Here are our starts and sits for Week 4.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: Start. The quarterback position in fantasy has been shaky at best for everyone except Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts, and Josh Allen. Cousins can be a fill in guy week 4 if you have a starter than hasn’t had the best start. He faces the Saints, who he historically has dominated. In Cousins' four career matchups against the Saints, he has averaged 24.8 points per game and we think this trend of dominance can continue here. We are starting Cousins as much as possible in week 4.
Geno Smith, QB, Seahawks: Sit. Geno Smith is a quarterback that should not even be considered as a fantasy option this season. However, we are mentioning him because he is a hot waiver wire pickup and some are wondering if he is a viable streaming option. He is not. A general rule of thumb we like to follow is to “follow the talent,” and we just don’t see much talent in the 31-year-old journeyman. He has the weapons in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, he has the good matchup against the Lions, but he just does not have that It-factor that you want in your starting QB. He is not him. We urge you not to start him in week 4.
Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans: Start. After a rocky start with Rex Burkhead poaching carries, it is finally safe to say that Dameon Pierce is the starting running back in Houston. He outcarried Burkhead 20-3 last week and now faces the Los Angeles Chargers, who just gave up 150 rushing yards to James Robinson. The rookie back will get the touches on Sunday, it’s just a matter of time before he really breaks out to become a top tier fantasy running back. This week might very well be the week, so we are starting Pierce any chance we get.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs: Sit. We would trade Edwards-Helaire before it’s too late. He is currently ranked fourth in terms of fantasy points per game at the running back position, but a lot of that is luck. He is getting fewer carries than backfield mate Jerrick Mckinnon and finished last game with seven carries for zero yards. It gets even worse when you consider he faces the daunting Buccaneers defense, who are a top three run defense and still have not given up a rushing touchdown yet this season. We would look to avoid starting Clyde Edwards-Helaire if possible in week 4.
Drake London, WR, Falcons: Start. The rookie out of USC has surprised us all with how quickly he has emerged as the number one option in the Falcons offense. He already looks like one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL, and has commanded a 33 percent target share in the Falcons offense, third highest in the league. They face the Browns, whose defense is already riddled with injuries, most notably star cornerback Denzel Ward. We think London continues his ascendance into greatness week 4, and should be considered a must-start in every situation.
DJ Moore, WR, Panthers: Sit. DJ Moore has had the worst start of his NFL career. He is not even a top 60 wide receiver in points per game, and we are beginning to worry that Baker Mayfield is having a much more negative impact than we originally projected. He hasn’t caught more than three passes in a game yet this season; furthermore, Hurricane Ian is heading straight towards the southeast and we worry that the weather could potentially also play an impact in this Charlotte-based game. Look for other options before sticking Moore in your lineup week 4.
Tyler Conklin, TE, Jets: Start. Tyler Conklin has emerged as the Jets security blanket this season. Last week, Conklin appeared in 78 percent of the team's offensive snaps and led the team in receiving yards with 84. With the young stud Zach Wilson returning at QB, it is likely Conklin’s usage will stay the same if not increase. We are very high on Conklin the rest of the season and will look to start him this week.
Hunter Henry, TE, Patriots: Sit. Hunter Henry finished the 2021 season as a top ten tight end and all signs pointed for that to continue in Mac Jones’s second season. However, that hope has failed to materialize. Henry has seen six less targets than fellow Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith and is an abysmal 17th in routes run among tight ends. To add insult to injury, Mac Jones suffered a high ankle sprain in his week three matchup against the Ravens, so Henry will have Brian Hoyer throwing him the ball. Hoyer hasn’t started a game since 2016 which can not give much confidence for any production. We are sitting Hunter Henry at all costs in week 4.
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