• Marc Shannep

Starts of the Week: Week 4


The age o'l question, "Whom shall I Start? & Whom shall I Sit?" Start Josh Allen? Seems too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead here are some of the most-pressing questions this week. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out the latest rankings right here.




Quarterbacks


Start of the Week:

Russell Wilson (DEN) This game will be very telling for the Denver offense in what could be the last time anyone dares to play Russ. The Raiders have given up a top 8 or higher fantasy quarterback each week this season. Wilson still hasn’t thrown a Red Zone touchdown, which should turn around at some point. The Denver team has struggled inside the 20-yard line, and this matchup against the Raiders could be a turning point.


Stream of the Week:

Jared Goff (DET) Goff has 7 TD Passes through 3 games. Even more impressive is that 5 of those are in the red zone. He has been throwing more when the team gets inside the 20-yard line, which should continue to produce touchdown opportunities for Goff. The best argument for Goff is Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is cooking right now. Seattle is allowing the NFL’s 5th highest expected points per pass attempt and the highest yards per attempt.




Running Backs


Start of the Week:

Breece Hall (NYJ) Hall played 51% of the snaps in Week 3, carrying the ball eight times while seeing a team-high 11 targets. It was the first time all season we have seen him play more snaps than Michael Carter. While Carter still saw more carries (11), the pass-game usage went Hall’s way. That is the valuable role for fantasy purposes, as an RB target on average is about three times more valuable than a carry in PPR leagues. The Steelers have allowed 25.8 fantasy PPG to RBs so far this season, the ninth-most in the NFL.


Co-start of the Week:

Jamaal Williams (DET) D’Andre Swift will miss time and is OUT this week. Williams already leads the league in carries inside the 10-yard line and already carved out a role in this offense. That will surely evolve with no Swift, making Williams a weekly RB2 with more upside until Swift returns. He gets to go in a favorable spot against the Seahawks this week.


Fade of the Week:

JK Dobbins (BAL) It was great seeing Dobbins return in Week 3. He ended up playing 44% of the snaps, carried the ball seven times for 23 yards and caught both of his targets for 17 yards. He finished with six fantasy points. He gets a pass for it being his first game back, but until he shows his usual workload and burst, it's tough to trust him. It's especially tough considering he faces the Bills, who have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy PPG to RBs (14.1). Leave Dobbins on the bench this week.




Wide Receivers


Start of the Week:

Chris Olave (NO) Olave nearly broke fantasy twitter when he had 307 air yards on targets in Week 2. He followed that up with 182 in Week 3 and has by far the most in the NFL. But what you have to love is that he turned it into actual production this past week finishing with nine catches for 147 yards on a team-high 13 targets. It is the second week in a row he has led the Saints in targets and air yards. He might not be the WR1 in title, but he certainly has been in production. Olave is a strong WR2 start with more upside in London this week.


Stream of the Week:

DK Metcalf (SEA) He got back on track last week, with five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown with 12 targets. Pete Carroll said they needed to funnel the ball to Metcalf, and they did it. This week they face the Lions, who are allowing the 6th most expected points per pass attempt and the 8th most fantasy points to opposing WRs. So feel free to turn his way and chase the volume.


Fade of the Week:

Russell Gage (TB) Gage is coming off of a huge game in which he scored 24.7 fantasy points going for 12 catches, 87 yards and one touchdown on a team-high 13 targets. That is what we like to call the Julian Edelman special. The issue with that style of performance is it relies heavily on volume. It was tough for Gage to get going early on, but with the Bucs playing catch-up down the stretch, he was able to quickly rack up the targets. The Bucs could be playing catch-up again this week in a Super Bowl rematch from two years ago, but Mike Evans will be back. Julio Jones and Chris Godwin could also potentially be back. If either of those two returns, it makes it unlikely for Gage to build off his big Week 3. If both sit, Gage would be in play as an WR3 or flex option.




Tight Ends


Start of the Week:

TJ Hockenson (DET) Hockenson is coming off his best game of the season in which he caught three passes for 18 yards and a touchdown. In total, he finished with 10.8 fantasy points. But he sees pretty safe volume each week, which keeps him in play as a low-end TE1. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Seahawks, who have allowed 14.4 fantasy PPG to tight ends, the ninth-most in the NFL. That is after struggling against the position last year.


Fade of the Week:

Logan Thomas (WAS) There was some hope for Thomas after he scored a touchdown in Week 2. But he posted season lows across the board in Week 3, catching two passes for 5 yards on three targets. His targets and yards have now dwindled every game this season. He is firmly behind Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin in the target pecking order, and then there is Jahan Dotson and the running backs to compete with for targets. The lack of guaranteed volume, paired with a matchup against the Cowboys, who have been great against tight ends this season, and it’s a week to get away from Thomas.




Stashes for the Week


Backup Running Backs:

Alezander Mattison (MIN), Rachaad White (TB), Khalil Herbert (CHI), Jamaal Williams (DET), Darrel Williams (ARI), Raheem Mostert (MIA), Jaylen Warren (PIT), James Cook (BUF), Jordan Mason (SF), Samaje Perine (CIN).