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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 4

Bold Predictions

Chris Ivory finds the end zone twice in London.

Ivory missed the first two games of the season with an undisclosed medical illness. He was very ineffective last week, rushing for 14 yards on 12 carries, but Jacksonville has vowed to fix the run game and it starts with Ivory. I see him out-touching T.J. Yeldon once again this week and finding the end zone twice in London against an Indianapolis defense allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Ivory makes for a very interesting flex player this week and could pay dividends for owners taking a chance on him in Week 4.

Jordan Howard is a must-start in Week 4.

The ineffective and injured Jeremy Langford is set to miss at least a month for Chicago, so the starting running back job now belongs to Howard. Howard had 92 total yards in a limited role last week against Dallas, so look for him to erupt in Week 4 with more involvement in the offense. He has a great matchup against a Detroit defense that’s suspect in defending the run and is a must-start in all formats. Look for Howard to get at least 20 touches and easily surpass 100 total yards with a touchdown. He very well might be the biggest waiver addition of 2016.

Shark Sleepers

Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas

With news that Dez Bryant is a long shot to play this weekend, Beasley instantly becomes a very intriguing play for Week 4. Even with Bryant out there, Beasley has been quarterback Dak Prescott’s favorite target in the early going, catching 20 balls for 213 yards thus far. If Bryant in fact doesn’t suit up, Beasley will likely see at least 10 targets and has a solid matchup against San Francisco. Pick him up now and start him if Bryant doesn’t go.

Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina

Fozzy Whittaker was the favorite to get most of the work in the Carolina backfield in the absence of Jonathan Stewart last week, but it was Artis-Payne who ended up with the most touches. Expect the same in Week 4. Artis-Payne should get the most work for Carolina and has a much easier matchup this week against Atlanta. There aren’t a lot of running backs out there so if you’re desperate then Artis-Payne isn’t a terrible option in your flex. He should see close to 15 touches and has a good shot at finding the end zone.

Lock of the Week

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas

As the season goes on, Prescott is getting more and more comfortable in the offense and is looking less and less like a rookie. He was very solid last week, throwing for nearly 250 yards and a score. He also added 36 rushing yards and another touchdown. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Prescott’s young career is that he’s yet to turn the ball over. He has a great matchup in Week 4 against a struggling San Francisco defense, and even though star wideout Dez Bryant is a long shot to play on Sunday, I still love Prescott to put up another big fantasy stat line. Get him in your lineup.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.