Thankfully, Week 3 saw less injuries, yet still gave us many monster performances from players including Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Alvin Kamara, Tyler Lockett, Dak Prescott, James Robinson, Jared Goff and Austin Ekeler. New England running back Rex Burkhead and Minnesota rookie wide out Justin Jefferson also had breakout weeks and were major waiver wire targets in leagues they were not owned in. Unfortunately for fans in “The Big Apple,” the New York Jets and New York Giants are fighting for the title of worst offense through the first few weeks. However, their neighbors in the North have remained undefeated as Buffalo won a nail biter against the Los Angeles Rams. Forget just chicken wings, the city of Buffalo is looking to become a legitimate powerhouse in the NFL this season!
With Week 4 approaching, let’s take a dive into several players and a defense which may help you win your week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami
Did you see Fitzpatrick perform last Thursday night as Miami defeated Jacksonville? Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may be on his eighth team in his career, but he still continues to showcase his talent and have fantasy value. Fitzpatrick completed 90 percent of his passes along with a pair of touchdowns last weekend. He has a dream home matchup against Seattle, who will be traveling across the country. Seattle has allowed the second-most fantasy points and most fantasy yards to opposing quarterbacks. If your quarterback has performed less than expectation, faces a tough matchup, or is hurt, then fire up Fitzpatrick!
Week 4 projection: 275 passing yards, 15 rushing yards, 2 TD
James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville
Before the season, Leonard Fournette was Jacksonville’s running back you wanted. Then, he was released and joined Tamp Bay, which paved the way for Ryquell Armstead. Unfortunately, COVID-19 shut him down, which allowed an opportunity to knock for undrafted rookie James Robinson. Robinson has answered with an average of 70 rushing yards and 43 receiving yards per game, and has totaled three touchdowns. Robinson should encore his superb Week 3 performance when Jacksonville visits Cincinnati, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points and second-most rushing yards to opposing running backs. Consider Robinson a low-end RB2 with high upside this weekend!
Week 4 projection: 100 total yards, TD
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay
Allen Lazard showed a few sparks in 2019 and, more importantly, earned favor with Aaron Rodgers. With Davante Adams out in Week 3, Lazard broke out for a career game with 146 receiving yards and a touchdown. Lazard will have a much higher ceiling if Adams sits again, but should be a solid start even if Adams does play this Monday night. Treat Lazard as a WR3 or Flex with higher upside if Davante Adams does not suit up.
Week 4 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD
Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas
With Blake Jarwin suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1, tight end Dalton Schultz was the next man up. Through two games, Schultz has been solid with 13 catches off 16 targets for 136 receiving yards, and should become a top target after more snaps with Dak Prescott who is throwing the ball a ton. Schultz may have a break out performance in Week 4 when Dallas hosts Cleveland, who have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. Consider Schultz as a TE3 with a great upside given matchup and Dallas’ pass-heavy offensive strategy thus far.
Week 4 projection: 60 receiving yards, TD
Denver Broncos D/ST
Sure, the Denver offense will be starting its ninth different quarterback since the retirement of Peyton Manning. And yes, Denver’s defense sans Von Miller and A.J. Bouye are less than full strength. Despite these factors, Denver will visit the lowly New York Jets offense, who have scored the least amount of points through three weeks and allowed the most point to opposing defenses thus far. Sam Darnold has already thrown four interceptions (two pick-sixes)! This will not be a legendary Thursday night shootout, but rather a low-scoring defensive battle from two winless teams with tons of injuries. Thus, Denver should be a great defensive play!