Did you get burned by Alvin Kamara or Lamar Jackson last week? It was a rough week three for plenty of fantasy football owners and it’s not going to get any easier from here. I mentioned last week how Josh Allen was undoubtedly the most slept-on player of weeks one and two. I then predicted his flatness in week three against the Rams, and boy was I wrong. The Bills are a legitimate team this season and they are here to challenge New England for the division title. That being said, here is a great point to start from when it comes to week four starts and sits.
Josh Allen – I know this one is a big surprise considering I’ve had high praise for Josh Allen all year, minus last week of course. The Bills are here to stay and Allen should be moved into your starting lineup for the rest of the season, barring any injuries or glaring matchup issues.
Set and forget here, quite easily, because the Bills play the Raiders this week. Las Vegas has allowed opposing offenses to gain 380-plus yards each week. This is a no-brainer.
Lamar Jackson – It’s truly odd to me that I even need to put this one out there, but yes, you should definitely start Lamar Jackson against the Washington Football Team in week four. Jackson had a bad game on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, only passing for 97 yards and one touchdown, but this week is a gigantic opportunity for him to bounce back. Washington’s defense is not great, seemingly turning that week one showdown performance into an outlier, so look for Jackson to have a field day against a mediocre Washington team.
Nick Foles – If you read our week four waiver wire targets, then you already know that you should have grabbed Nick Foles when you had the chance. If you did, nice job! However, I’m not completely sold on him just yet. He had a great first game in the Bears’ comeback win over the Falcons, but this Indianapolis Colts defense is legit and should not be taken lightly. Unless you are starved for decent quarterback play, bench Foles and let your other starter take the reigns this week.
Running Back Starts
Melvin Gordon III – The Denver Broncos will be coming off a short week of rest when they take on the abysmal New York Jets on Thursday Night Football. On a team completely plagued by injuries, Melvin Gordon III might just be the only shining light the Broncos have left. Going up against a Jets defense that just surrendered 119 rushing yards to the Colts last week and 182 rushing yards to San Francisco the week before, Gordon should have enough carries and positive yardage to be a worthwhile start in just about every league regardless of scoring rules.
Darrell Henderson Jr. – He carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown last week against the Buffalo Bills. Yes, Darrell Henderson Jr. is a force to be reckoned with and he’s clearly the Rams’ top featured running back.
Los Angeles takes on the New York Giants this week and I expect nothing short of a complete blowout following the disheartening loss to Buffalo last week.
Running Back Sits
Mike Davis – Obviously the number one back for the Panthers in the absence of Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis draws a difficult matchup against a rebound-searching Arizona Cardinals team. The Cardinals kept the Lions under 100 yards rushing last week and are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Detroit. With an offense that can easily put points on the board like Arizona, I think Carolina gets behind quickly in this game and forces quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to make some big plays in the air.
Wide Receiver Starts
Keenan Allen – Any uncertainty regarding Keenan Allen’s status as an elite wide receiver can be put to rest after he caught 13 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown last week against Carolina. The Chargers have a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert, but it’s abundantly clear that he and Allen have already built a nice rapport in the first two out of three weeks playing together.
Allen had a high number of targets last week since the Chargers were playing catch-up throughout most of the game. Facing off against Tampa Bay this week will be no easy task. This should create more opportunities for the Herbert-Allen connection to continue, seeing as they could easily be playing from behind again in this game.
Wide Receiver Sits
Corey Davis/A.J. Brown – This one comes as a twofer because of the lack of practice this week. If you hadn’t heard the news yet, there is currently a COVID-19 problem with the Tennessee Titans and their game against the Steelers has been postponed. It’s hopeful the incident is isolated and the game will be played either Monday or Tuesday at the latest. However, that’s not certain yet and you should absolutely find some other receivers on the waiver wire to add just in case they can’t play. Even if the game is played on Monday or Tuesday of next week, I have a difficult time starting these two receivers against the Steelers’ defense. Especially without a week of practice leading up to it.
Justin Jefferson – Minnesota is an absolute trainwreck in 2020. Even though Justin Jefferson had an enormous seven catches for 175 yards and a score last week against Tennessee, he is benched in my lineup. The Vikings face the Houston Texans, who are desperate to generate their first win of the season. They also boast a much better defense than the Titans do.
Pending any further positive COVID-19 tests this week, we will get another high-flying slate of NFL action in week four! Good luck and don’t forget to get your lineup questions to Fantasy Hour On Tap on Twitter and the listen to the Fantasy Hour On Tap podcast to see if we answer your question.