FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 4

Looking for some prime FanDuel plays up and down the price scale? Pat Thorman finds some of the best ones.

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FanDuel lineup advice: The best plays of Week 4

With nearly a month of the season in the books, we are staring at what should be the lowest-scoring DFS week yet. The Packers and Eagles are on bye, and the game with the second-highest projected total is off the main daily fantasy slate and being played in London. The Saints and Chargers face off in the only contest with a projected total north of 50.

The matchup with the most hidden fantasy goodness has the Lions in Chicago, and as I looked at this week in Snaps, Pace & Stats, both sides should enjoy elevated play volume. Similar to how the Week 3 Lions and Packers game lent itself to stacking, this week’s matchup has the same appeal. Value running backs Dwayne Washington and Jordan Howard, while highly owned, widen our lineup-diversifying options.

Keep an eye on Marvin Jones’ injury status. Golden Tate has disappointed, but his seven-target average will rise, even if his average depth of target doesn’t. Last season’s leading receiver in generating missed tackles will match up with Jacoby Glenn, who’s tied for the fourth-most missed tackles while in coverage. Stacking Tate with Matthew Stafford and Eric Ebron is only one combination in play here.

While appealing matchups exist in every game, there looks to be fewer high-scoring contests this week. Do not run away from the top options simply because they’re chalk, as high ownership can be mitigated by unique lineup construction. Leveraging games with moderate totals, but potentially high snap volume, is an excellent way to accomplish this.

Here are some Week 4 FanDuel tournament plays. Good luck everyone.


Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, $8,400

Roethlisberger does not have a strong paper matchup against a Chiefs team allowing the second-fewest points to quarterbacks and who, last week, picked everything off Ryan Fitzpatrick except his beard. Yet, they were more beatable in Houston two weeks ago, and Roethlisberger is light years better than Brock Osweiler — especially when playing in Pittsburgh. The Steelers play faster at home, Roethlisberger has thrived both during games in Pittsburgh and while using the no-huddle, and he gets Le’Veon Bell back to boost an offense with a top-five implied total.

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Pat Thorman is a lead writer for PFF Fantasy and a Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner.

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