The Fantasy Footballers’ “Starts of the Week” for Week 4
It’s been a week to remember (or not) for fantasy football purposes, so these starts of the week delivered to you by the Fantasy Footballers are crucial ones. Before the guys plunged into their starts, they provided listeners with their selections for “Taking It Up to 100” players for Week 4. Andy selected Melvin Gordon, Mike chose Hunter Renfrow, and Jason went with Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
After talking up those players, they highlighted the Starts of the Week for the forthcoming games. If you missed out on the episode, you can find the podcast here or watch it on Youtube. Make sure you subscribe so that you don’t miss any important notifications. Also, give JoinTheFoot.com a visit as it provides many added resources exclusively for #FootClan members.
QB: Joe Burrow vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Look out; Joe Burrow has been putting up terrific numbers — both in real life and fantasy. The rookie has completed 65-percent of the passes he has thrown. This week, Burrow gets to meet a defense allowing 22 fantasy points on average to opposing quarterbacks. He has high-upside in this contest as he tallies big air yards, including back-to-back 300-yard games. He will abuse the Jaguars’ horrid defense that concedes the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Burrow is QB10 on the year, besting players such as Lamar Jackson.
RB: David Montgomery vs. Indianapolis Colts
Tarik Cohen is out for the year with a torn ACL. David Montgomery should see plenty of opportunities for the rest of the season with no one else threatening his starting running back role. With Cohen absent, Montgomery should possess more third-down work, notably in two-minute drill situations. Not only has Montgomery made strides over the last three weeks, but the Bears’ offensive line is improving as well. Montgomery’s yards per carry have leaped from 3.7 last season to 4.4 this season. He appears to be a solid option at running back in Andy’s eyes. Goal-line work will increase, and he should see an abundance of touches per game since he is now the three-down back. Oh, and Nick Foles is now the starting quarterback, which should aid Montgomery’s numbers.
WR: Tyler Boyd vs Jacksonville Jaguars
TE: Rob Gronkowski vs Los Angeles Chargers
Jason and Mike appeared a little discombobulated with this choice, but Andy is going with it. He selected Buccaneers’ tight end, Rob Gronkowski, as his start of the week at the tight end spot. Chargers’ cornerback Chris Harris will be out of this game, having sustained a foot injury that will keep him out of action for at least a month. The veteran tight end could take advantage of this, especially with his quarterback Tom Brady embracing the middle of the field. Buccaneers’ wide receiver Scotty Miller should not play this week due to injury. Justin Watson is not a reliable wideout. Mike Evans is an outside player, so that leaves the middle free for Gronk. Last week, Gronkowski had six catches on seven targets for 48 yards, and he seems more comfortable with the offense. Andy believes Gronk will find the endzone this week. There is a clear path for this to happen, but that does not mean O.J. Howard won’t be the beneficiary this week. If that happens, it could be a disappointment for Gronk starters. Proceed with discretion, but know the matchup is an agreeable one.
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Seattle Seahawks
Jason believes in Fitzsmagic. In the second half of the season last year, when DeVante Parker had his breakout, Ryan Fitzpatrick was lights out. Parker has been dealing with an injury to his hamstring, but he will be able to go this week. That’s terrific news for Fitzpatrick and his fantasy stats. Last week, the Dolphins’ quarterback had an exceptional game as a streaming alternative, completing 18-of-20 passes totaling 160 yards while also launching two touchdowns. This could be the case again in Week 4, notably with Parker back in the fold. Fitzpatrick has been a QB1 in seven of the last nine games as the starter for Miami. The game against Seattle is ideal, as they will presumably go up big. If Seattle does end up putting points on the board, Fitzpatrick must throw the ball. Seattle’s defense is a generous one, so watch the magic happen.
RB: Kenyan Drake @ Carolina Panthers
Some would say Kenyan Drake‘s season thus far has been a disappointment, but he is getting 20 touches a game. The dilemma here is he is not doing enough with what he is given. This week appears to be the perfect time to break out as the Carolina Panthers’ defense has allowed running backs to score on the ground this season. Also, the Panthers’ are allowing 66-percent conversion on third downs, something they will not correct this week. They additionally allowed 117 yards rushing and a touchdown last week to the Chargers. Stopping the run is not a thing the Panthers have mastered this season. The Panthers’ defense has given up the second-most, fourth-most, and seventh-most fantasy points to opposing runners in three games. Keep an eye on Drake as he is in a place to have a fantastic game versus Carolina.
WR: DeVante Parker vs. Seattle Seahawks
Jason previously hit on Fitzpatrick and why he will have an awesome fantasy game on Sunday. Now he is going for the stack. DeVante Parker is healthy, and that means great things for his fantasy numbers. He has been hampered with a hamstring injury, but now he is able to go in this week’s competition with the Seahawks. Watch for Parker to light it up this week facing a Seahawks’ defense that has let Matt Ryan throw for 434 yards, Cam Newton to go for 397 yards, and Dak Prescott to toss the pigskin for 461 yards. Although the Seahawks’ offense has been putting up exceptional numbers with Russell Wilson being allowed to cook, the defense has been trending in the wrong direction. Jason believes Parker will have an abundance of targets in this game. He has him on many of his fantasy teams, and he is having “a trouble” in a league where he has Odell Beckham Jr., Tyler Lockett, and Stefon Diggs. Jason asserted he would presumably start Parker over Beckham.
TE: T.J. Hockenson vs. New Orleans Saints
Jason has observed enough of the Saints this season to recognize they are getting bamboozled by the tight end position. Two weeks ago, the Raiders fed the ball to their tight end, Darren Waller. The Saints could not do anything productive versus the tight end in that contest. The Packers kept running the same play against the Saints last week, leaking out the tight end and getting the ball in their hands. All the tight ends on Green Bay’s roster had much better games than they have had. The Saints are allowing the tight end position to put up double-digit numbers in each game this season, and that should remain the case in Week 4. If guys like O.J. Howard and Robert Tonyan are seeing big numbers versus New Orleans, you know the Detroit Lions will exploit them.
QB: Matthew Stafford vs. New Orleans Saints
This week, the Detroit Lions are at home, meeting the New Orleans Saints. Mike chose Matthew Stafford as his quarterback start of the week because of the matchup (fifth-best matchup against opposing quarterbacks). One of the significant reasons Stafford should start this week is that his preferred weapon Kenny Golladay is back. With a healthy Golladay, Stafford should have an impressive start in Week 4. There are various choices to get the football to, including T.J. Hockenson, Marvin Jones Jr., and Kerryon Johnson. Stafford will take advantage of this matchup. His arm will get your team fantasy points with a full arsenal of weaponry at his disposal.
RB: Darrell Henderson vs. New York Giants
Darrell Henderson takes on the New York Giants this week, which is an optimal matchup for the Rams. In two weeks, Henderson has averaged over six yards per carry. Cam Akers will be out, and the team will send Henderson on the field as their best running back option. Currently, the Rams are a run-first offense, so watch for Henderson to see serious work on the ground this Sunday. As a high draft capital player (70th pick overall in the 2019 NFL draft), he has not had the chance to dazzle. With Akers unavailable in Week 4 due to a rib injury, Henderson has a shot to record astounding fantasy numbers. Running backs have been putting up great stats against the Giants’ defense, so be prepared to add Henderson to that list.
WR: D.J. Moore vs. Arizona Cardinals
This week, D.J. Moore gets to take on the Arizona Cardinals in a nice matchup. Mike believes the pace of play in this contest will be outstanding. Moore should find himself matched up with Dre Kirkpatrick this week, a player whom Pro Football Focus has ranked in the bottom five cornerback starters. Kirkpatrick is banged up, having been listed as limited in practice on Thursday due to a head injury. He will more-than-likely go, but he will not be at 100-percent. The air yards in this game will be there, which is perfect since Moore makes up 50-percent of air yards for Carolina while pulling in 24-percent of the team’s targets. Mike thinks Moore will score a big touchdown this week.
TE: Dalton Schultz vs. Cleveland Browns
Mike was a big proponent of Blake Jarwin, but we all know Jarwin went down for the season in Week 1 with a torn ACL. Dalton Schultz started Week 2 and had a significant game, catching nine balls for 88 yards and a score. He came back to earth last week when he had four receptions for 48 yards and no touchdowns. Still, the volume will be there this week, and the tight end position has shown time and time again that it can beat the Cleveland Browns. Mark Andrews, C.J. Uzomah, and Drew Sample all did work against Cleveland, and Schultz should see a similar path this week. Logan Thomas may not have come through facing the Browns last week, but Mike says to stick with the process. Schultz has the ideal opportunity to gain great fantasy numbers.
And, as always, Jason’s Iron-Clad Locked and Loaded 100% Guaranteed Boom Boom Kicker of the Week:
“If you’re feelin’ blue and in need of some fantasy solace, put on your big boy pants and go with the Cardinals’ Zane Gonzalez.”