Top 5 Fantasy Football Matchups for Week 4: Seahawks’ offense atop the fantasy throne

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Seattle Pass Offense

While it’s almost a given, the Seattle offense is one of the most productive offenses in the NFL. In each of their three outings this season, they have put up over 30 points each week. The Miami Dolphins will not pose a large defensive threat to one of the best offenses in the league. Even more appealing, the Seattle defense has allowed a large number of points to their opponents in each game, forcing the Seattle offense to continue scoring to keep away from close games. I expect Russell Wilson to have another field day as the best fantasy quarterback available at the moment. This will be certainly promising for D.K Metcalf and Tyler Lockett in week four. Also, Chris Carson has not been seeing a large number of touches he would like to see in the backfield, however, he has been getting thoroughly involved in the passing game which serves well for his fantasy owners as well. All of the players I mentioned are easy fantasy football starters for week four that are bound for big games.

 

Detroit Lions Passing Game

Boldly enough, I like the Lions’ ability to put up fantasy points for the owners of the Lions’ skill players in week four against the New Orleans Saints. The Lions impressively held off a solid Cardinals offense in week three to get their first win of the season. Certainly, the Saints’ offense has also had its struggles with Drew Brees deteriorating as an NFL quarterback. For fantasy owners of Matt Stafford, I would certainly start him this week because I expect the Lions to be passing the ball often against the Saints’ below-average pass defense. Furthermore, the Lions’ receivers of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and T.J Hockenson should have solid fantasy games in week four. The Saints have allowed 30 fantasy per game to opposing wide receivers and have given up the most amount of fantasy points to tight ends this year. If their defense can contain Drew Brees like they did Kyler Murray last week, it will give their offense the chance to heavily produce against the Saints next week.

 

Los Angeles Rams Run Game

The Los Angeles Rams have been frustrating fantasy owners while running a running back committee of three running backs. However, next week the Rams will be without Cam Akers for the second straight week in their backfield due to injury. This already bodes well for running backs Malcolm Brown and Darel Henderson Jr. To further their case, the New York Giants have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season and have allowed the fifth LEAST amount of fantasy points to wide receivers. Assuming the Rams will be inclusive with using both backs as they have this season, both are primed to have a solid fantasy week against a struggling New York Giants. I like both Brown and Henderson as high-ceiling flex options, however, if your team is one that streams a second running back most weeks, consider using one of these two as options next week to start.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers Run Game

Both of these teams have very solid running back duos in their backfield that can be used for fantasy football. The Buccaneers have been using Ronald Jones Jr. and Leonard Fournette in their backfield against opposing teams, and the Chargers have been using Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley in the backfield. Both of these teams rank in the top five for fantasy points allowed for running backs this season making it very opportunistic for fantasy owners of any of these backs. Furthermore, both of these teams have been trying to find their footing in the passing game and will continuously go to their running backs for offensive help. Brady is still trying to find his rhythm in Tampa Bay and rookie Justin Herbert is trying to command an offense that has been used to Tyrod Taylor. I think Ronald Jones Jr. and Leonard Fournette are possible RB2 options and high ceiling flex plays. Austin Ekeler is a high ceiling RB1 and Joshua Kelley is an RB2 streamer or a solid flex play for week four.

 

Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings Offense

Both of these teams are surprisingly winless this season after both of them held 10-6 records and playoff births last season. Their defenses have been giving up more than their producing offenses and should be beneficial for fantasy owners of any players on each team. Both teams are hungry for their first win of the season and this should be a close contest. I think their offenses will battle in total points to try to secure the win away from the other. Both of these teams are very below-average in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers this season, making this game a possible free-for-all of possible fantasy points. For the Vikings, their clear fantasy starters will be Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson as a WR3/flex option. For the Texans, Deshaun Watson could see the big game he has been looking for, along with solid fantasy starting running back David Johnson, Will Fuller V, Brandin Cooks, and possible wavier wire pick up and play of Randall Cobb. These teams have started with tough schedules, especially the Texans. The Texans have played the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers, who are all top-five NFL defenses. I think we will see theirs and the Vikings’ true colors of offense in week four when they play each other.

I have played football, baseball, hockey, golf, and basketball separately when I was young. Now I run cross country and track for DePaul University. My favorite part about sport is the mental strength. I am a big fan of all of the Chicago sports teams that don’t end in “Cubs.”

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