Since we love chalking TFA full of good content for you, I’ve split my article into separate undervalued and overvalued articles! Now you get a little bit more bang for your buck, but also isn’t as dense of a read. Week 4 is here believe it or not, and with it comes the first set of bye weeks. Those that have relied on the likes of Jordy, Rodgers, and Lacy and streamed Wentz (those that are clairvoyant) find themselves in need of lineup advice. Snead and Lockett torpedoed my week 3 undervalued, so bring it on week 4.
Ryan Tannehill, QB Dolphins
After a tough week 1 against Seattle, Ryan Tannehill finished the last two weeks inside the top 10 fantasy QBs. He threw for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns last week versus Cleveland and still ended with 22 fantasy points (FantasyPros) even with 2 INT. This week, Tannehill draws a Cincinnati defense that Trevor Siemian just shredded for 312 yards and 4 TDs. Bengals give up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Currently ranked as QB 17, Tannehill’s chances of beating this expectation are high. He’s a great streaming option this week as well, only being 44% owned in Yahoo and 36.8% owned in ESPN leagues. Fire him up.
DeSean Jackson, WR Redskins
If you were waiting to see how Jackson bounced back this season, I hope you’ve seen enough. I certainly have. Undervalued this week at WR ranking #22, Jackson faces a Cleveland defense that gave up an average of 195 yards and 2 TDs to wide receivers in EACH of their first three games. Jackson receives a healthy 7.6 targets per game and caught 14 for 238 yards and one TD so far this season. He likely adds to that TD total after this week, though Washington needs to target him more in the red zone. Due to his red zone targets, Jamison Crowder also is a bit undervalued this week in the same matchup. Start them both up.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB Panthers
The Carolina backfield confused fantasy analysts in week 3, with some predicting Artis-Payne to lead while others thought Fozzy Whitaker might go off. Head Coach Ron Rivera followed through on making CAP the lead runner, giving him 13 touches to Whittaker’s 10. Artis-Payne faced a difficult assignment in Minnesota defense, who allow the 7th fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs and have yet to succumb a touchdown to a running back (including DeMarco Murray and Eddie Lacy). CAP gave brave fantasy owners a few points (58 yards on 13 touches) and looks to improve on his 3.9 YPC this week against a much easier opponent.
Jonathan Stewart most likely misses the next 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury, so Artis-Payne gains another opportunity against a weak Atlanta run defense. The Falcons allowed the 4th most fantasy points to RBs such as Latavius Murray, Charles Sims, and most recently, Mark Ingram. If he can stave off Whittaker for one more week by remaining the starter/being the hot hand, we could see him significantly outperform his current #28 fantasy RB ranking for week 4.
Jimmy Graham, TE Seahawks
Go ahead and repeat it with me. Jen was wrong. Graham spit in the face of my preseason doubts concerning his recovery and resurgence after a severe knee injury. He blew up for 100 yards and a TD. Each week, Seattle increased his targets and Graham caught 6 of 9 in week three versus a weak SF defense. He gets a little tougher of a matchup this week in the New York Jets, who embarrassed themselves royally last week.
The Jets allowed Travis Kelce six receptions for 89 yards and a TD and I’m thinking they will have the same difficulties if Graham plays like he did in week 3. A banged up Russell Wilson will look again to his 6’7″, 265-pound tight end since the running game may struggle against a solid Jets run defense (gives up 4th fewest fantasy points to RBs). I’m not afraid of admitting when I’m wrong and I’ll be looking for Graham to outperform his #12 ranking this week.
Kevin White, WR Bears
I know that it’s hard to take a chance on White due to Chicago’s woes, but his arrow is trending up. Currently ranked at #51 WR, I’m confident he’ll best this expectation and maybe even find paydirt against Detroit in week 4. He received a solid 6-7 targets leading up to week 3 and then saw that number double. No, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect this amount of targets this week, but it shows the Bears’ increasing confidence in his growing NFL skill set. His route running leaves something to be desired, but he’s looking better each week. I wrote about White before the season in my article on top WR pairs and believe he has the potential to help Chicago this week.
The Bears faces Detroit, who allows the 12th-most fantasy points to opposing WRs. They just gave up two touchdowns to Jordy Nelson and one to Devante Adams in week 3. White caught 6 passes last week for 62 yards and has a 10.3 yard per catch average. If Hoyer continues to look his way, this could be the week that White finally pays off as a flex option.