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What’s good amigos? Honcho’s back for some Week 4 action, so buckle up and let’s do this. Before we get started, I wanted to treat you all to some of my magnificent poetry. I bet you weren’t aware that Honcho was the official Poet Laureate of Razzball. Were you? It’s true. I just have a way with words. You can check out some of my best work over at Christian Mingle. The ladies just love my renderings on that site. Anyway, I wanted to start this week’s By The Numbers off with something I’ve prepared especially for this occasion. Here it is: Roses are red. Harambe is dead. The Oakland Raiders defense Flacco shall shred. So… How was it? Inspiring? Beautiful? Both? I’ll take it! Okay, enough of that. Let’s get down to some numbers. Obviously I’ve placed Joe Flacco in the introduction for a reason. He has an absolutely delicious matchup this week. I mean, what’s not to like about the worst pass defense in the NFL traveling East for a 1:00 PM EDT start? The Raiders have been brutal against the pass in their first three games. How bad? Well, they’re averaging 340 passing yards allowed per game and they’ve yielded seven scores through the air against just three interceptions and three sacks. Oakland is allowing opposing QBs to score an average of 26.5 (3oth) fantasy points per contest this year and they’re giving up 32.5 (32nd) fantasy points to WRs. That’s bad. No, actually that’s awful. The forecast is calling for clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s so sit back and watch Flacco air-raid the Raiders.

Here’s a look at a few of my favorite passing and rushing matchups for Week 4:

Cam Newton – The Falcons are a mess when it comes to defending the pass. They allowed Drew Brees to complete 36-of-54 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns last week to push their average to 313 yards passing allowed per contest this season – that’s good for 29th in the league. Over the first three games of the season Atlanta is yielding 29.3 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

Phillip Rivers – The New Orleans defense is an absolute train-wreck. It’s almost hard to describe how bad it is unless you’ve spent a few minutes watching it this year. Highlights do not do it justice. They gave up 45 points to Atlanta last week, which included with five offensive TDs with zero interceptions generated. They’re allowing 299 passing yards per contest through the first three games. Rivers has racked up 11 completions for 20 yards or more and has hooked up for a 40+ yard completion 4 times this year.

Drew Brees – Make that two weeks in a row the diminutive signal caller has appeared in this article. Brees’ will face a San Diego defense that’s giving up 322 passing yards per game while yielding 11.3 fantasy points per week to opposing TEs. The great thing about playing Brees’ each week is that he’s forced to go to the air early and often due to the Saints’ injury riddled defense. Through three games the Canton bound quarterback has thrown for 1,062 yards and 8 TDs while throwing just one interception.

Kirk Cousins – Even with a shaky QB like Cousins’, picking on Cleveland seems like low-hanging fruit. I mean, they gave up over 300 yards and 3 TDs to Ryan Freaking Tannehill. So yeah, I really like the Sparty alum this week. The Browns rank 24th in passing yards allowed and they’ve given up 7 passing scores through three games. They’ve also been brutal against opposing WRs, allowing 31.8 fantasy points (3rd-most) this year.

Trevor Siemian – After being ultra-conservative the first two weeks, Siemian was taking names against the Bengals’ secondary last week. He averaged a robust 8.9 YPA and completed two passes for over forty yards and connected three times for at least twenty. Tampa Bay has allowed 23.4 fantasy points to opposing QBs, while allowing 272 passing yards and 7 TDs through the air this season.

Justin Forsett and Terrance West – Before you throw up in your mouth, hear me out….Honcho’s feeling the Baltimore running back committee this week. Oakland has allowed 136 rushing yards per game this year and they’ve given up the six-most (22.5) fantasy points to opposing RBs. Remember, this unit was gashed by Tennessee two weeks ago for a 29/181/1 line, so they know a thing or two about accommodating opposing backfields.

Melvin Gordon – He put up a dud against Indy last week, although he did find the end zone and had 43 yards receiving. That was enough to overshadow his 16/35/0 rushing line against the 31st ranked run defense. But hey, this is a new week and we’re all about new beginnings here, so let’s roll with Melvin. After what the Falcons did to New Orleans on the ground last week (31/217/3) I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Gordon in Week 4. He’s bound to produce. He’s averaging 95 yards per game on 23.5 touches since Danny Woodhead went down.

Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell – The Cleveland ground game might induce a bevy of yawns among most fantasy owners, but with a rookie signal caller under center there’s plenty of fantasy goodness to be harvested. Washington has allowed an average of 123 rushing yards per contest this year and they’ve handed out seven rushing touchdowns as well. In Week 3 they coughed up a 21/120/2 line to the Giants and have given up 28.3 fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.

 

 

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  1. Brian says:
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    Should I drop Moncreif if I could use roster spot how important is his value ?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Brian: Definitely drop and pick up a productive player. He could be out at least 5 more weeks.

  2. Prince George says:
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    Hey Mike, keep T. Rawls on my roster or drop him and pick up K. Dixon, Balt rookie RB. Not sure if Rawls gets his job back. Looking for 2nd half production. Thanks.

  3. quimmy says:
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    12 Team PPR League, Auction.

    My starters:

    Brees
    David Johnson
    Leveon Bell
    Mike Evans
    Kelvin Benjamin
    Dennis Pitta (Ertz on bench)
    Will Fuller
    Tyrell Williams
    Then 5 IDP Players

    I was offered Jordy Nelson and Mccoy for my David Johnson and Dennis Pitta. I hate to downgrade from DJ to Shady, but Jordy is a huge upgrade over Tyrell and Fuller. I also have Steve Smith, who I think is going to have a good WR3 type season in PPR, on my bench. Thoughts?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @quimmy: I just can’t part with DJ in a PPR. Stream a WR each week if needed.

  4. Steve says:
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    Best WR in Buf now that Watkins is on IR?

    Anyone? No one?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Steve: Woods will see the most targets of this group, but I’m only interested if it’s a deeper format.

  5. friar says:
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    Question about everyone’s favorite part of fantasy…defenses! Which D/ST do you think will be better ROS (not counting this week): Carolina or Philly?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @friar: I like Carolina ROS. Obv, the one advantage to Philly is an early bye

  6. #flytheW says:
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    Quick kicker question , I know sorry but hey every point matters. Play Novak vs tenn. Or lambo vs new orleans ? Thx for the help. Btw I’d have to drop Novak for lambo

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @#flytheW: I like Lambo this week and ROS over Novak.

  7. Randy says:
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    In a 12-team standard league, I have Julio/Evans/Cobb/Gordon at WR. I happen to have 7 RBs as well: Miller/Gore/Crowell/Deangelo/Dwayne Washington/Howard. We start 2/2/Flex. Who would you drop Gordon for out of Enunwa, Dorsett, Steve Smith, Michael Thomas, Beasley, Golden Tate, and Kevin White? And which RB is most droppable in case I should pick up another WR or perhaps backup Julius Thomas at TE? Thanks!

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Randy: Give me Michael Thomas out of that group. That’s a strong group of RBs. I’d probably explore trade options before I’d drop any of them.

  8. Wallah says:
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    What side of:

    $3 Devonta Freeman, $2 Isaiah Crowell, $8 devanta parker, $4 John brown
    For
    $2 Doug Martin, #$40 Thomas Rawls, $40 amari cooper

    We can keep 3 players/ year. I kept Freeman this year. Guy I’m trading has tevin Coleman and Rawls, I have Freeman and Christine Michael… Make sense for both of us to own an entire backfield? I wish I could own Atlantas backfield but guy won’t give up tevin… I’ve offered multiple times c-Mike for tevin (I think it’s fair) and get turned down.. Anyway, what do you think?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Wallah: Makes a lot of sense to try to own the cuffs, but if he won’t trade what can you do? Right? Anyway, oddly enough I like the Freeman side here. Lot’s of flexibility w/ the $$ spent.

  9. Wallah says:
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    Hey, same guy above who all of a sudden can’t make roster decisions..

    Who would you play at TE this week? Clive Walford, Julius Thomas, Dwayne Allen, Cameron brate?… I don’t want to risk a does not play from Julius and I own derek Carr as my starting qb..

    Also,

    Pick 3 players to start (1 has to be a wr):
    Alshon
    Diggs
    Dwayne Washington
    Forte
    Freeman
    Crowell

    Thanks!!

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Wallah: I really like the matchup for Thomas, but as of now there’s too much risk. I’d roll w/ Allen.

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Wallah: Alshon makes me nervous w/ his hammy issue. Diggs, Forte & Crowell

  10. Chucky says:
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    Ware or Sims, half ppr?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Chucky: I’d roll w/ Ware

  11. Mike Honcho

    Mike Honcho says:
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    For anyone that’s interested, this is the last week that the Football Tools are free here at Razzball. Check out the projections and DFSBot. They’re both great resources for your lineup decisions.

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