Fantasy Football Start ’em Sit ’em Week 4
Overall a good week 3! The featured sit of the week, Joe Burrow, was just that the perfect sit. Burrow scored 8.16 or 9.16 points depending on how much your league takes away for interceptions. Burrow actually did not play terribly in real world terms and threw the ball a lot. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 259 yards, no touchdowns, 1 interception and -2 rushing yards. The offense did look much different though as Chase was operating in the slot and much quicker and shorter throws to keep Burrow as upright as possible. Overall was impressed with his moxy and he got the win for the Bengals but very happy we all benched him from a fantasy perspective!
My start of the week in Zay Flowers wasn’t exactly a hit but he wasn’t a miss either. Flowers caught 8 of 10 targets for just 48 yards and had one rush for 2 yards (13 points). If you play in a ppr league like most of us do, I’d imagine you will gladly take 13 points from your WR3 or flex. Nothing to be too excited about either, but the logic was sound in that he saw a hefty 10 targets with OBJ out, he just wasn’t able to break off a big play unfortunately. Let’s dive into week 4 now!
Week 4 Start ’em
Justin Fields – Bears QB
Going out a bit on a limb this week rather than playing it safe. If you have an elite or better option of course go with that as Fields undoubtedly has risk with the way he, the team and the organization has looked in recent time. But for many of you in 12 man leagues you may be stuck with Justin Fields and I think this week may be an opportunity where he has a big week and you can sell him off after for another QB (maybe like a Kirk Cousins if he has a down week). The Bears are an absolute joke and embarrassment, but so are the Denver Broncos. After seeing the Broncos give up 70 points to the Dolphins I know this team has no heart, will or care to make a tackle. Raheem Mostert and Devon Achane combined for 373 combined yards and 7 touchdowns!
It is clear to see this Broncos team struggles with speed and tackling and although Fields is not a RB, he might as well be at his point. Fields has elite speed and size and should be able to shred this swiss cheese joke of a defense with his legs. The first 2 weeks combined Fields only had 4 designed runs in 2 games- that just simply isn’t going to get it done. Fields did not play great against the Chiefs, however, a potential silver lining is he did run the ball 11 times for 47 yards. He also had two nice passes to DJM and Chase Claypool that were dropped. I don’t really care too much about the passing for this week since I think Chicago will finally say let’s do what we do best- RUN THE DAMN BALL! Maybe just maybe Fields can get his mojo back to a certain degree by running all over while he figures out the passing competent and how to read an NFL defense. But again, if you have a better option don’t force this start it certainly carries some risk. But if your options are less than ideal which is most likely the case if you spent high draft capital on Fields if there’s any week to start him it’s this week. If not now it’s probably never for Fields.
Justin Fields Week 4 Projections: 13/21 115 yards 0 passing TD, 17 rushes for 112 yards and 2 rushing TD, 1 Turnover (25.8 points)
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Week 4 Sit ’em
Garrett Wilson – Jets WR
It pains me to write this but we have to face the music; the Jets offense is just as bad as feared under Zach Wilson. It’s just plain disgusting and GM Joe Douglass is to blame for it for assembling a 39 year old QB with an awful o-line and no contingency plan at QB aside from Zach Wilson. And no Trevor Siemian doesn’t get me excited. The worst part about this offense for Garrett is that there is nothing downfield- Zach Wilson went 18 of 36 for 157 yards against New England which is an anemic 4.4 yards an attempt. The fact Zach did not throw an interception against New England is proof that he is now scared to take risks and will not air it out.
Watching the game this past weekend I cannot tell you how many times he had someone open and just failed to rip in. That’s right the once gunslinger, albeit wild and turnover prone, isn’t even letting it rip anymore because he is afraid to take risks. Everything is short and quick because of how poorly Zach’s inability to analyze NFL defenses and how bad this line is. Garretis truly TD dependent at this point. Not to mention the Chiefs also quietly have had a very solid defense and are allowing just 21.6 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers per game which marks as the fifth fewest. I really hope I’m wrong here but it’s just hard for me to see the upside here. Maybe the game script will force Zach to air it out a big more but that’s almost all I can think of. Garrett is an elite playmaker and both the Jets and Garrett Wilson fantasy owners are prisoners to this new reality with Zach under center for the foreseeable future.
Garrett Wilson Week 4 Projection: 4 catches on 8 targets, 44 yards and 0 touchdowns
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If you have any questions about your starting lineup, you can find me on the Fantasy Couch Discord @sully
Make sure to watch the Week 4 waiver wire video in case there are any players on waivers or free agency that you might have missed.