Fantasy Football Talk: Week 4


DHS Press Staff

Get Ian’s weekly pics on who to start, sit, and who to pick up on waivers.

Well Antonio Brown is no longer in the NFL. The Bills and 49ers are undefeated. New QBs are taking over the NFL and forcing out veterans left and right. Week three left the NFL world in shock as week four is right around the corner. Point totals are based on the basic ESPN PPR point format.

Must Start:

Terry McLaurin- Wide Receiver- Washington Redskins: This week “Scary Terry” heads to Metlife to take on the Giants in a much more favorable matchup than last week against the Bears. Last week the Giants allowed 190 reception yards and three TDs to Mike Evans. McLaurin is coming off setting an NFL record with his touchdown reception against Chicago, where McLaurin became the first player in NFL history to record at least five catches and a touchdown in each of his first three games. This kid’s ceiling is unpredictable and has the potential to be a top 20 wideout come the end of the season.

Chris Carson- Running Back- Seattle Seahawks: Carson has started the season by making headlines with some slippery hands. Through three weeks, Carson already has three lost fumbles. Even with this problem, Carson was backed up by Pete Carroll after their loss to the Saints. Carroll said he is still committed to Carson which is great news as they head to Arizona this week. The Cardinals have allowed 157 rushing yards per game which is the fourth most in the NFL. Carson has exactly 15 rushing attempts in every game this season and if this trend continues into week 4, Carson has a massive day ahead of him.

Philip Rivers- Quarterback- Los Angeles Chargers: I mean, there is so much to say about why to start Rivers this week. Let’s just simply state that Rivers takes on the Dolphins. The 14th ranked fantasy QB heads to Miami to face the worst team in the NFL. Miami is allowing 29.6 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs (second most in the league) and ten yards per attempt to QBs as well. Rivers throws lots of passes in this Charger offense (46 attempts last week) and even though they will be winning most of the game, Rivers can easily exceed 25 points this week.

Do Not Start:

Cole Beasley- Wide Receiver- Buffalo Bills: The Bills have looked surprisingly good in their passing game so far this season but this week they face a true test against the Patriots. Beasley has been great for the Bills this season as he is one of Josh Allen’s most solidified targets and safety blankets for him out of the slot. New England is just an animal I would not want to mess with. Bill Belichick will have so many difficult packages to help make life hard on the young QB of the Bills which will make it hard for Allen to be very successful. The Patriots, who might have the best secondary in football, are yet to allow a receiving TD to a WR all season and allow the second least fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. Not a good look for Beasley.

Jared Cook- Tight End- New Orleans Saint: Cook had so much promise going into the season but has not had anything going for him. He is yet to surpass his 5.7 point performance week one and was just targeted twice last week. Cook is up against a Cowboys team who has looked like the real deal here early and also still has to deal with a new QB switch with Teddy Bridgewater in. Cook is only receiving a 14.1% target share in the offense right now and is not a safe option until he proves to be a go to piece for either Bridgewater or Brees (once he returns).

Waiver Wire Pick-ups

Daniel Jones- Quarterback- New York Giants: Why not? This kid had so much going against him and everyone wanted to see him fail. He stepped into the starter role last week and lit it up with 336 yards and 4 TDs (34 fantasy points). Jones finds himself in a situation where his team will often be trailing, which will allow him to rack of lots of points week in week out. Also, did I mention he adds so much volume with his legs? He has a full package and has the potential to be a fringe QB1 or elite QB2 when it’s all said and done. He is only owned in 50% of ESPN leagues.

Wayne Gallman- Running Back- New York Giants: The second Giant of this week’s waiver wire pick-ups is Gallman. In a team where they have a featured RB, Gallman, has the potential to have double digits every week until Saquon is back. He is not the most elite rusher but he offers a lot in the passing game which really boost his value in PPR. I’m not saying this guy is a star or breakout candidate, but he can be a solid FLEX option or stream if needed until Saquon returns. He is only owned in 50% of ESPN leagues.

Cole Beasley- Wide Receiver- Buffalo Bills: One of my sits for this week is still a must add. Even if it is just to stash on your bench for a couple weeks. This guys is freaky consistent and is a solid FLEX option or replacement WR almost every week. He is averaging 12 points per game and is the Bills leading WR with targets on 29% of his routes this season. Those are WR2/WR3 numbers and yet, he is just owned in 20% of ESPN leagues. Definitely worth a stash.