5 Players the Experts Like in Week 4
Each week, the experts rank their players accordingly for the upcoming matchups and based on that consensus, we can make informed lineup decisions. However, there are times when some experts don’t necessarily agree with the consensus. If you’re wondering who the most accurate experts are ranking highly this week, then look no further.
We’ve asked the top pundits to discuss players they like more heading into Week 4, and have wrapped it in a gift box for our readers. Got a difficult lineup decision? If you own one of these players below, read on to see why your decision isn’t as hard as you think it is.
James Jones (WR, GB at SF)
Walter Cherepinsky’s Rank: WR8 | Consensus: WR18
“Aaron Rodgers has always maintained a giant chip on his shoulder, and he has now gotten revenge in two consecutive weeks. He defeated the Seahawks, who knocked him out of the playoffs a year ago, and then he humiliated Alex Smith on Monday night, slightly more than 10 years after Smith was chosen way before Rodgers in the NFL Draft. The revenge tour continues in San Francisco. Rodgers, who played college football in the Bay Area, and should’ve been drafted by the team, was knocked out by the 49ers in the playoffs twice recently. Rodgers will thrash the 49ers, who are easily one of the worst teams in the NFL. Thanks to multiple defensive backs lost this offseason, the 49ers can’t defend the pass; they were torched by Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer in consecutive weeks. Rodgers could even have a better game, so both James Jones and Randall Cobb are absolute WR1 plays this week.”
– Walter Cherepinsky (WalterFootball)
Marvin Jones (WR, CIN vs. KC)
Andy Behrens’ Rank: WR22 | Consensus: WR32
“Jones has emerged as the No. 2 receiving option for Cincinnati, he’s found the end-zone in back-to-back weeks, and he’s facing a defense that’s allowed (by far) the most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Chiefs have given up nine spikes to wideouts through three weeks; Jones and A.J. Green have great chance to bump that total to 11 or 12. Marvin is an easy WR2 this week. Don’t sit him.”
– Andy Behrens (Yahoo)
Percy Harvin (WR, BUF vs. NYG)
Sean Koerner’s Rank: WR25 | Consensus: WR29
“This week the Bills will be without LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. Percy Harvin is going to be asked to do even more this week in both the passing game and even the running game – I can see them giving him 2-3 rush attempts this week. With the boost in targets and the surprising chemistry between he and Tyrod Taylor, Harvin can be trusted as a WR3 this week.”
– Sean Koerner (STATS)
Carson Palmer (QB, ARI vs. STL)
Scott Pianowski’s Rank: QB2 | Consensus: QB6
“Consistency. Palmer has multiple touchdowns in all three starts, and even when the Cardinals raced out to a big lead last week – sparked by two early defensive touchdowns – Palmer posted a big game. I certainly like the Rams defense less on the road, and feel you can exploit some of the pieces in this secondary (94.0 rating allowed). Larry Fitzgerald looks like he’s turned back the clock, and John Brown is due to run past someone. Rock the red.”
– Scott Pianowski (Yahoo)
Karlos Williams (RB, BUF vs. NYG)
Ryan Noonan’s Rank: RB7 | Consensus: RB10
“Making the case for Karlos Williams being a top-10 running back this week is a layup. I have him ranked 7th among running backs, but I’m not sure that’s where he’ll land. The simple fact of the matter is that with LeSean McCoy sitting this one out, Karlos Williams slides into the lead back role on a run-first offense that’s a 5.5-point home favorite against the Giants. Boobie Dixon is around, but should offer no real threat to Williams’ snaps and touches. As is, he’s currently the only back in the league who’s found the end zone in each game so far this season, and he’s done that while receiving just 29% of the backfield snaps. McCoy has been in on 64% of the snaps, something that Williams should be able to approach or even surpass this week. He’s the top ranked running back in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted yards above replacement, and his talent shined well enough in camp for the Bills to trade life-long Bill Fred Jackson and release Bryce Brown. As it relates to fantasy, value is tied directly to opportunity and Williams should have that in spades this weekend.”
– Ryan Noonan (The Fantasy Fix)
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