Will the standings after Week 3 show any resemblance to the end of the regular season or are these division leaders on temporary ground? There is a chance several of these teams continue their strong play. In the AFC East, the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets sit at 1-2, and are all looking up at the undefeated Miami Dolphins! Let’s move to the NFC North where the Chicago Bears sit atop the division overlooking the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings. Week 3 was brimming with highlights including an NFC South shootout with both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees tallying five touchdowns apiece. We also saw Atlanta Falcon’ rookie wideout Calvin Ridley break out for 155 total yards and a score, while veterans Jordy Nelson and Adrian Peterson showed fantasy owners that there’s still ample fuel in the tank with their monster performances.
With another unpredictable week ahead, let’s dive into several players and a defense primed for an excellent performance for Week 4.
QB Case Keenum, Denver Broncos
While 2016 was a nightmare season for Case Keenum, 2017 turned out to be a dream come true! Now on this third team in three seasons, Keenum is holding the reins to the Denver Broncos’ offense which has performed sub-par thus far this season. With a home matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs who have allowed the most passing yards and 2nd most points to opposing quarterbacks, consider Keenum in a potential shootout this Monday night. If you lost Jimmy Garoppolo this weekend or your quarterback faces a stingy defense, give Keenum a look for Week 4!
Week 4 projection: 225 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks
Just when it appeared that rookie Rashaad Penny would receive the bulk of carries in Seattle over Chris Carson, Week 3 proved otherwise. Penny only managed 8 yards from seven carries, while Carson broke out for 102 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards, and a touchdown last weekend. Carson also silenced concerns about his durability and endurance with a generous 32 carries. He’ll vie for an encore in Week 4 when his Seattle Seahawks visit the winless Arizona Cardinals who have given up the most rushing touchdowns and 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Consider Carson a low-end RB2 or Flex.
Week 4 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD
WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants
New York Giants’ wideout Sterling Shepard had a solid start with six catches for 80 yards including a touchdown from seven targets last weekend, and is poised for a great Week 4 performance. With tight end Evan Engram sidelined with a sprained MCL and a home matchup welcoming the New Orleans Saints who have surrendered the most points including most receiving yards and touchdowns to wide receivers, Shepard will have a high ceiling this weekend. Start him as a WR3 or Flex with decent upside!
Week 4 projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD
TE Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers
After 112 receiving yards with a touchdown and earning the unofficial “stiff arm of the year” award, Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight end Vance McDonald should receive even more routes and targets in Week 4. The tight end has split snaps with Jesse James most of the season, but should receive much more opportunity after his Week 3 performance. Although the visiting Baltimore Ravens are relatively strong against tight ends, look for Ben Roethlisberger to target McDonald consistently in Week 4.
Week 4 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
D/ST Seattle Seahawks
Although Seattle’s secondary looks more like “Legion of Whom”, they rebounded well in their win against the Dallas Cowboys. In addition, safety Earl Thomas is tied for the lead in interceptions. Seattle’s defense should dominate in Week 4 against the offensively handicapped Arizona Cardinals who will be starting rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. With Arizona allowing the most points to opposing defenses, this is your week to start Seattle’s defense!
Week 4 projection: 12 points