Week Four Potential Jackpots: Who’s the Next Aaron Rodgers?

Aaron Rodgers went absolutely bananas on Monday night… so much so that I wanted to dedicate an article solely to players with that type of Herculean potential next week. While Rodgers’ performance wasn’t exactly “historic” as 300-plus yards and five TDs has been accomplished many times in the NFL, his 37.92 fantasy points were the most by a QB so far this season. He completed 24-35 passes, seven of which were hauled in by Randall Cobb (three for TDs). When players erupt for monstrous performances such as these, they naturally affect the top of the scoreboards in large tournaments (aka GPPs). The winner of both the Run & Gun and Wildcat (TheSanction) rostered Cobb, as did the winner of the Wishbone (aircanada1555). In honor of the Packers’ monster performance on Monday Night, here are some players with massive upside who could potentially lead your week four DFS roster to a GPP victory:

Andrew Luck, Colts – Sometimes a call seems so blatantly obvious that fantasy owners will “fade” the option just to be different. In this case, you do not want to be one of those people. The Jaguars have now been absolutely torched by opposing QBs in back-to-back weeks: Ryan Tannehill threw for 359 yards and two TDs in week two and was followed by Tom Brady’s 358-yard, two-TD effort in week 3. Yardage is not difficult to come by against this defense through the air and Andrew Luck typically racks them up as quickly as anyone. He showed in the second half against Tennessee that he is still the elite QB everyone believed he was heading into the season, reviving his overall stat line after a weak first half. Against a struggling secondary, trust an elite QB riding the momentum of a comeback the previous week. There’s no doubt Luck possesses the highest upside of any QB, so it may not be a week to save money at the position.

Also consider: Andy Dalton and Derek Carr

T.J. Yeldon, Jaguars – Despite not finding the end zone yet in his rookie campaign, T.J. Yeldon has been used as the team’s workhorse. In fantasy terms, that is exactly what you want to hear when rostering a running back (RB). Most of the workhorses are priced among the tops of RBs because consistent touches equals consistent production, especially if the player possesses any form of talent. Yeldon has carried the ball 48 times to Denard Robinson’s six. Blake Bortles actually ranks second on the team with nine rushing attempts. The part I like is Yeldon has also contributed some in the passing game as he has caught eight passes on 11 targets (or 2.67 receptions and 3.67 targets per game so far). If the Jaguars manage to keep the game close for longer than expected, Yeldon could explode against a defense allowing 3.7 yards per carry (tied for 16th). The aspect that stands out about him is he’ll play even when the team is down and should stay involved with the passing game. It’s only a matter of time until he finds the end zone and, for my money, I believe it happens for the first time this week.

Also consider: Le’Veon Bell and Matt Forte

A.J. Green, Bengals – We were all witnesses to Aaron Rodgers’ five TDs against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football, but did you know the Chiefs already were allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers (WRs) prior to this performance? Now they’re allowing the most by a mile as all five of Rodgers’ TDs were hauled in by WRs (three by Randall Cobb, one by James Jones and one by Ty Montgomery). Coming off a game of 10 receptions (REC), 227 yards and two TDs, Green will look to keep the momentum rolling in an elite matchup. Do not get cute and try to use last week’s bum to get ahead of the curve, but rather stay with the beast who should produce yet another fantastic performance.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts – Donte Moncrief has been my guy the past few weeks and I continue to believe he is the Colts’ WR to own over the long haul. His ability to find the end zone raises his upside even beyond that of T.Y. Hilton’s… at least in my eyes. With that being said, Hilton is the Colts’ WR to roster in week four if going for the gold, because this is a beatable matchup. Aforementioned statistics in the Luck tidbit show just how vulnerable the Jaguars have been to allowing big yardage totals to opposing QBs the past few weeks. Rob Gronkowski caught a 43-yard pass last week and both the Dolphins’ Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry produced plays of 36-plus yards two weeks ago. If there’s one player that can burn this defense for a big play, there’s no question it is Hilton, which could lead to one or more long TDs. It may only take one or two plays for Hilton to decide GPP champions, which makes him an awfully enticing option.

Also consider: Amari Cooper and Steve Smith Sr.

Zach Ertz, Eagles – Heading into week three, the Redskins had allowed the 22nd-most fantasy points to the TE position, which isn’t much to write home about. However, they allowed the fourth-most last season and have only faced names such as Jordan Cameron (best of the bunch), Jared Cook and Larry Donnell thus far. The ineffectiveness of the Eagles’ passing game so far is concerning, but at least Zach Ertz has been targeted the third-most of any player on the roster (with an awful 50-percent conversion rate due to eight REC on 16 targets). If he sees the targets against the Redskins, he should be able to convert at a higher rate (judging by last season’s results). For only a $6,700 price tag, he’s worth a shot, so you can roster all big names around him (including comfortably-fitting Andrew Luck).

Also consider: Travis Kelce

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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