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Week 4 full of fantasy football opportunity if you know where to look

With Hurricane Joaquin lurking in the Atlantic, weather needs to be closely monitored. If the weather is extreme (especially windy), consider sidestepping an affected player for someone in a dome or on the West Coast.

You also will want to stay tuned-in on for pregame updates on Arian Foster (Houston). If he returns don’t overthink it, just stick him in your lineup. Atlanta has allowed two rushing touchdowns per game, worst in the league.

Neither Kansas City nor Cincinnati has allowed a rushing touchdown this season, but you aren’t sitting No. 1 running back Jamaal Charles, and I also would stick with Jeremy Hill, even though he has just 60 yards rushing combined the past two weeks. Hill is too talented not to turn it around and he remains a good bet to score.

Melvin Gordon (San Diego) said he is “hungry to score,” and it could happen at home against the 32nd-ranked Cleveland run defense. Gordon is my fourth-ranked running back this week.

Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis) has scored in three straight games. Teammate Andre Johnson last did that in 2008. That said, some are cutting Johnson but I would give him one more week, but Moncrief is a lock-in fantasy starter.

My FanDuel lineup last week hit large on several players. Let’s try to make it two weeks in a row: QB Tyrod Taylor ($7,600), RB Melvin Gordon ($6,800), RB Karlos Williams ($6,300), WR Demaryius Thomas ($8,500), WR A.J. Green (8,400), WR Amari Cooper ($7,200), TE Michael Bennett ($5,300), K Brandon McManus ($4,900), DT Green Bay Packers ($4,700).

Week 4 sleepers

▪  Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back Karlos Williams are at the top of my sleeper list for this week, and both should be started. Williams, who will start for LeSean McCoy (hamstring), is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and is the only back in the NFL to score a touchdown in all three games this season. The Giants surrender the fourth-most points to backs and they are also dead last in pass defense.

▪  Off a 10-catch game, Lance Dunbar (Dallas) remains on the fantasy radar. Dunbar has 21 receptions on the season (Matt Forte set the NFL record for running backs with 102 receptions last year, and he only had 19 receptions at the same point).

▪  Brandin Cooks (New Orleans) has yet to score but I would keep him locked in for the Sunday night game. Drew Brees is back and the 0-3 Saints have to be desperate. Cooks has the potential to take it the distance on any given play and he is due.

▪  In fantasy football, opportunity can be half the battle and the reality is Ted Ginn Jr. is the best receiver for the Panthers (after tight end Greg Olsen of course). Among receivers, Ginn easily leads the team with 188 receiving yards and Ginn has been a steady target in the passing game with seven, nine and six targets over the first three weeks of the season.

▪  Allen Hurns (Jacksonville) is a sneaky play. Allen Robinson will draw shutdown corner Vontae Davis, but Hurns has at least 60 yards receiving every week and is quietly on pace for 1,056 receiving yards.

▪  With Davante Adams (Green Bay) out this week, rookie Ty Montgomery makes for a fair low-end sleeper. Montgomery has caught all six of his targets the past two weeks and collected his first NFL score last week.

▪  The Green Bay Packers’ defense will get to potentially feast on 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is coming off a four interception game – Kaepernick threw two pick-sixes in the first six minutes of last week’s game, the fastest a quarterback has done so since 1925.

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.