The NFL season rolls along and with it, the tough start or sit decisions that we’ll be faced with all year. If you would like to know how I do in these start/sit columns then be sure to follow me on twitter @TheFF_Taters. Every Tuesday I will post the names of my starts and sits then put a check or an X to signify whether it was a good call because it is important to be accountable in fantasy football. It is never my intention to lead those that read these articles astray and I try to be as accurate as possible.
With that said, let’s move on to Week 4 of the NFL season.
Kyle Allen @ HOU
I think the Cam Newton era may be coming to a close in Carolina. I won’t put too much stock into the performance of Allen last week against a horrible Cardinals defense but I will say that he is a much better passer than Newton at the moment. Houston has given up the 6th most points to opposing QBs through the first 3 weeks of the season.
Daniel Jones VS WAS
What a difference one week makes. Last week I said sit him due to a limited supporting cast and Daniel Jones doesn’t really care who is out there. This week he gets a Washington defense that has given up the 5th most points to opposing QBs. The rushing upside alone makes him a low end QB1 this week.
James Conner VS CIN
It has been an extremely rough start for James Conner but Monday Night Football at home against a Bengals defense allowing the second most points to opposing RBs is just what the doctor ordered. I’m not hitting the panic button on Conner yet and I think he bounces back this week. However, if he doesn’t bounce back, then sound the alarms.
Josh Jacobs @ IND
Jacobs has been quiet since his 2-touchdown debut. While the Raiders have struggled on offense, I believe Jacobs is the main attraction and Gruden has admitted they want to get the ball in his hands more. The Colts have given up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing RBs and I expect Jacobs to get a lot of touches in this one.
Terry McLaurin @ NYG
Ok I admit defeat after challenging McLaurin last week. I said sit and he said stop it. McLaurin F1 is going too fast to slow down now and he has the Giants up next. I think I can end my argument there.
Sterling Shepard VS WAS
The Giants are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Guess who is allowing the second most? The team who just so happens to be their opponent on Sunday. Shepard got a team-leading 9 targets against Tampa Bay and turned them into 7 receptions for 100 yards and a score. Fire him up against a bad Washington secondary.
Will Dissly @ ARI
Yea look, I’m not going to get cute here. I’m with everyone else who understands that Arizona has been absolute garbage against tight ends. Dissly has emerged as a true receiving threat in Seattle and I expect him to keep up the great play against the Cardinals.
TJ Hockenson VS KC
Let’s give this one last try and if it doesn’t work out then I will pack away my Hock love until next year. This game should be a high scoring affair. If Detroit wants to have a chance against KC, then they need to be firing on all cylinders. One last shot for Hock here but if he comes up short in this one then the outlook will be bleak for the rest of the year.
Josh Allen VS NE
Nope. Don’t do it. I don’t care that he runs the ball. This defense is frightening and the Bills haven’t exactly been world-beaters on offense. To expect them to light up the best defense in the league is asking for a lot. You can do a lot better than Allen this week.
Jameis Winston @ LAR
Winston owners are fired up after he put up great numbers last week against… the Giants. This week he gets the Rams who have allowed the 3rd least amount of fantasy points to opposing QBs. Here comes a reality check for Winston.
Todd Gurley VS TB
Believe it or not, TB is 2nd in least amount of fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. Todd Bowles has done a fine job with that defense and Gurley just hasn’t looked right. We might be entering a time period in fantasy where you may have to look at Gurley as a flex option and THAT is no bueno.
David Montgomery VS MIN
While I’m encouraged by the increasing usage of Montgomery in Chicago, this week I’m avoiding him if I can. Minnesota has returned to the defense of 2017 and even though they looked good against Washington, Chicago has really struggled to find its identity this year.
John Brown VS NE
Sense the pattern here? I am not starting a player against the Patriots right now. Brown will either draw Gilmore or Jonathan Jones, both of whom will clamp him. I view Brown as the only true threat in Buffalo and I expect the Patriots to think the same. They will look to take him out of the game.
Josh Gordon @ BUF
I will give some love to the other side of the field in this one. The Buffalo defense is legit and Josh Gordon is being held together by duct tape at the moment. I would not go with Gordon in this one. In fact, I expect this game to be a low scoring affair. Something along the lines of 21-10 that means fantasy points will be scarce.
Greg Olsen @ HOU
Just because I said start Kyle Allen doesn’t mean you should get excited about Greg Olsen. Yes he continued the long line of tight ends eating the Cardinals alive last week but Houston has allowed the 5th least amount of fantasy points to opposing tight ends. If he can do it this week, then we’ll talk about a return to form but I have my doubts.
OJ Howard @ TB
You’re probably asking why I’m being so mean to the Bucs. Two things: I’m mean to a bunch of teams and they’re playing the Rams, who have allowed just 8 receptions for 77 yards and 1 touchdown through 3 weeks. Sorry if you got excited about last week but this week OJ might disappear again. I just have a terrible feeling about the Bucs this week.