Week 4 DFS NFL DraftKings Wide Receiver Plays & Picks

Written By Nate Lawson on September 28, 2017

Week 4 DraftKings.com DFS NFL Wide Receiver GPP & Cash Game Plays

Week 4 NFL is upon us and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money at DraftKings. Every week, we’ll bring you our top DFS NFL picks at each position, separating them into Cash Game and GPP plays.

Cash game options generally come with less risk and a more stable floor, while the best GPP plays can come with tons of risk and upside. Taking a chance on players with high ceilings and low floors is a good way to separate from a large tournament field.

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Week 4 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for Cash Games

Odell Beckham Jr. @ TB ($8.9k DraftKings)
Beckham returned to form last week with nine catches for 79 yards and two scores in the Giants loss to the Eagles. And his matchup this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has the polarizing wideout looking at the kind of ceiling that wins someone a million bucks if you roll him out in tourneys. But since we’re talking cash games…

Tampa Bay is dead last in fantasy points allowed to opposing wideouts two games into the 2017 season (58.9 DK ppg). The team behind them, the Minnesota Vikings, is allowing 14 fewer points per game to wideouts. The Bucs also allowed Case Keenum and Mike Glennon to complete a combined 72% of their passes. Eli Manning is a better quarterback than either of those two, and he should have little trouble getting his top option the ball in a must-win week four contest.

Golden Tate @ MIN ($6.3k DraftKings)
Tate is not the most exciting wideout in the NFL, but he’s a safe bet for your cash lineup in week four. After a heartbreaking loss to the Falcons last week, Tate and the Lions head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings, whose defense, as mentioned previously, is allowing the second most DK ppg to opposing wideouts.

The Vikings defense is quite good, but they just can’t stop receivers from tacking up yards (the ones not matched up with Xavier Rhodes), having allowed 644 yards to opposing receivers three weeks into the season. Through the first three games, Tate is averaging nine receptions per game, and Matthew Stafford is probably the best he’s ever been. Look for Tate to establish himself in the passing game early and deliver a solid performance from the slot for your cash lineup.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. San Francisco ($6.1k DraftKings)
Fitzgerald had himself a game on Monday night, with 149 yards on 13 receptions, and a score for good measure. The Cardinals veteran clearly still has it, and as long as Carson Palmer is going to feed him, he’s a safe bet for cash games. Now, some will look to fade after his insane week three, but this isn’t the spot for contrarian thinking.

Without David Johnson, the Cards need a go-to option. Guess what? It’s not Chris Johnson. And it’s not J.J. Nelson. Fitzgerald is the guy, and this week he gets a matchup with San Francisco defense that can be had through the air, as evidenced by giving up three TDs to Jared Goff and the Rams. The Niners defense appeared to be somewhat competent through two weeks, but last week the levee broke. Take advantage with Fitzgerald and his high floor in a game the Cards really need.

Week 4 DFS NFL Wide Receivers for GPPs

A.J. Green @ CLE ($8.6k DraftKings)
I just can’t in good faith put Green as a cash game lock given Andy Dalton is his quarterback. But the Bengals top pass catcher is up against a Cleveland Browns defense which he’s shredded for a combined 297 yards and two scores in their last two encounters. He is also coming off a big game against the Green Bay Packers in which he hauled in 10 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

While Cleveland hasn’t allowed a ton of success to wide receivers so far this season, they did just get absolutely burned by T.Y. Hilton last week. Green is a better receiver with a more consistent workload, and it’s not out of the realm of thinking for him to finish with something comparable to Hilton’s performance of 7/153/1, as the targets are there (>10 per game) and the matchup is favorable.

Sammy Watkins @ DAL ($5.9k DraftKings)
There’s always considerable risk in rostering Sammy Watkins. This week is no different. The Rams wideout is currently working his way through concussion protocol after taking a shot in week three, in a game in which he racked up 106 yards and two scores on six catches. While the performance would’ve made him very chalky, the injury has likely offset any massive shift in ownership Watson’s way.

But don’t be scared off too easily. Against an underachieving Cowboys secondary, wideouts have tallied 476 yards and four scores this season, which translates to the sixth most DK points. If Watkins suits up, he’ll likely add to that impressive line, as the Cowboys secondary has been exploited numerous times this season, and because I believe in this Goff-Watkins connection, especially with defenses needing to plan around Todd Gurley.

Brandon Marshall @ TB ($4.6k DraftKings)
I had DeAndre Hopkins here originally, but then I realized Logan Ryan is going to shadow him. Hopkins will be chalk, but I won’t go there. I’m looking to Brandon Marshall instead.

The veteran wideout came back to life last week after a disappointing first two weeks, scoring a respectable 14.6 DK points. He appears to still have it in him, even if it was touch and go for a minute, and he gets a nice matchup against a struggling Tampa Bay secondary allowing 58.9 DK points to opposing wideouts per game. 58.9!

That’s a lot of points to go around. While Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard are also good options, I think they’ll both land squarely in the chalk. Marshall should see lower ownership with terrific upside at a very reasonable price.

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Nate began playing DFS back in 2013, focusing on low stakes MLB contests over at DraftKings. Now, the vast majority of his DFS time is spent identifying optimal picks and player exposure for NBA and NFL GPPs, though MMA and eSports are his DFS guilty pleasures. With a focus on constant iteration, Nate spends a lot of his non-DFS time reading books and essays by leaders in finance and entrepreneurship for application to his DFS strategies...with a bit of cryptocurrency trading on the side.

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