a high number of targets.
DeSean Jackson – $6,200
Jackson sat out of practice earlier in the week, but he was a full participant on Friday and does not appear on the injury report. He has a great matchup as he goes up against a Browns defense that ranks 28th vs the WR position. What makes his matchup even more intriguing is the fact Joe Haden’s status is still uncertain. Jackson has been targeted over 7.5 times per game so far and I think that average will just increase following this matchup. Don’t be surprised to see him finish the day with around 3.5 times his value or 21.7 fantasy points.