Week 4 DFS NFL FanDuel Tight End & Defense Picks

Written By Nate Weitzer on September 29, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018

Week 4 FanDuel.com DFS NFL Tight and Defense GPP and Cash Game Plays

Week 4 NFL is upon us and everyone is looking to cash in on the big money at FanDuel. Every week, we’ll bring you our top DFS NFL picks at each position, separating them into Cash Game and GPP plays. And to keep up with all things PlayPicks, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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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In DFS NFL, predicting game flow can be vital towards success. Teams that are heavily favored and come through with a comfortable win will be far more likely to lean on their running game, while two teams with poor defenses and high-powered offenses could pay off by getting into a shootout. Later in the season, especially, weather will play a key factor in NFL games, so make sure to check the forecast for each Sunday.

In general, GPP plays are high-risk, high-reward prospects that can fizzle out and leave you empty handed. That said, if you want to win the big money, you have to take big chances and sometimes that means fading a safer choice for a risky play with more upside.

Week 4 DFS NFL Tight Ends for Cash Games

Zach Ertz @ LAC ($6.9k FanDuel)
Ertz remains the king of cash games at the tight end position and with Gronk taking on arguably the best linebacking corps in the NFL, he makes for an easy choice for those who can pay up at the position. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s facing a Chargers team that ranks 31st in DVOA pass defense against TEs so far this season with players that seem disinterested at best. Carson Wentz has targeted Ertz a team-high 28 times through 3 games and will likely look towards his TE early and often in this road tilt.

Charles Clay @ ATL ($5.3k FanDuel)
The Bills are so thin at receiver this year that Clay is essentially their de facto top option in the passing game. While new HC Sean McDermott talked about running LeSean McCoy into the ground, that’s not working for Buffalo and we should see more play-action passing and more of an aerial attack under the Georgia Dome against an elite Falcons offense. Atlanta’s defense has struggled to stop the run this year and that unit has given up the fourth-most FPPG on the seventh-most receptions per game (5.57) to opposing TEs over the last 2 seasons.

Week 4 DFS NFL Tight Ends for GPPs

Jared Cook @ DEN ($5.5k FanDuel)
The Raiders offense will look to bounce back after a weak showing in Washington last Sunday night, yet they’ll be hard pressed to deal with the Broncos ferocious pass rush on the road. Generally tight ends serve as excellent blitz-beaters and Cook scored a 25-yard touchdown on one of Derek Carr’s few great throws against the Redskins blitz last week. Denver has given up the sixth-most receptions per game (5.63) to opposing TEs over the last 2 seasons due in part to that pressure and Cook draws a much better individual matchup than Oakland’s receivers, who will have to contend with the best secondary in the league.

Ed Dickson @ NE ($4.9k FanDuel)
In his first start for Greg Olsen, Dickson underwhelmed along with everyone in the Panthers offense thanks to Cam Newton’s accuracy issues. He remains a viable option in PPR formats, especially ahead of a likely comeback attempt at Foxboro. The Patriots have looked completely inept while giving up the most passing YPG (330.7) and PPG (31.7) through 3 games this year and they’re weakest at linebacker with defensive captain Dont’a Hightower still questionable to play this Sunday.

Week 4 DFS NFL Top Defense Plays

Cardinals vs. SF ($4.6k FanDuel)
For the first time in a long stretch, the Cardinals defense failed to force a takeaway while facing an elite Cowboys offense that doesn’t take many chances. That unit could bounce back in a big way against the 49ers and Brian Hoyer, who has thrown 29 interceptions over 52 career appearances (34 starts) in the NFL. Arizona’s front line remains stout as ever, as they’re ranked eighth in DVOA run defense this season and they’re at home, where they can generate a better pass rush and potentially close the game with sacks and/or turnovers.

Lions @ MIN ($4.4k FanDuel)
While he shocked the Bucs strong defense with an early air raid to the impressive Stefon Diggs, Case Keenum remains a QB to target with a solid D/ST such as the Lions. Detroit’s shored up some issues with coverage over the middle of the field and remains elite at CB with Darius Slay, Nevin Lawson and Quandre Diggs all playing quite well through 3 games. The Lions have scored a defensive TD in all 3 contests with 8 sacks during that span and stood strong against last year’s top offense in the Falcons, so they should be able to limit a rookie RB and an inexperienced QB, or a hobbled passer if Sam Bradford (knee) is able to return.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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