Well that was a wild week. Some may argue that the week was just the worst for fantasy, but you have to admit, with everything going on with the outside world and football over the past few days, that Sunday was just the thing we all needed. I mean we got to see another Brady last-second win, another Lions performance cancelled out by their greatest rivals, the refs, another Packers OT thriller, and some big upsets in London, Chicago, New York, Washington, Buffalo, and quite possibly the best of them all, a fantastic 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as the Eagles narrowly defeated the New York Football Giants.

Let’s hope Week 4 delivers on all this hype. Let’s get to it!



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Players I Was Wrong About

Ameer Abdullah let me down with a lackluster performance against the Falcons that could probably be drawn up to the fact that it was just a shootout. Terrelle Pryor turned in another poor, poor performance that really makes me wonder if he’ll be a WR2-3 option for the rest of the season.

Hey, that’s it? Out of all the writeups? Awesome! Let’s keep this going.

Players That I’m High On

Alex Smith

Smith didn’t have his best performance against the Chargers, but he should have a very nice bounceback game this week against the Washington defense that stepped it up last week against the Raiders, but haven’t been playing too well in the weeks prior.

Eli Manning

The Giants played much better against the Eagles last week, and almost won, and now get to play a injury-riddled Bucs defense that got lit up by Case Keenum last week.

Ty Montgomery

As long as he continues to get 90%+ snaps, he’ll continue to be in my Top 10 RB ranks.

Leonard Fournette

He continues to keep the TD streak alive, and now gets to face a Jets defense that played better last week, but still is poor overall.

Jarvis Landry

Cam and Co. should have done better last week against the Saints secondary, and now it’s up to the Dolphins offense to restore my faith in fantasy football.

Tyler Lockett

This Seahawks offense should be firing on all cylinders against this Colts secondary, and Lockett is a great flex play because of it.

Cameron Brate

It’s against the Giants at home, who continue to give up production to the TE position, and Brate has played much better than rookie O.J. Howard as Winston’s security blanket. If you have Jordan Reed, Brate’s your man.

Charles Clay

Clay is continuing to be the go-to target for Tyrod Taylor, and in a likely shootout game, Clay should get his looks, especially in the redzone.

Brandon McManus

McManus gets back to the thin air of Mile High against the Raiders defense that has struggled quite a bit this year. McManus and the rest of this offense should have no issues moving the ball down the field.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks defense has not been very good at all so far during the first 3 weeks of the regular season, but that should change this week as they’ll get to face Jacoby Brissett in his first road game, which, sucks for him, will be in CenturyLink Field.

Players That I’m Not So High On

Derek Carr

He has absolutely struggled against Denver in the past, and now has to face them on the road this week. No thanks.

Kirk Cousins

He played well last week, but I’d rather have someone else this week as he travels to Arrowhead.

Jordan Howard

Surprisingly highly ranked according to the ECR, but already a bit injured, and this team stands no chance against Green Bay at Green Bay.

Jonathan Stewart

The Pats secondary is not a good one, but their defensive front is quite stellar, and Stewart needs the Panthers to be ahead in order to be productive.

Amari Cooper/Michael Crabtree

Against Denver in Denver, with a bad track record against this team? Nope.

Sammy Watkins

It’s not the greatest matchup, and he’s already a bit banged up. No thanks.

Eric Ebron

Ebron has played well thus far, but I want nothing to do with him as they travel to Minnesota.

Jack Doyle

A terrible, terrible week in a game he should have done better in, and now he heads to Seattle. No thanks.

Giorgio Tavecchio

He’s usually an every-week starter due to the nature of the offense, but especially after last week, I’m nervous about another road game against Denver.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I would normally be interested in the Bucs against this terrible O-Line of the New York Football Giants, especially at home, but this defense has been really hit with the injury bug, which makes this unit off-limits for me.


Alright guys, that does it for me as I take a first look at the week ahead. Keep in mind, these rankings are not set in stone at all, and will be changing quite a bit between now and Sunday, so keep taking a look at this post, and I’ll talk to you all Saturday for a look at some Razzball certified picks!



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  1. Allan says:

    Hey Zach my rbs right now are Cook Cohen Ingram Perkins and Smallwood. I lost Johnson to IR but think I’ve done ok adding some depth. I’m leaning towards dropping Perkins cuz he’s been garbage. Would you drop him for Bernard or Charles in a ppr? Or I could also drop him for McKinnon to handcuff Cook. Thoughts?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Allan: Yes I would drop Perkins, and I would pick up Bernard

  2. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:

    Fantasy Football
    Zach, good sir. How are you? I appreciated your advice last week. I am in a 0.5 PPR ten team league. Could you please help me with my line up for week 4? I appreciate it.

    QB1- Winston or Mariota?
    RB1-Freeman? Miller? Blount? Coleman? C. Thompson?
    RB2-Elliott? Miller? Coleman? Henry? C.Thompson?
    WR- C. Hogan? Hopkins? or S.Shepard?
    WR2-Hopkins or Hogan or S.Shepard?
    F-L. Miller? T. Coleman? D. Henry? C.Thompson? S.Shepard?
    TE- D. Walker
    D-AZ or LAR?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @William Trill Cauley-Stein: SUP WILLIE!?

      Winston, Freeman, Miller, Hogan and Hopkins, Henry (for now) and LAR

      • William Trill Cauley-Stein says:


        One more quick question if you don’t mind. E. Manning, Mariota or Winston this week?



  3. MB

    MB says:

    TB D/ST was hit with the flu, should be back to normal this week. Might have Kwon too

    • Zach

      Zach says:


  4. Anal Hershiser says:

    Need to choose a flex between Martavis, Jaquizz or Desean Jackson. Half PPR.

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Anal Hershiser: I’d go Martavis Bryant here.

  5. Mike says:

    Hi zach, I have corey Davis, obj, d thomas and desean . Was offered michael thomas and larry fitz for my d thomas and desean. Should I do it? Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Mike: SUP MIKE!!! I’d accept that trade, especially if you’re in a PPR

  6. kingforaday151 says:

    Trade question….giving up AJ Green for Devonta Freeman in a PPR league. Other WR are B Cooks, K Allen, J Landry….other RB are Carson, Mixon, D Henry, Kamara. Thoughts?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @kingforaday151: Yeah I don’t mind this trade for you.

  7. fizz says:

    pick up john brown or kenny britt?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @fizz: That’s tough…. I’d go with Brown

  8. fizz says:

    pick up doctson and drop mack?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @fizz: Yeah, especially with recent news that Luck won’t be back in this offense until November. I don’t mind Doctson one bit

  9. Lackeydrinksonme

    lackeydrinksonme says:

    Thoughts on Terrelle Proyr? Just traded him for Sanu (who I grabbed off the wire). Seems like an investment, but I can’t make heads or tails of the situation in Washington.

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @lackeydrinksonme: If you gave up Sanu for Pryor, you just mastered the art of buying low. This Washington offense finally showed up in Week 3, and I really still believe that Pryor will be a good investment by year’s end. Especially with Cousins playing for a contract in San Fran.

  10. ted in omaha says:

    I have Cooper and Pryor . . ugh so far. I want to think Cooper will bounce back eventually, not sure on Pryor. On Sunday, it looked like neither of their QBs were even looking their way.

    Looking at trades/options – how do you rank these guys the rest of the way – Cooper, Pryor, Hilton, Hogan, Keenan, Tate. Appreciate it.

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @ted in omaha: Cooper and Pryor are guys you should still keep faith in after 3 weeks of the NFL season. I still like Hogan and Keenan and Tate and Hilton, but I still want to be patient on those two.

  11. Jose says:

    How would you shuffle these 7 guys between WR, WR, TE, FLEX, FLEX and bench?

    Jarvis Landry, Stefon Diggs, Martellus Bennett, Javarious Allen, Devonte Adams, Caneron Brate, and Michael Crabtree?

    I saw that you’re big on Brate this week and down on Crabtree. I have Crabtree on the bench, but would your replace Adams or Allen with Brate?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Jose: Landry, Diggs, Brate, Adams, Allen. I think you can sit Bennett and Crabtree this week.

  12. Nightpandas says:

    16 team std trade question: would you do it?

    I give Evans and Blount I get Zeke and Maclin

    Current roster:
    Start 3 wr: Evans Diggs J Matthews T Benjamin Geronimo
    Start 2 rb + flex: Gurley Smallwood Blount
    Procise Kelley Darkwa

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Nightpandas: I wouldn’t do it. The drop off from Evans to Maclin is just too big

  13. Yeeeee0090 says:

    Should i drop huntery henry for ryan griffin or camereon brate? .5 ppr league btw. Thanks!

  14. Terry says:

    Whats up with the Chris Hogan hate? There a reasoning or a typo?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Terry: Chris Hogan hate?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Terry: I see the ranking now and fixing it. Thank you. Typo.

  15. The Shady KHunt says:

    How’s it going Zach!

    Thanks to you and Jay I held onto Powell and it seems Forte is going to miss Sunday.
    I haven’t changed my team since everyone was a hold. I did end up dropping Hooper for Engram as I don’t believe Witten would keep it up.

    Question is.. who do I flex this weekend. Powell, Cohen, Garcon, or JC? My RBs are CJA and Gordon. WRs are Hopkins and Cooks. I feel like I should just flex Cohen like the past 2 weeks but Garcon pulled something amazing last week and Powell might be handling alot with Forte missing Sunday. This is a .5 PPR league.

    Thank you for always giving your advice.

    • The Shady KHunt says:

      @The Shady KHunt: Oh forgot to ask. Even with Dallas playing the Rams do I play Witten or Engram?

      • Zach

        Zach says:

        @The Shady KHunt: Witten. Razzball projections like him quite a bit

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @The Shady KHunt: What’s up my man! As of now, I’d go with Powell. It is still Wednesday, so that might change, but for now, it’s Powell.

  16. Brent

    The Fantasy Dick says:

    Who would you rather have on your bench (pick top 4, thanks!) *Need a lottery ticket since I lost David Johnson and I am starting Dalvin Cook and Frank Gore – 12 tm, Standard:

    Kerwynn Williams
    Wendell Smallwood
    Orleans Darkwa
    Damien Williams
    Branden Oliver
    Alex Collins
    Elijah McGuire
    Andre Ellington
    Marlon Mack
    Matt Jones
    C.J. Prosise
    Mike Tolbert
    Kenyan Drake
    Matt Breida
    Gio Bernard
    Chris Ivory
    Rex Burkhead
    Corey Clement

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @The Fantasy Dick: Smallwood, Burkhead, Oliver and Bernard.

  17. Oscar the grouch says:

    Afternoon Zach attack!!!

    .5 PPR league
    Before my Qs here’s my team

    QB Winston

    RBs: Gordon, Hunt, mcaffery, Abdullah, Carson, Smallwood, chark west

    WRs we start 3, could technically be 4 w/ flex
    Keenan Allen, Alshon Jeffery, Martavis Bryant, D Parker, chris hogan, Golladay, Paul Richardson, snead

    TE: I’ve basically been streaming & at this point in the season I’m fine with streaming a TE . I added & started Vernon Davis the stream worked out week 3. I drafted Henry he got me 0 week 1, dropped him & added cook for week 2 he got me maybe 4 or 5 pts if that, dropped cook & readded Henry for week 3- lol Sunday AM of week 3 dropped Henry for Davis

    D/St just added cincy D

    Kicker I have raiders kicker but thinking of dropping.

    Couple short & sweet trade Q’s:

    1.) is now the time to buy-low on Amari Cooper?
    Here’s his upcoming sched.
    – week 4 at Denver yikes
    – week 5 vs Ravens
    – week 6 vs chargers
    – week 7 vs Chiefs
    – week 8 at Buffalo
    – week 9 at Miami
    – week 10 bye
    – week 11 vs pats
    – week 12 home vs Broncos yikes
    – week 13 vs Giants
    Based on his ineffectiveness I’d like to buy low, would you offer alshon straight up?

    2.) this one If I can get done yes or no. I deal Parker & I get Diggs. If I have to throw in Abdullah would you?

    Here are Diggs next few games:
    – week 4 vs lions
    – week 5 MNF at Chicago
    – week 6 vs packers
    – week 7 vs Ravens
    – week 8 at Cleveland
    – week 9 bye
    – week 10 at Washington

    But here’s Parkers sched
    – week 4 vs saints
    – week 5 vs Titans
    – week 6 at ATL
    – week 7 vs jets
    – week 8 at Baltimore
    – week 9 raiders
    – week 10 at Carolina

    3.) deal martavis Bryant or Parker for Cooks?

    4.) look to deal Parker for tyreek hill? Or throw in Abdullah or Smallwood to pair with hill?

    5.) lastly doug Baldwin: that owner asked if I would deal either hogan or martavis Bryant for his Baldwin. Would you & which one? If Baldwin does miss time with injury to his groin I atleast have Paul Richardson.

    5.) basically hold onto all my WR corps, or look to acquire 1 or 2 of cooks , Baldwin,hill, Diggs or Cooper? Cooper I know is a stretch .

    Since I’ve been streaming at TE do you think Reed plays this week ? If Reed plays I have to dump Davis , I’d be thinking of Ryan griffin or Jesse James. I’m trying to trade Davis to Reed owner as insurance but zero bites as expected

    Thanks man!!

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Oscar the grouch: What’s up Oscar! First off, yeah I think it’s a great time to buy low on Cooper, but you might get better results next week if he puts up a real stinker against Denver. Next, if you could get Diggs for Parker straight up, pull it. If you could also get Cooks for Parker straight up, pull it. If you could also get Hill for Parker straight up, pull it. If not, I would throw in Abdullah. I would deal Hogan for Baldwin, but probably not Bryant just yet.

      I would acquire Cooks, and Hill.

      My guess is Reed misses this week and Vernon Davis is a very solid play.

      Thank you!

  18. eggman says:

    Zach, what’s your take on having too many players from one team? I have Russ, Baldwin and Carson (as my #2 RB). Thinking of offering a WR (Fitz or Baldwin) to get a different RB so I don’t have all my eggs in one basket. My next best RB is Coleman.

    RB’s: Gordon, Carson, Coleman, Powell, Forte
    WR’s: Jordy, Baldwin, Fitz, R. Matthews, Marshall

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @eggman: I don’t have a problem with having guys on the same team. The way I see it, it’s stacking really. You can double dip on points if Wilson throws a TD to Baldwin.

      Also be patient to on the Seahawks offense in general

  19. G-man says:

    Gonna be kinda long here, but I’m currently 0-3 and need to make a move to try and win this week (and moving forward). I don’t know why but the league I’m in plays 1 QB, 3WRs, 2RBs, 1 TE, 1 D, 1 K. As you can see there is no flex and 3 WRs so they hold greater value. Right now this is what my team looks like
    QB: mariota
    WR: Jeffrey
    WR: K. Benjamin
    WR: Thielen
    RB: Lev Bell
    RB: Hyde
    TE: Walker
    D: who cares
    K: who cares
    Bench: A. Cooper, C. Carson, D. Murray, D. Martin, C. Thompson, Stafford.

    I want more stability in my WRs and there’s a team that needs RBs. I want to trade that team a 1 for 1. My Chris Carson or Demarco Murray for Their Larry Fitzgerald or Desean Jackson. I think the obvious WR to target is Fitz, but I’m pretty sure I’d have to give up Murray. Part of me doesn’t care because I’ve got depth and he’s sucked, but another part of me says “he was your second round pick!” I don’t know which I should listen to. Also I don’t know if I should just send a Chris Carson for D-Jax trade and deal with that. Pls help
    One last thing. I have an offer of Montgomery, D. Johnson, and Dez OR K. Allen FOR my Bell and Hyde. Given my current situation is this a feasible trade or am I giving up too much?

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @G-man: I would give up Murray/Carson for Fitzgerald, and I wouldn’t do the last trade because you would be screwed at RB

  20. Jerry says:

    Hey, Zach. Brate or Ebron in a full point ppr league? Thanks!

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Jerry: BRATE!!!

  21. Nightpandas says:

    You skipped me man…

    • Zach

      Zach says:

      @Nightpandas: My sincerest apologies, must have missed it. Answering now!!!

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