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THE DIVE: Week 4 (Time to Bye!)

Week 3 had its share of surprises, expected outcomes, and of course injuries.  Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is legit, New Orleans’ defense is terrible, Coach Bill Belichick continues to prove he is a genius, and the Buffalo Bills may be back.

Take a dive with me as review Week 4 in which both Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles take the weekend off with a bye.

QB

Ryan Tannehill’s statistics through the first three games look very similar to his 2015 start to the season. He has thrown 5 touchdowns over the last two games, which have been tainted due to also tossing 4 interceptions. Miami’s quarterback should be in line for a strong performance in Week 4 as his Dolphins visit the Cincinnati Bengals who have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks including 4 touchdowns to Denver Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian last weekend. In two career games against the Bengals, Tannehill has posted a solid 92.4 career QB rating. If you are in a deep league, your quarterback is injured or on bye, or your other quarterback is suspended for deflating footballs before a playoff game, then consider Tannehill in Week 4. Light rain is forecasted for Thursday night, but will not be an obstacle for Tannehill.

Week 4 Projection: 225 passing yards; 15 rushing yards; 2 TD

 

RB

It is difficult to trust Chris Ivory after a very lukewarm debut from a mystery injury that debilitated him for the first two weeks of the season. Regardless, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back has an intriguing matchup in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts who have surrendered the 2nd most points to opposing running backs. In fact, Indy’s defense has struggled to stop running backs on the ground as well as through the air, which helps Ivory who is a decent pass catcher. The weather may be a bit chilly as the game will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, but that shouldn’t be a hindrance for Ivory.

Week 4 Projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

 

WR

Jamison Crowder has shown flashes of glory this season and has already been targeted 25 times in the first three games of the season. Although DeSean Jackson should still be considered Kirk Cousins’ top option, Crowder seems to be the secondary option and has a favorable matchup this weekend against the visiting Cleveland Browns who rank 31st in points allowed to wide receivers. Look for Crowder to light up Cleveland’s secondary in Week 3.

Week 4 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

TE

It feels like Kyle Rudolph has several gems every season, but is difficult to trust as an every week starter. With Sam Bradford at quarterback in a Norv Turner offense, the trust level should increase a bit. Rudolph has collected touchdowns in back to back contests, and received at least 8 targets per game. Although his matchup against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football is relatively neutral, expect him to continue trending upward and serve as a key red zone target especially with a sub-par running game.

Week 4 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

DST

The Indianapolis Colts defense has allowed 25 points per game, which is far from impressive, but has been solid in other defensive categories. With a matchup against the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars in frosty Wembley Stadium in London this weekend, a more conservative, lower scoring game should be expected. The Jags offense allows the 7th most points to opposing defenses and does not seem to be close to running on all cylinders. The Colts D makes a nice plug-and-play if your starting defense is on bye or faces a difficult matchup.

Week 4 Projection: 11 points

 

Week 3 Results

QB Joe Flacco

Week 3 Projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD

Week 3 Results: 214 passing yards; 12 rushing yards; 2 INT; 1 Rushing TD (OK call)

RB Frank Gore

Week 3 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Week 3 Results: 83 total yards; 1 TD (good call)

WR Jeremy Maclin

Week 3 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 3 Results: 35 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Coby Fleener

Week 1 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 3 Results: 109 receiving yards; 1 TD (superb call)

DST Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 1 Projection: 11 points

Week 3 Results: 10 points (good call)

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.