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Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 4

1 October 2015

I won. I actually won money playing daily fantasy sports.

While I finished 96 points behind the guy who won the DraftKings Millionaire Maker last week, my Week 3 lineup still produced 205 points and was good enough for a $40 cash, double the buy-in. Hey, I'll take it – that's two free weeks of DFS for me!

We're back at it again in Week 4, brimming with confidence from last week's triumph. Here are my picks for this Sunday's games.

For a full explanation of the differences between DraftKings and FanDuel scoring, read this blog post by Daily Fantasy Sports 101.

Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (DK: $5,400; FD: $7,000)

Carr has been impressive in his second full season as the Raiders' starting quarterback, posting a 102.4 quarterback rating in three games so far. Last week against the Browns in Cleveland, the 24-year-old tossed for 314 yards and two touchdowns on just 32 pass attempts.

This week, Carr and the Raiders' offense get the most favorable matchup in the league in the Chicago Bears' defense. The Bears have been torched all three weeks this season, so look for Oakland to score at will against their depleted secondary. Carr should be able to eat them alive.

Running Back (DK): Matt Forte, Chicago Bears ($7,100)

Not only are the Bears depleted on defense, but their offense has also suffered a ton of major injuries. The one constant on that team, however, is star tailback Matt Forte, who might actually touch the ball 40 times on Sunday. Forte is the team's No. 1 option in both the running and passing games and should be able to muster up some good fantasy stats, even if his average yards per attempt is not very high.

Running Back (FD): Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills ($6,300)

Assuming Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy is out Sunday against the Giants, Williams should be an excellent play at a discounted price. The rookie fifth-round pick rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries last week against Miami, good for a whopping 9.2 yards per rush.

Any starting back in a favorable matchup should be considered, and when Williams' price is as low as this (it's relatively lower on DraftKings, actually), he should be looked at even more closely.

Wide Receiver (DK): T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts ($6,700)

Hilton hasn't had a great start to his 2015 campaign, but he has been targeted 28 times in three games. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck simply hasn't been very accurate so far, but that is sure to turn around.

Against the Jaguars, who are weak on defense but specialize in rushing the passer, Hilton should have plenty of opportunities to get open in the flats and on quick slants towards the middle, which are the areas in which he earns his paycheck. Look for him to get a ton of targets on Sunday.

Wide Receiver (FD): Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders ($5,800)

I'm pairing Carr with his No. 2 option in a Raiders stack – yes, a Raiders stack – this week. Amari Cooper is the better wideout on Oakland, but Crabtree is much more affordable and should be able to have a banner day in his first year with the Raiders.

Tight End: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (DK: $5,400; FD: $6,300)

Olsen is an absolute monster and is quite frankly the only option in the passing game for the Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newton is playing the best football of his career, and Olsen, who reeled in eight catches for 134 yards and two TDs last week, is a big reason why.

Look for Olsen to be the focal point of the Panthers' offense this week against the hapless Buccaneers, and for him to get double-digit targets from Newton once again.

Defense: Arizona Cardinals (DK: $3,400; FD: $5,000)

The Cardinals' defense is red hot, and they get the pleasure of welcoming the anemic St. Louis Rams' offense to Arizona this week. Rams quarterback Nick Foles is a human statue, and he actually might die standing in the pocket this week against Arizona's ferocious pass rush. Or, at the very least, he'll throw a couple of costly interceptions. Either way, I love this matchup for the Cards.
Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 4 is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.