Below, you’ll find a list of players I have spotlighted for daily fantasy selections leading into the fourth week of the NFL season.
I use the following criteria to try and find players — NFL Vegas totals, NFL team stats, what the fantasy gurus are saying and my GUT.
Without further ado, let’s not wait any longer. Let’s see who’s made my list of five players this week!
Sony Michel, RB Patriots
With the Chiefs having the worst yards-per-rushing attempt defense in the NFL (5.8 Y/A) and Las Vegas setting the Chiefs/Patriots total at a record-breaking 59 points, there is a very good shot Sony Michel racks up some points this weekend.
It is fair to note that Michel was spotted as questionable on the Patriots injury report, but all signs are pointing to his place on the injury report as a precautionary measure. I have no doubt that Michel will play on Sunday (barring something unexpected).
James White, RB Patriots
Hey, look at that — two Patriots running backs in a row! You don’t see that every day...
But of course, like mentioned above, you don’t see Vegas set a line at 59 points every day either. The Patriots running backs should do well against the Chiefs and James White leads the Patriots in receptions. I expect White to have a great game catching the ball out of the backfield.
Tyler Boyd, WR Bengals
Tyler Boyd is quietly putting together a very good start to the season. Boyd has 393 receiving yards (16 less than A.J. Green) and two receiving touchdowns.
Add that to a Steelers secondary which has been shaky at best to start the season, as well as a Vegas total of 53 points, and Boyd would be a good pickup for any team who can’t afford Green.
Chris Godwin, WR Buccaneers
There is another game this week that has a huge total — Buccaneers/Falcons. Currently, the total is sitting at 57.5 points. Wow.
With so many fantasy points likely being spread around, it might not be a bad idea to snag Chris Godwin who would be a cheaper option than DeSean Jackson or Mike Evans.
Calvin Ridley, WR Falcons
Remember that 57.5 spread from before? Well, compile that with the fact the Bucs have the worst adjusted yards-per-passing attempt defense in the NFL (8.7 NY/A) and you have a perfect storm for Calvin Ridley to put up some points, all the while being a more affordable option than Julio Jones.
Now it’s time for my Chiefs pick of the week. Last week, I chose the Chiefs defense, and it happened to be a pretty good pick. The Chiefs defense held the Jaguars to 14 points, racked up five sacks, four interceptions and also scored a touchdown.
This week’s pick is....
Demetrius Harris, TE
This might be the second week in a row where the “head-scratchers” come out. I’m hopeful I’ll get lucky two weeks in a row, and Demetrius Harris will have a big game.
My reasoning for picking Harris is due to the Patriots having a poor linebacker group that will be tasked with stopping Travis Kelce all game Sunday.
I also believe when Bill Belichick takes certain weapons away, it leaves opening for other less heralded players. For Sunday night’s game, Harris is my choice of the unheralded player who shows up for the Chiefs in Foxborough.