FanDuel NFL Value Plays: Week 4
Geoff Lambert looks at value plays for Week 4.
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C.J. Beathard (SF) $6,200 @ LAC
There isn’t a lot of value options at QB this weekend, but Beathard will be an overlooked commodity at a mere $6,200. In limited time last season, Beathard put up some decent fantasy numbers due in large part to his rushing ability – in six games last season, Beathard had three rushing TDs. In an offense that lacks playmakers, Beathard could rack up some decent yardage, and maybe he gets a rushing TD against a Chargers team giving up the eighth most rushing yards to QBs.
Sony Michel (NE) $5,900 vs. MIA
Here is something you probably haven’t heard since the days of Corey Dillon, “We finally have some clarity in the Patriots backfield.” Granted, it took putting two RBs on IR to get there, which is unfortunate for them, but we get to reap the benefits. Michel is the first and second down back, while James White is the passing down back. Michel received 14 carries last week, in a game the Patriots were never really in for most of the game. I see this week’s division game with the Dolphins being much closer, which could lead to more touches for Michel.
Kerryon Johnson (DET) $5,700 @ DAL
Our second of four rookies to make my value column this week, Johnson became the first Lion to rush for 100 yards since Reggie Bush way back in 2013. This week he gets a Cowboys defense that will be without MLB Sean Lee. Without Lee in the middle of this defense last year, they were bottom five in the league in nearly every defensive category, including rushing yards allowed. Johnson should have no problems finding running lanes and could be the first Lions running back to have back to back 100-yard games since Kevin Jones did it in 2004.
Antonio Callaway (CLE) $4,500 @ OAK
What do these three WRs have in common; Cody Hollister, J.J. Nelson, and Justin Hardy? Well, they have two things in common, they all have yet to register a single fantasy point this season, and they are all priced higher than Callaway — who is coming off a game in which he had 11 targets. Yes, he only caught four of those targets for a mere 20 yards, but Tyrod Taylor missed him on two long passes down the field that could have resulted in TDs. Callaway is my lock of the week.
Taylor Gabriel (CHI) $5,000 vs TB
Rookie WR Anthony Miller will miss this game with a separated shoulder leaving Gabriel as the clear-cut No. 2 option in the passing game. Gabriel was already ahead of Miller on the totem pole, but with him out, it should lead to a few more looks. The Bucs are dead last in points allowed to WRs, giving up a whopping 33.79 FanDuel points so far this season. The Bucs are an explosive offense, and the Bears will need to pass to keep up. At $5,000, Gabriel is a steal.
Dallas Goedert (PHI) $4,600 @ TEN
My fourth and final rookie in this column, Goedert proved he and Ertz can coexist in this offense as long as Carson Wentz is the QB. The status of Alshon Jeffery is still an unknown, but as long as he is out Goedert is a great cheap option at TE at only $4,600.
Indianapolis Colts D/ST $3,600 vs. HOU
The Colts have 10 sacks through three games, which would put them on pace to have more sacks than the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. Meanwhile, the Texans have given up 10 sacks, which puts them on pace to give up 53. That would be more than Jacoby Brissett had last season when he was brought down a league-leading 52 times.