Week 4 Thursday Night Preview

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By: Matt Higgins

This week should be the first descent TNF game of the season.  Also, lots of fantasy action to follow in the first game available for free stream to all amazon prime members.

The 1-2 Eagles travel to Lambeau with their season on the line.  They will be 4.5-point underdogs as they face the 3-0 packers.

Last week the Packers beat a Broncos team that showed up to play but couldn’t protect the football.  The Packer’s offense is yet to hit on all cylinders, but their defense sure is showing up with 6 sacks and by creating multiple turnovers.  Devante Adams put up his second “dud” in three games as Scantling lead the way with 99 yards and a touchdown.  On the ground Jamal Williams is making a case for being the running back to own in Green Bay.  He outperformed Aaron Jones by receiving more carries, gaining more yards, and averaging 3 yards a carry more than Aaron Jones.  Jones saved his day by getting in the end zone but being out touched and targeted makes Jones a good guy to trade away if someone in your league is sleeping or wearing cheese on their head.

The Eagles found a way to lose to a bad Lions team.  Miles Sanders had the best game of his young career by putting up 57 yards and a TD on the ground.  More impressively, he led the team in receiving by accumulating 73 yards in the air.  Maybe a Jones owner could move him for Miles Sanders?  You know how WATO loves running backs that catch the football.  It should be said that Sproles played 27 snaps, sanders 26, and Jordan Howard had 25 snaps.  So, clearly workload is still a concern, but his stock is on the rise.  Nelson Agholor caught 2 touchdowns with Jeffery and Jackson out.  Ertz has 64 yards but I’m sure his owners hoped for more.

Aaron Rodgers fantasy value is capped by the much-improved Packers defense.  He just hasn’t found himself in a shootout and it’s effecting his fantasy value.  WATO has him outside of the top 5 this week as the packers have yet to put up 30 points in a game.  It should be mentioned that the Eagles are yielding a ton of yards through the air and Ronald Darby is not expected to play

Devonte Adams caught all his targets last week; the problem is that he just isn’t getting enough targets.  Adams owners have been disappointed thus far, but it’s only because he hasn’t found the end zone.  This is the week where he does, and he might be the top receiver in our rankings.

Jimmy Graham gutted it out last week but why?  He’s questionable to play and should be avoided if he does.

Martez Valdez Scantling is the #2 for the packers.  Allison had a horrendous game last week and Scantling had some key 3rd down drops of his own.  We put him with the likes of Calvin Ridley, josh Gordon, and Marvin Jones as serviceable #2s to start this week.

Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams should both be avoided.  The Eagles are very good against the run.  The 50/50 split, matchup, and suspect production make both assets to avoid.

Carson Wentz joins Rodgers as a back half started this week.  The Packers have been a stout defense, but Wentz continues to put his team in a position to win.  He throws for touchdowns, he avoids picks, and is as consistent as any signal caller

Alshon Jeffery is going to play this week......we think.  It’s going to be hard to start him this week considering his health and should be avoided if possible.  His presence will cast a cloud over Nelson Agholor who seems to excel only in his absence.  WATO would prefer Agholor to Jeffery if they both suit up.

Zack Ertz is playing the stingiest TE defense in football so keep that in mind when you start this target monster with confine this week.