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100 Fantasy Football Tips in 100 Days, Day 83: Looking Back at Week 4

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At DraftKings, I broke down the big winners in daily fantasy from Week 4. I always think it’s useful to study past player usage. Here’s how that looked on DraftKings in Week 4.

Part of the reason that scores were so high was that a lot of the most popular players really delivered in Week 4. At the quarterback position, Philip Rivers led the way with 19.1 percent usage. The only other quarterback to crack double-digit usage was Colin Kaepernick (10.8 percent). With 377 yards and three touchdowns, Rivers delivered 30.08 fantasy points to nearly one-fifth of the field.

Kaepernick was decent with 21.52 points, but the No. 3 and No. 4 most popular quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger) also lit it up. Rodgers cracked the 300-yard barrier and tossed four touchdowns—two each to his top receivers in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, which made for a formidable three-man stack. Roethlisberger once again reconnected with Antonio Brown, throwing for 314 yards and three scores.

The most popular player overall, however, came at the running back position, and it wasn’t even close. In 41.7 percent of all DraftKings lineups, Donald Brown was a good player to fade in Week 4. There was all kinds of hype surrounding the Chargers back and he was indeed underpriced at just $5,400, but Brown managed only 19 yards rushing—fewer than teammate Branden Oliver.

Le’Veon Bell checked in at No. 2 in overall usage in 27.9 percent of lineups, with Eddie Lacy No. 3 among running backs in 20.9 percent of lineups. Neither player was outstanding, although Lacy stole a touchdown and Bell topped 100 total yards (although he didn’t find the end zone).

At wide receiver, it was once again the Antonio Brown show. In 22.8 percent of lineups (fourth overall), Brown continued his reign of terror with seven catches, 131 yards, and two more scores. He’s one of the few undersized receivers who can score on a consistent basis, and his ridiculous week-to-week consistency makes him almost a must-start at this point. Expect to see very high Week 5 usage, regardless of price.

Jeremy Maclin was second in wide receiver popularity in 17.2 percent of lineups, and he disappointed with only four catches and 57 yards. Nelson was third in usage, however, and he really catapulted a lot of lineups with a line of 10/108/2.

At tight end, Antonio Gates and his cheap $4,400 price tag led usage in 26.6 percent of lineups. Despite the Chargers scoring 33 points, Gates joined Brown as a surprisingly unproductive San Diego player, catching three passes for 30 yards. No other tight end was in more than seven percent of lineups.

And here are five interesting stats from Week 4.

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