Welcome back for another week of cashing in here at Razzball. I am here with your weekly daily fantasy sports (DFS) focused article laying out my favorite options to target at each position for the Sunday DFS main slate. This article goes position by position, giving you my favorite pay-up option and my favorite pay-down or dart-throw option at each position to help you build a winning DFS lineup.

I use DraftKings (DK) pricing as a point of reference to seek out some values, and the goal is to help you “double up” in a 50/50 cash game with solid plays. Of course, you can use the dart throws to try to win the guaranteed prize pool (GPP) tournaments, but at the end of the article, I give you my “double up” lineup using the players discussed in this article. So, let’s get right into it, let’s build this lineup and let’s make some money.


Pay up – Josh Allen – $8,400 – This week’s slate is funny at quarterback. Either you pay all the way up for Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson, or you pay down. Even though both pay-up options are good ones this week, I like Allen over Lamar. Baltimore has allowed seven passing touchdowns and over 350 passing yards per game so far this season. In what should be a shootout, Allen should be able to throw for at least three touchdowns this week and be a solid “pay up” option in DFS if you go that route.

Pay Down – Jared Goff – $5,900 – We went with Goff as a pay-down last week, and even in his worst statistical performance of the season, he still got us over 2.5 times return on investment. His salary only increased by $100 this week over on DraftKings, so I like him as a pay-down option once again. He gets another plus matchup against a Seattle defense that is weak in the secondary.

With D’Andre Swift likely to miss this game, Goff should throw a bit more, and I love his connection with Josh Reynolds and D.J. Chark, who could be stack options in your lineup. At this price, a 220-yard game with two touchdown passes gives us a triple return on our investment.

Running Back:

Pay Up –Jonathan Taylor – $8,800– This may be the only time this season we get JT for under $9K, especially after he goes off this week! After a few lackluster performances, people may be shying away from Taylor, but he is still a stud. This matchup against Tennessee is the perfect get-right spot for Taylor.

Tennessee has allowed nearly 150 rushing yards per game so far this season and ranks 29th in the league against the run. Taylor’s usage has been there. They just need to get him going. I think this is one of those games where Taylor goes for over 200 yards and multiple touchdowns, so I will be looking to fit him in my lineups.

Dart Throw – Rashaad Penny – $4,900– Everybody will be looking at the mid-range pay-down guys like Khalil Herbert and Jamaal Williams this week, but I am going to go even further down for a lead back at an even better price. Even with Ken Walker in the mix now, Penny is getting the bulk of the carries and gets a good matchup this week against Detroit.

The Lions’ rushing defense ranks 27th in the league and gives up over 142 yards per game to the running back position. So if you use Goff with one of his pass catchers, as we talked about earlier, don’t be afraid to run it back with Penny on the other side of that game.

Wide Reciever:

Pay Up – AJ Brown – $7,400 – Last week, we absolutely NAILED DeVonta Smith as our pay-down option at wide receiver, with him returning us a SIX AND A HALF TIMES return on our investment. This week, it’s time for his partner in crime to eat once again. Brown gets a solid matchup against a Jacksonville defense that allows 28.2 fantasy points per game to wide receivers lining up out wide, which is 80% of the overall production given up to the position.

Jacksonville’s offense has also been clicking, so they should stay in this game enough to force Philly to keep passing. None of the Jacksonville corners can stop Brown, and I look for him to have a huge game this week for the Eagles.

Pay Down – Isaiah McKenzie – $5,100 – If you put Josh Allen and Jonathan Taylor in your lineup, you will have to find value. You also likely won’t be able to pair Allen with Stefon Diggs or Gabe Davis, but you can use McKenzie. The Buffalo slot receiver had the second-highest target share among Buffalo receivers last week and gets a matchup against a Baltimore defense that has given up the most points per game to slot receivers this season. He’s a sneaky cheap pairing if you use Allen at quarterback.

*Bonus Pay Down – Treylon Burks – $4,700 – Here is a dart throw pay-down option for you this week. Sometimes we need to look deeper than the box scores to find diamonds in the rough. While the first few weeks for the rookie receiver haven’t been anything to write home about, the usage is there and increasing every week.

Last week, Burks had a 69% snap percentage, but he was running routes on 96% of his plays. This tells me that he will be getting involved in that offense, and if he’s out there running routes, the targets and catches will come. He has yet to put up double-digit fantasy points, but I think he gets there this week to pay off for us in our lineups.

Tight End:

With Travis Kelce and George Kittle off the slate this week, Andrews is the pay-up option, but we need to find value this week, so I will pass on a pay-up option.

Pay down – Pat Freiermuth – The targets weren’t there for Freiermuth last week, but he had 17 targets in the first two weeks of the season. The Jets give up a bunch of points to the tight end position, so I look for Freiermuth to be utilized more like the first couple of weeks in this game. It’s a good spot for a bounce-back game, and a five-for-75 game like he had in Week 1 would get us a three times return on our investment.

Dart Throw – Evan Engram – $3,400 – While Engram only caught one pass last week, he was heavily involved in the offense, playing a 76% snap percentage and running a route on 80% of his snaps. He is lining up out wide quite a bit and being utilized as a pass catcher, not as a blocker, and we love that for our tight ends. Unfortunately, he had a would-be touchdown reception ruled incomplete last week, so let’s hope he gets one that stands this week to pay off as a solid dart throw in our lineups.


Pay Down – Bears – $2,700 – Chicago is our first salary-saving defense option this week as they get a turnover-prone Daniel Jones. They can stack the box to limit Saquon Barkley, and that would force Jones to try to make plays. With Roquan Smith bearing down on him, Jones can certainly throw a pick or 2 in this game.

Dart Throw – Texans = $2,400 – With so many high-priced options we want to use this week, we need to save money on defense. We want to find the lowest-priced defense that won’t get us negative points. With Justin Herbert still playing with the rib issues, he could turn the ball over and not quite be himself this week.

At this price, we only need about seven points from them for a three times return on our investment, and they could do that against a banged-up Chargers offense.

JB’s Example “Double Up” Lineup:

• QB – Josh Allen
• RB – Jonathan Taylor
• RB – Rashaad Penny
• WR – Isaiah McKenzie
• WR – Treylon Burks
• WR – Tyler Lockett
• TE – Pat Freiermuth
• Flex – Jerry Jeudy
• DST – Texans

That will do it for Week 4. Thanks for checking in, and I look forward to seeing you here every week to build out a winning DFS lineup. Make sure you check out all the fantastic new tools on Razzball.com and sign up for a FREE TRIAL of the Razzball tools subscription as you get ready to set the rest of your Week 4 fantasy lineups. You are always invited to follow me on Twitter @FantasyCoachJB and ask me any questions you may have. Good luck in your upcoming matchups, and I’ll see you in the winner’s circle!