NFL: Week 4’s Best Fantasy Football Matchups

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Now that fantasy football season is in full-swing, finding the right matchups can be the difference between landing a spot in your league’s playoffs and missing out on the postseason altogether. That said, here is a look at five players at every position who have favorable fantasy matchups in Week 4.

Quarterbacks

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1.  Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Week 4 Opponent:  Chicago Bears

For the last two weeks, Carr has played like a Pro Bowl quarterback, throwing for a total of 665 yards and five touchdown passes. His run of impressive play should continue this week against a Bears defense that has been extremely kind to quarterbacks in 2015.

2.  Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 4 Opponent:  Kansas City Chiefs

Dalton (pictured above) has played like a potential MVP candidate through the first three weeks of the season, and that should continue in Week 4. The Chiefs have gotten absolutely shredded by opposing quarterbacks in the past two weeks, despite having one of the league’s best pass rushes. Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green will be a matchup nightmare for Kansas City, and as a result, Dalton should again post huge fantasy numbers in Week 4.

3.  Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Week 4 Opponent:  Detroit Lions

With the availability of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch up in the air, we are anticipating Wilson playing a more integral role in the Seahawks offense against the Detroit Lions in Week 4. Fortunately for fantasy owners with Wilson on their rosters, the Lions have gone from being one of the league’s best defenses in 2014, to one of the league’s worst defenses in 2015.

4.  Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Week 4 Opponent:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Newton is the driving force of the Carolina offense, and the Panthers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Enough said.

5.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Week 4 Opponent:  San Francisco 49ers

Rodgers pretty much has a favorable matchup anytime he steps on the field. However, this week has the potential to be even better than usual. The 49ers have struggled mightily against Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer in their last two games, and with all due respect to both players, they are not in the same class as Rodgers. On top of that, this is yet another opportunity for the reigning NFL MVP to stick it to his hometown team that passed him over in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Running Backs

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1.  Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers

Week 4 Opponent:  Cleveland Browns

After a slow start to his rookie season, Gordon (pictured above) has turned it on as of late. In Week 4, we are fully expecting him to have a monster game against a Browns defense that is allowing an average of 158.3 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown per game in 2015.

2.  Joseph Randle, Dallas Cowboys

Week 4 Opponent:  New Orleans Saints

Randle had a career game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, and we believe that he will back that up with another strong performance against the Saints in Week 4. The New Orleans defense is giving up 4.2 yards per carry and an average of 126 rushing yards per game in 2015. Furthermore, with Tony Romo out of the lineup, the Cowboys are likely going to continue to rely heavily on their running game to get things going offensively.

3.  Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Week 4 Opponent:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stewart has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners in 2015, but that should change this week. He has been upgraded from questionable to probable on the Carolina injury report and he will be facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that is allowing 138 rushing yards per game this season.

4.  Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

Week 4 Opponent:  Green Bay Packers

The 49ers are going to have to keep Aaron Rodgers off the field to have any chance of a close game. That’s where Hyde will come into play. Expect to see the Niners try to get Hyde at least 20 touches in this game. If they do, the 24-year-old running back should have a good amount of success against a Green Bay defense that is allowing 5.0 yards per carry in 2015.

5.  Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

Week 4 Opponent:  Chicago Bears

Murray had a monster game in Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown. We are forecasting similar numbers for Murray this week against a Bears defense that is giving up an average of 135.7 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry in 2015.

Wide Receivers

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1.  Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Week 4 Opponent:  Chicago Bears

Cooper (pictured above) is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard receiving games, and we are predicting that the 21-year-old rookie will make it three in a row in Week 4. The Bears, as we previously mentioned, are struggling mightily on defense this season, and Cooper presents a major mismatch for every defensive back they have on the roster.

2.  Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Week 4 Opponent:  San Francisco 49ers

As Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 target, Cobb is a virtual must-start fantasy wide receiver every week. This week, however, Cobb has arguably the best wide receiver matchup in the league. The 49ers have been getting torched through the air, and Cobb, who is a big play machine, should be able to exploit a San Francisco secondary that is allowing a whopping 15.2 yards per reception in 2015.

3.  A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 4 Opponent:  Kansas City Chiefs

Green flat-out went off against the Baltimore Ravens a week ago, and while he may not repeat his Week 3 numbers of 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns this week against the Chiefs, we are fairly confident that he will total well over 100 receiving yards and finish with close to 10 catches this week.

4.  Brandon Marshall, New York Jets

Week 4 Opponent:  Miami Dolphins

Marshall has had two straight 100-yard games for the Jets, and has the matchup this week to make it three in a row. Marshall will likely be out to beat his former team, and the Dolphins simply do not have a cornerback that physically matches up well with the 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver. Fantasy owners can expect Marshall to see double-digit targets in this game.

5.  Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants

Week 4 Opponent:  Buffalo Bills

You probably already know this, but Beckham is a must-start wide receiver every week. With that being said, we see Beckham being targeted an upwards of 15 times against the Bills in Week 4. If that proves to be true, the 22-year-old wide receiver will undoubtedly have huge numbers to show for it.

Tight Ends

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1.  Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

Week 4 Opponent:  Oakland Raiders

Bennett (pictured above) will be facing a Raiders defense that has been statistically the worst defense in the league when it comes to defending tight ends. As a result, Bennett is a must-start fantasy tight end regardless of who the Bears have starting at quarterback.

2.  Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

Week 4 Opponent:  New York Giants

The Giants have struggled all year against tight ends, and Clay is one of the most explosive players in the league at the position. We are expecting Clay to catch at least five passes for at least 75 yards this week.

3.  Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Week 4 Opponent:  New Orleans Saints

With Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out of the lineup, the Cowboys are going to rely heavily on their rushing attack and play-action passes this week against the Saints. One of the main benefactors of this is sure be Witten, who is a weapon over the middle on play-action passes.

4.  Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks

Week 4 Opponent:  Detroit Lions

It took a while, but the Seahawks finally took advantage of having Graham in their lineup in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. We are expecting more of the same this week against the Detroit Lions, especially if running back, Marshawn Lynch, doesn’t end up playing.

5.  Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

Week 4 Opponent:  Seattle Seahawks

Ebron is enjoying a breakout season in his second year in the league, and he will need to have an excellent game for the Lions to have a chance this week. The Seahawks will likely be focused on slowing down wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, which should create more target opportunities for Ebron in this game.

All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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