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Yahoo NFL Picks: Week 4 Monday Night Football Raiders vs. Chargers

Eric MacPherson

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Tonight the Los Angeles Chargers are hosting the Las Vegas Raiders for the Week 4 featured Monday Night Football matchup, and Yahoo Fantasy is offering NFL DFS single-game contests. The general concept of creating a team remains the same, but this is a one-game player pool. The twist is that any position player can be rostered, and one is designated to receive a 1.5x multiplier on their Yahoo fantasy points. Using Awesemo’s expert NFL projections and rankings, these are the top Yahoo NFL picks for the Monday Night Football game tonight.

Yahoo NFL Picks: Week 4 Monday Night Football

Top SUPERSTAR Options

The SUPERSTAR position will get a 1.5x multiplier on their Yahoo points in the single-game format.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers – $33

It is hard to believe that tonight will be just the 19th career start for Justin Herbert. Las Vegas has been solid this season, with the 12th-best passing DVOA and only 235 yards passing allowed per tilt. Heading into this week Herbert had the seventh-most passing attempts in the league while ranking in the top five with 318.7 yards passing. While he does not run often, he is capable of calling his own number in the red zone, as evidenced by his five touchdowns rushing last season.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – $27

After not getting a single target in the opener, Austin Ekeler has bounced back with 15 in the last two weeks. Additionally, he has had 54-plus yards rushing in each game. More importantly, Ekeler has been getting the red zone looks, and he should continue to garner the high-leverage touches over Justin Jackson and Larry Rountree III. This season Ekeler has seen his snap share increase each week from 58% to 63% to 74%, which is intriguing, as last year he typically hovered around the 60% mark.

Yahoo NFL Core Picks

Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders – $28

This salary is a steal considering the steady fantasy production offered by Derek Carr. Carr has 20-plus Yahoo fantasy points in 15 of his last 25 regular-season starts. This year he leads the NFL with 401 yards passing per game, with multiple touchdowns in each appearance. Yes, two of those games have gone to overtime, but gamers need to rethink how they view Carr.

Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers – $27

Though Keenan Allen has been overshadowed by Mike Williams ($25), the main difference in their production is created by a three-touchdown discrepancy. Both of these players are fine options tonight, but if the extra $2 is available, it makes sense to go with the more consistent Allen. Tight end Darren Waller ($26) is between this duo on the salary list, and he is an excellent choice to pair when using Carr in lineups.

Yahoo NFL Value Picks

Raiders Receivers

Waller is the primary target for Carr, and then everything seems to be spread around. Hunter Renfrow ($24) has two more targets than Henry Ruggs III ($13), though Bryan Edwards ($12) is on the field the most. This trio has each topped 200 yards, with Renfrow and Ruggs also scoring touchdowns. Their salaries indicate the appropriate order of preference, but if that extra dollar or two is not available for Renfrow, the others are solid selections in his stead.

Final Thoughts

Tonight should be interesting, with half a dozen top-end options and then a gaping chasm. This game is shaping up to be a track meet, which should provide fantasy goodness for multiple players on both teams.


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Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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