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Week Four NFL Fantasy Football Primer

OK, week three was not as good for me as the first two have been, but it wasn't terrible either. Here are the players I am looking at to help me make a rebound and put some more FanDuel cash in my pocket.

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Philip Rivers - The San Diego Chargers face a Jacksonville defense that is a passer's dream. This season opposing QBs have an 8:1 touchdown to interception ratio and almost 30 fantasy points per week. Rivers, who is the sixth most productive fantasy QB in the league so far in 2014, will capitalize on the Jaguars weakness early and often, allowing his owners to rack up some serious points.

Colin Kaepernick - Kaep is coming off of a career best performance against a tough Arizona defense, and this week he faces a much less effective Philadelphia squad. To make his an even more attractive pick, Colin will get his favorite target, Vernon Davis, back for this week's match up.


Alex Smith - The player Kaepernick replaced in San Francisco will be facing as tough New England Patriots defense that has proven to be a touch match for opposing passers in 2014. The Pats are surrendering about 10 fantasy points per game to QBs and Smith is not talented enough to increase this average.

Geno Smith - Like Alex, the other Smith boy faces a tough defense as well. Detroit's pass defense is almost as stingy to opposing passers as their counterparts from the Boston area. Geno may have had some decent numbers last week, but he is still not ready to be an NFL passer, and he is making plenty of drive killing mistakes.

Running Backs


Lamar Miller - Miami QB Ryan Tannehill and the Phins passing game is a shambles this far, so look for the team to capitalize on a weak Raiders run defense by featuring Miller this week. The Dolphins running back is riding a wave of momentum after putting up solid numbers as both a ball carrier and pass catcher in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. The silver and black, however; are struggling to get any "mo" going on defense.

Khiry Robinson - The Dallas Cowboys are vulnerable to the run. According to Pro Football Focus they are the worst run-stopping team in the league so that makes any back who faces the team an attractive fantasy match-up for any running back. Robinson will not likely put up the numbers you want from your top back, but in the two slot he should put up some nice numbers.


LeSean McCoy - Shady is struggling this season. A mediocre Washington defense held him to 1.2 yards per carry last week, primarily due to a depleted offensive line. This week Philly will be without three starters up front, so expect more of the same out of McCoy.

Wide Receiver


Andre Johnson - Houston will be facing a Buffalo secondary that has been very generous to opposing receivers this season. After being pretty well shut down by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last week, Johnson will be ready to run wild this week.

Markus Wheaton - Wheaton will be lining up across from one of the worst starting corners in the NFL this week. Johnathan Banks is rated as the sixth worst performing corner by PFF, and the rest of the Bucs secondary is not much stronger. Assuming that the Tampa Bay passer can get the ball into his hands, Wheaton will put up some good numbers.

Jordan Matthews - The Philadelphia rookie will face plenty of ups and downs during his first season in the league, but this should be one of the up weeks. Playing in the slot he will be matched up against Jimmie Ward, who has given up three touchdowns in three weeks.


Mike Wallace - Wallace himself is not the problem. He is a threat when he gets the ball, but that is the problem. Miami does not have a quarterback that can be counted on to get the ball to the team's playmaker. Add in a Raiders secondary that is playing some decent football and you get a match up that would make me sit Wallace.

Sammy Watkins - Like Wallace, Watkins is hampered by his passer. E. J, Manuel is struggling and Watkins will be facing off against Johnathan Joseph, one of the top performing corners in the league. It is going to be a long day for the Buffalo wide out.

Tight End


Antonio Gates - Jacksonville has surrendered double digit points to the tight end every game this season. That trend should continue as Philip Rivers gets the ball to one of his most reliable weapons. Look for numbers similar to what Gates put up against the Seattle Seahawks in week two.


Travis Kelce - Kansas City will be facing a tough Pats defense. As stingy as the hooded one's defense has been to quarterbacks, they are even less generous with tight ends. Kelce is a good choice to have on your team, he is emerging as a player, but this is not going to be a good week for him.

Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a private fantasy football League for SBNation readers this week. It's $10 to join, the top 200 teams win money, and first place wins $1,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday. Here's the link.

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