Another weekend, another beautiful Sunday of NFL football and another slew of fantasy matchups on the gridiron. Here’s who to start and sit for Week 4.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Following my praise of Watson in my waiver column, I’m rolling with the rookie at home against division rival Tennessee. The Titans have allowed the third-most points to quarterbacks, according to Pro Football Reference. They have given up seven touchdowns and 858 yards to opposing quarterbacks through three games. Watson flashed his abilities against a stout Cincinnati defense and the Patriots' defense. I like him as a streamer for those who have Cam Newton or a tough matchup like Derek Carr at Denver.
Golden Tate/Kenny Golladay, WRs, Detroit Lions
I’m saying to start Tate as a WR2 and Golladay as an interesting FLEX/sleeper/home run threat. First to Tate’s matchup. It’s true, Viking’s No.1 corner Xavier Rhodes is the definition of a shutdown corner. He’s held Michael Thomas, Antonio Brown and Mike Evans all to less than 70 yards receiving in the first three weeks, but Tate moves around a lot more than those three receivers and will get considerable time out of the slot where Rhodes may not shadow him. Fire him up, especially in points-per-reception formats. As for Golladay, I like the potential matchup against cornerback Trae Waynes who has been getting burned this season. Waynes, corner Terrance Newman and defensive back Tramaine Brock aren’t as good in coverage as Rhodes. The team surrenders an average of 97 yards a game to second receivers and 80 yards a game to other receivers according to Football Outsiders. Given Golladay’s size and ability as a downfield threat I like him as a sleeper.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
With second-year quarterback Jacoby Brissett heading into a rainy Sunday-night tilt against the Seattle Seahawks, expect the Colts to use Gore early and often to guide the offense. Seattle is allowing a league-high 5.3 yards per carry. Gore’s workload has steadily increased each game, going from 10 in Week 1 to 14 to a whopping 25 carries for the 34-year-old against the Browns last week.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Hurns has picked up the pace since Jaguars top receiver Allen Robinson went down with a torn ACL. He’s scored in back-to-back weeks and I expect that to continue against the Jets. New York is allowing an average of 62.3 yards per game to opposing top wideouts, per Football Outsiders. That’s not a bad floor to start from for receivers. Start Hurns with confidence Sunday.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
It’s not a difficult play to prognosticate, but keep Cooper on your bench come Sunday. Through four games, Cooper has averaged 36 yards per game and has caught just one touchdown against the Denver Broncos, per Pro Football Reference. Cooper is also having trouble with his hands, he already has six drops on the season. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has called the receiver out on the issue but Sunday doesn’t appear to be a get right game.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
I’m leaving Bryant on my bench because the Ravens have locked down No. 2 receivers so far this season. Also Bryant’s performance naturally hinges on the play of his quarterback and Ben Roethlisberger struggles away from home. Roethlisberger puts up mediocre numbers at M&T Bank Stadium in Maryland. He hasn’t thrown for multiple touchdowns at Baltimore since 2013.
Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots
The Panthers haven’t been kind to opposing running backs this season, allowing just one score in three games. I expect the Patriots to use short passes to receivers and runners out of the backfield to emulate a run game in this one. That bodes ill for Gillislee’s usage. It’s another enigmatic matchup for the touchdown-dependent back. Better hope for some defensive pass interference calls in the endzone.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
Things are looking down Miller who is being challenged by D’Onta Foreman for carries in the offense. This week Miller draws an awful matchup against the Titans who have allowed just one rushing touchdown on the season. With Millier losing carries to Foreman, keep him on your bench in a tough fantasy matchup.