Fantasy Football 2015: Cowboys at Saints Week 4 Preview
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (0-3)
Sunday, October 4, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
Finishing up the NFL’s daily Week 4 action on “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got an interesting-looking matchup on tap between the Cowboys and Saints. Dallas (2-1) is coming off a loss to the undefeated Falcons, while New Orleans (0-3) fell by five to the Panthers in Week 3.
There will be no shortage of notable fantasy football players on the field for this one, so let’s check out a few of the key names and see if we can anticipate what they might be doing for our rosters.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Week 3 was a bad one for Weeden to take the reins in Dallas, as he simply couldn’t keep up with the Falcons offense. He logged 232 yards on 22-of-26 passing with one pick for the day.
We won’t pretend like very many people are using Weeden in fantasy--save for being in a super-deep league, but at least he’s got a strong running game behind him. He’s an emergency QB option pretty much everywhere else.
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Luke McCown, QB, New Orleans Saints: Will Drew Brees’ rotator cuff injury allow him to play in Week 4? It probably won’t be until later this week that we know for sure, so until then it’s McCown.
McCown logged 310 yards against the Panthers on a super-accurate 30-of-38 passing, but didn’t throw any touchdowns (and had a pick). He’s a very low-end option in fantasy.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Randle was an absolute fantasy beast in Week 3, rushing for 87 yards and three touchdowns on 14 attempts, with 18 more yards on two catches.
Randle was overshadowed in the backfield a bit by Lance Dunbar’s 100 yards receiving on 10 grabs, but it was a great fantasy day overall for Dallas RBs. Atlanta is horrid against the run, though, so we won’t see that again.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: Ingram came away from the Week 3 loss with a pretty decent fantasy day. He had 14 rushes for 40 yards and a score, with five more catches for 49 yards.
Ingram’s “double-threat guy” status gives him a bit of appeal as a flex option in fantasy. It’s hard telling what he’ll do from week to week, though, especially with the QB questions.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: With no Dez Bryant at the moment, Williams seems to be the de facto lead dog among Cowboys wide receivers. That said, he had exactly zero catches on two targets in Week 3, leaving many fantasy owners high and dry.
With Romo and Bryant gone, it’s hard telling what you’ll get from the Cowboys offense. That makes Williams a high-risk, high-reward proposition in fantasy from week to week.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Cooks led the Saints receivers in Week 3 with seven receptions for 79 yards, but still couldn’t find the end zone.
It looks like Cooks’ status as a low-end WR option in fantasy doesn’t change with his quarterbacks, so if you’ve been using him this year you should continue to do so.
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