Column: Fantasy Football Week 4 recommendations
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 23:09
Player to start- Jordan Cameron (Tight End Cleveland Browns)
Following his six catch performance for 66 yards and three touchdowns versus the Minnesota Vikings on the road, Jordan Cameron has emerged as a legitimate top five tight end and red zone beast. He is available in 25.2 percent of ESPN leagues, which is astonishing considering his 49 fantasy points through three weeks is third most for a tight end since 2001. This year Cameron has amounted 20 receptions for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Fantasy wise, Cameron is a guarantee for much needed points as in each three games this season he has either had 95 yards or more, or a touchdown every game. His fantasy number this year, according to a standard point system is as follows, 16, nine and 24. The next matchup for the Browns is against the Bengals, who so far are ranked 14th overall in passing yards allowed per game (231). The Bengals have not allowed a 300 yard passer for 18 straight games which included Aaron Rodgers last week but the emergence of Josh Gordon helps Cameron. Look for Cameron to have about 10-15 points this week, as his red zone presence, and 6-foot-5 frame, will benefit quarterback Brian Hoyer who is going into his third start.
Player to Bench- Eli Manning (Quarterback New York Giants)
Just like the team he plays for, Eli has gotten off to a miserable fantasy season through the first three weeks accounting for three points in Week 3. The Giants are 0-3 this year as they have no rushing attack and an injured offensive line which let up seven sacks last week against the Carolina Panthers. This directly affects Eli as no running attack allows the opposing defense to drop back in coverage and disguise formations that could lead to all out blitzes against Manning. So far this season, he has eight interceptions which lead the league and only five touchdown passes. Although Eli had 28 points in week one, he dropped to 10 in Week 2 and is projected for nine points, 230 yards, one passing TD and eight yards rushing in Week 4 against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should be weary of this matchup since the Chiefs are ranked fifth in net passing yards allowed per game (185), secnd in points allowed (11.3) and are ranked first in turnovers forced with four interceptions and five forced fumbles. On the road at Arrowhead Stadium, a notoriously loud stadium, look for Eli to struggle against one of the top defenses in the NFL.
Player to Add- Kenbrell Thompkins (Wide Receiver New England Patriots)
Through the first three games, Thompkins has nine receptions for 130 receiving yards and two TDs. In the 23-3 win against the Bucs in Week 3, he caught three passes for 41 yards on seven targets with two touchdowns, accounting for 16 fantasy points. This was a major confidence for the young rookie who along with Aaron Dobson was targeted in week two 17 times but only catching five. Since the departure of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and injury to Gronkowski, Tom Brady has not had a lot to work with, but the Week 3 performance for Thompkins could be a sign of things to come. With Rob Gronkowski possibly coming back in four along with Danny Amendola in the near future, defenses will put extra coverage and a spy on the tight end position and seek to double Amendola in the slot, leaving Thompkins in single coverage. The Patriots week four opponent is the 1-2 Atlanta Falcons who are ranked 19th in points allowed per game and 25th in net passing yards allowed. Thompkins is still available in 65.1 percent of ESPN leagues, he is predicted for 58 yards and one TD which is 11 points, and could be the difference between a win and a loss.