The 2020 NFL season is well and truly underway, meaning time for some DraftKings Week Four selections! The first few weeks have seen some great action on the field and some big scoring players. Hopefully, that continues for this week and beyond!
Throughout the season, I shall be providing players that I feel you should include in your lineups, with some rationale. So, let’s dig into whom I am thinking of slotting in my lineups for Week Four!
Kyler Murray ($7,000)
After only receiving a $200 increase from his Week Three price, Murray is an excellent play amongst all the drastic price rises at the position.
This week Murray travels to Carolina, who has been resolute when it comes to giving up fantasy points to the QB position. Their per game average through three weeks sits at 12.3 points per game, putting them at the third-lowest in the league. However, that is because every team has been running the ball against them. The 44.2 DraftKings points per game to the running back position empathises that. Murray’s rushing element to his QB play, which numbers-wise has been 187 yards and four touchdowns can only grow in a favourable matchup.
With a lack of blitzes from this Carolina defense, Murray can have his way with this young group and bounce back from a disappointing loss in Week Three.
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($5,400)
If you are looking to pay down for a budget QB at a high-priced position, then you cannot go wrong with Fitzpatrick, in my opinion.
Putting my Miami bias aside, Fitzpatrick is a great choice this week. The Seattle pass defense has been atrocious to start off the season. They have given up 33.3 DraftKings points per game to the QB position, which is the second-highest in the league. In addition, Fitzpatrick himself has put up 25+ DraftKings points in the last two weeks.
This Miami team showed a bit of a revival on Thursday Night Football in the win over Jacksonville. Now, they welcome Seattle, having a long week to prepare in what will be a high-scoring affair at Hard Rock Stadium!
Dalvin Cook ($7,600)
Week Three saw the revival of dominance on the ground for Minnesota and therefore Cook. The FedEx Ground Player of the Week got 199 total yards, 181 of these coming on the ground. This performance was more than welcome to a struggling offense who have had a tough start to the season.
At the weekend, Minnesota travel to fellow 0-3 team Houston, who have allowed the fourth-most DraftKings points to the running back position, at 31. Cook should maintain his touch volume for Week Four, set at 24 from Week Three, especially after the success it generated.
This game features two poor defenses so far, and you would imagine these trends continue.
Josh Jacobs ($6,800)
Some may see Jacobs’ inclusion in this article as a surprise. However, Jacobs is taking on a Buffalo run defense that has only got worse over time.
- New York (Week One): 92 total yards, one touchdown
- @Miami (Week Two): 124 total yards, one touchdown
- Los Angeles (Weel Three): 137 total yards, one touchdown
The most notable element or statistic to take from the first three weeks is not even in that list, but it is that Darrell Henderson rushed for 114 yards off of twenty attempts. Whilst Henderson has been much more explosive with his touches in Week Three, averaging a 5.7 yards per carry compared to Jacobs’ 3.7 on the season. This offers room for Jacobs to improve on that last number in this matchup. Plus, with the 20+ touches Jacobs gets per game, he certainly sees the volume.
Michael Thomas ($7,600)
Thomas’ selection is contingent on him being available to play and getting through a full training session. Thomas has missed a significant amount of time with an injury to his ankle, but once he returns to the lineup he should get back to getting the lions share of targets.
New Orleans travel to Detroit in Week Four, a team that has given up some big plays to WRs this season. Infact the team has given up an average of 41.2 points to the position this season.
Kamara is a concern, but there should be enough opportunity for both players to excel this week.
DK Metcalf ($6,800)
A nice ‘comeback’ on the Miami stack potentially in your lineups (spoiler alert for the next player) is one of the same plays as last week in Metcalf.
Despite the infuriating fumble on the goal line in Week Three, Metcalf still put up 23 DraftKings points, which is a return you would take every week in your lineups on reflection. With the way this Seattle passing offense has been performing, a 20+ points performance seems to be the norm.
Seattle travels to the East Coast and Miami in Week Four. Miami as a defense so far has allowed 41.2 DraftKings points to the wide receiver position at a per game ratio. Therefore, there is plenty to go around for Lockett and Metcalf here.
The majority will own Lockett in this spot following his massive performance against Dallas, but Metcalf is still the superior play here.
DeVante Parker ($5,700)
As referred to with the previous selection, one of my favourite plays this week comes in the form of a Miami stack and Parker to pair with Fitzpatrick.
Seattle are by far the worst team at defending the wide receiver position, giving up a humongous 79.2 DraftKings average per game, which for reference is 26.5 points higher than the next team in Dallas.
Parker has had an okay start to the year. Thursday Night Football saw Parker put up 11.9 DraftKings points to his name, alongside a 25% target share. Parker needs to maintain this target share heading into Week Four in order to maximise this opportunity. His inclusion in this means that I think he will make the most of this chance.
Brandin Cooks ($4,500)
Houston has had two tough matchups recently but should be able to bounce back against Minnesota, who are one of the worst teams in the league at defending the position.
The Vikings have given up an average of 48.9 points to the position. Will Fuller has had caught the headlines with his big performance in the opening week, but Cooks is currently the target leader on the team and has maintained a 88% snap count in both Week Two and Week Three.
At the price tag, Cooks should allow you to get a piece of an offense that should be able to move the ball and do some big things elsewhere.
My favourite tight end play of the week who was going to feature in this article was Ebron. However, the Titans and Steelers matchup was postponed due to Titans personnel contracting COVID-19.
Everyone at King Fantasy Sports is wishing all the Titans personnel well in their hopeful speedy recovery.
T.J. Hockenson ($4,800)
Hockenson has had a solid but unspectacular start to the season. The tight end has had 13 receptions this season for a total of 171 yards and a touchdown. But more importantly, he is third in targets for the team with 16.
This season New Orleans has given up a league-high 28.3 DK points to the position. Last week they gave up 104 yards and two TDs to the Green Bay Packers, a team that has long not utilized the position.
Therefore, this should be a game for Hockenson to flash.
Dalton Schultz ($4,300)
Talking about players in great matchups, Schultz faces Cleveland who have struggled to defend the position this season. Schultz performed well in Week Two against the Atlanta Falcons, with 9 receptions, 88 yards and a TD. He might not have had the best outing against Seattle in Week Three, but still managed to get 4 receptions for 48 yards.
Schultz might be a risky play if the team opt to utilize their receiving talent and use Schultz to block, but if he hits he will greatly exceed value.
Los Angeles ($3,900)
Los Angeles might be one of the more expensive DSTs this week, but that’s for good reason. The matchup against New York feels like one that has to spell high sack numbers, and turnovers.
Los Angeles have performed reasonably well on defense, but this game should be one that they excel in. Daniel Jones has been sacked nine times this season, and turned the ball over four times through the air. With that level of pressure, there’s no reason why that trend can’t continue.
Indianapolis are the (currently) the best defense in the league. Through three games, they have recorded nine sacks and six interceptions.
Week Four brings in Chicago that have been inconsistent on offense this season. Chicago decided to switch things up at QB during the Atlanta game last time, and while Nick Foles is a more consistent QB, the offensive line should continue to give up sacks and bring the pressure.
The general theme of backup QBs this season has been in their second week that they have struggled to get the offense going. Long may let this continue in Week Four.
NFL 2020: DraftKings Week Four Selections – My lineup as it stands
QB1: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Josh Jacobs
WR1: DK Metcalf
WR2: DeVante Parker
WR3: Brandin Cooks
TE: Dalton Schultz
FLEX: CeeDee Lamb
So, there are our DraftKings selections for Week Four of the NFL 2020 season! Who have we missed out? You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. And remember, if you need some help for your season-long leagues you can find our rankings here.
Image Credit: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports