Fantasy Football Week 4: Players with Ideal Matchups at Each Position

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 28, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts slams the ball down in the endzone after he scored on six yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Colts won the game 27-7.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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There are going to be some big points put up in fantasy football for Week 4, and that's mostly due to the fact that there are going to be some great players going up against some weaker teams.

Guys like Jimmy Graham, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson certainly didn't disappoint last week, with each of them putting up strong performances against struggling teams.  

This week will be no different.  Players listed below are solid fantasy contributors that have a chance of being the top scorers at their respective positions based off of the teams and units they're going up against.

Note: All scoring numbers are based off of ESPN's standard scoring leagues.


Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

He may not have had the most explosive outing against the San Francisco 49ers, but Andrew Luck was able to manage the game and help lead the Indianapolis Colts to a win.

He certainly won't have to worry about managing this game.

The Colts will be heading to Jacksonville to take on the lowly Jaguars, who have struggled in every aspect of the game.  Their passing defense is bound to give Luck plenty of opportunities to make big plays.  

The Jaguars defense has given up seven passing touchdowns and forced just one interception, with opposing QBs having a passer rating of 108.9.

Luck has been a productive QB so far, putting up 55 points in three games.  What makes him a great option is the fact that he can put up points with his legs, as he's already run for 100 yards and two scores.  Since the start of the 2012 season, he's run for seven touchdowns, which is just as many as Robert Griffin III has had.

After throwing for just 159 yards and zero touchdowns through the air, you can bet that Luck will make up for it with a huge game against the Jaguars.


Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter as safety David Bruton #30 of the Denver Broncos gives chase at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23,
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Don't expect another passing touchdown from Darren McFadden this week.  However, you can expect a big day from the Raiders starting running back.

It wasn't the most appealing game against the Denver Broncos for McFadden, who had just nine yards on the ground, but the two total touchdowns helped him keep his streak of three straight games with double-digit points intact.  With the Washington Redskins coming to town, McFadden should have plenty of chances to make big plays.

It has been an ugly start for the 0-3 Redskins, and their defense has been a big part of that.  It has given up 155 rushing yards per game to go along with four rushing touchdowns.  In regards to total defense, the unit is the worst in the league, giving up 488 total yards a game.

McFadden is bound to break out in a game where the current quarterback situation is uncertain.  Even if the Redskins focus exclusively on "DMC," he will likely put up a fair amount of points due to the amount of carries he will get.

I usually try to shy away from Raiders players, but McFadden is looking like a safer bet than he's been in previous seasons.


Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are looking like the best team in the NFC East, and although that's not saying much, the offense is about to blow up in Week 4.

That's really good for Dez Bryant, who has been banged up a bit already.  He was able to prove that he still has big-play potential in Week 2, putting up 141 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While Bryant had just nine points last week, he was able to grab another touchdown and looked good to go for this week, which means that he could be ready for another huge game—this time against the San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers defense has been ugly so far.  It has allowed a league-worst 341 yards through the air per game.  No. 1 receivers have gone off against them, with DeSean Jackson putting up 193 yards and a touchdown against them and Andre Johnson putting up 146 yards on 12 catches.

As long as Tony Romo stays upright and Bryant is on the field, the two should connect more than a few times this week.


Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs onto the field before the game against the Chicago Bears on September 22, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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An ACL injury kept Miller out until last week, but that won't keep him from a big day in London.

Miller looked good in his first game back from injury, putting up 35 yards on three catches.  While that's not a whole lot of production, it is clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to quickly get Miller back into the offense.

The Steelers will be helped on offense by playing the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings have allowed 316 passing yards per game along with nine passing touchdowns.  They've allowed at least 30 points in every game.  Jordan Cameron, the Cleveland Browns tight end, had 66 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings just last week.

It's unlikely that Miller grabs three touchdowns, but Ben Roethlisberger is desperately looking for a weapon he can trust, and Miller has a good chance at getting his fair share of targets this week.


Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs

It was a great week against the Philadelphia Eagles last Thursday, with Succop making four of his five field goals along with two extra points. 

The Kansas City Chiefs may not have the most high-powered offense in the world, but they're efficient, and they will be going up against a rather easy opponent this week in the New York Giants.

The Giants have been ugly on defense so far.  Not only do they allow 382.3 yards per game, but they've also given up 38.3 points a game.  

That's good news for Succop, who will get plenty of opportunities to put up points throughout the game.


Arizona Cardinals D/ST

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu #32 and cornerback Patrick Peterson #21 (L) of the Arizona Cardinals warm up before the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale,
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Yes, the Cardinals haven't had the most impressive defense so far, but this is the most ideal matchup they could have in Week 4.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has struggled, putting up just 282 yards and 11.3 points per game.  It is the second-worst offense behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Additionally, the Bucs have decided to go with rookie QB Mike Glennon this week.  Glennon has yet to play a down in an NFL regular season, and based off of what we saw in the preseason, it's not going to be pretty.  The Cardinals also have Patrick Peterson fielding punts, and he's always a threat to take one to the house.

Don't expect the Bucs to put up a lot of points, and be ready for the Cardinals to force some turnovers this week.


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