4 NFL FanDuel Stacks for Week 4
If you're new to daily fantasy football, then you'll have to make some changes to your fantasy football strategy. You don't have "your guys" on a weekly basis -- and you need to adjust to each and every matchup.
A big part of building your roster is weekly quarterback selection. In terms of salary, passers range from the top of the player pool to the bottom, with some replacement-level passers sitting at the same price point as kickers and defenses on FanDuel.
Along with those quarterbacks, though, you have the option of pairing pass-catchers with your signal caller, and per 4for4, a quarterback's top receiver has the strongest positive correlation to quarterback success -- while his tight end and second receiver are next in line.
If you're going to stack, though, you need to have a purpose. If you're trying to win a big tournament, you'll want to find a combination that can put up points in bunches -- especially if that also comes with low ownership percentages. Who fits that mold in Week 4?
This might actually end up being somewhat overlooked in tournaments because Tyler Boyd is expected to see significant ownership after his big game against the Carolina Panthers a week ago. Dalton comes into Week 4 averaging 286 yards per game through the air, and the Atlanta Falcons will now be without three key defensive starters in Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen. This game checks in with by far the highest over/under on the main slate (53.0), and Dalton threw for four touchdown passes against the Baltimore Ravens in the other shootout he participated in this season.
Green has seen eight or more targets in every game this season, and Cincy offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has shown the willingness to move Green around the field and use him in a more versatile role. Last season, Green ran just 10.1% of his snaps from the slot, and that usage has almost doubled (19.4%) in 2018, per Pro Football Focus. Boyd exploded for 132 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, but Green is still the top dog in this offense, and there should be plenty of fantasy points to go around with a hefty projected total.
New York Giants
This is eerily similar to the Dalton-Green situation, with some decent ownership expected for Sterling Shepard, which should leave Beckham to possibly sneak under the radar a bit. Much has been made of how bad Manning has looked to start 2018, but he did put up a respectable 19.78 FanDuel points in Week 3 against the Houston Texans and now he matches up with the New Orleans Saints, who rank dead-last in our schedule-adjusted pass defense metrics. The Saints also rank first overall in Football Outsider's run defense DVOA, so it's not a stretch to think it would be smarter for the Giants to implement a pass-heavy game plan, especially if they are trailing, like Vegas projects.
Beckham and his immense upside make for a fantastic partner with Manning, and it is worth noting the Giants have a solid implied total of 24.00 points. The Saints are surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this season, and Beckham is one of the best overall receivers in the NFL. This is definitely game-stack viable, and by going cheap at quarterback with Manning, you could be able to fit in Michael Thomas or Alvin Kamara.
Watson was featured in this article last week, and he responded with a 26-FanDuel-point performance against the New York Giants despite completing just 60.0% of his passes, Watson reached 68.% completions the week prior against the Tennessee Titans. He also ran for just 36 yards on five attempts, his lowest rushing output of the season thus far. Watson ran for two touchdowns during his six starts a season ago, so it's not a stretch to think a rushing touchdown is on its way in 2018. He also leads the NFL in air yards among quarterbacks, per airyards.com, and there is going to be a huge fantasy ceiling anytime a signal caller pushes the ball down the field that much.
Will Fuller clearly has a connection with the aforementioned Watson, and if you dig into the numbers dating back to last season, Fuller and Watson have been on the field together for six games, resulting in 393 yards and 9 touchdowns for Fuller. Obviously, that sort of touchdown scoring is bound to regress, but at the same time, Fuller's volume has increased mightily this season. Fuller averaged five targets per game a season ago, and he has already seen 9 and 11 targets through his first two games. This offense has been all Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins, and if we can catch Watson on the day he puts it all together, the upside cannot be understated.
Los Angeles Chargers
This is a fantastic place to attack in daily fantasy this week. The Chargers come in with the third-highest implied team total (28.50) but could go under-owned compared to the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints. This San Francisco 49ers defense is quickly becoming a pass-funnel unit, as they currently rank eighth-overall in run defense DVOA, according to Football Outsiders, while sitting 29th for pass defense. They also just got back Reuben Foster, which will boost their run-stopping ability while two defensive backs in Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt look unlikely to play in this game. Rivers is averaging 302 passing yards per game, and this is another favorable matchup as the 49ers have given up multiple touchdowns through the air in all three games this season.
Allen was looking questionable to play throughout the week, but he returned to practice on Friday and is looking good-to-go for Sunday afternoon. His injury situation this week should naturally keep his ownership down a bit as well as the 3.9 FanDuel points he put up in Week 3. Fear not, Allen has seen seven or more targets in each of his first three games and the Bolts figure to attack this San Fran defense through the air.
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