Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 4
Last week showed just how vexing this projections gambit can be. Five running backs topped 100 yards. Who were they? DeMarco Murray (not surprising), LeSean McCoy (also not surprising), Bilal Powell (huh?), DeAngelo Williams (he keeps on going, doesn't he?) and Johnathan Franklin (what's the deal with that extra 'h'?).
Meanwhile, five receivers went north of 140 yards, but these won't be quite as large a surprise. I mean we all figured Antonio Brown, Santonio Holmes, Josh Gordon, Cecil Shorts and Donnie Avery would go off last week, right?
We're going to be able to peg plenty of players pretty close from week to week, but there are always going to be the surprises. That's what keeps us coming back for more. With that, let's find out what surprises might be in store with the Week 4 projections.
Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.
The Broncos play Dallas next week, but get Jacksonville, Indy and Washington the following three weeks. Manning could have 2,500 yards and 25 TDs heading into their Week 9 bye.
Luck's numbers weren't all that impressive against the Niners last week, but he continued to make plays on the ground. He'll make it up to his owners this week.
Pryor had a productive fantasy day against Denver, but left after suffering a concussion late. Keep an eye on his practice schedule this week.
Charles totaled 172 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last week and looms as a huge threat for the Giants.
Peterson has turned in strong fantasy games every week, but he has been forced to grind out every single yard. He'll finally find consistent room in London this week.
Three weeks, three absolute monster games for McCoy. The trend continues this week.
Johnson caught seven passes for 115 yards and a TD in Washington last week and has to be licking his chops after seeing what Antonio Brown did to the Bears last week.
Thomas had 10 catches for 94 yards against the Raiders. It'll be his turn to be the big star among the receivers this week.
Wayne will have his biggest day of the season to date, as the Colts should be able to handle the Jaguars with ease.
There is no stopping this guy. Period.
Cook had seven targets a week ago, and with the Niners down at least one star linebacker, he could exploit some holes in the defense.
Daniels got nine targets last week, and I think Matt Schaub will rely on him this week against a tough Seattle defense.
Playing at home against a solid defense, Zuerlein could be in for a big night.
Bailey had a quiet day, making a 19-yard field goal and missing his other attempt from 35 yards. He's still a guy I'd start confidently every week, though.
Houston's defense did a great job limiting the Ravens to field goals last week, something Hauschka's owners are no doubt hoping for on Sunday.
The Chiefs turned in the most impressive defensive performance of the season to date in Week 3, shutting down the previously unstoppable Michael Vick. They look like a D you'll want to start regardless of matchup.
Dallas has been one of the best defenses in the league this year, notching 13 sacks and seven takeaways through three games. I think it's in for another big game this week.
Cincinnati surrendered 30 points to the Packers, but limited Aaron Rodgers to 5.7 YPA and made enough plays to have a big fantasy day. That will continue in Cleveland.