Fantasy Island: Who to start and who to sit in Week 4

Chicago’s David Montgomery is a bounce-back candidate this week against Detroit. (Photo by Alexander Jonesi/Wikimedia Commons)

By MIKE HERNDON

Having trouble filling that last spot in your fantasy football lineup? Torn between two quarterbacks?

SportsChasers is here with your Week 4 Start/Sit advice. You don’t need us to tell you to ride with Derrick Henry with the Titans’ receiving room looking like a MASH unit, or to start Tom Brady in his return to New England, but here’s our take on some other players you may be less certain about.

Quarterback:

Start:

Justin Herbert, LA Chargers – The touchdowns finally came in Week Three for Herbert, who tossed four in an upset win over the Chiefs after totaling just two in the Chargers’ first two games. Now comes a potential shootout with the Raiders. Start him with confidence.

David Carr, Las Vegas – Ditto for the other side of this potential pointfest. Carr’s lowest yardage total so far this year has been 382.

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia – His first half against Dallas looked ugly last week, but his final numbers looked great for fantasy thanks to garbage time. Look for more of those tasty garbage time points this week as the Eagles try to keep up with Kansas City.

Sit:

Daniel Jones, NY Giants – Jones has been one of the league’s pleasant surprises thus far, topping 20 fantasy points in two of his three games thus far and augmenting his passing with his legs. But with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton out and Kenny Golladay gimpy, he’s running out of targets and the New Orleans front four will be a handful for the Giants’ suspect offensive line.

Sam Darnold, Carolina – Darnold has found new life in Carolina, leading the Panthers to a 3-0 start. But Dallas’ defense is much improved and Trevon Diggs is playing like a shutdown corner. The points will be tougher to come by this week.

Running back:

Start:

David Montgomery, Chicago – He put up a dud last week – 34 yards on 10 carries – but so did the entire Bears offense in a miserable loss to Cleveland. With Justin Fields back at the controls this week and a not-scary Lions defense across the line, this feels like a good time to lean on the run game and a likely get-right spot for Monty.

DeAndre Swift, Detroit – His passing game role has been consistent and Jamaal Williams’ involvement has not kept him from being productive. Even against a decent Bears defense, you’re rolling with him.

Zack Moss, Buffalo – His role in the offense seems to be growing, and if he gets his share of the goal-line carries that Josh Allen seemed to take all of last year he’ll be a valuable fantasy asset throughout the season. Look for his arrow to continue pointing upward against the Texans.

Sit:

Damien Harris, New England – Google Vita Vea and watch him manning the middle of the Tampa Bay defensive line. Now imagine trying to run through that. Fading running backs facing the Bucs has been a wise strategy this year.

James Conner and Chase Edmonds, Arizona – Now, look at Aaron Donald. Ditto for Arizona’s backs vs. the Rams.

Mike Davis, Atlanta – He’s failed to rush for over 50 yards this season and a date against Washington’s stout front four doesn’t seem like the time to do it, even if the WFT’s defense isn’t playing up to its potential. It’s telling that Swiss army knife Cordarelle Patterson has been the Falcons’ top offensive weapon thus far this season.

Wide receiver:

Start:

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas –  His yardage totals have dropped each week, but this feels like a get-right spot with Amari Cooper nursing sore ribs and the Panthers without promising rookie corner Jaycee Horn. Carolina has also allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL, which may lead to more opportunities for Lamb.

Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh – Yes, the Steelers’ offense looks like a one-legged man on a treadmill, but Johnson has 22 targets in the two games in which he’s played. Chase Claypool is out against Green Bay, and JuJu Smith-Schuster isn’t 100 percent. He’s going to get fed. If you’re in a PPR league, you’re starting him every week. 

Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco – After being a no-show the first two weeks of the season, Aiyuk checked back in with six targets and a touchdown last week. While the yardage still isn’t there, it’s time to let him back in the circle of trust, particularly with George Kittle iffy and the running back situation an injury-riddled mess.

Sit:

Brandin Cooks, Houston – The man may be quarterback-proof – his 112 yards from someone named Davis Mills against Carolina last week is Exhibit A – and he’s a target monster on a team with no other viable options. But this week, he should see a lot of Tre’Davious White, one of the better corners in the league, and the Texans’ offense will likely struggle to score against the Bills.

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona – You’re probably starting him if he’s on your roster, but Hopkins has been battling through a rib injury and he’ll likely see a heavy dose of Jalen Ramsey on Sunday (although Ramsey isn’t expected to shadow him). Temper your expectations.

Tight ends:

Start:

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins – Jacoby Brissett loves him some tight ends, going back to his days of throwing to Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle in Indianapolis. Last week, he peppered Gesicki with 12 targets, which the Penn State alum turned into 86 yards.

Robert Tonyan, Packers – The Steelers have historically struggled to stop tight ends, and the Packers will be without Marques Valdez-Scantling, perhaps opening up a few more targets down the seam.

Sit:

As difficult as it is to find production at tight end beyond Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, start ‘em if you’ve got one that’s giving you points.



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