Week 4 is upon us and the Bye Week season has begun unfortunately. It’s time to figure out who to start and who to sit at the QB and WR position. Before we get into it, let’s take a look back at last week’s suggestions. If you took my advice and started Deshaun Watson and Jimmy G, then you were pleased with the performances of QBs 9 and 11 in Week 3. I said to sit Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck and they both finished as QB 15 and 20 respectively. A good week for the QB portion of the article but the WR portion was a different story. I suggested Emmanuel Sanders and he finished at WR17. I suggested Golden Tate and he finished at WR 36. Not great but if you listened to the sit portion of the article then you were pleased to hear that Josh Gordon didn’t even play and Corey Davis only had 2 receptions for 34 yards. With Week 3 in the books, on to Week 4!
Disclaimer: You will never find names like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. in this article. If you drafted them then you don’t need to think twice about starting them. The purpose of this article is to uncover weekly gems and strong plays.
Start ‘Em QB
DEN QB Case Keenum VS KC
This game is going to be a shootout. I know whenever we say that, it tends to be the opposite but points will be scored at an alarming rate in this game. Keenum looked a bit rattled against a good Ravens defense last week. He’ll gladly welcome a matchup against a Chiefs defense currently giving up a ton of points to opposing QBs. Keenum is a big time start this week plus it’s on a Monday Night, so you can relax knowing you have a 20 point player going in the last game of the week.
NYG QB Eli Manning VS NO
What on earth is wrong with the New Orleans defense??? They can’t be THIS bad and yet they have been the first 3 games of the season. Last year looks to be an aberration and a matchup against Eli Manning and the Giants does not make things look much better. I know Eli may be on the tail end of his career here, but he had a great game against an equally porous pass defense last week against Houston. This is another game that should be a shootout. I expect Eli to be a QB1 this week.
Sit ‘Em QB
TB QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
I know I know, Fitz-Magic is alive and well. However, last week we saw a team blitz the ever-living hell out of Fitzpatrick and he turned back into a turnover machine. Enter the monstrous Chicago Bears defense and this matchup is very unappealing for the beard. This is going out on a serious limb because Fitzpatrick has thrown for 400 yards in 3 straight games. I think this might be the week the wheels fall off. Khalil Mack will feast this week.
PHI QB Carson Wentz @ TEN
I know some people have been stashing Wentz on the bench until his return, which came last week in an underwhelming game against the Colts. I just don’t think Wentz is all the way back yet. He will get WR Alshon Jeffery back this week, which should provide a nice boost, but I’m not ready to put Wentz into my fantasy lineup just yet. Combine that with the fact that the Titans seem to be finding their way on the defensive side of the ball and it adds up to a sit week for Wentz.
Start ‘Em WR
CIN WR Tyler Boyd @ ATL
Boyd has shined as the Bengals’ number 2 wide out and that will continue this week against a banged up Falcons secondary. Improving in every week so far, Boyd exploded to the tune of 6 receptions for 132 yards and a TD last week against the Panthers. He’s a very solid flex play with high WR2 upside this week.
ARI WR Christian Kirk VS SEA
This is an absolute dart throw but I like Kirk a lot and have liked him since the draft. He clicked last week and has shown a rapport with new Arizona starting QB Josh Rosen. He’s the only person other than David Johnson who can take some pressure off of Fitz and I think he can get it done. This is a plus matchup against a weak Seattle secondary and they’re home. I think Kirk is a solid flex play with WR2 upside in PPR leagues.
Sit ‘Em WR
NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa
As much as I love Enunwa, this week is not the time to get cute. Playing against Jacksonville in Florida with a rookie QB is a recipe for disaster. I’d stay away from any and all Jets players this week in fantasy. This game will not be pretty.
BUF WR Kelvin Benjamin
Let’s not get caught up in the fact that Josh Allen did most of the damage with his legs last week and that the disaster in Minnesota was mostly a full-scale implosion on the Vikings’ part. Don’t get tricked into thinking Benjamin is now fantasy relevant. He is still touchdown dependent and he’s going up against a much-improved GB secondary. No love for the Bills this week.