Real Deal Fantasy HQ & A! Week 4 NFL

Riddled with injuries and postponed games, Week 4 in the NFL is bound to have some Fantasy managers banging their heads against the wall.  Here is a quick Q&A with the guys from Real Deal Fantasy HQ addressing some of the biggest stories, their favorite plays and avoids and more!

1.     Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Tannehill and now Cam Newton and potentially Patrick Mahomes are all unavailable this week.  If you were starting any of these four QBs, who would be your favorite waiver wire add to stream in their place: 

Laquan: Give me Ryan FItzMagic. The Seahawks are giving up 1,292 passing yards over the last 3 weeks.  I expect this to be a FItzMagic game and he puts up some yards.

Cody: Gardner Minshew. He has a great opportunity against a bad and banged up Bengals defense. He can add some value with his legs as well.

TY: Ryan Fitzpatrick. This ain’t the Legion of Boom no more, they score lots and give up lots. Add the fact that he’s coming off a big performance against the Jags and you have all the ingredients for an all-time FitzMagic performance.

Sean:  Ryan Fitzpatrick. I think this will be a high scoring game and if Russ is Cookin’ I’d expect Fitzpatrick to be Fitzmagicin’.    

2.     Derek Henry, James Connor, Leonard Fournette are all out this week while Chris Carson, Joe Mixon, Sony Michel and other starters are all questionable.  Who is your favorite waiver wire add for Running Back or Flex that you would start on Sunday if you were starting any of the above running backs? 

Laquan: Darrell Henderson if he’s still sitting on the waivers. He was a hot pick up this week putting up 19 points back to back weeks. NYG are the next victim and I expect hendo to put up 100+ yards. 

Cody: Gio Bernard is the obvious fill in for Mixon. He will have decent value in PPR. I think Ronald Jones can have some value as well.

TY: Myles Gaskin if he’s still available. The guy is getting a vast majority of the snaps at RB and performing well. He’s a decent Flex play on volume alone and a touchdown-dependent RB2.

Sean:  Brian Hill.  Brian Hill broke out in week 3 and with the Falcons needing a win I could easily see Hill eclipsing what he did last week in production (Week 3 9 for 58 and a score, 33 yards through the air)  

3.     Michael Thomas has been ruled out again. Chris Godwin is out, JuJu Smith Schuster is unavailable, Julian Edelman may not be available, Terry McLauren is questionable, Davante Adams is questionable and potentially, no Tyreek Hill.  What WR are you targeting on the waiver wire to stash or play this weekend?    

Laquan: With DHop in question for week 4 I think Andy Isabella would be a nice pick up. He put up 20 points last week and if he sees the Red Zone targets again he could find himself in the endzone 2 times! With the Panthers up next and DHop possibly out, he could be a good pick up. 

Cody: The Saints have 2 starting corners out this week and just got roasted by the Packers. I like the Lions WRs here in a good spot. Give me all the Marvin Jones.  Brandon Aiyuk against a banged up Eagles team could also be a nice start as well.

TY: There is only one healthy Eagles receiver right now. His name? Greg Ward. Only him, Ertz and Sanders pose any threat in the passing game and Wentz has thrown the ball at least 42 times in all 3 games so far. He’s bound to get targets and in PPR leagues should be good for 12+.

Sean:  Greg Ward. Ward caught 8 passes and a touchdown in week 3.  It’s looking like Alshon Jeffery will be out again.  DJax has been limited in practice and Dallas Goedert is on IR.  I see Ward being a big target for the struggling Carson Wentz this week.   

4.     Jonuu Smith, Eric Ebron and potentially Travis Kelce are not available this week. If you are starting any of these players, who is your favorite Tight End to stream this week?  

Laquan: Logan Thomas has the volume and it’s amazing to see him on the waivers. BAL are ranked 29th against TEs. Hopefully Haskins can ball out with Logan 

Cody:  I LOVE TJ Hockenson this week. That team should put up some serious points against the Saints.

TY: Logan Thomas. The former QB converted to TE is 15th in the NFL in targets with 24 so far… that is 15th for the ENTIRE NFL not just TEs by the way. He’s a solid bet for 10+ PPR points against the Ravens this week.


5.     Pittsburgh and Tennessee defenses are Unavailable, the Patriots and Chiefs Ds are potentially also out of play – if you have been streaming defenses, who is your favorite defense to stream in week 4?   

Laquan: LA (aka St. Louis) RAMS


TY: Rams are gonna make life hell for the Giants. Get them now.

Sean:  Packers 

6. Who is the normal starter in your lineup you are sitting in week 4 and why?  

Laquan:  DJ Moore. It’s been painful to watch for him not to see the endzone. Robby looks to be the number 1WR and we have to expect that. I don’t like the match up against ARZ, who’s defense has been getting a lot of pressure on QBs. DJ gets the bench for me this week. 

Cody: Hayden Hurst. GB has done well against the TE so far this year and I like some better TE matchups, with both Julio and Ridley expected to play.

TY: DJ Moore. He has been nothing short of disappointing this year and the Cardinals defense has been no slouch so far this year. Sit him this week and trade him to some poor sucker for a more trustworthy WR2 if you can.

Sean:  DJ Chark.  Yes, he has been coming back from injury but he was a starter for me in Week 1. It may sound crazy to leave a Jaguar on my bench against the Bengals, but I believe I have better options.  Yes – Great Matchup, but with Chark back and running routes I think it will open the door for other Jaguars to excel and Garner Minshew will be distributing the ball.  He hasn’t had Chark for 2 weeks and we have seen Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault and James Robinson all become viable weapons.  I think Chark will have a good game, but I need a great game to win my week and so I will likely be leaving DJ Chark on my bench 

7. Who is your favorite SMASH play, on your lineups, that you can’t wait to see dominate your competition in week 4?  

Laquan:  Dalvin Cook should finish RB1 this week going against the worst run defense so far this szn in houston. It’s going to be a bloodbath! 

Cody: Cooper Kupp. The Giants’ defense has been miserable against the slot. I think this is a BIG week for Kupp – I’m calling 100yds and 2TDs! 

TY: Kenyan Drake. He has been disappointing thus far but has a golden matchup against the Panthers this week. Expect him to eat big time this week and remind players why he was going early 2nd round in drafts this season.

Sean:  George Kittle.  Big George HATED being off the field and now he comes back to play against the not looking so great Philadelphia Eagles?  I can’t wait for KITTLE SMASH to occur!  

8. Who is your favorite Cowboys WR this week:  

Laquan:  Eww.

Cody: Cooper

Ty: Cooper is the safe bet. He’s bound to have one of his famous 30 point weeks sooner or later and the Browns are a good place to start.

Sean:  Cooper 

10.  With Chris Godwin out and Mike Evans seemingly only good for 1 yard TD Scores are either Justin Watson, Scotty Miller or Rob Gronkowski primed for a big week 4 – and would you play them?  

Laquan: Maybe Gronk. I think his joke about being “just a blocking TE” was to challenge Bruce Arians’ coaching.  He could see some looks this week. 

Cody: With some big TEs out this week, I think Gronk is a great play.  

TY: If I had to pick I’d say Gronk because Brady does what Brady wants and once Gronk fits into the offense more, they’re going to click. But I’d find someone else from another team if possible.

Sean:  Rob Gronkowski saw 10 targets in Week 3 with Godwin on the field.  I like Gronk to continue to see that target share in Week 4 and I think he could get a TD Pass too.  Get him in your lineups if you need a Tight End. 

11. With the news of Cam Newton going on the COVID-19 List, can you trust any Patriots Pass Catchers in week 4 or moving forward?  If so – who?  (Running backs included)

Laquan:  NONE. I’m hands off on New England!

Cody:  NO! I wasn’t trusting their pass catchers when Cam was healthy!  I don’t own a share of the Pats passing game outside of Newton.

TY: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Brian Hoyer is a trademark game manager, also known as a fantasy owner’s worst nightmare. Only James White is worth considering starting if he plays because #CheckdownSZN.

Sean:  James White.  When he is on the field White will always have a role in the Patriots offense and while he likely will never be an RB1, he is always a strong RB2 or Flex Play regardless of who is under center. 

12.  There are 8 Games in Week 4 with a Vegas line of 50+ Points.  With so much to choose from, which of these games are your favorite to get a piece of in your lineups this week?   

Laquan: Packers vs Falcons should be a shootout.

Cody: Dallas vs Cleveland.  I think this is a big week for Dak and that Cowboys offense as usual. I think Baker and those Browns WR have a great week against Dallas’ porous secondary as well.

TY: Seattle vs Miami. Russ has 14 touchdowns through 3 games and FitzMagic loves shootouts, this is gonna be an aerial assault and an over bettor’s wet dream. SMASH the over and consider putting an alternate bet on Over 59.5 at +155 since I can easily see both teams breaking 30.

Sean:  Seattle vs Miami.  First, it’s tough not to like anyone Cookin’ Russ and the receivers he is throwing too and how can you not like Russ himself against Miami?   However, the team I am most interested in getting pieces of here is Miami.  The Seattle Defense is giving up mega yards this season and Ryan Fitzpatrick will be slingin’ that rock!   Davante Parker, Mike Gesiki, Preston Williams, Myles Gaskin – all should be fine plays this week. 

13.  Can you trust a New York Running Back (Giants or Jets) in Week 4 and Moving Forward?  

Laquan: No 

Cody: No – you have a better chance of building an igloo in Africa

TY: Is Sam Darnold a running back?

Sean:  I will be staying away from all of them

14. Joe Mixon was a borderline first round draft pick.  Kenyan Drake was a borderline first round draft pick.  Of these two players, which has the best chance to finally break out in Week 4 and show why they were drafted so high AND if neither guy does, will you continue to start either of them or are they BENCHED?  

Laquan: Mixon seems to have a slow start every year and ends up with 1k yards somehow, so I’m holding on to him just a lil’ bit longer.

Cody: Drake. That Cardinals offense can find the end zone and it’s only a matter of time before Drake does as well.

TY: I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. It’s Drake SZN baby, that man is gonna eat this week and get that swagger back that we saw at the end of last year.

Sean:  Of the two, I think Drake has the best chance to break out this week, especially IF Deandre Hopkins sits, against Carolina.  Moving forward though, I’d be especially worried for his touchdown upside with Kyler Murray running.   If I was a Joe Mixon owner, he would have already been benched.

15.   Is Darrell Henderson the Rams #1 Running Back moving forward or will the committee approach continue with Malcolm Brown and when Cam Akers finally returns?  

Laquan: Hard to tell if McVay is full sending Hendo for RB1 role with both Akers and Brown facing injuries (ribs) (pinky) but I believe they’ll all still see touches. 

Cody: Give me all of the Hendo action. A good RB in a McVay offense is something I want on my roster.

TY: Trust Henderson for now, he’s earned the starting role and it would take a bad week for McVay to reconsider… which could happen any week…

Sean: For Week 4 and beyond I would not be surprised Henderson continuing to dominate the touches and while I don’t see the full committee returning, I do see Sean McVay riding the ‘Hot Hand’ as they occur.  I’ll be interested to see now that Malcolm Brown is back 100% healthy what the division of touches looks like this week.  

16.  Justin Herbert is the starting QB for the LA Chargers – because Tyrod Taylor has been out, at least that is what we are hearing from the Chargers.  Herbert has looked good in his short window but has he won that job?  Are the Chargers skill position players still viable to start in Week 4 and moving forward?  Mike Williams is out for week 4 by the way! 

Laquan: The starting job for Tyrod was never his to keep anyway. Herbert will ball out and win games for the Chargers. I think the offense will be set up for success under Herbert. Can’t wait to see the next game. 

Cody: Herbert elevates every offensive player for the Chargers. I think it upgrades all of the pass catchers (and RBs) in that offense.

TY: Herbert makes everyone on that team better and he’s keeping that job for sure. If you can get Keenan Allen, get him, don’t be afraid to overpay either he has serious top-10 WR potential. If Herbert is on your waiver wire, stash him he may be a good bye week asset.

Sean:  I don’t have a Charger on any of my rosters but if I did, outside of Austin Ekeler, I don’t trust any other Charger player enough to start him over any other pieces of my rosters.  

17.  Kirk Cousins hasn’t thrown the ball more than 27 times so far and the Vikings are 0 – 3.  Are you willing to still start Adam Thielen?  Justin Jefferson broke out in Week 3.  Would you be adding him and playing him if you need WR help this week?  

Laquan: You won’t see much of Kirk throwing the ball this week because the Texans can’t stop the run. So Dalvin Cook should eat on the ground. I don’t think any Vikings pass catchers will have a breakout game of any such.

Cody: Vikings defense is trash. They’re going to be down and will rely on those WRs to make plays. If you drafted Theilen, you need to play him.

TY: Yes. Adam Thielen is still Adam Thielen and there is only room for one WR to have huge games in that offense. Jefferson looked great but he’s not gonna put up 7/175/1 every week. Trust him for now but keep an eye out for consecutive poor weeks.

Sean: I don’t have Adam Thielen in any of my leagues but if I did, I would certainly be nervous and if I had a better option I’d probably be looking that way.  I wouldn’t drop him but I’d wait and see if things turn around.  Justin Jackson is a speculative add on my bench this week for sure though.

18.  Four players that were drafted very closely together this year were Devin Singletary, David Montgomery, David Johnson and Todd Gurley.  Of the 4, who do you like best in Week 4 and moving forward, would you start any of them as a RB 1 or RB 2 if you had them on your team?    

Laquan: Honestly Monty has the best situation with Cohen out for the Season.

Cody:  Montgomery should get more volume and snaps with Tareek done for the year. I think he has the most value of all these players in week 4 and moving forward.

TY: It’s Monty SZN. He is gonna get all of those Tarik Cohen catches and more carries on the ground. He’s looked pretty good so far and has the chance to be a set and forget RB2 for the rest of the season.

Sean: Of the four I have David Johnson on a team and have started him as RB2 every week.  It hasn’t always worked out but I believe in Deshaun Watson to figure things out and I think he could be a great second half of the year piece to my squad.   

Have a question?  Send them in to us at Real Deal Fantasy HQ and you may see your question show up here in this new Weekly Article!  We can answer your Start/Sit, Season Long, DFS or whatever you want to ask!    


Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em:  Fill my Flex!  Full PPR:  Logan Thomas, Hunter Renfrow, Greg Ward?  

Laquan: Hunter Renfrow looked really good last week against the Saints with Edwards and Ruggs out. He should see a ton of targets. 

Cody:  Hunter Renfrow in PPR is a nice play with Edwards and Ruggs out this week. He will get a ton of Targets.

TY: Renfrow is the only pass catcher of value left in that offense and he has previous chemistry with Carr as well. Set it and don’t sweat it bro!

Sean: I already mentioned that I liked Greg Ward this week, so here I’ll take Hunter Renfrow.  No Ruggs, No Edwards this week.  Give me Hunter Renfrow to see a bunch of targets and score a touchdown.

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