Week 4 Starts and Sits!
- START: (WR) Terry McLaurin @ NYG.
As we all know by now, the rookie out of Ohio State has gotten off to a very hot start! He's already broken records being the first Rookie WR to have at least 5 catches and a TD in each of his first three games. From the very start of the season Terry has played a full compliment of snaps, as well as he leads the team with 24 Targets in three games.
Now Janoris Jenkins and the Giants have just been awful against opposing WR1s. Here's what their track record looks like; Amari Cooper (22.6 Points), John Brown (14.2 Points), and Mike Evans (45.0 Points). It's a great matchup for Scary Terry, who even with Case Keenum at the helm, is currently a Top 10 Fantasy WR..
- START: (TE) Will Dissly @ ARI.
Will Dissly spent the offseason recovering from a Patella Tendon injury that ended his rookie season short. But after seeing an increased snap count in Week 2, Dissly picked up right where he left off and has averaged 20 Points a game since than. As a vote of confidence, the Seahawks just recently traded away their perceived starting tight end Nick Vannett.
Without Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals secondary has been a hot mess. ESPECIALLY against tight ends! In their first three games, the Cardinals have allowed a minimum of 25 Points per Week to opposing tight ends. T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews, and Greg Olsen have had their turn, now it's Will Dissly's turn.
- START: (QB) Daniel Jones vs WAS.
Danny Dimes is coming off a very strong debut where he ultimately lead his team to overcome a 18 Point deficent at halftime. He completed 63.9% of his passes accompanied by 2 Passing and 2 Rushing TDs. Both Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard finished the game with 100 or more receiving yards. The other rookie (WR) Darius Slayton wasn't far behind with 82 Yards.
The Redskins defense has allowed a minimum of 3 Passing TDs a game and I'm expecting more of the same from Jones at home. Plus with Saquon Barkley sidelined, there will be much more of an urgency to pass. Danny Dimes has also got himself a nice set of wheels, so don't be surprised if he runs one in too.
Other starts; Philip Rivers @ MIA, Adrian Peterson @ NYG, Tyrell Williams @ IND, James Conner vs CIN, Marquise Brown vs CLE.
- SIT: (RB) Sony Michel @ BUF.
It's been a bit of a slow start for Sony so far. He is still not involved in the passing game, he's currently averaging 2.4 YPC, and he hasn't played more than 50% of snaps in a game this season. He's still the preferred goal-line back which has resulted in two rushing TDs, but overall he's been underwhelming as a whole. Some of that can be credited to injuries on the offensive line and their best run blocker James Develin being placed on Injured Reserve, but no matter the reason Michel hasn't been productive.
The Patriots have the easiest starting schedule in the league, but their first real challenge will be this week against the 3-0 Buffalo Bills. Plus, not only has Rex Burkhead been the RB to own in this backfield, but after the birth of his daughter James White now returns to the starting lineup.
- SIT: (WR) Stefon Diggs @ CHI.
Stefon Diggs is another guy who has gotten off to a slow start in 2019. Diggs is averaging 4 Targets a game and has yet to score over 10 Fantasy Points in a single game this year. It's not his fault his QB is completing just about 12 Passes a game, paired with Adam Thielen's 26% Target Share. To be fair, they haven't needed to pass thanks to Dalvin Cook playing like the best RB in the game.
The sit this week doesn't even have to do too much with the matchup, more so Diggs just can't be trusted in starting lineups. There has to be a point at which you pull the plug rather than accpet another 5 Point outing. There have been rumors of Diggs requesting a trade, so if you have him hold tight!
- SIT: (RB) Ronald Jones II @ LAR.
It's truly been a "hot hand" situation in Tampa Bay as far as the RBs are concerned. Peyton Barber leads the team with snaps, while Dare Ogunbowali has been on the field in all, if not most 3rd Down situations. Although Rojo has been the most efficient back, him and Barber tend to flp flop games in terms of usage.
While the Rams haven't been great against the run, they do still have former DPOY Aaron Donald clogging up the middle. One thing I did notice about Jones is that he has had more success running the ball through the middle than he does on the outside. He managed to breakout one large run against the Giants, but on his eight outside runs in Weeks 1 and 3 (data from Week 2 is unavailable); 5 of them have been for 5 Yards or less, 1 of them went for 20+ Yards, and 2 of them were stopped early for negative yardage. Combined with the likelihood of playing from behind, this could very well be a Peyton Barber game or nobody's game..
Other sits; Kenyan Drake vs LAC, John Brown vs NE, Jarvis Landry @ BAL, D.J. Chark @ DEN.