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Week 4 FanDuel NFL Top Low-Tier Players: Derek Carr is Cheap w/ Upside

Hello, NFL FanDuelers. In this article, I will be giving you guys and girls a heads up on what players you should take note of in terms of who the best cheap buys are for Week 4. I will break this down by position and will also tell you who my top low-tier option is when factoring in their overall FPPG (fantasy points per game) averages and their overall value according to my analysis of what makes them my top options.

Keep in mind, high-tier players (expensive players who are typically some of the most valuable players overall) and mid-tier players (secondary player options that are usually big time FPPG accumulators) will not be covered here. I am simply concentrating on the low-tier types that will help you be able to splurge on expensive and semi-expensive talent at other roster spots on your team, while filling out the rest of your lineup with quality players at bargain prices.

With that said, here are the players to consider for your FanDuel lineups:

QB: ($7,000 and under):


RAIDERS: Derek Carr (FPPG: 17.0 & Salary: $7,000):

It’s hard to believe that Derek Carr has averaged just over 332 passing yards and 2-3 TD passes the past two weeks, but he has done just that and he faces a Bears team this this week that has given up the most points in the league weeks one-three (105). He’s throwing the ball well right now, especially to his favorite target rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper (averaging 14.3 FPPG this season). Carr is an excellent cheap buy at QB this week.

RB: (under $6,500):


BILLS: Karlos Williams (FPPG: 13.1 & Salary: $6,300):

Rookie Karlos Williams has looked great so far this season filling-in for starting running back LeSean McCoy. He’s had at least one touchdown each week for the Bills and is coming off of a game where he ran for 110 yards on only 12 carries. With McCoy sitting out practice earlier today for the Bills, it’s looking doubtful that he’ll suit up this week against the Giants. While the Giants have been one of the better rushing defenses in the league this season (the Bills D is the only other D that has been better against the run since week one), you should still be confident in Williams’ ability to continue from where he left off last week, especially considering the fact that the Giants have given up the most amount of passing yards so far this season. That may be the biggest reason as to why the Giants haven’t given up that many rushing yards this year and regardless of what may be the primary reason for that, for the price Williams is listed at, he’s worth taking a shot on with all things considered.


EAGLESRyan Mathews (FPPG: 9.4 & Salary: $5,900):

EAGLESDarren Sproles (FPPG: 12.5 & Salary: $6,000):

TEXANSAlfred Blue  (FPPG: 8.9 & Salary: $6,400):

If starting RB Arian Foster (Q) sits out in week four, Blue is a doable option.

WR: (under $6,500):


COLTS: Donte Moncrief (FPPG: 15.5 & Salary: $6,300):

Andrew Luck is clearly one of the best quarterbacks in the league when he’s on his A game and this week should be one of those kind of weeks from him since the Colts face the very beatable Jaguars team who’s defense has given up the third most points in the league so far (91). Donte Moncrief has been one of Luck’s favorite wide receivers to go to this season. He has had 26 targets in his direction already this year and now has 200 receiving yards and three TD catches. Expect him to put up close to or maybe even surpass 100 receiving yards against Jacksonville and at least one TD reception from him is very possible too in this matchup.


REDSKINS: Pierre Garcon (FPPG: 10.2 & Salary: $6,100):

BROWNS: Travis Benjamin – Game Status: Q (FPPG: 19.3 & Salary: $6,000):

PACKERS: James Jones (FPPG: 17.3 & Salary: $6,000):

BENGALS: Marvin Jones (FPPG: 11.0 & Salary: $5,500):

TE: (under $5,500):


BILLS: Charles Clay (FPPG: 10.8 & Salary: $5,200):

New Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is off to a solid start this season and it’s becoming clearer and clearer as the season rolls on that he is really starting to get comfortable with getting Charles Clay more involved in the passing game. It became very apparent this past week after seeing Clay catch five passes for 82 yards receiving and haul in one touchdown reception. Clay also had a TD reception in week two and faces a Giants D in Week 4 that has given up a league worst 1,007 passing yards in the first three weeks of the season. Clay is a strong play who comes at a nice price.


COLTS: Dwayne Allen – Game Status: Q (FPPG: 4.6 & Salary: $5,200):

BROWNS: Gary Barnidge (FPPG: 9.0 & Salary: $5,000):

GIANTS: Larry Donnell (FPPG: 6.4 & Salary: $5,200):

LIONS: Eric Ebron (FPPG: 11.4 & Salary: $5,100):

K: ($4,500):


JAGUARS: Jason Myers (FPPG: 7.3 & Salary: $4,500):

Jason Myers may not be able to get a bunch of extra points week in and week out because he kicks for the very offensively challenged Jaguars, but the good thing about that dilemma is that it gives him potential opportunities to get a bulk of field goal attempts in any given week. He’s also as cheap as they come, so maybe you’ll get lucky and see Myers kick at least three field goals this week. He is roughly in the middle of the pack when it comes to average field goal attempts per week when compared to all other NFL teams, so there is a good chance that going the extremely cheap route here with your kicker will pay off.

D: ($4,200):


GIANTS: (FPPG: 8.7 & Salary: $4,200):

The Giants face a Bills team that has averaged the third most points in the league Weeks 1-3 (33.3), but the Giants D has averaged close to 9 FPPG since week one (8.7 to be exact) and can be had at the cheapest price possible at the Defense position. The Giants are also coming off of a win against the Redskins and while their matchup against the Bills isn’t the most ideal one, they should be motivated to keep their momentum going in hopes for another win in Week 4.


About the author: CD Hill has played fantasy sports (NFL, MLB and NBA) for over 20 years with 4+ years experience in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and has come to learn over the years how to select ideal lineups in DFS games through years of comprehensive player research and noticed statistical trends factored in. In DFS competitions, one has to know how to notice many variables that help a competitor select the best possible lineups, potentially. The process is a complex one, but I do my best to save my readers the time and energy it would normally take them on their own to try and submit a potential winning lineup in their DFS competitions. CD is currently a NFL, MLB and NBA fantasy sports and DFS writer for FantasyPros.com, Fantrax.com, as well as FantasyScouts.com. You can follow CD on Twitter @CDHill81.

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