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Andy Dalton, QB: I’ll be damned if Bad Andy has NOT shown up yet. Dalton has thrown for three scores in each of the past two weeks — and even ran for one in Week 3 — and his 866 passing yards this season ranks sixth in the NFL. Meanwhile, K.C.’s secondary is banged-up, is traveling on a short week and has allowed 10 passing touchdowns (worst in the NFL) and the fifth-most passing yards. Some of it’s due to Aaron Rodgers, but not all of it. As teams continue to focus on stopping Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, Dalton is making them pay.
Joseph Randle, RB: One of four players this season to have rushed for at least 50 yards in all three games; it’s always safe to bet against Rob Ryan. The Saints have allowed the seventh-most rushing yards in the NFL (126.0 per game).
Carson Palmer, QB: He faces a Rams defense that brings back a bad memory for him. The last time he faced the Rams at home was the game he suffered a torn ACL in Week 10 last season. It’s the last time Palmer failed to reach 20 Fantasy points, but we expect him to be fine this week. Even though St. Louis has yet to allow a quarterback to score multiple touchdowns and just knocked out Roethlisberger in Week 3, we’re still starting Palmer with confidence.
Melvin Gordon, RB: The Browns run defense continues to be a mess after Latavius Murray ran through them in Week 3 for 139 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. This is now six games in a row going back to last season where a running back reached double digits in Fantasy points against Cleveland, and Gordon should have the best game of his brief rookie year this week.
Derek Carr, QB: Carr failed to impress Week 1 but has answered with back-to-back 300-yard games with five touchdown passes. He’s looked like a legitimate franchise quarterback against the Ravens and Browns. Carr now gets his easiest on-paper matchup of the young season. The Bears have faced the fewest pass attempts (77) but have allowed the second-most touchdowns (8), giving up a touchdown pass every 9.6 attempts. They also don’t put pressure on the quarterback.
Duke Johnson, RB: Johnson has out-snapped teammate Isaiah Crowell each of the past two weeks, registering 22 touches for 78 yards. Crowell averaged just 3.6 YPC last week against the Raiders and doesn’t play in the passing game. The Browns are 7.5-point underdogs, which will translate to more playing time for Johnson. He caught six passes last week and should see a number of dump-offs into the flats from Josh McCown in catch-up mode.
WEEK 4: Our experts pick each game
Alfred Morris, RB: He’s in a time-share with Matt Jones, and the Eagles have allowed just 3.1 yards per rush this season, fewest in the NFL. Philly is one of four teams to not allow a rushing TD this season. My beloved Washington is gonna have to win this one on the arm of Kirk Cousins.
Travis Benjamin, WR: I know, he’s been a scoring machine. But don’t get cute. The Chargers have given up just six 40-plus-yard pass plays since the beginning of last season and are actually third against the pass so far this season.
Eli Manning, QB: Bills defense has played well this season, but opposing quarterbacks have still had quality production against them. Tannehill, despite three interceptions, still managed 19 Fantasy points in Week 3. And Luck had 21 Fantasy points in Week 1 despite two interceptions. Brady abused this defense for 34 Fantasy points in Week 2, and here comes Manning after consecutive games with at least 20 Fantasy points against the Falcons and Redskins. But both of those games were at home, and Manning hasn’t exactly been great on the road going back to last season.
Jordan Reed, TE: The Eagles haven’t given up a lot of production to tight ends this season, but they haven’t exactly faced a who’s who list of talent at the position either. Jason Witten is the only tight end of worth that Philadelphia played along with Jacob Tamme in Week 1 with the Falcons and Jeff Cumberland in Week 3 with the Jets. Reed will be their toughest opponent to date, and he’s scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in all three games this season with 26 targets.
Carlos Hyde, RB: Hyde is a talented runner and is still third in the league in rushing, but he’s fallen victim to serious game-flow problems the past two weeks. The 49ers have gotten plastered by the Steelers and Cardinals in back-to-back road games. San Francisco at least gets to head back home, but Green Bay is coming to town as eight-point favorites. The game script obviously doesn’t favor Hyde once again.
Rueben Randle, WR: Week 3 was about as consistent as we’ve ever seen Randle. He caught all seven of his targets for 116 yards and a score. The touchdown, however, was extremely lucky; the ball bounced off Randle’s shoulder and up into the air as the cornerback fell down. Randle got back under it and walked into the end zone from 41 yards out. This week’s matchup against Bills impressive rookie CB Ronald Darby and emerging shutdown CB Stephon Gilmore won’t be as easy.
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