Dan’s Fantasy Matchups: Week 4

Here are my top fantasy matchups of week 4 play:

Chiefs D/ST

The Chiefs lead the NFL in the turnover margin at plus 9, mostly from not giving a turnover in the first 3 games. The Chiefs also lead the league in sacks, and are tied for second with total points allowed. On the other side of the matchup, the Giants are last in the league with a -9 turnover margin, which includes 4 fumbles, 9 INT’s. Add that to 11 sacks given up by the Giants’ offensive line and you are looking at a potential field day for the Kansas City defense. Furthermore, the Giants are 27th in the league in total points (54) and 20th in yards gained per game (334). Unless you already have the Chiefs D/ST on your roster, it may be very well impossible to pick them up this late, but this matchup should produce dividends for those starting them.

Kenbrell Thompkins

Thompkins finally clicked with Brady last week raking up 3 receptions for 41 yards and 2 TD catches on 7 targets. The yards per game will not scream out on Thompkins, but he has been favorite red zone target of Brady’s for the last two weeks. Additionally, the Patriots are facing a very young Falcon’s secondary who have earned the 25th best per game pass yards allowed on defense. The Falcons defense have also allowed 7 pass TD’s, which ties them for 4 worst in the league and 10 passes of 20+ yards. Finally, the Atlanta Falcon’s rush defense is among the league’s best, and with the continuing RB woes of the Patriots, you can expect the high target volume for Thompkins to continue through week 4. Thompkins does not have WR1 production, but he would be a good 2nd, or 3rd WR option.

Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger finally has a good match up this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have allowed the most passing touchdowns so far (9) and are 5th worst in passing yards allowed per game (315). The most telling stat is Minnesota’s 4 sacks for the Viking’s defense. Roethlisberger is very dangerous with time in the pocket and I would expect him to finally show up this week. Obviously don’t start Roethlisberger over Brady, or Peyton, but Rodgers is on a bye this week and He could fill in very nicely for the week as the spot starter.

Darren McFadden

McFadden has been hot and cold this year, but the Raiders take on the Redskins this week, who have not been very good against the run. The Redskins are 3rd worst in the league in rush yards per game and have given up 4 rushing touchdowns, as well as 4 carries for 20+ yards. These numbers are very similar to the Jaguars, who McFadden rushed for 129 yards against in week 2. McFadden also provides receiver production, which definitely matches up well against the Redskins’ abysmal pass defense. McFadden would be best in the #2 RB role, or even better, the flex.


–Daniel Jonsson–
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