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2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters article!

I had another successful week thanks to James Robinson, Jimmy Graham, the Buccaneers defense, and my newly acquired player from last week, Derrick Henry.

Thanks to them, I took Ezekiel Elliott from my victim, and now I’m set at running backs to compete for the rest of the season.

I hope you vampires were victorious last week. If you won, congratulations on stealing a player; if not, let’s improve your odds in Week 4.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters 

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Quarterbacks 

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals 

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The young gun has had two consecutive games with over 300 yards and no interceptions.

Now he is facing the Jaguars who have allowed 26.1 points, seven touchdowns, and 8.7 yards-per-target.

Not only does Burrow have a great matchup, but he has a great set of wide receivers. Burrow has a 2.1 receiver drop percentage, one of the best in the NFL.

You’ve got a thriving quarterback with receivers who don’t drop the ball against a terrible defense. There is not much more left to say.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

I know it seems crazy to suggest Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Seahawks defense, but the Legion of Boom no longer exists. It’s more like the Legion of Letting Wide Receivers Zoom Right Past Us. The name sucks, but so does the Seahawks’ defense.

Seattle has allowed 36.4 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and already allowed over 1,000 yards to quarterbacks this season. They’ve allowed the second-most in air-yards per attempt to quarterbacks this season. Fitzpatrick is a decent enough quarterback to take advantage of Seattle. Need some proof?

He is currently fifth in QBR in the NFL; only Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes have a higher QBR. Now I know QBR isn’t a perfect measurement of quarterbacks (clearly, as Fitzpatrick is higher than Lamar Jackson), but it does reiterate that Fitzmagic can thrive against bad teams.

There is a high probability that Russell Wilson will put points on the board quickly, which will force the Dolphins to pass, and garbage time is prime time for vampires.

Running Backs

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars 

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Robinson is quickly becoming the real deal.

He has most of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps (53.4 percent) and 10.4 percent of the team’s targets (only one target less than Chris Thompson, their perceived pass-catching back). He has a 90.7 positive run rate, which is one of the best in the NFL. That’s actually better than Aaron Jones and Derrick Henry.

Robinson is clearly Jacksonville’s primary guy in the red zone as he has received all the running backs’ red zone touches. He’ll get his touchdown chances against Cincinnati.

The Bengals have allowed 29.8 fantasy points, 155.3 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to running backs this season.

He helped me to get Ezekiel Elliott, so he is staying in the lineup. 

Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons

What? Why am I suggesting a backup running back instead of Todd Gurley, who will be the main guy for his team? Well, Brian Hill doesn’t appear to be a regular backup running back.

He does have a limited percentage of snaps (26.5 percent), but he is being used on those snaps 33.9 percent of snaps with a touch, so Matt Ryan is looking for Hill on the field.

And I say Matt Ryan is looking for him because he leads running backs in targets. You read that right; Hill has more targets than Todd Gurley. This week might be the week where the Falcons are playing from behind instead of blowing leads, which could make Hill one of Ryan’s primary targets.

He could see more targets with Julio Jones and Russell Gage dealing with injuries.

Wide Receivers

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals 

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Higgins exposed himself to the world last week, and we didn’t mind it.

His Week 3 performance of five receptions, 40 yards, and two touchdowns is only the beginning for Higgins. 

Higgins’ snap percentage has increased every week: 22.1 percent in Week 1, 65.2 percent in Week 2, and 79.2 percent in Week 3.

Even with his limited snap count, he has some impressive stats. Higgins has 67.7 yards per game and an 11.1 percent target share, which is impressive considering the two options ahead of him on the depth chart. 

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

This will be Allen Lazard’s last appearance on the vampire starters article. If he continues at his current progression, he will become a full-time starter: the ultimate set it and forget starter.

He leads all Packers wide receivers in snaps at least until Davante Adams returns. Even when Adams returns, Lazard will be a perennial piece of the offense. He’ll be the focal point of the offense against the Falcons.

Atlanta has allowed 47.6 fantasy points per game, 245 yards per game, and allowing 10.2 yards-per-target to wide receivers. Lazard is going to shred the Falcons’ secondary.

Lazard is averaging 17.4 fantasy points this season. He has 22 percent of his team’s air yards, 16.8 percent of the team’s targets, and averages 13.5 yards per target. That kind of production is worth the start.

Tight End

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys

Schultz has successfully filled in as Blake Jarwin‘s replacement. 

He has 14.2 percent of the team’s targets and 9.8 percent of the team’s air yards. Plus, he is averaging 68 percent of the Cowboys snaps per game. Now add in the fact that Dak Prescott has targeted his tight ends 22.5 percent this season. 

Schutz will be facing the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed 19.3 fantasy points per game to tight ends this season and this is an easy start.

Flex

Braxton Berrios, New York Jets

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HE WENT TO MIAMI (THE U), that’s all you need to know.

But seriously, Berrios could be very helpful to vampires this week (I’m just a huge Canes fan, so when I get the chance to write about a Cane, I get excited).

Berrios is Sam Darnold‘s only option right now because Breshad Perriman, Jamison Crowder, and Chris Hogan are dealing with injuries. Believe it or not, the Jets have an okay matchup against the Broncos.

Denver has allowed 45.9 fantasy points, 195.3 yards, and 1.6 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season.

Berrios has proven he can function even in a dysfunctional system.


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Defense/Special Teams

Los Angeles Rams

Daniel Jones hasn’t gone one game without a turnover. Now he is facing Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey and vampires should almost assume that the Rams defense will have a forced fumble and interception probably more. 


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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