How do you choose your starting lineup? Do you simply select the players who have the highest projected point total? Do you look at scouting reports and try to tag players with favorable matchups each week? Do you like to ride the hot hand?
While there is no real tried-and-true method to correctly select which of the players on your roster will play the best, the more you do your research before making a decision, the better your decision-making will be. That’s why we’ve decided to give him a player at each position that we think should be in every starting lineup in Week 4, and a player who would be best left on the bench.
Note that we’re going to dig a little deeper with these selections; We won’t waste time telling you to start Derrick Henry against the Jets. Here’s a look at our sit-down / start tips for Week 4 in fantasy football:
Start: Kirk Cousins, Vikings
Cousins is one of the most popular options. He’s been absolutely off this season so far, and he could continue against the Bears. His 74% completion rate is the fourth highest of any qualified passers this year, and his 118.3 quarterback rating is also fourth, as he has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions. He’s also averaging more than 300 yards per start. He looks like a confident, high-floor quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Sit: Daniel Jones, Giants
The defense of the Saints, New York’s Week 4 opponent, has been third-best against quarterbacks in fantasy this season. Jones has also been posting monster numbers due in large part to his running ability, something that is hard to bet on week after week, particularly on a bad offense like the Giants. In fact, we suggest that you stay away from their offense as much as possible, with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard already ruled out for the game.
Start: Miles Sanders, Eagles
There’s no way Nick Siranni, Philadelphia’s rookie head coach, can give Sanders fewer carries in Week 4 than in Week 3, right? With the city clamoring for the Birds to get their star running back more involved and with the Chiefs, who have given up a ton of rushing yards this year on the agenda, there won’t be a more logical time to start Sanders and hope the Eagles make the right decision to try and set the run early to prevent Patrick Mahomes from passing the ball to you.
Sit: Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, Jets
The Jets are averaging just 80 rushing yards per game, the fourth-fewest in the NFL, and they are rushing it just 20.3 times per game, the third-fewest in football. They are the only team in the league without a rushing touchdown. Do yourself a favor and stay away from your corridors.
The wide receiver
Start: Deebo Samuel, 49ers
Even with Brandon Aiyuk back on the field, Samuel has become the de facto WR1 in San Francisco and it is worth starting each week simply for that fact. His volume – 30 goals in three games – is reason enough, but he’s also racked up 334 yards on those goals – a fierce pace that would give him more than 1,800 yards if he sticks up.
Sit: Allen Robinson, Bears
Chicago has quarterback problems, again. And Robinson is suffering from it, again. Due to forces beyond his control, Robinson’s talent continues to squander as he is WR67 right now and has caught just 10 of his 21 targets for 86 yards. Bleh.
Start: Dawson Knox, Bills
The Bills are sure to turn him on against the Texans defense in Week 4, and Knox is coming off back-to-back games with a touchdown. To be continue? If you’re broadcasting tight ends, it’s as good a play as any.
Sit: Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
His 20 points on seven goals against the Eagles last week is a mirage, coming in at a combined 6.3-point cure in his first two starts. Until he establishes himself as a more consistent target for Dat Prescott, it won’t be a great play at tight end.
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