Week 4 QB Start, Sit: Fitzmagic is Back!

Like every year, it seems that late-round QB strategy and streaming the position has been the way to go for Fantasy. However, Week 4 is bringing on a new challenge with some tricky matchups. I am here to help you navigate the space and find your starter for Week 4. If you are in a Super Flex/2QB league, then hopefully this article can help you make the right decision on who should be in your starting lineup at game time.

Weekly Tip: This is about the time of year that players overreact to having bad performances in their QB spot. It is ALWAYS a good idea to trade a top tier QB and come away with an upgrade at RB or WR unless you are absolutely stacked at those positions. If you have the likes of Josh Allen, see if you can snag a top tier play from an antsy 0-3 owner. Maybe a Michael Thomas or CMC could be in your future if you play your cards right!

Start Them

Ben Roethlisberger

@ Tennessee Titans

Ben Roethlisberger is trending towards the “start every week” category. However, this week is special. He gets to face the abhorrent Titans’ secondary. The Titans have given up 251 yards and 339 yards to Kirk Cousins and Gardner Minshew, respectively. Both of these have shown against other mediocre secondaries that they are in fact not extremely good QBs. Along with that yardage, the Titans gave up a total of 6 passing touchdowns to Kirk and Gardner.

Roethlisberger will be able to utilize the speed and playmaking ability of Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, as the CBs for the Titans seemingly have been practicing social distancing on the field. They let Justin Jefferson, rookie WR for the Vikings, burn them for 175 yards on 7 catches. Both Smith-Schuster and Johnson are more than capable of matching Jefferson’s performance. Of course, if this happens Big Ben will be the beneficiary.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Vs Seattle Seahawks

Fitzpatrick had a magical game against a weaker Jacksonville secondary and he will get to build off of that performance against another bad secondary in the Seahawks. With the way Russell Wilson is playing, Miami will need to be passing early and often in this game which should benefit Fitzpatrick. I foresee this being a big game for Parker, Williams, and Geisicki. This means you should play the man distributing them the ball in Ryan Fitzpatrick. Every single QB that has gone up against Seattle has had an amazing fantasy day and this should continue with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

Gardner Minshew

Vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals’ secondary is still not good. Do not get tricked by the fact the Eagles, who have all kinds of problems on offense, did not play well against them on Sunday. Startup Gardner Minshew, especially if Chark is playing. We saw that without Chark it was a much harder game for all the other receiving weapons on that Jacksonville roster. However, Miami’s defense is not that bad and their secondary is leaps and bounds ahead of the Bengals. Minshew should get right back on track to the way he started the season and bring you fantasy relevance.

Joe Burrow

@ Jacksonville Jaguars

The QB on the other side of Gardner Minshew is also a great play. Jacksonville’s secondary is young and makes mistakes. AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, and rookie Tee Higgins should all be able to get open in space. Meanwhile, I think that the Jaguars will put up points and make this game a very competitive shootout.

Burrow is second in the league in passing attempts which should tell you how head coach Zac Taylor wants to play the game. Similarly to Roethlisberger, Burrow is trending towards a play every week; however, this could be a special week for Burrow and is a must-start.

Sit Them

 

Tom Brady

Vs Los Angeles Chargers

Tom Brady is coming off of a great week against the Broncos. He will have a much, much tougher test against the Chargers’ pass rush and secondary this coming week. Not to mention that Brady will not have Godwin for multiple weeks. Mike Evans will have to be the big target this week, but against such a stacked secondary this may not be good news for him or Brady. Scottie Miller will have to step into the #2 role and I am just not sure if his skill level is there for him to thrive in that spot. Brady will be rushed a ton in this game and will not be able to push the ball downfield. It is simply not a good situation. He has an extremely low ceiling and floor playing against such a tough defense.

 

Drew Brees

@ Detroit Lions

While this is a favorable matchup for Brees, I do not think that he has a great week. He will be heavily relying on Kamara to make plays for him. However, if Kamara ends up making those plays on the ground instead of through screen passes, then you, the fantasy player starting Brees, get a goose egg. Meanwhile, Brees will be without Jared Cook and Michael Thomas, his two favorite targets besides Kamara, which is cause for concern. On top of all this, Brees has just not looked himself. I do not think that he is good enough as a QB anymore to go out without any real weapons and perform at a fantasy-relevant level.

 

Carson Wentz

@ San Francisco 49ers

Carson Wentz is losing his receiving threats left and right. This week, not only did DeSean Jackson leave banged up, but he also lost Dallas Goedert to an ankle fracture. Wentz has nothing going for him this week. A tougher matchup against a good pass rush in the 49ers, no healthy WRs, down a healthy TE, and a game script that will see Shanahan chewing up clock with his running backs. Wentz is a terrible play this week and should finish as a bottom 5 QB. Do not play him on name value.

Matthew has been playing fantasy football for over ten years now. He is experienced in playing and writing about both daily and season-long fantasy. He is both commissioner and former champion of several different types of high stakes money leagues.

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