Week 4 of the NFL Season is here and it wouldn’t be a true season without complications. In week 4, we will see at least one game postponed with the Steelers-Titans both going on a bye due to Covid-19 positive tests. Anyone on these teams will unfortunately have to be left on your bench for the week, but in this article, we’ll break down the quarterbacks you should start in your lineup or leave on your bench. We intentionally will leave players out such as Pat Mahomes and Lamar Jackson as they should be in your starting lineup every week they play.
Quarterbacks to Start:
Jared Goff – Goff is looking to bounce back from a disappointing season in 2019 and has been showing improvement this year with his overall demeanor. Goff is set to face a Giants team who has been atrocious this season allowing big games to several players this season including 49ers backup Nick Mullens. Goff has a better surrounding crew which will put Goff in the perfect position for a big game against a weak Giants pass defense.
Aaron Rodgers – The Packers drafting Jordan Love in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft has been nothing but rage-filled motivation for Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers has thrown nearly 900 yards and 9 touchdowns this season without a single interception. With looking to continue the momentum into week 4, Rodgers has a favorable matchup to a weak Atlanta defense who has allowed more than 1,050 passing yards through only 3 games.
Deshaun Watson – Watson has been less than satisfying for Fantasy Owners this season as he is in the bottom half of quarterbacks to start the game. Don’t let this statistic fool you as Watson’s Texans have faced 3 of the toughest teams in the NFL in 3 consecutive weeks going up against Kansas City, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh to start the season. The Texans schedule is easing up over the next couple weeks allowing for more favorable fantasy matchups for Watson. Watson should enter the top half of fantasy quarterbacks as he faces an awful Minnesota defense who has allowed the third most passing yards to quarterbacks this season. Watson has still managed to throw over 250 yards in every game this season but where he’s lacked is turning this yardage into touchdowns once in the red zone. The Texans have fallen apart on this effort but facing a Vikings defense who has allowed quarterbacks to light them up, Watson should have his bounce back performance and get back into the right direction for fantasy owners.
Quarterbacks to Sit:
Phillip Rivers – The Colts have faced the Jaguars, Vikings, and the Jets in their 3 matchups. With this schedule, you would think Rivers would be in the top 5 of all fantasy quarterbacks. However, that is not the case at all. Rivers has yet to break 20 points in a week this season with his best performance coming Week 1 with only 18.45 points in standard scoring leagues. Rivers has been a disappointment for fantasy owners this season and with a tougher matchup against the Chicago Bears pass defense which has not allowed a top 20 fantasy quarterback yet, we don’t expect Rivers to finish in the top 20 as he has failed to do so against weaker teams. Rivers would best be left on your bench or even dropped with better options available on the waiver such as Ryan Fitzpatrick or Joe Burrow.
Gardner Minshew – Last week, many of us had Minshew as a top-tier quarterback playing against a winless Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Minshew Mania fell flat against the Dolphins with the James Robinson show being in full blast. The James Robinson show looks like it will be in for another strong showing against the Bengals as Minshew is still looking to refine his game but with less passing threats in the offense, Minshew will be better left off on your bench until he can make use of the developing players he has with him.
Nick Foles – Many of us are excited for what Nick Foles has to offer. The former Super Bowl MVP had his first appearance for the Bears in a come back victory against the Atlanta Falcons. The Colts have allowed the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks on the season which might change this week as Foles is a little bit better of a quarterback than some other matchups they’ve faced. Foles is a good enough quarterback to get the win against the Colts but in terms of your fantasy lineup, Foles hasn’t shown the stats to be considered a starter in your lineup. We’d recommend adding him as your starter only if you’re faced with losing a player due to Covid or Bye weeks.