At this point of the season, there is a collective group of quarterbacks that should be considered must-start options in fantasy football. You shouldn’t need anyone to tell you to start Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, or Russell Wilson each and every week.
Regardless of their matchups, all of those quarterbacks should never be removed from your starting lineup this season. The only exception for taking them out of your lineup is when those guys have a bye week.
Even then, Mahomes may be able to produce 30 fantasy points for your team while sitting on his couch. So before there is some criticism for not listing any of those guys this week, you shouldn’t need someone to inform you to start those signal-callers.
In this article, the decisions on who to start and sit can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.
With that in mind, here are the quarterbacks who you should consider inserting into your lineups and the quarterbacks who should remain on your bench in Week 4.
QBs to Start in Week 4
Chargers’ Philip Rivers (vs. Dolphins)
The smartest tactic in fantasy football this season is to start anyone who is facing the Miami Dolphins in that given week. In light of that, Philip Rivers may be one of the best plays at quarterback in Week 4.
Through three weeks, Rivers is currently the 14th highest-scoring quarterback in the NFL with 54.5 fantasy points. Luckily for the veteran quarterback, he will get to face a Dolphins defense that has allowed 10 passing touchdowns this season (most in the NFL).
Giants’ Daniel Jones (vs. Redskins)
The change from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones paid off for the New York Giants in Week 3. The rookie signal-caller led a valiant comeback to help secure New York’s first win of the season on Sunday.
With bye weeks beginning and injuries mounting up, Jones is now a viable option in fantasy football moving forward. Jones will look to continue his momentum under center against a Washington Redskins defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
Panthers’ Kyle Allen (vs. Texans)
Along with Jones, Kyle Allen is another feasible option at quarterback—as long as Cam Newton is sidelined for the Carolina Panthers. Allen made the most of his opportunity as the starter on Sunday versus the Arizona Cardinals.
The second-year quarterback threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns in Week 3 to help the Panthers win 38-20. Allen’s next test will be the Houston Texans, who have surrendered 901 yards to QBs this year (sixth-most in the NFL).
Other QBs to Start: Bengals’ Andy Dalton (vs. Steelers), Rams’ Jared Goff (vs. Buccaneers), Colts’ Jacoby Brissett (vs. Raiders)
QBs to Sit in Week 4
Bills’ Josh Allen (vs. Patriots)
Ever since last year’s Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams, the New England Patriots defense has been nearly impossible to score on. Furthermore, in their past four games, the Patriots haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown.
This week, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills will be tasked with trying to end New England’s touchdown streak. The second-year quarterback has shown some improvements as a passer but there are better options available this week to start in your lineups.
Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston (vs. Rams)
With Bruce Arians calling the shots, Jameis Winston will have plenty of fantasy-relevant performances this season. But this week won’t be one of them.
Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel across the country to take on the undefeated Rams in Week 4. The Rams and the Patriots are the only teams in the NFL who have yet to surrender a touchdown to a wide receiver this season.
Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Bears)
On Monday night, Kirk Cousins watched his former team in the Redskins be mauled by the Chicago Bears defense. Now, Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings will head to Chicago to square off against Khalil Mack and the Bears.
The Vikings have made a concerted effort to run more with Dalvin Cook, which cuts into Cousins’ passing attempts. On the other hand, the Bears have allowed just 13.4 fantasy point to QBs this season (seventh-least in the NFL).
More Week 4 Fantasy Advice
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