You might not have a lot of options to have the luxury sit this week, given the injuries to wide receivers and the Steelers-Titans game now turning into a bye week for both teams. There are a lot of great spots this week given there are plenty of high scoring games to choose from with eight games over a 50 over/under set and two more games over 48. Passing offenses have been at a high level, partially due to some lacking penalty calls but also secondaries have not played well to start the 2020 season. Tune into our Week 4 Rankings & Projections.
Will Fuller Vs. Minnesota Vikings
Will Fuller is currently 37th in PPR scoring after three weeks but has really played just two games. Either way, you might have some concern for this Houston offense. That should change this week against the Vikings. Minnesota has allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season and I fully expect the Texans to light up the scoreboard. This secondary was already struggling and the injuries leave them with little options this week.
Marvin Jones Vs. New Orleans Saints
The Saints defense has not looked good to start the season and this game has some shootout potential. While Kenny Golladay is back and healthy, Jones is still a quality number two going up against a Saints defense that I don’t mind attacking right now. Jones hasn’t done much to start the season, but neither has the Lions offense. They should get back into shape. Marshon Lattimore is also questionable now, which bumps up the matchup for the Lions wide receivers.
Justin Jefferson @ Houston Texans
You might be wondering if last week was a fluke? Justin Jefferson went off for 7-175-1 on nine targets. He saw just six targets through the first two weeks of the season. The biggest concern is more which Kirk Cousins is going to show up, as he was awful in Week 2 against the Colts. Jefferson was always going to sit as the WR2 on this team and he will have a chance to secondary worth targeting, but also the game script should be there for Jefferson to see solid volume again.
Marquise Brown @ Washington Football Team
Washington has held opposing wide receivers to the 5th fewest fantasy points per game. This Baltimore offense is coming off a down game and is just a different animal. Marquise Brown has six targets in each game, but nothing to show for it since the Week 1 game against Cleveland where he had 101 yards. Brown’s fantasy points will be coming as he has 35% of the Ravens air yards and
Preston Williams Vs. Seattle Seahawks
While Seattle has faced some of the top receiving cores through three weeks, outside of New England, the Seahawks are allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers and it isn’t even close. These games have been fantasy gold mines as the Seahawks are putting up massive points, which pushes the opposing teams to have to air it out. DeVante Parker is an obvious start, but Preston Williams is someone to slide into a WR3 or FLEX spot this week.
AJ Green Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
It has been a frustrating start for AJ Green, but he ranks second in air yards and has 20% of the Bengals targets. Joe Burrow has looked great given the circumstances, and the volume is there for Green to succeed. Timing has been off but I expect that to improve, especially against the Jaguars weak pass defense this week. Cincinnati has 26 implied team total this week, which is up to two points from open. This is the week Green looks like his old self.
T.Y. Hilton @ Chicago Bears
This is a tricky game for the Colts and I am not sold on their offense as a whole. Philip Rivers hasn’t been impressive, nor has T.Y. Hilton. This is a slow playing run-heavy team, and Hilton ranks 55th in targets among wide receivers this season. He has not made more than five catches in a game yet and his season-high in years is 53. Factor in the Bears matchup and how they are stingy against wide receivers, Hilton can sit on the bench this week.
Darius Slayton @ Los Angeles Rams
Darius Slayton was not able to take advantage of a weakened San Francisco defense, and the Giants offense overall looks awful. The Rams are limiting wide receivers in fantasy points and Slayton should actually see a ton of Jalen Ramsey this week. While the long home run potential is always there for Slayton, it is tough to bank on that in this spot. The Giants are implied for just two touchdowns this week, and there are hopefully better matchups to take advantage of your other wideouts.
Sammy Watkins Vs New England Patriots
Sammy Watkins ended up being okay in PPR formats last week, in any other format he failed to cross the double-digit mark. Watkins has a tough matchup against the Patriots secondary, who is still one of the least friendly fantasy options. This is also an offense where a lot of the secondary guys just rotate having strong fantasy weeks. Watkins has had a pedestrian track record against the Patriots, and I am looking more so at his games with the Chiefs and not diving back to his years with the Patriots.
John Brown @ Las Vegas Raiders
I am not fond of the leg injuries for anyone, but especially wide receivers heading into the week. There have been reports of him trending upwards, and while I love the matchup for him, the calf injury was a concern, especially referencing they didn’t want to risk an Achilles injury either. Brown has the chance to suit up and if he does, there is a greater than usual chance he comes back out. This is also a 4 PM game where if it ends up being a game-time decision, there are few options left to sub him out with. Go with a safer play and this week there are a handful of options.
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