Sometimes when your opponents zig, you need to zag. With Week 3 history, Doug Moore presents his Week 4 fantasy football bold predictions that will separate you from the competition.
We are now in Week 4 of the NFL season and we have already seen some breakout players, major injuries, and even crucial busts. With that, let’s make some bold predictions as to how Week 4 will turn out for some players.
After throwing three interceptions, Cam Newton throws three touchdowns in Week 4
After throwing for under 300 yards along with three interceptions against Minnesota in Week 3, Newton will have a big bounce-back week. Facing a Falcons team which has given up 10 touchdowns and more than 950 yards (317 yards per game average) in three games this year, this is the perfect game for Newton to return to MVP form. Despite a minor ankle injury, Carolina’s QB faces a much weaker defense this week and will be able to shred it with the help of Kelvin Benjamin among others.
Kirk Cousins exploits a depleted Browns defense and finishes as a top-five quarterback
Other than Week 3 when he threw for 296 yards, Cousins has thrown for at least 300 yards in every game this season. The Washington signal-caller tossed two touchdowns last week against an improved Giants defense and now gets the weak Browns defense this weekend. With Jamison Crowder emerging as a steady target and DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed being reliable as usual, Cousins will have plenty of weapons to wreak havoc on the Browns in Week 4.
Melvin Gordon goes for 150 yards and two touchdowns from scrimmage
Going up against a Saints team that has given up more than 600 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in the first three games, Gordon is walking into a dream matchup. He has at least one rushing touchdown in every game this season. He has at least 23 touches in the past two games since Danny Woodhead went down with a season-ending injury and will continue to be San Diego’s work-horse. He has a prime opportunity to rack up a lot of points in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Jerick McKinnon once again fails to capitalize on Peterson’s injury
Even though he wasn’t the “starter” for Minnesota in Week 3, he had the most touches of any Vikings running back (17). McKinnon is going to have a much more expanded role in light of Adrian Peterson’s knee injury, but he only had 47 yards from scrimmage in Week 3 despite the new role. Going up against a much-improved Giants defense that has allowed less than 78 yards rushing yards per game so far, McKinnon will struggle to get going again in what could be a pass-happy affair for both teams with their run games slacking.
Matt Forte is held in check by the Seahawks
Even though he has 76 touches (25.33 per game) in three games so far this season, Forte has done well for his new team thus far. After running for 100 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 for the Jets, Forte came back to earth a bit with only 64 yards on 17 touches against the Chiefs in Week 3. In a tough matchup against the Seahawks, who have only given up an average of 88 yards rushing a game and a total of two rushing touchdowns, Forte will have plenty of volume but will struggle against a stingy opponent yet again.
Doug Baldwin scorches the Jets for 125 yards and a touchdown
Baldwin bounced back in a big way last week against the 49ers with 164 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions despite a hobbled Russell Wilson slinging him the ball. Facing the Jets, who have given up 213 yards on average to wide receivers thus far, Baldwin has the chance for another terrific performance. With the run defense of the Jets much better than their pass defense, the Seahawks will likely have to rely more on the passing game. With Tyler Lockett limited with a knee injury, expect Baldwin to be the focal point again for Wilson and the Seahawks.
You thought Emmanuel Sanders did well in Week 3? Just wait ‘til Week 4
After coming up with only 88 yards on eight receptions in the first two games of the season, Sanders “broke out” with nine receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Bengals defense. The Broncos receiver saw nearly twice as many targets as Demaryius Thomas (13 to 7) and torched Cincinnati’s secondary. Taking on a Buccaneers squad that has given up seven touchdowns to wide receivers in only three games, Sanders has a terrific matchup to keep the ball rolling. Don’t be surprised if he has a very similar, if not better, game in Week 4.
As his quarterback struggles, so will DeAndre Hopkins
In the embarrassing shutout loss to the Patriots and their third-string quarterback, the entire Texans squad struggled. Brock Osweiler threw for less than 200 yards with an interception and Hopkins suffered because of his quarterback’s poor performance. Matched up against Titans team that is tough on opposing quarterbacks, Osweiler could easily struggle again. With that, Hopkins will likely struggle too, despite the Titans giving up 186 yards to wide receivers on average.
Dennis Pitta finds pay-dirt in Week 4 as he continues his crazy comeback
Over the past two games, Pitta has seen 20 targets for 15 receptions and 144 yards receiving. Despite suffering two separate and very serious hip injuries, Baltimore’s tight end is showing his old form with Joe Flacco also returning from injury. He is one of his QB’s favorite targets and faces an Oakland team that has given up more than 81 yards per game to opposing tight ends so far this season. While they haven’t given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end yet, Pitta will be the exception as he may see more targets than usual because of Oakland’s solid secondary.
Kyle Rudolph makes it three weeks in a row with a touchdown
Since Sam Bradford took over at quarterback in Minnesota, Rudolph has 10 receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets. It’s clear that Rudolph is Bradford’s favorite red-zone target and perhaps his go-to playmaker other than Stefon Diggs. Despite having a middle-of-the-road match-up against the Giants in Week 4, Rudolph should continue his scoring ways with another touchdown as he continues to dominate with Bradford under center.