Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Week 4 (2018)
If there is one thing I have learned in fantasy over the years is that you can’t be afraid to take risks. If you see an opportunity to improve your team, I urge you to turn over every rock and really study the landscape of your league.
A timely trade can rejuvenate your team and give you a crucial win that can help you from going 0-3, which happened to me last week when I traded my opponent Aaron Jones for Will Fuller and subsequently won the game by 3 points with a little Monday night help from Fitzmagic.
There are two things that can be learned from this situation. Think twice before trading with someone you are playing this week because it can end up hurting you directly. Also, running back scarcity is something you need to pay attention to. If you loaded up on running backs during the draft you are sitting on a valuable currency that can be used to upgrade your team.
I can guarantee there are people in your league who went with the Zero RB strategy and loaded up on WR’s and missed on their running backs who could be getting desperate and look to trade a much safer WR for a risky RB. These are the type of situations you need to exploit.
If you were a Jimmy G owner like me, I would urge you to take a swing for the fences and acquire Baker Mayfield instead of safer options like Ryan Tannehill or Jared Goff. Take risks and have fun this week!
Week 4 Start ’em
Baker Mayfield – Cle QB
BakerMANIA has finally arrived in spectacular fashion as the Heisman-winner and number one overall pick led the Browns to miraculous come from behind victory against the New York Jets, snapping a 19-game losing streak that felt like 19 dog years. Before coming into the game, the Browns offense looked inept with no one on offense becoming much of a factor.
But oh how things can change once you have a real playmaker at the QB position. Throws were coming out faster, players were running to get to the line of scrimmage, and the entire Browns team looked like they were finally playing for something meaningful.
Mayfield gets a chance to prove that he is the superstar that we all know him to be, as he faces the 0-3 Raiders on the road who just made Ryan Tannehill look like a QB1. The Raiders defense has been atrocious since letting Khalil Mack go to the Bears, who have allowed 8.7 yards per passing attempt and have struggled to generate any semblance of a pass rush. If you have an appetite for risk, pick up and start The Bake Show in Week 4.
Baker Mayfield Week 4 Projections: 335 passing yards, 2 passing TD’s, 4 rushing attempts, 15 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT
QBs to Start
RBs to Start
Leonard Fournette (If Healthy)
WRs to Start
Corey Davis (If Mariota Healthy)
TEs to Start
Week 4 Sit ’em
Amari Cooper – Oak WR
For Cooper owners, promises of the 3rd year WR finally breaking out and becoming a focal point of the offense under Jon Gruden have failed to materialize. He had flashes of brilliance in Week 2 against the Broncos going over 100 yards with double digit receptions but has since fallen to a risky FLEX play at best.
In Week 4 Cooper gets a much-improved Browns defense who have drafted talented playmakers including rookie Denzel Ward and second year ball hawk Jabrill Peppers. With an improved pass rush that should be able to put pressure on Derek Carr, Cooper is on track for another hard knock performance come Sunday.
Amari Cooper Week 4 Projections: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 35 yards, 0 TD’s
QBs to Sit
RBs to Sit
WRs to Sit
TEs to Sit
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