Week 4 means bye weeks have finally returned to the NFL but it also welcomes our first London game of the year!
The game is already pretty exciting considering we've had Leonard Williams fall asleep in a meeting with a sleep therapist and the Jets bring 350 (!) rolls of toilet paper with them.
After hearing the news, we added British toilet paper to our sit list in our Start/Sit for the week.
But while fantasy owners will miss Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski this week, there are actually a lot of juicy matchups of high-powered offenses going up against weaker defenses.
One particular matchup that has caught the eyes of CSN Fantasy is the one right at home in Chicago as the Bears welcome the Raiders, who sport a suddenly electric offense.
Check out our lineups for the week down below and as always, good luck.
John "The Professor" Paschall
Carr is clicking with his receivers and the Bears defense is reeling. Not like Jared Allen and Jon Bostic were big pieces to the defense, but taking those guys out certainly doesn't help that unit that already gives up a ton of points through the air.
Conversely, whether it is Jay Cutler or Jimmy Clausen starting for the Bears, expect them to run the ball a lot with Forte. The Raiders are also pretty bad at covering running backs out of the backfield.
Williams has an ideal scenario heading into Sunday with the Bills backfield all to himself. In his short time in the lineup, he's impressed immensely and should do well against an average Giants defense.
I explained in the video above why I'm high on Jones (who isn't) and Ginn Jr. this week, and Ginn Jr.'s price tag allows me to go after another big target like Green.
I'm not sure why Bennett is priced as low as he is because he's a steal at $5,500. The Raiders are well-known to be awful at covering tight ends.
I really like the Packers offense this week against a 49ers defense which is ranked in the bottom third of the league in most defensive categories. I think you can easily pick either the Packers passing or running game to spend up on, but I chose to target the passing attack because of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is locked in right now and should have similar success to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer the past two weeks. I like pairing up Rodgers with Randall Cobb, who plays the slot position where Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdowns last week. Davante Adams is expected to miss this game, so James Jones should see a high volume of targets as he did on Monday night versus the Chiefs. My other wideout is DeAndre Hopkins who is averaging 13 targets a game, and will be depended on heavily to keep pace with Julio Jones and the Falcons.
Last week was another example of why you don’t have to spend up on running backs to win a big tournament, which is a strategy I copied this week. LeSean McCoy is expected to be out, which leaves impressive rookie Karlos Williams with a lot of carries and little depth behind him. And finally, what lineup would be complete without somehow finding a way to take advantage of the dismal Chicago Bears. The Raiders finally decided to feature Latavius Murray with a career high 26 carries for 139 yards with a touchdown rushing and receiving. I think those numbers are very achievable against a Bears defense which is in the middle of a yard sale.
A lot of times, I start my daily football lineups in sort of a reverse order - going defense, kicker and tight end first. It helps me feel a lot better about going over-budget with the skill position players. On this team, I found a great bargain in the Colts defense, which saves me $900 over the top D/ST (Seattle) and the Colts have a great matchup at home against the Jags. For kicker, McManus is near the top, but I trust in the Broncos offense to move the ball, but not necessarily get in the end zone against a solid Vikings D. I'm banking on Peyton and Co. having to settle for a lot of field goals. At tight end, Bennett might be the top steal out there at only $5,500, as I profiled his fantastic matchup against the Raiders in this week's Start/Sit.
I also found a price-saver in Derek Carr and a solid matchup against the Bears after back-to-back weeks of 300+ yards and multiple TDs for the sophomore. Those savings helped me go big with WR, securing ODB and Randall Cobb. Pierre Garcon is cheap ($6,100) and even if DeSean Jackson plays, Garcon is still a solid option. Gore and Murray are middle of the road in terms of price tag and both should have good games against some shaky defenses.