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!
T.J. Yeldon, RB Jaguars
With Leonard Fournette out for Week 5, T.J. Yeldon will be tasked with the lion’s share of carries on Sunday. Combine that with the Chiefs defense allowing a league-worst 5.7 yards per rush attempt, and you might have a big day from a somewhat cheap option.
Kerryon Johnson, RB Lions
I’ve been following Kerryon Johnson through the start of the season, and he has been a fairly impressive player in my opinion.
Las Vegas has the Packers/Lions game total at 51 points, and the Packers allowing the 10th worst yards per rushing attempt, so we could see a decent outing from Johnson.
Mike Williams, WR Chargers
Don’t look now (OK, actually you can look) but the Raiders are allowing the fifth-most adjusted yards per passing attempt on offense (7.6). This game also has the feel of a shootout with Vegas placing the line at a very high 53.5 points. These indicators point towards Mike Williams as being a good option for teams who can’t afford Keenan Allen.
Calvin Ridley, WR Falcons
The Steelers have the 10th-worst adjusted yards per pass attempt defense in the NFL. The Steelers also struggled against the Chiefs and Buccaneers who employ a similar downfield passing attack to the Falcons.
Add that to the massive 57.5 total for this game, and Calvin Ridley could be a good and affordable option.
Jesse James, TE Steelers
Jesse James has been targeted because of the 57.5 Vegas total mentioned above. The line-makers are very firm that the Steelers and Falcons game will be a shootout. If the game is a shootout, that should favor James.
The Falcons are giving up over 11 fantasy points per game against tight ends and James could be a low-cost option that may put some points on the board.
Chiefs play of the week
Now comes the time where I pick the Chiefs’ fantasy play of the week, and the winner is...
I know most of you are down on the Chiefs defense — for good reason — but let’s not overlook a couple of things heading into the game.
Since 2017, Blake Bortles has a 98.9 QB rating at home, and a 69.1 rating on the road.— Gary McKenzie (@Super_G_Chiefs) October 5, 2018
The Jaguars are tied for last place in turnover differential (-4), while the Chiefs are tied at 7th (+2). Turnovers could be a big factor on Sunday, especially with the potential for rain.— Gary McKenzie (@Super_G_Chiefs) October 5, 2018
With Blake Bortles having such a bad rating on the road, and the potential for rain, we could see a turnover or two. Maybe the Chiefs defense will pick off bad Bortles and return it for a touchdown.
Also of note—Tyreek Hill is always capable of taking a punt return to the house.