The wide receiver position is off and running in 2020 with two Seattle wideouts in the top five for scoring. Calvin Ridley is the lead dog with 59.5 PPR points. A few surprise names up in the top 15 with Allen Lazard and Robby Anderson up there in scoring. Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins are both producing as expected in their new environments. Week 4 doesn’t have as many big-time shootouts projected, but still a lot of great matchups. The top-end options are a bit banged up but Davante Adams and Michael Thomas have a chance to return this week. However, Chris Godwin left Week 3 with a hamstring injury. Russell Gage and Diontae Johnson both left with a concussion and are questionable for Week 4.
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|Week 4 Rank||Player||Opponent||Week 4 Projection|
|10||Odell Beckham Jr.||@DAL||15.1|
Week 4 Studs
Calvin Ridley has worked himself into being a top ten option regardless of the health around him. Ridley could have had a bigger game if Ryan didn’t miss up on occasion. With 35 targets through three weeks and 349 yards, Ridley is off to a killer start. The four touchdowns is also a big plus. The only other players with four receiving touchdowns are Tyler Lockett who had three this weekend alone, and Mike Evans who has four as well. However, Evans has a weird line with 108 receiving yards through three weeks, yet four touchdowns. His yardage totals are 2, 104, and 2 over the past three weeks, yet he has touchdowns in all three games to make up for it. If Godwin is out, I like his volume a little more and he is likely to be on the field without Godwin this week.
The Cleveland-Dallas game is intriguing for all of the wide receivers. Starting on the Dallas side the Browns secondary continues to miss games, and this dates back to last season with their durability offense. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are already rising through the rankings with the volume and play from Dak Prescott, but this week continues with a great matchup. On the flip side of this one, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham should be able to get going in this one. This passing offense has looked better over the last two weeks but the fantasy production has still been average for the wideouts.
There are some matchups this week where we could get some middling guys to have a big week. Will Fuller against the Vikings is one I am eying, as they are bottom five in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers and are dealing with a struggling secondary. The Bengals wide receivers are in another good spot and while Tyler Boyd has been producing, AJ Green has had the volume but no big games just yet. DJ Moore hasn’t found the end zone yet but yards and targets are there. He gets Arizona in what will likely be a shootout this week.
Week 4 Duds
There are only a few names that could be a dud this week. Terry McLaurin is one of them. The volume is there to start him still but the matchup against Baltimore’s secondary which ranks in the top five in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers since last season. Dwayne Haskins just gives me zero confidence that these guys can hang offensively. We saw McLaurin struggle against tougher defenses last season once Haskins took over. Washington might be looking to make a quarterback change as well. Corey Davis has been a startable option in fantasy to start the season but the matchup against Pittsburgh is not something I want to entertain. This game is going to be a lower scoring battle which is a concern.
T.Y. Hilton has scored 13.3 fantasy points in three games this season. Now he faces a Bears defense that has not been friendly against opposing wide receivers dating back the last few seasons. The issues are all over the place as Hilton might not be the same guy anymore while Philip Rivers we know is not. The Colts play a slow-paced and run-heavy offense that will likely lead the way against Chicago this week.
Week 4 Injury Corner
Chris Godwin was the bigger wide receiver injury from Week 3. Godwin is coming off of a concussion as well and the start to the season has not been a good one for Godwin. Tampa really lacks a second wide receiver as Scotty Miller and Justin Watson just are not up to par, and the tight ends still remain a question mark. Many viewed this offense as loaded with depth but that isn’t necessarily the case. Godwin is going in for an MRI so we will need to see how bad this is but he was ruled out fairly quickly. Another big name is AJ Brown, who hasn’t played since Week 1. It was labeled a knee bruise, but things are awfully quiet on how bad this is. There were no indications that he is close to returning, so I would not expect him to play and this is a tough matchup anyway against the Steelers
DeSean Jackson left Week 3 with a hamstring injury and it was about three weeks longer than I expected. Philadelphia’s injury situation continues to burn them as they have Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery are out. Sterling Shepard is on the IR and will miss the next two weeks at a minimum. In terms of names returning we should get Davante Adams and Michael Thomas back. We still need to wait on the Julio Jones news as he missed Week 3. Russell Gage and Diontae Johnson are both setting up for game-time decisions. John Brown is in danger of missing Week 4 against the Raiders as he had a calf injury in Week 3. I doubt the Bills rush him back. Mike Williams for the Chargers is also dealing with a hamstring injury and is set to miss some time, which leaves the Chargers wide receivers a bit thin.
#Bucs HC Bruce Arians says MRIs are being done today on WR Chris Godwin & CB Sean Murphy-Bunting for their hamstring injuries. They should know more after that
— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) September 28, 2020
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