Buy/Sell/Steal for Week 4
Emptying out the notebook
— Dalvin Cook (ACL) is out for the year; Chris Carson (ankle) is out indefinitely; Mohammed Sanu (ankle) will miss 2-3 weeks, Jordan Matthews (thumb) is out a month; Derek Carr (back) is out 2-6 weeks, E.J. Manuel will start this week.
— Waiver wire pick-ups for the week: Alvin Kamara (RB/NO) he should be owned in every league by now, Latavius Murray (RB/Min), Andre Ellington (RB/Ari), Aaron Jones (RB/GB), C.J. Prosise (RB/Sea), Will Fuller (WR/Hou), Tyler Kroft (TE/Cin)
— Doug Martin is back from suspension this week. While many owners have been waiting for him to return, there is no guarantee he will be active.
— Willie Snead should be active this week.
— Mitchell Trubisky will start for the Bears.
— Bye weeks start this week with the following teams: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington
— New England at Tampa Bay kicks us off on Thursday night.
— Minnesota at Chicago closes the week Monday night.
Ravens Fantasy Outlook
Ravens Defense: Derek Carr is out, Michael Crabtree’s status is up in the air and if he does play he may not be 100%. Then you have Amari Cooper and Marshawn Lynch, who have disappeared over the past three weeks. This has all the makings for the Ravens defense to have a big fantasy day.
Ben Watson: The Raiders have allowed 14+ fantasy points to opposing TE’s in three of the past four games.
Jeremy Maclin: Maclin has some familiarity with the Raiders defense from his time in Kansas City. While there Maclin faced them four times and averaged 11 points per game (PPR scoring).
QB: Phillip Rivers: Just because your team is 0-4 doesn’t mean you cannot be relevant in fantasy. Rivers has attempted 30+ passes in all four games this year and has thrown for over 1,100 yards.
Eli Manning: In his last two games, Manning has averaged 327 yards to go with five TD’s. The passing game is finally starting to get in sync.
RB: Jordan Howard: Howard’s workload will increase this week with a rookie QB starting. He should get plenty of chances on the ground and in the passing game.
Ezekiel Elliott: Elliott feasted on the Pack twice last year rushing for 157 and 125 yards. He has rebounded nicely since Week 2 and another 100+ yard game is likely.
WR: Mike Evans: The Pats defense is dead last in passing defense and as allowed 1300 yards and 11 TD’s through the air. This is an ideal match-up for one of the best receivers in the league at home.
Jordy Nelson: Nelson has averaged 22 points per game in the three games he has played. That number could increase this week as both Adams and Montgomery may miss the game.
Other names: Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, A.J. Green, Golden Tate, T.Y. Hilton, DeVante Parker, Keenan Allen, Odell Beckham, Jr., Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, DeAndre Hopkins, Stefon Diggs, Robby Anderson, Jordy Nelson
TE: Rob Gronkowski: Gronk has averaged 16 fantasy points a game and is leading the team in targets.
Def: Minnesota, Tennessee, Detroit, New York Jets
QB: Andy Dalton: The Bills defense has allowed one passing TD while hauling in six INT’s and giving up 229 yards on average through the air.
Cam Newton: In Detroit’s two home games this year they have picked off opposing QB’s six times. That is not a good sign for Newton who has already thrown five INT’s.
RB: Marshawn Lynch: Lynch has scored a combined three fantasy points over the past two weeks. Lynch has just not be able to get it going since Week 1.
Christian McCaffrey: Take away the Saints game and McCaffrey has averaged nine points a week. To make matters worse, he has yet to find the end zone.
WR: Jarvis Landry: His targets and yards have decreased each week and Jay Cutler’s play has hurt his fantasy stock.
Eric Decker: Decker has yet to top 50 yards in a game or find the end zone. That will not improve with Cassel or a less than 100% Mariota on the road this week.
TE: Jason Witten: In the past two games, Witten has seen only six targets, hauling in two for 12 yards.
Julius Thomas: Thomas is averaging five points per game. With the offense sputtering, things don’t look good going forward.
Def: New England, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Houston
QB: Jacoby Brisett: Brisett has not been horrible and he gets a favorable match-up at home against the 49ers, who have allowed seven touchdowns through the air.
RB: Andre Ellington: Ellington is extremely valuable in PPR leagues, but look for his role to expand with Chris Johnson adding nothing to the offense.
WR: Zay Jones: With Jordan Matthews out for a month, Jones steps in as the number one WR.
TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins: ASJ is averaging 8.5 points since returning from suspension. With his role expanding each week, he is in line for a big game against the Browns.
Def: Buffalo Bills