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Cover 3: Week 4

NFL-Wallpaper-HDWeek 4 is always an interesting week in the NFL for a variety of reasons. By this week, teams are generally establishing their identity and having their schemes start to click. On the flip side, there are the teams who are 0-3, and know that they must win this week if they want to make it to the playoffs. An 0-4 hole to start the season is usually impossible to climb their way out of. Week 4 is also the first week for byes. There are two teams on a bye this week: Titans and Patriots. Fans of these teams will have to find other games to watch, and fantasy owners may need to find replacements for some of their starters. There are a lot of things going on this week throughout the whole league, and hopefully it’ll translate to some great football to watch!

 

Fantasy Jackpot Game of the Week—Houston Texans vs Atlanta Falcons

This week’s “Fantasy Jackpot” is between the Texans and Falcons. The Falcons have obviously been the better team so far this season, but this game feels like it could be high scoring. The Texans enter week 4 giving up 20 points per game while the Falcons give up 24. We know the Falcons’ offense will be able to put up a decent amount of points, but the Texans should be able to move the ball too against this defense, especially if Arian Foster makes his debut.

The Texans will be up against a defense that is giving up 378 yards per game (286 yards passing). Even though the Falcons defense gives up less than 100 yards rushing per game, they are much worse than that stat. Teams generally are passing against the Falcons to try and keep up with their offense. The Falcons are also giving up the most PPR points to running backs this season. They gave up 10 catches to Dunbar last week, and 8 catches to Vereen the week before. Whoever is starting at running back for the Texans should be able to be effective. Foster is currently listed as questionable, but I do think he plays. If he does play, I think you can start him with confidence; he should have a good day. If Foster decides to sit another week, Alfred Blue will be the starter. He also should be able to be moderately effective, but not to the same amount that Foster would be. The Texans will also be forced to pass quite a bit, so I think Ryan Mallett could actually put up respectable numbers. The Falcons are giving up 286 passing yards, so I think Mallett is capable of about 250 yards with a couple touchdowns and an interception. Those are pretty good numbers for you as a bye-week replacement! Since he will be passing a lot, it’s a no-brainer that DeAndre Hopkins will benefit. You can start him with confidence this week. Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts will also both catch about 4-7 passes each.

Devonta Freeman looks to have another strong performance

Devonta Freeman looks to have another strong performance

There isn’t much to say about the Falcons because it’s pretty obvious of what they like to do and who will be involved. The Texans are giving up about 108 rushing yards per game, so Devonta Freeman should be in line for another good game. I think he will be a good play, but don’t start him with the expectations to reproduce his numbers last week. His last game will be his best game of his career. Matt Ryan is averaging about 315 passing yards per game with 146 of those going directly to Julio Jones. Julio is also averaging 11.3 catches per game. If he can stay healthy throughout the season, he will easily be the #1 wide receiver in the league. The drop-off to the next receiver is pretty significant. Leonard Hankerson is actually the #2 receiver so far this season with 11 catches for 138 yards. Roddy White a basically droppable in most leagues since he has received only one measly target in the last two weeks.

 

“Bad Blood” Game of the Week—Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins

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This week’s “Bad Blood” game is a battle between two NFC East rivals. Both the Eagles and Redskins enter this game with a 1-2 records, and the winner will push themselves closer to the top of the division with the race being wide open. This will be the 162nd meeting between the old rivals; Washington leads the series 81-74-6. There originally were talks of postponing this game due to bad weather from Hurricane Joaquin, but the NFL said that will not be the case.

Both teams have had their struggles on offense and defense. The Eagles have yet to get their passing going, but they got the run game going last with Ryan Mathews filling in for the injured DeMarco Murray. He is expected to play this week, but he will be facing a tough front-seven for the Redskins. The Eagles should be able to get the passing game going against the atrocious secondary of Washington. If they can’t get it going against these guys, they will be in even more trouble than we thought.

The Redskins have been a ground-and-pound team so far this year, but the Eagles also have a good run defense. The rookie Matt Jones could see an increased role in this game because of his natural play-making ability, but he will have to prove that he can hold on to the football. Unfortunately DeSean Jackson will still be sidelined, so he won’t be able to face is former team. Cousins will also have to show that he can take charge of the offense and not turn the ball over for them to win this division battle.

It will be interesting to see the styles of these two teams clash. The Eagles have a high-speed offense that tries to run as many plays as they can to prevent substitutions on defense and tire them out. The Redskins try to control the time of possession and run the ball to wear down the defense. Whoever’s style proves to be more effective on Sunday will come out the victor.

 

Must-Watch Showdown—Kansas City Chiefs vs Cincinnati Bengals

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This week’s “Must-Watch Showdown” is between two tough teams. Both teams’ offenses and defenses have struggled at times so far, but the Bengals have been able to come together in the end and stay unbeaten.

The 1-2 Chiefs are coming of an embarrassing performance on Monday night in Green Bay, and they hope to build off of some of the good things they started to do towards the end of the game. Their streak of no touchdowns to wide receivers was snapped last week as Jeremy Maclin finally found his way in. He was one of the guys that started to get going towards the end of the game, but it was too late to mean anything. Hopefully the Chiefs figured some things out about how to use Maclin, and we won’t only see him effective in garbage time. Jamaal Charles has continued to look elite this season running the ball, but the Chiefs will have to pass to win this game. On the other side of the ball, they will need to be able to stop the pass. Luckily for them, they aren’t going up against Aaron Rodgers this week, but Andy Dalton has been pretty good too.

The 3-0 Bengals have to be happy that they found a way to remain unbeaten, but they have looked far from perfect. Their running game with Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard has been bad. The offensive line isn’t creating lanes for these guys to run, and it’ll prove to be a difficult task against this week against a solid Kansas City run defense. Dalton will be asked to pass a lot again this week as they face a secondary that gave up five touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers on Monday Night Football. Dalton should be able to be effective as he passes to Green, Jones, Eifert, and Charles. Dalton’s success will depend on his offensive line being able to stop the Chiefs’ pass rush. If they are able to pressure Dalton, it could change this whole game.

 

Who do you think will win this game? What did you think of this week’s Cover 3? You can post your questions and comments down below, or talk to me over on Twitter @FantasyFlurry! If you mention that you read the Cover 3 article, I’ll be sure to give you a shout-out!

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