Week 4 of the 2016 NFL season is upon is, and fantasy football players are beginning to lock in those lineups for the weekend. Before you do so, though, it’s pretty important that you make sure to get these five players into the mix somehow. All five of the names below look to be Week 4 fantasy football gold, and should not only exceed value but also be key to winning in both cash and tournament play. Let’s get into it and start with a great value play.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Howard is on this list for two reasons. The first is that he’s going to be the workhorse back for the Bears and should see more touches than he’ll know what to do with. The second is that he’s also going to save you a ton of money across the rest of your fantasy lineup. Jeremy Langford is out for multiple weeks, and Howard showed what he was capable of in limited action against the Dallas Cowboys. Last week, Howard totaled nine carries for 45 yards and caught four passes for 47 yards. Lock him in.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
As Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports pointed out, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is ready to let Le’Veon Bell run wild in Week 3. Will he do it? You bet. The Steelers draw a matchup with the hit-or-miss Kansas City Chiefs this week, and the game is on prime time, while also being played in Pittsburgh. Just based on his pure playmaking ability, there’s a lot to love about Bell, but tack on the situation and it just gets even more enticing for daily fantasy players.
Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions
If you think Week 4 against the Bears is the right time to hop off the Jones bandwagon, then just hold yourself back. Through three games, Jones has 18 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns. Both of those scores came last week in a 200-plus yard performance against the Green Bay Packers, but he’s improved statistically from a yardage standpoint in each week. He’s already a favorite target for Matthew Stafford and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
If Dez Bryant is out for the Cowboys, then Beasley is your man. Even if Bryant isn’t out, it probably still makes a lot of sense to use Beasley. His cost is a key component for why you’ll want to use him, as he’s going to be one of the least expensive fantasy wide receivers out there, and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott loves looking his way. Through the first three games, Beasley has been superb, catching 20 of his 25 targets, for 213 yards. He’s also come painfully close to scoring in each of the three games as well. There’s a whole lot to love about Beasley heading into this Week 4 game.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
An angry Cam Newton is a guy who you probably want to get on your daily fantasy team. After being sacked a ridiculous eight times and throw three interceptions against the Minnesota Vikings, he now gets to take his frustrations out on the Atlanta Falcons. While the game should be closer than many expect, it’s also going to be high scoring. The Falcons have allowed 313 yards per game through the air this season, while also allowing 30.3 points defensively. Newton will have a field day against Atlanta, and could wind up having his best game to date in the 2016 season.