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4 NFL FanDuel Studs to Target in Week 4

Austin Ekeler has been strong in Melvin Gordon's absence, and with a tantalizing matchup against the Dolphins, he could be ready to explode. What other top plays should we think about?

We are already to Week 4 in the NFL of the 2019 season, and it's time to set those FanDuel lineups and gear up for a monster weekend of football.

As is the case when playing any sport on FanDuel, it’s imperative to hit on the high-priced players in your lineup. They require a big chunk of your salary, and when paying up for a player, you shouldn’t have to worry about him letting down your lineup.

Heading into the opening week of the NFL season, here are four studs who should prove to be worth their high price tag.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

FanDuel Price: $7,800
Projected Points: 20.3

So far with a 2-1 record this year, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have fallen slightly behind the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, who have both raced out to undefeated 3-0 records. Wilson will look to lead the team to a 3-1 mark, and he has a juicy matchup for passing against the fast-paced Arizona Cardinals.

Arizona has really struggled against the pass, clocking in 25th per our metrics, and that bodes well for Wilson. While they haven't been the most pass-happy attack with a 1.35 pass-to-run (P/R) ratio, Wilson has been effective when he has dropped back to pass. Among the 27 quarterbacks that have dropped back to pass 75 or more times, Wilson clocks in fifth with a Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) mark of 0.32.

Look for Wilson to choose his spots wisely and have a big day.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

FanDuel Price: $8,100
Projected Points: 19.7

As Austin Ekeler has put his stamp on the running back role with Melvin Gordon holding out, it may surprise somehow effective of a runner he's been so far this season.

Among the 34 running backs with 30 or more carries, he ranks in the middle of the pack in our Rushing NEP per carry metric (-0.03). He's been a beast in reviewing his Rushing Success Rate -- or the number of plays that generate positive NEP -- ranking 11th best (47.37%).

He also gets to attack a Miami Dolphins team that ranks worst against the run in the NFL, which has the Chargers currently as -15.0 point favorites, so the ability to have a rush heavy game script exists. Take a long look at Ekeler.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

FanDuel Price: $6,600
Projected Points: 13.1

He may not seem like a stud initially as you are thinking about lineups, but it's fair to expect a big day from Tyler Lockett this week.

The Cardinals, as aforementioned, have really struggled against the pass. They've allowed an average of 23.6 fantasy points-per-game to wide receivers, and Lockett has continued to ascend in this offense.

In both Week 1 and Week 2, the Cards allowed a pass-catcher to top 100 yards in each week, which bodes well with Lockett. He could be primed for a very afternoon.

Darren Waller, TE, Oakland Raiders

FanDuel Price: $6,700
Projected Points: 10.8

Five teams this year have allowed double-digit fantasy points to tight ends, which includes the Indianapolis Colts at 10.0 points-per-game. The combination of that poor pass defense and a solid Darren Waller option at tight end.

The Colts have been blitzed in the passing game, ranking 24th overall, and that provides opportunity the for Waller who ranks third in the league in targets (29) and is tops in catches (26).

His 29.6% target market share is by far tops on the Oakland Raiders team, so with this great matchup, Waller is a solid choice.


Matt Kupferle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Matt Kupferle also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username MKupferle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.