Frank Gore is an elite option in Week 4

Dan Schneier brings you his Week 4 Matchups Machine to help you pick your starters and optimize your daily fantasy football lineups.

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(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Frank Gore is an elite option in Week 4

Welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.

PFF has all the tools to break down each individual matchup. Do you want to know how your wide receiver is going to do? Well, if he lines up as a split end on 90 percent of his snaps, we can pinpoint which cornerback he will be matching up with for those snaps. We can also tell you how that cornerback has performed.

Of course, as was the case in the past, this column will become more accurate as the season goes on and we compile more grades for the players and get a feel for the tendencies and overall strengths/weaknesses of the 32 teams.

The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

Derek Carr at Bears

With the best matchups reserved for the top quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck), and those quarterbacks I can’t feel comfortable suggesting (Brandon Weeden, Ryan Mallett), I decided to get a little more creative this week. Although the Bears have been better on defense than anticipated, they have yet to match up with an offensive unit that is strong in pass protection. The Raiders enter Week 4 with PFF’s top-rated pass blocking unit.

As a result of trading Jared Allen earlier this week, the Bears lost the man responsible for five of their 11 total quarterback hits this season. This defense is responsible for just four sacks in three games. Only two players on the current roster have registered a sack or a hit — Pernell McPhee and Jarvis Jenkins — and those are the only two players with a pass rush grade (+1.0) or above.

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer at PFF Fantasy and he covers the NFC East beat for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @DanSchneierNFL. You can also add him to your network on Google+ to find all of his past material.

Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

  • WiliamWallis

    Great stuff. Thanks Dan!

    • Dan Schneier

      Thanks for reading and for the kind words. Hopefully these work out according to plan, like they did in Week 3.

  • johnforamerica

    Thanks Dan! In regards to Gordon: would you start him over Gore or Arian Foster (if healthy) at RB this week?

    If not, would you start him over any of the following in flex: Karlos Williams, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen?

    • Dan Schneier

      Thanks for reading John. You’re lineup seems pretty stacked, to be honest. If Foster is active, I highly doubt he will be limited. Gore is also one of my favorites plays, and the safer bet to score. I would not start him over either. For the next set of three, it gets trickier. Based on matchup/volume, I would probably go Williams over Gordon (unless you want upside/high ceiling). Keenan Allen is taking on a struggling Joe Haden and CLE pass D overall. Mike Evans is tough to sit at this point, he drew double-digit targets last week. Is it standard? I MIGHT consider him over Evans or Williams in standard if you’re looking for that high ceiling…it’s a tough call.

      • johnforamerica

        It is standard.

        Man, it is really awesome of you to put that time and thought into an answer! My sincere thanks!

        As for being stacked, I agree. So why am I 0-3?!