A down week three drops us to 9-10 on the young season. Now we look to get back on the right track in fantasy football week four, which is also the first week of the year that we have to navigate through bye weeks. Philadelphia and Green Bay take a break this week, and if anyone is missing Aaron Rogers, Eddie Lacy, Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, or Jordy Nelson, these are the guys worth targeting. For Daily Fantasy leagues, we will once again focus on Yahoo and DraftKings. With that, we begin week four of Start ’em Up!!

QB- Travis Siemian, Denver Broncos at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Yahoo Price- $26, DraftKings Price- $5400)

So, it turns out I was about two weeks early when I picked Siemian as a start in week one. But I’m going for him again this week because…what’s not to like? He appears to be getting better every week, he just threw four touchdowns against a Bengals defense that is supposed to be somewhat tough, and he did it in Cincinnati. Now he takes on a weak Tampa Bay defense that has given up over 30 points each week this season, and has allowed eight touchdowns to quarterbacks over that time. At that price, ride the Siemian train to glory this week.

RB- Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Y- $31, DK- $7500)

HE’S BACK!!!! HE’S BACK!!! The best running back in the NFL (at least in my opinion), finally makes his 2016 debut after a three week suspension to begin the season. Expect the Steelers to ride Bell hard this week against the Chiefs, who have given up plenty of yards on the ground this year. The prices may seem a little high, but in a couple weeks, everyone will look back at them and think of them as a bargain.

WR/Special Performance- Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns (Y- $19, DK- $4200)/Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland at Washington (Y- $17, DK- $4300)

Another case of one receiver being cheaper depending on the format you use. I expect the Washington/Cleveland game to be one where both teams pile up plenty of offensive production through the air and on the ground, so most players in this game will be perfect fodder for fantasy lineups. For Crowder specifically, he has produced double-digit fantasy points in all three games this season, and has become one of Kirk Cousins’ most dependable targets week-in and week-out. As for Pryor, who has become the trendy pickup in yearly leagues off of his big game in week three, expect him to continually be targeted now that Corey Coleman is out for at least the next month. The fact that the Browns seem content letting him throw the ball occasionally will be the cherry on top of what should be another solid day of fantasy production for the quarterback turned number one receiver.

TE- Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks at New York Jets (Y- $16, DK- $4000)

Graham got off to a slow start this season, but if you’re like me and had the foresight to pick him up before last week, he made you look very smart against the 49ers, catching six balls for 100 yards and a score. Now he takes on a Jets’ team that got embarrassed by Travis Kelce and the Chiefs, and are susceptible to damage by opposing tight ends. Don’t look now, but Graham may have finally hit his stride in Seattle after almost a year and a half.


RB- Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions (Y- $14, DK- $3700)/ Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland at Washington (DK ONLY- $4400)

Howard saw his first extended action of the season in week three against the Cowboys, and he showed a hint of what he could do, with 45 rushing yards on nine carries and adding 47 receiving yards from four receptions. Now, he’s ready to explode as the presumptive starter with Jeremy Langford expected to miss four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury. As for Crowell, at $28 on Yahoo, he might be a little too expensive for that format, but on DraftKings’ he’s an absolute steal. He’s rushed for 274 yards through three games and is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt through that time. Against the Redskins this week, I’m expecting at least one touchdown, and over 100 yards seems entirely possible. Maybe he is worth starting on Yahoo after all.

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