UPDATED: Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12pm ET

NFL Week 4 DFS gets underway and the theme for today is all about the NFL weather. With Hurricane Ian making his way north, the east coast is being peppered with a variety of storms that are making things awfully difficult for daily fantasy football players and their lineups builds. Three of our best games – Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears at New York Giants – have heavy wind and rain in the forecast. We try not to overreact to the weather reports too early before game-time, but with an NFL game kicking off early in London, fantasy football managers are in full-on panic mode. While we won't tell you to panic or overreact, we will say that it does put a little damper on using players from these games and we may be forced into alternatives. Of course, in one of our better alternatives – the Lions/Seahawks game -- we're seeing a slew of injuries which may help overall for some Week 4 DFS value plays, but doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the players we will be using instead. But like I said in the NFL DFS Playbook, what we have for you – between all the DFS position coaches, all the content, all the NFL tools like the NFL DFS lineup generator (a.k.a. the DFS lineup optimizer) and the DFS Compare Tool , we're going to turn every “uh oh” into an “on baby,” so let's get to it.

Just a few notes here about the lineups below...

The cash lineups were built solely off the players I put in the Playbook. These are the guys who, unless I have indicated otherwise, offer up the higher floor and will help you cash in your Double-Ups and 50/50s. For GPP tournaments, particularly the large-field ones, you need to find alternative routes to the cash line. I will utilize players from the Playbook and the DFS Dart Board to fill in the gaps, but what I am looking for are some lower-owned stacks that make sense based on expected game flow and other news. You may also see in the GPP lineups, there may be some names I haven't discussed this week on the site, but have talked about during the week on the Fantasy Alarm Show or even on the Fantasy Alarm Sunday Gameday Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. You will also notice, though, that others on the site have mentioned some of these players in places such as the position coaches, so it's not like we're trying to hide anything from you. The only time, and I mean the only time you will see a player in a GPP lineup who hasn't been discussed is if we are using a stack and need a player from the other team coming back. But it's rare when that happens.

Again, these lineups are meant to serve as examples for you; a sounding board, as I said. They are not meant for you to plug in as your own. That's the lazy way and we don't condone it. We are trying to teach you how to be a better DFS player; we aren't lineup-sellers. You should be creating your own lineups using all the information we provide you throughout the week and then coming here to see if there is anything you may have missed or simply for an alternative perspective.

Best of luck to you this week and let's make some money!




According to Adam Schefter:

Patriots ruled out QB Mac Jones for Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffrey, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a thigh injury, is likely to play vs. the Cardinals

Falcons’ RB Cordarrelle Patterson, listed as questionable for Sunday due to a knee injury, plans to play vs. the Browns but will not know for sure until he tests his injury pregame

Ravens’ RB JK Dobbins is off this week’s injury report and will play Sunday vs. the Bills.

Bears ruled out RB David Montgomery for Sunday’s game at the NY Giants

Jaguars’ WR Zay Jones, listed as questionable for Sunday due to an ankle injury, is expected to play vs. the Eagles

Bills’ WR Gabe Davis (ankle) and TE Dawson Knox (back, hip), both listed as questionable for Sunday, both are expected to play vs. the Ravens

Cardinals’ WRs Marquise Brown (hamstring) and WR Rondale Moore (hamstring), both listed as questionable for Sunday, both are expected to play vs. the Panthers

Bears’ rookie third-round pick Velus Jones, who missed Chicago’s first three games and is listed as questionable for Sunday due to a hamstring injury, is expected to make his NFL debut vs. the Giants

Lions downgraded WR DJ Chark to out for Sunday’s game vs. the Seahawks.

Patriots downgraded WR Jakobi Meyers to out for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.

Chargers ruled out WR Keenan Allen for Sunday’s game against the Texans due to his hamstring injury.

Browns downgraded DE Myles Garrett to out for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Players out Sunday include Michael Thomas, Mac Jones, Dak Prescott, Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift, David Montgomery, Jaylon Johnson, Kadarius Toney, Leonard Williams, Jordan Phillips, Avonte Maddox, Boston Scott, Hunter Renfrow, Keenan Allen, Brevin Jordan and Akiem Hicks.

Other News:

Melvin Gordon (neck) will play Week 4 against the Raiders.

Greg Dortch (back) will play Week 4 against the Panthers.

T.J. Hockenson (foot) will play Week 4 against the Seahawks.

Ian Rapoport reports Dalton Schultz (knee) is expected to play in Week 4 against the Commanders.

Texans TE Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) is questionable for Week 4 against the Chargers.

Ravens EDGE Jason Pierre-Paul said he "definitely" plans on making his debut in Week 4 against Buffalo.

Seahawks CB Justin Coleman (calf) is doubtful for Week 4 against the Lions.

Chargers CB J.C. Jackson (ankle) will play Week 4 against the Texans.


CHI/NYG – chance for rain with 15-20 mph winds

JAC/PHI – chance for rain with 15-20 mph winds

BUF/BAL – rain throughout the game with 20mph winds with possible stronger gusts


As a reminder, when you're stacking in GPP, you always want to run someone back from the opposing team. One-sided games often turn to a running back seeing higher-than-usual volume or the back-ups start to play. For a stack to really pop, the other team needs to keep things competitive. 

Chalk Stacks (Expect High Ownership): 

*Bills: Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, Devin Singletary or Gabriel Davis or Isaiah McKenzie or Dawson Knox (Andrews coming back)

*Ravens: Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Rashod Bateman (Diggs coming back)

*Eagles: Jalen Hurts, A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith or Dallas Goedert or Miles Sanders (Kirk, JRob or Etienne coming back)

Chargers: Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams or Joshua Palmer (Cooks coming back)

Possible Lower-Owned Stacks:

*Seahawks: Geno Smith, Rashaad Penny, Tyler Lockett or DK Metcalf (J Williams or Reynolds or Hockenson coming back)

Lions: Jared Goff, Jamaal Williams, Josh Reynolds or T.J. Hockenson (Penny or Lockett coming back)

Cardinals: Kyler Murray, James Conner, Marquise Brown or Greg Dortch or Zach Ertz (Moore coming back)

*Browns: Jacoby Brissett, Amari Cooper, Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt (Patterson or London or Pitts coming back)

Raiders: Derek Carr, Davante Adams, Darren Waller or Mack Hollins (Sutton or Jeudy or J Williams coming back)

Broncos: Russell Wilson, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy or Javonte Williams (Adams or Waller or Hollins coming back)

Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Christian Kirk, James Robinson or Travis Etienne (Brown, Smith or Goedert coming back)

Cowboys: Cooper Rush, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott or Dalton Schultz or Noah Brown (McLaurin or Samuel coming back)

Commanders: Carson Wentz, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel or Antonio Gibson (Lamb coming back)

*Steelers: Mitch Trubisky, Najee Harris, Diontae Johnson or Chase Claypool or George Pickens or Pat Freiermuth (Hall or G Wilson coming back)

Falcons: Marcus Mariota, Drake London, Cordarrelle Patterson or Kyle Pitts (Chubb or Hunt or Cooper coming back)

Dart Throw Stacks:

Colts: Matt Ryan, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman (Henry or Woods coming back)

Giants: Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Richie James (Herbert coming back)

Jets: Zach Wilson, Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson or Elijah Moore (Harris or Johnson coming back)

*denotes favorite

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