Fourth Quarter Killer Combo Threats

By Zack Cimini

Fist pump and a loud boooya to your fantasy buddies at halftime and halfway through the third. Celebratory because you’re up forty to fifty points. At ease because you’ve dominated your match up and you look like you’ve wrapped up a W. Only to see that lead trickle and trickle away. Like a college basketball team up twenty and poof it’s gone in the final seconds. It happens weekly too drive fantasy owners nuts.

One of the areas teams can pick up tallying points is in the fourth quarter of sloppy blown out games. Just because a team doesn’t look good for Vegas lines, doesn’t mean individual athletes don’t have upside in fantasy value. Especially at receiver, where defenses will give up chunks of yards in quick fashion down the field with a big lead. Here are some highlighted quarterback to receiver athletes this week that have a solid chance at piling up numbers late in the third and fourth quarters.

Of course this hurts the value of a fantasy running back on these teams, as teams will not be running the football trying to play catch up.


Kevin Kolb-Earl Doucet
I expect the Cardinals to struggle vs. the Redskins. They may hang around for a few quarters but it’ll be a tough outing for the defense. Things just do not get corrected in a span of a week with how woeful they were against Cam Newton. Tim Hightower will establish the ground game, and take the Cardinals game plan away from them. That means airing it out like they typically do. Look for Kolb to have a big day through the air and Doucet to have a second straight solid week.

Philip Rivers-Malcolm Floyd
San Diego’s rush offense may not break the top twenty this year. That means Philip Rivers should easily stay afloat as a top five fantasy quarterback. Average receivers such as Malcolm Floyd then balloon to legitimate second options at fantasy receiver. This will be a shootout. Floyd received plenty of balls his way week one, and should see that surpassed week two. With the way the Patriots are piling up points, a big hole could be foreseeable. Floyd could have a multiple touchdown game.

Chad Henne-Davone Bess
Even when the Dolphins are blown out, their offense moves at a snails pace. There is no hurry up to the Dolphins attack. They’re fine with having Henne check the ball down to his favorite safe target in Davone Bess. Bess is becoming a PPR dynamite player, and with Brandon Marshall looking sharper, Bess could be a weekly double digit average fantasy point receiver.

Cam Newton-Brandon LaFell
The Saints were able to pick on right corner Tramon Williams quite a bit week one. After the blitzing and turnovers turn this game into a rookie lesson for Newton, the fourth quarter should offer at least two to three drives of garbage fantasy numbers. Steve Smith got the big plays week one, but Brandon LaFell quietly had a decent game with seventy yards receiving.

Matt Hasselbeck-Nate Washington
Statement games usually last one game, not in the Ravens case. They’re going to come out and look to stomp over the Titans just like they did week one against the Steelers. The Ravens a year ago had countless let down games against weaker opponents, such as the Browns and Buffalo Bills. They’ll halt Chris Johnson and keep the Titans scoring to a minimum in their second straight blowout victory. On the bright side of week one, Hasselbeck connected with his top two receivers at a good rate. Washington was a main target and had six catches week one.


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