Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws under pressure from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks (56) in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NFL Week 4 Fantasy Outlook

JW Robison

Over the first three weeks of the season, I have been telling you all the players that I like and dislike in a big picture sense. Today will be a little bit different. In this article, I will choose three games from this week in which I expect there to be many fantasy points to be scored by many players. If you have players in any of these games, start them, no questions asked.

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Panthers at Cowboys
I believe both teams will score a ton of points in this game. For Dallas, it is talent. Offensively, Dallas has a top-five combination of quarterback and skill players. Although Carolina’s defense has looked solid this season, I still believe Dallas will be able to rack up the points. Even if you have a player such as Tony Pollard, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to start him.

Although Carolina does not have the offensive firepower of Dallas, they have a major coaching advantage. I’ll take Matt Rhule over Mike McCarthy any day of the week. The Panthers will keep pace scoring with the Cowboys in this game. Even with Christian McCaffrey out, Chuba Hubbard is a solid RB1 option. Although Robbie Anderson has been nonexistent this entire season, he is beyond due for a breakout game.

Cleveland at Minnesota
Both of these teams have been rolling offensively. Looking at the Vikings, Kirk Cousins has been putting up MVP numbers to start the season. Eight touchdowns. Zero interceptions. As a fantasy quarterback, he is a sound starting option. If Dalvin Cook returns and he is on your team, he needs to be starting. There is no doubt about it. If not, Alex Mattison has shown to be a reliable handcuff. And of course, on the receiving end, both Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are as good of a wide receiver duo as there is in the NFL.

On the Browns’ side, we know that they have the best running back tandem in football. In my opinion, both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt need to be starting every week if you have either. Although the passing game has not yet warmed up, the return of Odell Beckham Jr. definitely helps. In my opinion, Beckham would be a solid flex option this week, especially with Jarvis Landry on IR.

The Entire NFC West
I know I am cheating on this one. I don’t care though! This week, all four NFC West teams are matched up against each other. The Cardinals are at the Rams. The Seahawks are at the 49ers. In both games, I expect some huge performances. In the Rams-Cardinals game, Arizona will have their hand full against that great Rams defense, yes. That said, the only way they will keep the game close will be to keep pace offensively. I trust Kyler Murray to do exactly that. On the Rams side, I fully expect the Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp connection to continue.

With the 49ers – Seahawks game, I see similarities to the game above. The 49ers are probably the better team with a better defense, but Seattle will do all that they can to keep pace offensively. It will be tough, but I expect Russell Wilson to cook. That means big games from either DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, or both. For the 49ers, trust Trey Sermon. Last week was his first real week of NFL action and he looked decent scoring a touchdown on 10 carries. I believe his workload will only increase moving forward.

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