Sounds a bit out there, but I'm hoping that quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears' offense dominates this Sunday. My game plan for my NFL Week 4 Classic DraftKings team is to add under the radar players and hope that they perform beyond expectations. Trubisky is one of those under the radar players.
If my gambit works, I could be in for a nice payday. If not, I could end up losing my $3 bucks. Check out my NFL Week 4 DraftKings Classic Team.
NFL Week 4 DraftKings Classic Team
QB Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears, $5,200
Here are the quarterbacks with higher DraftKings' salaries in Week 4 than Mitch Trubisky: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Deshaun Watson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton, and Dak Prescott.
Not a single quarterback in the above list stood out to me. Even guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady face uphill climbs this week because they face teams with good pass defenses. Trubisky doesn't. The Chicago Bear quarterback faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. Tampa's great at stopping the rush, it only allows 70.7 yards per game on the ground, but it's not great at stopping the pass.
The Bucs allow 362.7 passing yards per, ranking 32nd in the NFL. If Tampa Bay's defense plays to form, Trubisky should have a great passing day.
RB Melvin Gordon, L.A. Chargers, $8,300
Gordon's one of the most reliable fantasy football players in the NFL. Even on a day when the Rams dominated the Chargers, Gordon scored 16.4 fantasy football points. Quarterback Philip Rivers only targeted Gordon 2 times in the game against the Chargers, which is odd because the Rams don't have great linebackers.
Rivers should target Gordon at least 10 times this Sunday. San Francisco's defense has allowed 26 receptions to running backs in the first 3 games of the season. Gordon should score at least 25 fantasy points on Sunday. There's a chance he scores 30 fantasy points or more.
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys, $7,700
Dallas running back star Ezekiel Elliott hasn't had one of those magical games yet. That could happen on Sunday versus a Detroit Lions' defense that allows 149.3 rushing yards per game, making it the worst rush defense in the NFL.
One thing to note about Elliott is that quarterback Dak Prescott has targeted him 18 times this season. That averages out to 6 targets per week. If Elliott can get going on the ground, he should blast through the Detroit defense for big runs. Hopefully, he can take a couple of those to the house. Once Detroit shifts gears to stop Elliott's rushes, Dak should target Zeke in the passing attack.
WR Josh Gordon, New England Patriots, $6,200
Gordon practiced sparingly on Wednesday. The Patriots have no choice but to start Gordon and play Gordon all day against the Miami Dolphins. It's apparent after losses to both Detroit and Jacksonville that quarterback Tom Brady doesn't have a viable receiving target.
Even when Julian Edelman returns, it's difficult to see the Patriots having success in the passing game without Brady targeting Gordon at least 10 times per game. Edelman and Chris Hogan alone won't lead to success while Gordon's one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL.
I'm rolling the dice making Josh Gordon my top wide receiver on Sunday. Hopefully, it works out for me.
WR Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears, $5,900
Robinson has only caught 17 passes this season and he hasn't scored a touchdown yet, but one of the keys to winning fantasy football contests is to catch players in breakout games. Robinson might provide one of those breakout games on Sunday versus the terrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Mitch Trubisky targets Robinson at least 7 times per game. He should see up to 10 targets because Tampa has a terrible pass defense and there's a good chance that the Buccaneers force the Bears into a shootout.
Chicago can't rely on its defense to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because Tampa's got the top offense based on yards per game in the NFL. Tampa will move the football and should score some points. That means Trubisky to Robinson could be a high-scoring QB/WR combination in Week 4.
WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants, $4,900
New Orleans' secondary should get it together, but I'm not sure it gets it together this Sunday against the Giants. Giants' WR1 Odell Beckham Jr. has enough talent to beat the Saints' top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, which means the Saints are likely to put an extra body on Beckham Jr.
That should leave Sterling Shepard wide open on plenty of plays. If New Orleans stops the rush like the defense often does, Eli Manning must go to the air because we know that Drew Brees and the Saints offense figures to score over 30 in this matchup.
Shepard could have a huge game on Sunday.
TE Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks, $3,100
Dissly only scored 1.4 fantasy football points in Week 3. He should pick it up in Week 4 because the Seahawks battle the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals must concentrate on stopping Seattle's rush. That should leave Dissly open for a few passes. Hopefully, at least one or two of those passes from Russell leads to touchdowns.
Flex – WR Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins, $5,800
Stills has 3 touchdown catches in 3 games. He's got the big play ability to beat most any secondary in the NFL. The Dolphins face the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Patriots' defense isn't great. It allows over 400 total yards per game.
There should be at least two times where Stills can get behind the Pats' D. Once he gets behind the Patriots' D, Tannehill will throw it to him for the touchdown.
DST – Cleveland Browns, $2,900
Cleveland's D faces what many thought might be one of the top offenses in the NFL this season in the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders only average 17.3 points per game while no team has scored more than 21 points against Cleveland's defense.
Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr has thrown 5 interceptions this season to only 2 TD passes. Carr should make at least 1 mistake in this game. He might make a couple of mistakes. Browns' D looks strong.