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NFL Week 4 fantasy football and DFS targets and fades

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) bounces to the outside on a carry in the first quarter of the NFL Week One game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The Bengals led 14-7 at halftime. Minnesota Vikings At Cincinnati Bengals

Last week, PFF’s fantasy football rankings foreshadowed a rough outing for Allen Robinson, a solid effort out of Javonte Williams and a rebound for Justin Herbert

It’s time to move on to Week 4 and preview some of the week's targets and fades for redraft fantasy leagues and DFS using PFF's research tools and Week 4 fantasy football rankings.

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Fade: Kirk Cousins (PFF Consensus Rank: QB16) vs. Cleveland Browns

The No. 9 fantasy signal-caller through three weeks, Cousins has tossed multiple touchdown passes in each of Minnesota’s games while averaging a healthy 306 passing yards per contest. 

Dating back to last season, Cousins has been particularly potent at U.S. Bank Stadium. In each of his last nine games in front of the home crowd, Cousins has thrown for two-plus scores and surpassed 300 passing yards five times. So why is Cousins ranked well outside of QB1 territory this week at home against the Browns?

While Cousins does have an excellent overall grade, he only ranks 31st in aDOT, and that dink-and-dunk approach could be slowed by PFF’s top-graded rookie defender Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and a surging Cleveland Browns defense that racked up nine sacks last week. 

Overall, Cleveland’s defense has the seventh-highest PFF grade, as its dominant pass rush is complemented by a secondary that boasts two top-40 cornerbacks in Greg Newsome and Troy Hill and a pair of top-35 safeties. 

Target: Joe Mixon (PFF Consensus Rank: RB3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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