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FanDuel DFS Football Tournament Plays for Week 4

Armando Marsal goes over some tournament plays to consider in Week 4.

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Stud: Matt Ryan $8,400 vs. HOU

I initially wanted to write about Luck, but the fact that his status in question due to a right shoulder injury, is concerning. However, I do think he plays and would strongly consider him in a tournament assuming you’re playing multiple ones. I digress. Matt Ryan has been quietly putting together a solid season. He’s thrown over 280 yards in each game, including a 363 yards game against the Giants two weeks ago, and has thrown five touchdowns. He has a favorable matchup against the Texans who are giving up 233 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. Keep in mind, they have faced Alex Smith, Cam Newton, and Jameis Winston. None of which are a real threat passing the ball.

Other Studs: Aaron Rodgers $9,200, Andrew Luck $9,100, and Russell Wilson $8,200

Value: Derek Carr $7,000 at CHI

Carr has played well in in the last two games, eclipsing 300 yards in each of those games and throwing for five touchdowns and just one interception. He’s topped 20 fantasy in each of those games. This week he has a great matchup against the Bears who have surrendered the second most passing touchdowns this season (8). The Raiders are allowing an average of 28.7 points per game, which forces the Raiders to pass often. Carr has attempted more than 30 passes in each of the last two games. He should continue to produce quality numbers again this week and is reasonably priced.

Other Values: Tyrod Taylor $7,600

Running Backs

Stud: Eddie Lacy $7,800 at SF

In years past, it wouldn’t be a good idea to start a running back in San Francisco. They use to be one of the better defenses in the league, but times have changed. The 49ers are allowing 94.7 rushing yards per game and 4.2 yards per carry. They’ve also allowed the second most rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this year (5). The last two games for Lacy have underwhelming, but he has been dealing with an ankle injury. The good news is that he’s been able to practice this entire week with no setbacks. The Packers are averaging 4.3 red zone scoring attempts per game and Lacy receives 45.4 percent of the teams red zone carries, so the opportunity will be there. He’s the eighth most expensive back and arguably has the easiest matchup of the elite backs. He should get back on track this week and finish with a solid stat line.

Other Studs: Adrian Peterson $9,000, Jamal Charles $8,700, and Matt Forte $8,300

Value: Karlos Williams $6,300 vs. NYG

With LeSean McCoy officially out this week, Karlos Williams will get the start in Week 4 against the Giants. He should receive anywhere between 17-20 carries this week and that alone should be sufficient to start a back at this price. But, that’s not the only appealing thing about Williams this week. He also has a great matchup against the Giants. Through three weeks, the Giants have allowed 476 total yards and three touchdowns to opposing backs. Williams has scored a touchdown in each game this season even with McCoy in the game. Williams is averaging over seven yards per carry and has been very efficient in a limited role thus far. This will be his first game as the featured back and he should be able to continue playing well against a mediocre run defense.

Other values: Melvin Gordon $6,800, Jeremy Hill $6,700, and T.J. Yeldon $6,400.

Wide Receivers

Stud: Odell Beckham $9,100 at BUF

On the surface this appears like a terrible spot for Beckham, but it’s really not. First, his ownership percentage will potentially be lower than it normally would be due to a road against a pretty good defense. Julio Jones has a far better matchup and is just $300 more. When you can get a receiver like Beckham at a low ownership percentage, that’s always a plus. Second the Bills have actually struggled against receivers this season. They are giving up 217 receiving yards and 1.7 receiving touchdowns per game. While they are certainly known for their stout defense, they’ve had hiccups against receivers this year. Beckham is somewhat contrarian and should not have difficulties getting job done against the Bills. He’s strictly a tournament play.

Other Studs: Julio Jones $9,400, Demaryius Thomas $8,500, A.J. Green $8,400, and Randall Cobb $8,200

Value: Amari Cooper $7,200 at CHI

The Bears have allowed the second most receiving touchdowns to opposing receivers through three games (7) and are yielding over 29 fantasy points per game. They are also surrendering 153 receiving yards per game. Cooper has now gone consecutive games with at least seven catches and 100+ receiving yards. In the each of the last two games, he’s been targeted 11 times and is clearly becoming Carr’s go-to receiver. He is third amongst receivers in yards after catch with 106. He’s been a big part of this offense success and Carr’s progression. He should continue to dominate opposing defenses, especially this below average Bears secondary.

Other Values: DeAndre Hopkins $7,900, Allen Robinson $6,500, Donte Moncrief $6,300, James Jones $6,000, and Marvin Jones $5,500

Tight Ends

Stud: Greg Olsen $6,300 at TB

Olsen finally had that big game we were all waiting for in Week 3 against the Saints. He caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Olsen is tied with Rob Gronkowski for most targets amongst tight ends through the first three games. Olsen has been targeted 25 times in the last two weeks. This week he has another favorable matchup against the Bucs. On paper the Bucs have fared well against tight ends this season, but they have yet played a tight end of Olsen’s caliber. In fact, the best tight end they faced this season, Delanie Walker, scored a touchdown against them. Olsen should continue to see a significant amount of targets (averaging 9.3 targets per game), as he is Cam Newton’s go-to guy.

Other studs: Jimmy Graham $6,600, Jason Witten $6,000, Tyler Eifert $5,700, and Martellus Bennett $5,500

Value: Eric Ebron $5,100 at SEA

After scoring a touchdown in each of the first two games, Ebron was held scoreless last week against the Broncos. However, he still caught four passes for 61 yards. This week he has another tough matchup against the Seahawks, but they have allowed opposing tight ends to get in the end zone in two of their three games. Ebron is averaging 6.7 targets per game and is catching 65 percent of those targets. Only five tight ends have seen more targets than Ebron through three weeks. The volume is there and the price is affordable.

Other values: Charles Clay $5,200 and Coby Fleener $4,900