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Falcons and Texans to start in fantasy football for Week 4

Regardless of your league, we have advice for properly utilizing your Atlanta and Houston players.

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This doesn't promise to be a shootout, so keep that in mind when you're assembling your lineups this week. That doesn't mean there aren't values to be found in this matchup,


QB Matt Ryan

No brainer here. Ryan's been pretty crisp since Week 1's shaky start, and he should typically be good for 300 yards and at least two touchdowns. Houston's intimidating defensive front could harry him this week, but he should deliver low-end QB1 production, and if Julio can run roughshod against a merely decent secondary, he may be good for more.

RB Devonta Freeman

He just came off a career game, and he's unlikely to repeat that. Nonetheless, he's the clear lead back, he should get 20-plus touches, and I think he'll enjoy a solid game. Easy RB2.

WR Julio Jones

If you have him on your team and you're not playing him, turn in your fantasy badge.

WR DeAndre Hopkins

He'll likely draw plenty of Robert Alford, which means he should get his numbers, at least. If the Falcons manage to hold the ground game in check, which seems pretty likely if Arian Foster doesn't play, Hopkins is likely to be the man the offense runs through.

Falcons Defense

Judgment call, here, but I think the Texans are going to struggle to get things going on offense, because I don't expect Arian Foster to play. If you lack better options and you're willing to roll the dice a little bit, I think the Falcons may pick up a couple of turnovers and prove to be a sneaky-good play.


RB Arian Foster

If we knew Foster was healthy, he'd be a good play against a Falcons defense that has lapses against the run. We don't know that, though, because Foster is a game-time decision at best, and is unlikely to be back to full strength even if

WRs Roddy White & Leonard Hankerson

You just can't until White gets going, and unless you're willing to trot Hankerson out at FLEX, you can't guarantee he'll deliver value, either. You're going to be upset with me if either of these guys pop off, but not as upset as you'll be if you play them and they deliver Week 3 lines again.

QB Ryan Mallett

Mallett's going against a pretty tough secondary, and while he may be behind and forced to sling it, I think he's as likely to throw two interceptions as two touchdowns. Don't touch him.

TE Levine Toilolo

The Falcons' tight end is more or less their only active one this week, and this is a decent matchup for him on paper. I don't think Toilolo has shown us enough, even with his improved fortunes thus far in 2015, to warrant playing him this week even as a TE2. I do hope he goes off, though.