Week four is upon us, and for many, it’s a make or break week. Time is quickly winding down, and it’s time to make moves. If you are holding guys on your roster “waiting” for them to break out or come back from an injury, it might be time to move on. Decisions need to be made this week, mostly if you are being left behind in the standings. Injuries have been the theme so far this year, and it seems whomever can outlast the injury bug will come out on top. This week, there are a few games with matchups that can be exploited to start a winning streak. We also have some players that it may be time to cut and leave behind.
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB Miami Dolphins (vs Seahawks)
The Dolphins and Fitzmagic looked rejuvenated last week against the Jaguars. This week they welcome the Seahawks and their terrible secondary to town. Through three games, the Seahawks are the worst in the league giving up 1,319 yards through the air and six touchdowns. Fitz has four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his last two games, which sets up nicely as his team will be coming from behind in this one. The Dolphins will not win this game, but in fantasy football, garbage time points still count.
Kenyan Drake RB Arizona Cardinals (at Panthers)
Let’s not sugarcoat it; Drake hasn’t performed well thus far this season. The volume is there, seeing 54 carries through three games. That’s encouraging, so we’ll continue to roll him out there, and this week he gets a matchup with the Panthers, which is just what the doctor ordered. The Panthers have given up 345 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns while also allowing a league-high 32 receptions to the running back position. With all the injuries at the position already this season, this is not the week to get cute and out think this matchup. Drake is in a smash spot this week.
James Robinson RB Jacksonville Jaguars (at Bengals)
The lone bright star in a cloudy sky, the undrafted rookie from Illinois State, has been productive this year. He can do it all and proved it last week running for 46 yards and two scores while catching all six of his targets for another 83 yards. Some of us missed the boat claiming him off waivers, but this kid is the real deal. This week the Jags take on a Bengal team that is very generous to running backs allowing an average of 155 rushing yards per game while surrendering four touchdowns to the position. Robinson should be in all lineups again this week and is starting to become an every-week play at this point.
Jarvis Landry WR Cleveland Browns (at Cowboys)
The Browns are evolving into a run-first team, and Landry and Beckham are suffering because of it. This week the Browns take on a Cowboy defense that has given up a league-leading seven touchdowns to the wide receiver position. The Cowboys last week were torched by slot receiver Tyler Lockett for 100 yards and three scores. The Browns will continue to run the ball and mix in some play action and look to get Landry involved. Landy has only dropped one ball this year and should find the end zone for the first time this season.
Cooper Kupp WR Los Angeles Rams (vs Giants)
Kupp had his breakout game last week, catching nine balls for 107 yards and a score. He gets another juicy matchup this week against a Giants team that is not very good defensively. They are giving up 151 yards per game to wide receivers and have given up four touchdowns on the year. Kupp will always face competition battling Woods for targets, but there should be plenty to go around this week.
T.J. Hockenson TE Detroit Lions (vs Saints)
Hockenson has been as steady as you could want from the tight end position this year. Yes, he only has one score on the year, but he’s also gone over 50-yards in all three games. In a position as thin and unpredictable as the tight end is, that’s about as steady a floor as you can ask for. This week he gets a matchup with the Saints who have allowed four touchdowns on the year and are giving up an average of 96 yards per game to the position. In a game the Lions figure to be trailing in, Hockenson should see a steady flow of work in this one.