Week 4 AAF DFS Picks: Ride the Stallions

by Mark Strausberg
AAF DFS Week 4 Picks

Maybe you've seen the show "Book of Mormon"? Maybe you haven't. But I have. And I can't get this least funny song from it out of my head this week. And that's because Salt Lake City has my attention for the Week 4 AAF picks.

The Orlando Apollos/Salt Lake City Stallions game is a marquee matchup this week and should have plenty of offense. For that reason alone, I'm going to be loading up with players from that game. Of course the undefeated Apollos have plenty to offer, but Fanball has most of them priced up accordingly.

The real value is in the 1-2 Stallion players.

Of the teams with a losing record, the Stallions seem like the best bet to turn it around. Led by AAF sack leader Karter Schult, Salt Lake City has the best point differential of all the losing teams.

When playing DFS and especially GPPs, the key is to find the hidden value and that starts with the Stallions.

Week 4 AAF DFS Picks


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And what better place to start than the man captaining the Stallions? Josh Woodrum missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury and looked a little rusty to start last week's game, but managed to notch 13.7 fantasy points, good for the fifth best quarterback finish last week.

Woodrum does have some NFL experience and was Joe Flacco's back-up on the Ravens. He played well during his short stint, but it's hard to unseat a starter making $25 million a year.

It's tempting to grab the cheap Luis Perez against San Antonio. However, with most likely to grab Garrett Gilbert, I'm playing contrarian and taking the other side of this likely shoot-out.

Running Back

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Plain and simple, I'm fading Trent Richardson this week. With a 2.5 YPA, his fantasy points are very touchdown dependent and at some point, he will come down back to earth. Meanwhile Ja'Quan Gardner is a shooting star and lapping the field with 281 rushing yards. The next closest mark is Zac Stacy's 188 rushing yards. Furthermore, the Express are giving up the second most fantasy points to RBs this season, making Gardner the obvious cash play. Which is why I'm going to pivot away from him also in most of my GPP entries.

Instead, I'm going to go back to the Orlando/Salt Lake City game and take the affordable D'Ernest Johnson who had a solid 79 yards and a touchdown last week, along with two catches for 18 yards.

Two paragraphs back I mentioned that the Express are giving up the second most fantasy points to RBs. Well, the Atlanta Legends are an absolute mess, and giving up the most fantasy points to running backs. Hello Jhurell Pressley! I am pairing Pressley up with Johnson, who are fourth and third respectively in the league in rushing yards. Pressley actually carved up the Stallions in Week 1 for 94 yards and a touchdown. I'm expecting another huge game from Pressley.

Only a yard behind Presley is Salt Lake City running back Joel Bouagnon, whom I will also have some exposure to in my GPP lineups. However, the presence of Branden Oliver in the Salt Lake backfield makes Bouagnon a Stallion I will ride less.

Or the true pivot away from Ja'Quan Gardner is the sneaky Terrell Watson, who has out-snapped Gardner in back to back games.

Wide Receiver

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Salt Lake has given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this weekend, so Charles Johnson is the obvious cash game play. However, he's also become one of the most expensive players on the slate, so I am pivoting to teammate Jalin Marshall who is currently 5th in the league in receiving yards. With plenty of points likely to be scored, I'm confident Marshall will get his.

However, don't be surprised if he's outproduced by De'Mornay Pierson-El who is third in the league in receptions. The Apollos have a very questionable secondary and as stated previously, I think this game is a high-scoring air show. The Apollo defense tends to tighten up closer to the goalline, but I'd be shocked if Pierson-El doesn't see at least a dozen fantasy points on yards and receptions alone.

If you need to save a little salary cap space, consider Alton "Pig" Howard. The Express might have finally realized that Zach Mettenberger is the best quarterback on their roster and better quarterback play should result in better numbers for all Memphis receivers.

Or just grab more players from the Salt Lake City/Orlando game!

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