Week 4 Fantasy Forecast
This is your week 4 fantasy forecast. In this series, we look at not just the current week but at the month to come. Use this information to get a leg up on the competition. Make savvy roster moves and trades before your league mates know what hit them. Let’s take a look at what’s to come.
Clear Skies (Favorable Schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: NO, TEN, @ATL, NYJ
I know, I know. It’s going to be tough for owners to get over the Miami letdown in Week 3. I, however, am willing to give Jay Cutler one more go this week at home against New Orleans (the Dolphins first home game of the season. Week 5 is a favorable matchup as well as the Titans and Saints both rank in the top 5 in most points allowed to opposing QBs.
Next 4 Opponents: SF, @PHI, TB, @LAR
This goes for Larry and whoever else is healthy in the Cardinals WR corps (though J.J. Nelson and/or John Brown are probably best reserved for DFS tournament play). This week the red birds get a 49er team fresh off of a lashing at the hands of Jared Goff, Sammy Watkins, and Robert Woods. The schedule gets even better in weeks 5 and 6 as they get dates with two bottom-five pass-defenses in the Eagles and Buccaneers.
Next 4 Opponents: JAX, @CLE, NE, @MIA
In his first game of the season as well as his first game as a Jet, ASJ was heavily involved receiving 22.7% of the target share. His involvement will only increase as he works his way back into form and he gets to do so against 3 of the worst defenses at defending TEs in the league over the next 3 games. If you have lost Eifert, Reed, or Olsen to injury or are frustrated with the lack of production from Henry or Ebron, Seferian-Jenkins can be your guy. And he’s free.
Low Pressure (Buy Low)
Next 4 Opponents: @NYJ, @PIT, LAR, @IND
With touchdowns in 3 straight weeks, buying Fournette “low” doesn’t mean you will get him cheap. Though it wouldn’t hurt to remind his owner that the rookie is only averaging 3.5 ypc and has failed to eclipse 60 yards rushing in 2 straight weeks. All the while, you know that the next four matchups for the Jaguars are juicy for RBs and Fournette has room to improve.
Evacuation Warning: Cold Front (Sell High: Poor Schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: @DEN, BAL, LAC, KC
I don’t know if Lynch can be a sell high candidate after last weeks horrific performance, but you need to try. If you can get anything at all in a trade I think you can take it and still come out on top. His carries and efficiency have gone down each of the last 3 weeks and it doesn’t look promising going forward. Over the next month, the Raiders face two of the NFL’s toughest run defenses, and the other two defenses are the Ravens and the Chiefs. No thank you.
Cold Front (Poor Schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: BUF, BYE, MIA, @NE
Please, do not bench Freeman. I doubt you will have better options. However, you should be prepared for decreased production over the next 3 weeks. He faces two top run-defenses and also has his bye. If you want to use this as a sell-high opportunity, you can, but I would prefer to weather the next few weeks and then ride Freeman down the stretch.
On the Horizon
•Week 5 Byes: Falcons, Broncos, Saints, Redskins
•Week 6 Byes: Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Seahawks
•Week 7 Byes: Texans, Lions
That’s your week 4 fantasy forecast! Be sure to tune in next week for changes in fantasy predicitons.