Fantasy football last-minute pickups Week 4: Look to the Lions?
2nd October 2022

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

With a new slate of games in Week 4, let’s talk streaming options in your fantasy lineups. I have a couple of slot receivers in here who are seeing a boost in volume. There are also two quarterbacks — one of whom could give you some upside as a runner. And we’ll hit some running backs, tight ends and a defense that could attack the pocket in a favorable Sunday matchup.

Remember, we are looking at deeper-league targets, players who are rostered in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. While you might notice some overlap with Eric Moody’s pickup column that publishes on Mondays, an important distinction is that the options mentioned in this column are focused solely on this week’s matchup and not the players’ values for the remainder of the season.

So, let’s start in Detroit, with a signal-caller who will have some play-action opportunities in Week 4 versus the Seattle defense.


Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (at Seahawks, 39.3% rostered): Earlier this week, I was all-in on Goff as a potential streaming option for my lineup given the matchup of the Lions’ pass-catchers versus the Seattle defense. I’m not nearly as bullish now, as Goff won’t have wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown (17 catches, 3 TDs in the past two games) and DJ Chark or running back D’Andre Swift, who brings dual-threat ability to this offense, at his disposal. Now, I still like the matchup for Goff, who can attack the second level of the Seahawks’ defense on play-action concepts. There’s value in what Detroit can do schematically to set up the quarterback. For me, the Week 4 ceiling for Goff is lowered quite a bit without his top target in the route tree, but he remains a QB2 who can streamed for this game, especially since there are only so many viable options in some leagues.

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