Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Boom, Bust, Stream or Fade

Week 3 recap


Derek Carr – Carr was dreadful in week 3, finishing as the QB31.

Cam Newton – Another great call by yours truly. Here’s a fantasy tip: If a quarterback can’t even reach double-digit fantasy points against the Saints, he’s better off being on your bench, or better yet, on waivers.

Isaiah Crowell – Three for three so far (I’ll never trust anyone from the Browns again). Crowell posted just 54 total yards and failed to reach the end zone.

Ameer Abdullah – Abdullah certainly wasn’t a boom, but he wasn’t a bust either, as he totaled 86 yards.

Davante Adams – Adams was more of an extra in the Geronimo Allison Show. He wasn’t terrible, putting up 60 yards receiving.

Devante Parker – Parker took a page out of the Blake Bortles playbook, as most of his production came in garbage-time. Nonetheless, he finished as the WR19 in standard and WR14 in PPR.

Zach Ertz – Ertz was a top-9 TE in both formats.


Carson Wentz – The Eagles prevailed, but Wentz wasn’t able to muster up a top-20 performance

Jameis Winston – The Vikings continued to be tough on quarterbacks, holding Winston to a QB20 finish.

Mike Gillislee – Gilly couldn’t crack the top-40 in either platform.

All Bengals running backs – The nightmare is over! Someone finally emerged from the Cincinnati backfield! It wasn’t a breakout performance, but Joe Mixon was the RB18 in standard and RB17 in PPR.

Alshon Jeffrey – At this point, it’s pretty much safe to bench any receiver going up against Janoris Jenkins. Jeffrey was the WR48 in standard and WR43 in PPR.

Mike Evans – Why did the chicken cross the Rhode? Because he wanted to get away from Xavier Rhodes. Duh! Rhodes has now shut down Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown, and Mike Evans. No big deal.

Jason Witten – Witten had just 3 yards more than Jordan Reed, who missed his game due to injury.


Matthew Stafford – Stafford didn’t have a great game, but he did finish just inside the top 20 at the quarterback position.

Kirk Cousins – Cousins (QB6) took advantage of the juicy matchup.

Christian McCaffrey – The rookie was the RB15 in standard leagues and RB10 in PPR.

Tarik Cohen – Cohen looked really good against the Steelers and posted an RB17 finish in standard leagues and RB14 in PPR.

J.J. Nelson – Nelson was added to the injury report in the week leading up to the game, which could be the reason for his dud.

Kelvin Benjamin – Even when Benjamin returns from his injury, he should remain on the bench. If you can’t produce against the Saints, you can’t produce against anyone.

Jack Doyle – Doyle was the first tight in 87 years to not have a big performance against the Browns. Look it up, it's a real stat. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t deter you from streaming tight ends against Cleveland.


Ben Roethlisberger – Death, taxes, and Big Ben busting on the road. He was the QB25 against the Bears.

Marcus Mariota – Mariota wasn’t a QB1 but he performed better than I expected against Seattle.

Jacquizz Rodgers – Rodgers was a good fade, as he managed just 15 yards in Minnesota.

All Saints running backs – Kamara and Ingram both finished inside the top 25 in standard and PPR, but neither finished higher than 16.

Amari Cooper – I hope you faded Cooper against the Redskins; as he managed just 1 reception for 6 yards against Josh Norman.

Pierre Garcon – This wasn’t a good fade, as Garcon broke out for 142 yards on 7 receptions.

Delanie Walker – Walker continued his trend of following up big performances with subpar ones; he managed just 31 yards against the Legion of Boom.


Boom, Bust, Stream, Fade


Boom: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. LAR) – Prescott has scored over 15 in each of his first three games despite going up against the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals. Now Dak gets to face a Rams defense that allowed 332 yards and 3 touchdowns to Brian Hoyer. He’s a great start this week.

Boom: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. SF) – Palmer has had over 300 yards in back-to-back games and he’ll square off against a defense that allowed 292 yards and 3 touchdowns to Jared Goff. He’s an excellent streaming option.

Bust: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (@DEN) – Carr failed to score more than 13 fantasy points in each of his five career starts against the Broncos. Leave him on your bench this week,

Bust: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (@NE) – New England doesn’t have a particularly scary defense this year, but Newton is nonetheless unstartable. He has looked terrible and might be without Kelvin Benjamin for this one.

Stream: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (vs. TEN) – Watson is starting to look like a very viable fantasy option after his 20 point performance against the Patriots. He should have a relatively high floor, given his rushing ability. The Titans are ranked 29th against quarterbacks.

Stream: Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK) – Siemian’s season started with a bang, as he posted back-to-back 23+ point performances. He came crashing back down to earth in Buffalo, but he should be able to bounce back at home against the Raiders.

Fade: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (@BAL) – Big Ben on the road is almost always a fade. He has scored less than 10 points in two of his last four games in Baltimore.

Fade: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (@MIN) – The Vikings continued to shut down opposing quarterbacks at home, this time limiting Jameis Winston to a QB20 finish. Stafford is best left on your bench this week.

Running Backs

Boom: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. IND) – Carson appears to be the guy in Seattle and he has a plus matchup at home against the Colts. He’s a good option in season-long leagues and in DFS.

Boom: Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (@CLE) – The change at offensive coordinator brought about some clarity in the Bengals backfield. The touches were as follows: Mixon – 21, Hill – 8, Bernard – 5. Mixon could be in for a big game against the Browns.

Bust: Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (@MIN) – Abdullah has yet to break out this year, and it’s unlikely to happen against a Vikings defense that has allowed the least points to the running back position.

Bust: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders (@DEN) – Beast Mode churned out just 18 yards against the Redskins and isn’t likely to fare much better against a Denver defense that has allowed the second fewest points to opposing running backs.

Stream: Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (vs. PIT) – Allen has had 13 or more touches in every game this year and he’s facing a Steelers team that has allowed the 5th most points to running backs this year.

Stream: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (@NE) – The rookie is seemingly Cam Newton’s only healthy target. The Patriots have allowed the most points to the running back position.

Fade: Titans running backs (@HOU) – Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry are both dealing with injuries now, and they seem to be splitting carries. That doesn’t bode well against the team allowing the 5th fewest points to running backs on the season.

Fade: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN) – Crowell has yet to reach the end zone or rush for 50 yards in a game this year. I’d be surprised if breaks out of his slump against the Bengals, who have allowed the 7th fewest points to opposing backs.

Wide Receivers

Boom: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. LAR) – After going up against the Giants, Broncos and Cardinals in his first 3 games, this matchup will seem like a cakewalk for Dez. The Rams defense just got torched by the 49ers, and I’m expecting Dez to do the same. He’s a high-end WR1 this week and a great play in DFS.

Boom: Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins (vs. NO) – Cutler’s connection with Parker seems to be getting better by the day. Parker owners should be salivating at this matchup.

Bust: Michael Crabtree/Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (@DEN) – Both players had games to forget against the Redskins, and things won’t get easier this week in Denver against the league’s best secondary.

Bust: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (@SEA) – Hilton posted a line of 7/153/1 in week 3, but that was against the Browns. Now he has to face Richard Sherman and the Seahawks. He’s a flex play in season-long leagues and should be avoided in DFS.

Stream: Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. CHI) – Cobb has had at least 70 yards in three consecutive home games against the Bears; he has also scored in two of those games. He’s a great option in PPR and a flex-worthy in standard leagues.

Stream: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams (@DAL) – Watkins is coming off his biggest game of the season and faces a Dallas secondary that just allowed Larry Fitzgerald and Emmanuel Sanders to post lines of 13/149/1 and 6/62/2 over the last two weeks.

Fade: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NYG) – Evans is about to enter the NFL’s version of the Bermuda Triangle (Janoris Jenkins). I’m fading Evans in DFS and tempering expectations in season-long leagues.

Fade: Alshon Jeffrey, Philadelphia Eagles (@LAC) – Jeffrey has been held to under 60 yards in two out of three game thus far. Things won’t get any easier this week, matching up with Casey Hayward.

Tight Ends

Boom: Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (vs. IND) – Is Graham getting back on track? He saw 11 targets against the Titans and posted a line of 7/72/0. He gets a plus matchup at home against the Colts.

Bust: Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. PHI) – Henry has put up duds in two out of three games this season and the Eagles tend to be tough on tight ends.

Stream: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NYG) – Brate had 8 or more points in five out of eight home games last year. The Giants have allowed the 4th most points to tight ends this year. Brate is a solid streaming option in week 4.

Fade: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (@ HOU) – Last year, in his two games against Houston, Walker posted lines of 2/34/0 and 5/35/0. The Texans appear to have his number, so I’m fading him this week.


Without further ado, here are my week 3 rankings: (The final update will be on Sunday at 12 PM ET)



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