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Fantasy Football Week 4 Start/Sit Advice

  • The Draft Network
  • September 30, 2021
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I wanted to try something different, and not just because I couldn’t think about how to start my start/sit column this week. More than anything, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about good trade candidates. Well, ask and you shall receive! I wrote a sentence or two about some players who you should trade for, and some players you should trade away.

BUY LOW

  • Allen Robinson: He’s been pretty quarterback-proof throughout his career and he’s still treated like the Bears’ WR1.
  • Calvin Ridley: The Falcons’ offense may be holding him back, but he’s still a super-talented receiver. He’s also the only reliable player in Atlanta’s offense.
  • Joe Mixon: Only two running backs are averaging more snaps per game than him. Since the Bengals were winning most of their Week 3 game, he wasn’t needed so much in the passing game.
  • Tyreek Hill: He’s Tyreek Hill. You should expect a few duds here and there, like always.

SELL HIGH

  • Chris Carson: He’s strangely losing some snaps to Travis Homer and Alex Collins and has yet to see more than 16 rushing attempts in a game. I fear that will be a constant this season.
  • David Montgomery: Whether the Bears’ offense continues to stink may not matter. Justin Fields will steal some carries from Montgomery. 
  • Dallas Goedert: Not the flashiest name out there but you should expect Ertz to eat into Goedert’s usage again.
  • D.J. Chark: The Jaguars’ offense is a mess and Chark is no exception. He appears to be due for another inconsistent season.
  • Jonathan Taylor: He hasn’t seen much of a snap increase from last season, and considering how bad the Colts’ offense has looked, he may be taking a backseat to Nyheim Hines more often than not. 

Have any more questions? Hit me up on Twitter @ZachCohenFB, I’ll be happy to answer some! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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QUARTERBACKS

Start: Kirk Cousins vs. CLE ($6,500)

I’m foregoing any Captain Kirk puns in favor of getting straight to the point: Cousins is QB4. He’s averaging more than 24 points per game with eight touchdowns and no picks. He’s a must-start against a Browns defense that’s surrendered the eighth-most points to opposing passers so far. Perhaps Cleveland’s pass rush causes more problems than usual for Cousins. Either way, he’s been too good to keep on your bench.

Other Players to Consider: Sam Darnold, Ryan Tannehill

Sit: Derek Carr @ LAC ($6,300)

This season’s QB9 gets a tough matchup at the Chargers this week. While Carr’s been averaging 23.14 points, I worry about just how good this Chargers’ defense has been. They held Dak Prescott to 7.5 points two weeks ago, and they made Patrick Mahomes look kind of human in their win over the Chiefs. Through three weeks, Brandon Staley’s unit has allowed the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. Without much rushing upside, Carr should be parked on your bench this week (sorry, I had to get one pun in there).

Other Players to Consider: Justin Fields, Daniel Jones, Baker Mayfield

RUNNING BACKS

Start: Chuba Hubbard at DAL ($5,000)

Hubbard was a hot handcuff in fantasy drafts and now his fantasy managers can reap the benefits. This is also the first time I’ve recommended starting a player who I listed as a waiver wire target on Tuesday. We’d be naive to expect Hubbard to perfectly replicate Christian McCaffrey’s production, but Hubbard was used in a similar role once McCaffrey went down last Thursday night. Hubbard led Carolina’s backfield with 11 carries and five targets. More importantly, he played 40 snaps. Royce Freeman played 11 snaps, saw five carries, and one target. Dallas’ defense has been a pretty average matchup for running backs in fantasy, so there’s no bad reason to keep Hubbard out of your starting lineup.

Other Players to Consider: Cordarrelle Patterson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jamaal Williams

Sit: Damien Harris vs. TB ($5,600)

Unless Harris magically starts to see receiving reps, his ceiling will be severely capped. After James White—the Patriots’ main receiving back—left the game with a hip injury, Brandon Bolden stepped in and led their running backs in snaps and targets. Harris’ value seems directly tied to New England’s game script. In case you haven’t heard, they’re welcoming Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to town Sunday night. If things go South early, Harris might be fizzled out of the game plan. He’ll always have a solid floor due to his role on early downs, but he’s too risky to start in Week 4. 

Other Players to Consider: Ty’Son Williams, Devin Singletary, Leonard Fournette

WIDE RECEIVERS

Start: Jaylen Waddle vs. IND ($5,200)

I was skeptical about Dolphins’ receivers entering Week 3, but Waddle was involved enough to make me alter my stance entering Week 4. He led Miami in snaps, routes run, and targets. Waddle was targeted 12 times, so it seems like he’ll be Jacoby Brissett’s favorite pass-catcher until Tua Tagovailoa comes back. The Indianapolis defense hasn’t been the best matchup for opposing wide receivers, though I expect Waddle to be heavily featured regardless of the matchup. He’s worthy of a spot in your lineup, perhaps as your flex.

Other Players to Consider: Brandon Aiyuk, Tim Patrick, Odell Beckham Jr.

Sit: Robert Woods vs. ARI ($5,300)

To those of you who drafted Woods, I offer my deepest condolences. After two consecutive weeks of failing to reach 13 points, he posted a disappointing 6.8 points against Tampa Bay. Despite playing roughly the same number of snaps as Cooper Kupp, Woods has seen 14 fewer targets. Look, he’s still being heavily utilized in the Rams’ offense. Historically speaking, he’ll bounce back from his poor start. That’s typically what happens for receivers who see Woods’ type of usage. However, his lack of production does make me wary about starting him this week. I’d choose more productive players over Woods, like Jaylen Waddle or Tim Patrick. 

Other Players to Consider: A.J. Green, Marquise Brown, Michael Pittman Jr.

TIGHT ENDS

Start: Dawson Knox vs. HOU ($4,200)

Knox is another player who I told you to pick up in my waiver wire column on Tuesday. He’s averaging double-digit points and has scored in back-to-back games. As sad as it may seem, that’s more than enough to make him a starting tight end in fantasy. It certainly helps that the Texans have allowed the second-most points to tight ends this season. Knox is my second-ever scoop-and-start suggestion. He may even turn into a weekly starter.

Other Players to Consider: Pat Freiermuth, Dalton Schultz

Sit: Robert Tonyan vs. PIT ($3,800)

This isn’t the first time I’ve told you to sit Tonyan, and sadly, it may not be the last. Tonyan’s big game in Week 2 was sandwiched by absolute duds. His usage is even more concerning. In Week 3, Tonyan saw more than 46% of Green Bay stats for the first time all season, yet he saw just one target. He has eight of them this season. If you start Tonyan, you’re banking on a touchdown—which is the same as last year. He’s too risky to start, so you should look elsewhere at the position as he prepares to face Pittsburgh.

Other Players to Consider: Jared Cook, Tyler Higbee

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