FanDuel NFL Lineup Week 4

FanDuel NFL Lineup Week 4

Expert FanDuel Picks | Week 3, 2019

Week three on FanDuel gave us so much to be thankful for (more on that later) but we have already moved on to the week 4 slate. Put whatever happened throughout the first three weeks behind you and let’s close out the first month of the 2019 NFL season with some FanDuel winners!

We gave out two-thirds of the winning Sunday Million lineup between our FanDuel and DraftKings picks for last week. Easily enough to put most lineups above the cash line, just not enough to bring home that sweet 7-figure prize.

With the NFL bye season upon us, week 4 on FanDuel features our first 12 game main slate of the season. Will the rookie QB trend continue? Is Saquon out? Can you fade Mahomes vs the Lions and still cash? We will answer these and so many more questions with our week 4 FanDuel picks.

Check back on Wednesday to find out who our experts are on this week, or simply subscribe to have our picks emailed directly to your inbox.


We may only be two weeks into the season, but I am already as sick of the Dolphins as I am the Antonio Brown headlines. I don’t know how you get away from Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and the Cowboys defense this week, but I will at the very least leave them out of this article.

FanDuel NFL Week 3 Outlook

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FanDuel NFL Week 2 QB’s

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Matthew Stafford

QB | Detroit Lions | FanDuel Salary: $6,900
While I always try to highlight players in our FanDuel articles that did not make our DraftKings article, this price is just way too low. Stafford’s FanDuel PPG has him at QB5 in this main slate and he is facing the 31st ranked pass defense in the NFL.
Beyond that, this game script simply does not look like one that will be another low scoring outing for the Lions. Neither of these teams can run, Philly’s secondary is a disaster, and while Detroit’s has looked great through two weeks, I’m not sure any secondary can shut down Wentz/Pederson at home.

Final Thoughts

Stafford put up massive numbers leaning primarily on Hockenson and Amendola in week one. He turned around last week and put up big numbers targeting the outside receivers and running backs last week. This offense has looked versatile and tough to gameplan for through the first two weeks under Darrell Bevell.

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Teddy Bridgewater

QB | New Orleans Saints | FanDuel Salary: $6,800
Bridgewater’s debut was perfect to make him a great bargain play this week. He was thrown into the game in the second quarter, facing an Rams secondary that I think has a chance to be brutal this season (200 YPG with 0/2 TD/INT through 2 weeks), on Fox’s game of the week. His ownership % should be down despite finding himself in a great matchup.

Bridgewater is the highest-paid backup in football, with arguably the best offensive HC in football, and faces a Seattle secondary that gave up 120 yards and 2 touchdowns to Mason Rudolph and Randy Fichtner in the second half of week 2’s game. They also gave up 400+ yards to the Red Rifle the previous week. On the year, Seattle is giving up 290 passing YPG, with a 4:1 TD/INT ratio, and has PFF’s 31st rated secondary.

Final Thoughts

While I thought FanDuel would drop Thomas below WR4 given the Brees injury, a $14,800 stack is looking pretty good in this matchup. Given Thomas’s average depth of target, and the fact that Seattle doesn’t have a corner that allows a QB rating under 100, I think Thomas could be a pretty, pretty, pretty good play this week.

FanDuel NFL Week 2 RB’s

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Christian McCaffrey

RB | Carolina Panthers | FanDuel Salary: $8,900
Given the matchups some of the big name guys have at the top of this slate, and the fact that McCaffrey was shut down at home by Tampa in week 2, I think his ownership % will be down despite having a favorable matchup.

Arizona was the worst run defense in the NFL last season, and while I do believe Vance Joseph has them improved, I’m not buying that they are ready to deal with the likes of Christian McCaffrey quite yet. Combine that with the fact that Arizona’s offense can’t stay on the field (31st in TOP at 23 mpg) and you have the perfect spot for CMac to repeat his week 1 performance.

Final Thoughts

McCaffrey is priced as RB2 and while we have him ranked as RB1, it’s hard to argue with Elliott given how historically bad Miami’s defense is right now. That being said, if Elliott is 40% owned this week it is going to be hard to get any leverage by having him on your roster. I’d rather hope for another monster week from a 20% owned McCaffrey.

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Austin Ekeler

RB | LA Chargers | FanDuel Salary: $7,600
I know that I have said this every week this season, but Austin Ekeler is a matchup-proof DFS play. As the starting RB and passing-down RB, there is no game script that doesn’t favor him right now, and the Chargers RB’s are way too productive in this system for him to not reach value.

While Houston has been decent against the run this season and looked really good against Fournette in week 2, they clearly had trouble dealing with Kamara’s skill set in week 1 which translates positively for Ekeler here in week 3.

Final Thoughts

Ekeler has caught 12 of 14 targets with three receiving touchdowns through two weeks, and while history tells us that can’t continue, I think he finds a way to get into the end zone at least once against Houston this week. I think he targets remain in the 6-8 per game for at least as long as Hunter Henry is out.

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Frank Gore

RB | San Francisco 49ers | FanDuel Salary: $5,700
We gave Matt Breida as our value-RB play last week, and on the complete opposite end of the explosive spectrum is Frank Gore this week. Chunk plays and receiving yards in bunches you will not get with Gore, but what you will get is a solid 15-20 carry game against the NFL’s 29th rated run defense.

Cincinnati was one of the most RB-friendly fantasy matchup last season and are looking like they are ready to challenge for that title again in 2019. Through two weeks they are allowing a healthy 4.9 YPC along with 165 YPG and 3 touchdowns. With Devin Singletary out, the majority of that yardage should go to Gore and he should be able to reach 3x-4x value here so long as his QB doesn’t vulture all of the rushing scores.

Final Thoughts

Again, nothing sexy about this pick, but if you are in the market for a good, safe starter car for your flex spot then Frank Gore is your guy.

FanDuel NFL Week 2 WR’s

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Keenan Allen

WR | LA Chargers | FanDuel Salary: $7,800
In my eyes Keenan Allen is the clear WR1 on the board this week on both FanDuel and DraftKings. He has 25 targets through the first two weeks, and after getting 100% shadow coverage from Slay last week this is by far his best matchup to date.

Houston’s secondary has looked beyond beatable through the first two weeks of the season and they flat out don’t have the bodies to match up with Allen here. Combine that with the fact that their once ferocious pass rush is now without Jadeveon Clowney, and I think this is a pass D that you will be able to target all year.

Final Thoughts

Allen is averaging 12.5 targets per game, but that number will continue to climb with Henry now out. He also has four red-zone targets through 2 weeks and is unlucky to have caught three of those targets without registering a red zone touchdown.

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Marvin Jones

WR | Detroit Lions | FanDuel Salary: $5,400
Clearly we all know that Golladay has looked really good through the first two weeks of the season, and is WR13 in this FanDuel slate, but I think at $5,400 Jones has sneaky value in this matchup. The Eagles have given up the most fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers and we saw what the Falcons #2 WR Calvin Ridley did to them on Sunday night.

Jones has been efficient but not explosive through two weeks in Bevell’s system, but we know that is not who he is. Jones is one of the best deep ball WR’s in the league, and I think this is a matchup that he could get behind the Eagles secondary. Philly is not getting to the QB (only 2 sacks this season) which is allowing opponents to hit big plays on their secondary (8 of 20+ and 4 of 40+).

Final Thoughts

I expect Devin Smith to be one of the more popular DFS plays this week, but Jones is just $200 more on FanDuel so it makes no sense to take a shot on an over-owned, unproven guy in a very similar matchup.

Nelson Agholor

WR | Philadelphia Eagles | FanDuel Salary: $4,800
Nelson Agholor is that guy that is a fantays beast when every other option on his team is unavailable… which with Jeffery starting on the outside is more often than not. It sounds like both Jeffery and Jackson are going to be out for week 3, so Agholor should be the feature WR again here against the Lions.

We expect him to primarily line up in the slot and see a lot of Justin Coleman. Not going to lie that is a rough matchup, but we are talking about Wentz and the Eagles at home against the Lions. They should be able to move the ball, and the matchups on the outside are even worse than this one. Agholor and Ertz should be extremely busy in week 3.

Final Thoughts

While I don’t love the matchup, this price is simply way too low given the role Agholor has in the Eagles offense when Jeffery is out. I have to assume this price was set prior to the Sunday night game which is why price adjustments were made to guys like Devin Smith, but Agholor remains a near-minimum play despite a big week 2 performance.

FanDuel NFL Week 2 TE’s

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Evan Engram

TE | New York Giants | FanDuel Salary: $6,400
I love Engram as much this week as I hated him last week. Over owned and in a terrible matchup, Engram pissed off enough owners last week to bring his ownership % back to earth for a prime week 3 matchup with the Bucs.

Tampa finished 2018 as the best TE matchup in football, and while they somewhat contained Kittle (2 touchdowns called back) in week one, they looked like the Bucs again in week two giving up 100+ receiving yards to Greg Olsen.

Engram’s 22 targets and 78% catch rate are both among the league leaders at the TE position, and he has also caught both of his red-zone targets with a red-zone TD already in 2019. We are obviously going to have to rely on a rookie QB making his first career start on the road against a Todd Bowles coached defense, but I think the Giants will move the ball and Engram gets enough targets to reach value this week.

Final Thoughts

The Giants have a team implied total of fewer than 20 points, so this pick does not come without risk. If you are a total coward, we also love Kittle in a matchup with a Steelers secondary that has consistently given up the goods to opposing tight ends this season, and he is only $200 more on FanDuel this week.

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OJ Howard

TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | FanDuel Salary: $5,800
Listen. Shut-up and listen. These tight end picks are for closers. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you should start Greg Olsen and Mark Andrews. Everybody knows Olsen is playing the Cardinals and Andrews can’t be stopped. That’s useless information. Act like a man, slap on a pair of Wranglers, and take a chance on a guy that is awful and has absolutely no role in his team’s offense right now.

The Giants are going to put Janoris Jenkins on Mike Evans and force God Chriswin and OJ Howard to beat them. Given how this secondary has looked over the first two weeks, I am willing to bet that they do.

Final Thoughts

Clearly this can’t go on forever, can it? Howard’s red zone target rate is second among tight ends on his own team, and we had him as TE3 to start the season! The good news is that Howard was still on the field for nearly every offensive snap for the Bucs, and his coach did say after the game that the targets will come for him. Let’s hope it is this week.