By: Jesse A. Cook (Executive Managing Sports Editor)
Great games from one side can still result in losses, as we saw in Week Three, but who has the gains for Week Four?
Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers is gonna be nice against the Miami Dolphins. Suffice it to say, the Dolphins have been a sorry excuse for an organization this year and you should bet against them whenever possible. When a man catches two touchdowns and and receives for 183 yards, you cannot ignore that.
The Dolphins also have allowed their opponents to score 133 points to their 16. They’re projected to earn 2.9 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 3.17 fantasy points on Yahoo. Allen scored 43.6 points on E.S.P.N. and 37.1 points on Yahoo last week. E.S.P.N. projects him to earn 20.3 points and Yahoo projects him to earn 16.76 points this week.
James O’Shaughnessy of the Jacksonville Jaguars is solid pick at tight end. He’s got a red hot Gardner Minshew hurling the pigskin at him. He’s playing a tough Denver Broncos defense led by Von Miller, but Denver is projected to earn only 4.9 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.13 on Yahoo.
E.S.P.N. projects him to earn 5.9 fantasy points and Yahoo projects him to earn 3.6 fantasy points, but he produced 9.8 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.8 points on Yahoo last week against the Tennessee Titans. Additionally, Denver has scored two points on E.S.P.N. and one point on Yahoo throughout the entire season, so it seems like a stretch to say that Jacksonville receivers will not have some success.
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is playing an iffy Seattle Seahawks defense. Seattle has allowed 752 passing yards this season and the eighth most points in the league. Murray has a proven set of receivers and is frankly due for a win. He’s a dark horse pick as well, but with his speed and an apparently slow Seattle defense, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to rush for some yards.
Seattle, ranked as the sixth-worst defense in football, scored four fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and two fantasy points on Yahoo last week. They’re projected to earn 6.8 points on E.S.P.N. and 7.59 points on Yahoo this week. Murray scored a solid 17.8 points on E.S.P.N. and 19.82 points on Yahoo last week. In Week Four, he is projected to produce another 17.8 points on E.S.P.N. and 19.88 points on Yahoo.
Josh Jacobs of the Oakland Raiders has the Indianapolis Colts. Without a real active passing game due to their *cough* shortage of *cough Antonio Brown cough* experienced *cough cough* receivers, Derek Carr is gonna be spending less time throwing the ball and more time handing it off. Additionally the Colts, though their offense has played excellent, have been subpar on defense against the running game, having allowed a 13th worst 337 rushing yards in three weeks.
In Week Three, the Colts produced one point on E.S.P.N. and two points on Yahoo against the Atlanta Falcons. This week, they are projected to score 6.6 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.93 points on Yahoo. Jacobs earned only 4.4 points both on E.S.P.N. and Yahoo, but he was set up against the strong Minnesota Vikings. Alternatively, this week, he is set to produce 13.0 points on E.S.P.N. and 11.12 points on Yahoo.
Phillip Lindsay of the Broncos is pretty steady, especially against the Jags. We talked about how good the Jacksonville offense will be, but their defense is a different story. Despite the fire Myles Jack brings to the table, he is questionable for Week Four and the team will likely be without their top player. Additionally, Jacksonville has allowed 330 rushing yards and the fourth-worst in football three rushing touchdowns.
Jacksonville played great last week against Tennessee scoring 14.0 points on E.S.P.N. and 15.0 points on Yahoo. Despite that great week, they are projected to score seven points on E.S.P.N. and 7.23 points on Yahoo. Lindsay scored a fantastic 29.0 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 27.0 fantasy points on Yahoo last week. This week, E.S.P.N. projects him to earn 14.9 points and Yahoo has him for 12.32 points.
Marquise Brown of the Baltimore Ravens is receiving passes from one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league, Lamar Jackson. They are playing the less than steady Cleveland Browns who have varied between allowing exponential point totals and allowing miniscule point totals. With Jackson at the helm for the Ravens, it’s safe to safe that Cleveland has their work cut out for them, even though they scored a solid eight points on E.S.P.N. and nine points on Yahoo last week.
The Browns are set to earn six points on E.S.P.N. and 6.15 points on Yahoo. Brown (not to be confused with his opponent, the Browns) produced 6.9 points on E.S.P.N. and 5.9 on Yahoo, but we should recollect that he scored 30.7 points on E.S.P.N. and 28.7 points on Yahoo in Week One. In Week Four, E.S.P.N. has him for 12.7 fantasy points and Yahoo has him for 11.91 fantasy points.
Hooper is balling. Austin Hooper of the Falcons had an incredible Week Three performance, far exceeding expectations. The Falcons are staying home to fight the Titans who scored a tiny two points on E.S.P.N. and one point on Yahoo last week against the Jaguars. Hooper caught for 66 yards and two touchdowns last week in Indianapolis, averaging 11.0 yards per reception and catching six of seven targets.
The Titans are projected to produce 5.1 points on E.S.P.N. and 5.73 points on Yahoo. Last week, Hooper scored 24.6 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 21.6 fantasy points on Yahoo. He’s projected to earn 9.7 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 8.01 fantasy points on Yahoo this week.
Eddy Pineiro of the Chicago Bears has an interesting situation against the Vikings this week. Minnesota has been excellent, but the Bears have played exceptionally well, as well. Pineiro’s the 11th ranked kicker in the league, but Minnesota managed seven points on E.S.P.N. and Yahoo last week.
They are projected to earn 6.4 points on E.S.P.N. and 8.74 points on Yahoo this week. Pineiro, last week, earned six points on E.S.P.N. and seven points on Yahoo. While E.S.P.N. gives him a usual score projection of 6.8 points this week, Yahoo unfairly has him producing only 4.32. With his quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tossing the longball pretty well, expect Yahoo to be wrong on him.
The Los Angeles Rams are playing the consistently subpar Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That should usually be enough to credit my prediction, but just know that Tampa has done their fair share to improve themselves this season. That said, they lost to a rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones of the New York Giants last week, furthering their abysmal record to 1-2, which the Rams will be sure to worsen to 1-3.
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston scored 25.5 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 26.5 fantasy points on Yahoo last week against the Giants. This week, he is projected to produce 16.5 points on E.S.P.N. and 19.72 points on Yahoo. Adversely, last week, the Rams earned ten points on E.S.P.N. and nine points on Yahoo. They’re projected to earn 7.6 fantasy points on E.S.P.N. and 9.11 fantasy points on Yahoo.