Week 4 Injuries, Player Notes, Props

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(these are all overs)

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Week 4 Injuries

I usually have my injury show out by now, (NOW IT IS!!!!) but it won’t actually get released until Saturday afternoon/evening this week as I have been on the injury report most of the week. Regardless, here’s the cheatsheet for Week 4 Injuries

NOTE: Claypool, Mitchell & GRONK now officially ruled OUT as of Sunday morning.

UPDATED Week 4 Rankings LISTS

RB https://bit.ly/21W4RBranks
WR https://bit.ly/21W4WRranks
QB https://bit.ly/21W4QBranks
TE/DST https://bit.ly/21W4TEDSTranks

Week 4 Best Bets

Me, Rob and Cam got together again coming off AN IMPRESSIVE 1-8 week for the Week 3 bets. Still, Cam is now 3-0 in his Gold plays this season. Let’s see if we can get back on track.

Also, there is a game-by-game picks show you may have heard of. That came out Wednesday. Still plenty of time to watch (or listen) however.

Here’s the cheatsheet. As you can see, we’re very good at this…

GALAXY BRAIN TIME - Terry McLaurin (at ATL)

In order to properly overthink things, you’ve got to consider everything and get creative. How about a small sample market share, Vegas line movement and a very specific alignment? Here. We. Go.

Through the first three weeks of the season, 25 times has a WR reached the 25 DK point threshold. In 18 of those instances, the producing receiver’s team won the game. That’s 72%, a pretty good sized number. Bookmakers made Washington a 2.5-point ‘dog when they first released this line and it swung 4 points toward The Footballs in a hurry … that’ll work.

In Taylor Heinicke’s two starts this season, McLaurin has seen nearly a 31% target market share (9th highest). That’s a role worth buying against this Falcons “defense”, but anyone could land on “volume against a bad defense”. You subscribe here for a deeper dive and that’s what you’re going to get. Since the beginning of last season, there are two quarterbacks completing 70% of their passes with a Passer Rating of 115:

  •      2020 MVP Aaron Rodgers

  •      QB throwing outside the numbers vs ATL

So yes, if you’re looking through the Week 4 lens, I just put Rodgers and Heinicke on the same list. And no, that isn’t an Atlanta stat skewed for last season … opponents are 36-of-50 for 342 yards and 7 TDs this season on those passes against the Falcons. They played Brady in Week 2, but that was sandwiched by games against Jalen Hurts and Daniel Jones. OK, weakness identified. Now for the exploitation. Here are McLaurin’s splits in terms of outside the number stats: 

  •      2020: 9.1% of his routes and just under 23% of his targets

  •      2021: 46.7% of his routes and 40% of his targets

ALL IN on McScorin this week. That said, there are different levels of going all in. Here is one path to truly push all your chips in on this Washington offense and another to use McLaurin outside of a stack. “Cash games” aren’t a thing. We go for broke here at MMN:

- If you wanted to save even more salary and upgrade in spots, Curtis Samuel at $3,000 is the move.


Some player notes for the rest of Week 4. Rest assured, the same galaxy braining took place with these guys.

Jalen Hurts ranks 13th in completion percentage when not pressured (74.7%, ahead of Tom Brady), a major step up from his 28th ranking when feeling the heat (36.4%, behind Famous Jameis).

The Chiefs rank 27th in pressure rate this season, a major downtick from their #2 ranking a season ago.

Najee Harris is the unquestioned guy in Pittsburgh. I mean, 60-of-63 running back touches this season. The Packers have played two games against a team with their lead back healthy and in those weeks, they’ve allowed the 7thmost yards to RBs before contact. Well, this season, Harris averages more yards per carry after contact than before. Imagine a world in which he has holes to run through … could be the case on Sunday.

Mooney Tunes gets the Lions this week and I still don’t think he’ll be rostered anywhere because of how Justin Fields looked last week. Maybe that’s right. Or. Maybe Fields won’t be historically bad in a plus-matchup at home. Mooney has seen the majority of his targets come when lined up on the perimeter this season (65.3% last season, it’s his jam) and the Lions allowed the highest TD rate on such passes a season ago. They struggled through the first two weeks on those passes this season and while the numbers look improved last week, if Marquise Brown remembers how to catch, the Detroit secondary would have flagged again. I’m more comfortable betting against the Lions than I am counting Fields out. Salary relief if you go with an expensive stack or want to pay up for volume RBs.

Top 10 Players on the Week 4 DK Main Slate in Air Yards

In GPP’s, you want players going deep and in a spot to score, right? I highlighted two guys that pop in both categories (Davis Mattek’s “puke play” of the week among them). From a lineup construction stand point, it’s worth noting that Diggs and Cooks along with Adams and Claypool (if active) play in the same game. If a game is going to shootout, long TDs are a good bet to be a part of it. I’m just sayin’.

Here’s this week’s shitter lineup ICYMI