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 Deandre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley as they should be in your starting lineup every week they play.
Wide Receivers to Start:
Devante Parker – Devante Parker has shown glimpses of Pro Bowl Level talent throughout his career but has yet to make one after falling short in 2019. This year, Parker has yet to live up to expectations after managing only 169 yards through three weeks but two of those weeks were against tough defenses in division rival Buffalo and New England who always give the Dolphins a tough matchup. The Dolphins have another tough matchup against the undefeated Super Bowl Contender in the Seattle Seahawks. Even though the Dolphins are facing a tough Seahawks team, it will be tougher on the Dolphins defense as the Seahawks offense has been the driving force to their 3-0 start. The Seahawks defense has been off to a disappointing start allowing an average of over 400 yards to quarterbacks this season. This sets up Fitzpatrick and Parker for a big game that both of them need. Parker should be a start in your WR2 or Flex position this week.
Greg Ward – The young receiver scored his 2nd career touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in their week 3 matchup with a career high in receiving yards as well. Ward is one of our top waiver wire adds entering Week 4 as the Eagles Locker Room has suffered plenty of injuries like many other teams to start the season. Notable players who have suffered an injury this season at some point through only 3 games and playing in a less than 100% stage or will be out completely include Alshon Jeffery, JJ-Arrecega Whiteside, Desean Jackson, Miles Sanders, and Dallas Goedert. Wentz hasn’t done much this season but with a 49ers defense also battling many injuries of their own, one could only hope that Wentz can bounce back and save the Eagles season. Ward is in a favorable state with Ertz and Ward being the only 2 weapons who are at 100% health entering this matchup. Ward should be a good start for your fantasy team if you’re dealing with injuries or need someone at the flex.
Tyler Boyd – Boyd has been the top receiver for the Bengals this season beating out Pro Bowl veteran A.J. Green for this position. With the Bengals going through a rebuild, Boyd has been the key benefactor of Burrow’s success. Burrow has found Boyd for 230 yards and one touchdown to start the season. With a friendly matchup against the Jaguars who have seen better days, Burrow and Boyd are trendy starts for your week 4 matchups.
Wide Receivers to Sit:
Terry McLaurin – McLaurin has been off to a hot start for the Washington Football Team with 269 yards receiving and one touchdown. Scary Terry is a receiver that needs to be feared and with a tough matchup against the Baltimore Ravens who feature a secondary that includes multiple Pro Bowlers and rising stars in Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, and Jimmy Smith, McLaurin will be guarded heavily the entire game. The Washington Football team will most likely end up playing from behind which could set up McLaurin for some late game statistics but overall, McLaurin would be better left on your bench.
Michael Gallup – Coming off of a hot game where he snagged a season-high 6 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown, Gallup is ready for more. However, with the level of talent on the Cowboys offense with other stars such as Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb, Gallup might not see the level of production that he saw in the week 3 matchup he had against the Seahawks. Despite the Browns being a more favorable opponent, Dak Prescott should continue to have another strong performance, we just don’t know if it will come from Gallup again. It’d be safer to leave Gallup on the bench until we see more consistency.
Justin Jefferson – The rookie receiver had his breakout performance of the season with 175 yards receiving and a touchdown. Jefferson is in a similar boat as Gallup as both receivers are coming off of season-high performances and breakout games, yet we haven’t seen consistency from either of these receivers which would make us feel confident having both of these receivers in our starting lineups. For Jefferson, the level of production was largely due to a better performance from woeful quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins is not utilizing his weapons to the fullest capacity this season allowing for breakout games for Jefferson, but not spreading the ball around to more receivers when he has the chance to. This has allowed for Dalvin Cook to be one of the top running backs this fantasy season. It’d be smart to add Jefferson off of the waiver wire to stash on your bench but keep him there until we see more output out of the young receiver.