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Week 4 TNF Broncos vs. Jets Showdown

Week 4 TNF Broncos vs. Jets Showdown

Week 4 NFL DFS: Thursday Night Football - Broncos vs Jets Showdown Slate

SI Fantasy and DFS analyst Rob Geriak goes through his top DraftKings Thursday Night Football Showdown slate plays for Week 4.

We're heading into Week 4 and at the top of the list of things you hate to see is a primetime game featuring the New York Jets. The pathetic Jets host the injury riddles Denver Broncos in what is sure to be an episode of mediocrity on a professional football field. Nevertheless, there are some intriguing plays to consider for Thursday night's showdown slate.

Core Build

  • QB Sam Darnold, NYJ (DK $10,600)
  • WR Jamison Crowder, NYJ (DK $8,200)
  • WR Jerry Jeudy, DEN (DK $7,200)

While the Jets offense has been putrid, to say the least, there is some bit of hope that they can move the ball and put up some points against this Broncos defense that has allowed seven touchdown passes while corralling just one interception through the first three weeks. Sam Darnold has been a disaster thus far, and that's putting it lightly. In his defense, he has not had much to work with as far as offensive weapons go. Le'Veon Bell has been out since being injured in Week 1, and Jamison Crowder, who had a monster effort in Week 1, has missed the two games since. Speaking of Crowder, he's expected to make his return in Week 4 against a Broncos secondary that has been exploited over the first three weeks.

Denver has allowed 39.70, 58, and 42.90 points to the receiver position, respectively. At $8,200, Crowder offers a nice salary for easily the top offensive threat in this game as he will more than likely see double-digit targets. With Courtland Sutton out for the season, rookie Jerry Jeudy steps in and assumes the role as the top receiving threat for the Broncos, outside of tight end Noah Fant. However, with Fant priced $1,200 higher than Jeudy, there's value in the electric receiver on top of his upside. Jeudy has seen eight, seven, and nine targets over his first three games and will be a primary target for Brett Rypien on Thursday.

(Note: Keep in mind that all of the above are all viable captain options.)

Captain Plays

QB Brett Rypien, DEN (DK $15,300)

Rypien will be making his season debut for the Broncos with Drew Lock injured and Jeff Driskel ineffective. Rypien is just $15,300 in the captain's spot on , which is very cost-effective considering he's a quarterback. However, with that being said, Rypien is not very experienced at the pro level and not someone I'm willing to load up as a core play. I will have some exposure to Rypien as a captain if the Broncos find themselves throwing the ball around the yard more than I would expect.

TE Chris Herndon, NYJ (DK $8,100)

Herndon is second on the Jets with 10 receptions thus far and has long been a promising prospect at the tight end position since coming out of the University of Miami in 2018. At just $8,100, Herndon is a low priced and easily a low-owned captain candidate against a Broncos team that allowed a combined nine catches for 97 yards last week against Tampa Bay's tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard.

Also consider: TE Noah Fant, DEN (DK $13,500)

FLEX Plays

RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN (DK $6,200)

Lindsay has missed each of his last two games and is expected to return on Thursday. Lindsay's price is very appealing at basically a replacement level salary. For reference, Melvin Gordon's salary is way up at $11,000, but Lindsay will undoubtedly eat into Gordon's touches. Lindsay had eight touches in Week 1 before getting injured and is the primary receiving threat out of the backfield.

D/ST New York Jets (DK $4,000)

Although they've given up a lot of points, the Jets have been able to get to the quarterback in spots. Over the first three weeks, the Jets have six sacks. Broncos quarterbacks have been sacked a total of 13 times in three games, including Driskel being sacked 11 times in two games. The inexperience of Brett Rypien might come into play here if the Jets can get pressure on him and hold the run game in check.

RB Lamical Perine, NYJ (DK $1,800)

As much as I love Frank Gore, his Hall of Fame career is winding down, and he's not the running back he used to be. With that being said, one of these weeks, the Jets are going to have to see what they have in Lamical Perine, whom they drafted in the fourth round this year out of Florida. Perine has seen himself on the field more each week. After being inactive Week 1, he saw nine snaps in Week 2 and 21 snaps in Week 3 in which he had seven carries and two receptions. With his salary being so low and playing time in question, there is some risk here with Perine, but I believe that he's working his way up to more touches each week, at least while Le'Veon Bell is still out.

Other FLEX Plays

  • K Brandon McManus, DEN (DK $4,600)
  • WR K.J. Hamler, DEN (DK $4,800)

GOOD LUCK!

We're heading into Week 4 and at the top of the list of things you hate to see is a primetime game featuring the New York Jets. The pathetic Jets host the injury riddles Denver Broncos in what is sure to be an episode of mediocrity on a professional football field. Nevertheless, there are some intriguing plays to consider for Thursday night's showdown slate.

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