Our final rankings are here. I’m not going to ramble too long in the intro.
We’ve got a game about to kick off and you need to read the notes below the rankings chart.
UPDATE, 9:29 a.m.: Seeing reports that Andrew Luck WILL NOT PLAY this week, downgrade all Colts offensive players. … Also seeing that Arian Foster is likely to suit up and play. As I explain below, this is a huge spot for him and he usually doesn’t come back until he’s 100% healthy.
Here is everything we have for you so far this week. I hope to get two more features out before the 1 p.m. kickoffs:
Week 4 FINAL rankings
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FINAL rankings notes
The big question mark for me this week is Andrew Luck. He’s questionable. If he doesn’t play or if he aggravates his shoulder injury, we need to lower expectations for all Colts players considerably.
Like the rest of the industry, I’m excited to see what Derek Carr, Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor can do today.
Another huge question mark this week is this whole Marshawn Lynch/Thomas Rawls situation. Lynch is a game-time decision. I’m not going to play Lynch in DFS because of how he’s played and because he’s coming off an injury. But if he doesn’t play, Rawls is a huge value — minimum priced at Draft Kings — that needs to be in my lineup. Here’s one option: Start Doug Baldwin in your flex spot. If Rawls plays, you can swap the two. If Lynch plays you can keep Baldwin or switch to a number of players with interesting opportunities. Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and even Zach Zenner will get some extra work with Joique Bell out for Detroit. It’s unfortunate it comes against the Seahawks, but it’s a thing. You could consider Lions TE Eric Ebron, who is one of our top tight end values this week. You could go with Tyler Lockett, who will receive points if he scores a return touchdown. He has a kickoff return TD and a punt return TD this season to go along with six catches for 54 yards. The Lions have allowed 31.5 kickoff return yards per game this season, fourth-most in the NFL.
Arian Foster is my other big running back question mark. This is a huge spot for Alfred Blue or Jonathan Grimes if Foster can’t go because the matchup is good for runners and receiving backs. Foster, of course, is an elite running back who can handle both facets of the game himself. If he plays he’ll be in a pile of my lineups. I read earlier this week or heard in a podcast that Foster calls the shots on his injuries and he only comes back when he is fully healed and ready to contribute.
I have at least one daily fantasy lineup with both Randall Cobb and James Jones in it. It’s not a high percentage play to have two pass-catchers from the same game, but if any offense can give multiple receivers multi-TD games, it’s the Packers.
There are a pile of values in the tight end ranks this week, but I’m looking at Martellus Bennett — a mid-range option — and Greg Olsen — the second-most expensive TE on the board this week — for most of my lineups in daily fantasy.
When I need a few extra bucks, I’m going to Charles Clay. I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes 2015 as Tyrod Taylor’s favorite weapon in an offense none of us thought would be this good.