It is already Week 4 of the fantasy football season and we have our first round of bye weeks. The New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers are both on bye this week. There is also a slew of injuries that we are already dealing with that may have you looking for a short-term option.
Whether it is a bye week, injury, or a bad matchup; we have options to help you get a win in Week 4.
Daniel Jones – New York Giants Vs. Washington Redskins
Daniel Jones had an exciting debut that was capped with a game-winning drive and a combined 4 touchdowns on the day. Jones was the number two overall quarterback last week in fantasy football. I am not predicting a top-two performance again, but I do think that he is worthy of a start this week.
Jones has a solid floor due to his ability to use his legs on scrambles as well as designed runs. He has a good matchup as the Washington Redskins have been vulnerable through the air all year. Washington ranks 20th in opponent’s passing yards, 30th in opponent’s passing touchdowns, and are allowing 3 passing touchdowns a game so far. On top of all of this, the New York Giants defense is equally bad. This could be a shootout, and Jones will finish as a top 12 quarterback again this week.
Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions Vs Kansas City Chiefs
Matthew Stafford was one of our streamers in Week 1, and he finished as the fourth overall quarterback. I would go back to Stafford this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Stafford should be playing from behind all game as they try to keep up with Patrick Mahomes in their dome.
Stafford may have to air it out more than usual, and in a game where he may have a season-high in attempts, he could have a season-high in production. If you are in a pinch, plug in Stafford.
Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
The Houston Texans defense has not been as formidable as it has been in the past, and most notably, they struggle defending the pass. The Texans are allowing over 270 yards passing a game and around 2 touchdowns per game. Kyle Allen got the pleasure of playing the Arizona Cardinals last week and he took full advantage. He threw for 4 touchdowns as he led the Carolina Panthers to victory.
Allen has a ton of weapons and will have to use all of them when competing with Deshaun Watson. I think Allen has a real shot at keeping this job, and that will continue on Sunday if he can come close to repeating last week’s performance.
Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals have allowed a top-two tight end every week so far this season. They are a fantasy football dream matchup right now, and Will Dissly is the beneficiary. Dissly also benefits from Nick Vannett being traded out of town to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Dissly is not a household name, but he is a fantastic streaming option this week. You may even want to hang on to him with the position being so thin league-wide.
T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions Vs. Kansas City
T.J. Hockenson has yet to have any type of fantasy football success following his monstrous Week 1 performance against the Cardinals. Hockenson had a tough matchup in Week 2, and last week he was a few plays away from having a big game. He had a touchdown called back on a penalty, and he dropped a touchdown pass. Hockenson has the opportunity with snaps and targets. He just needs to cash in. In a high scoring affair, Hockenson should have ample opportunity for fantasy production this week.
Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins Vs. New York Giants
Vernon Davis has been thrust into the starting role, and unfortunately for Jordan Reed, he may be there all year. Reed, who has a history of concussions, is battling another and his career is in jeopardy. Davis is getting the majority of the tight end snaps, targets, and he gets a great matchup this week. The Giants’ defense has struggled in all areas and has been allowing fantasy production to all positions. Davis is a great fill in this week if needed.
Los Angeles Chargers D/ST Vs Miami Dolphins
The Los Angeles Chargers D/ST has not been as productive for fantasy football owners as hoped for. Losing their stud safety Derwin James before the season has hurt, and they have had some tougher matchups. They have the Miami Dolphins this week, however, and the Dolphins have allowed a top-five D/ST or better every week this year. Grab the Chargers and start them up as my stream of the week.
Denver Broncos D/ST Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Denver Broncos D/ST has failed to register a sack or cause a turnover yet this year. This is a Vic Fangio defense with Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Chris Harris. This could be the week and the Jacksonville Jaguars are not exactly a threat to put up a huge amount of points. It is hard to go against Minshewmania, but this could be a sneaky start.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST Vs. Oakland Raiders
The Indianapolis Colts have been a sneaky good defense these last two seasons, and they have an A+ matchup as the Oakland Raiders come into town. Derek Carr has been turning the ball over, and the Raiders have not been putting up a lot of points. The big-ticket free agent tackle Trent Brown will likely miss this game, and this should create even more opportunities for sacks and turnovers this week.
David Heilman is a writer and Fantasy Football co-director for Pro Football Network. You can follow him at @DynastyDorks on Twitter.