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Fantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

The options at the wide receiver position in fantasy football this year may be the deepest it’s ever been in recent history. It is beneficial to have the DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, and Davante Adams’ of the world but you can live without them in 2019.

In the middle rounds, guys like Chris Godwin, T.Y. Hilton, and Larry Fitzgerald has paid dividends so far. Along with Tyler Lockett and Cooper Kupp, those five wide receivers all rank inside the top 25 in fantasy points at their position.

It goes to show that loading up on running backs and waiting for wide receivers was the best strategy during fantasy drafts. Furthermore, it’s easier to find a waiver wire add at wide receiver than it is for running back.

Now, let’s dive into what wide receivers you want to target in your lineups for this week. All of the picks made are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

For your viewing pleasure, here are the receivers that should be in your lineups and the ones who should warm up your bench in Week 4.

WRs to Start in Week 4

Terry McLaurin

Giants’ Sterling Shepard (vs. Redskins)

With Eli Manning under center, Sterling Shepard was tough to trust as an option at wide receiver in fantasy football. Now, with Daniel Jones being promoted, Shepard is now an intriguing choice moving forward.

In Week 3, the Giants wideout had his best game of the season with seven receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Shepard will look to continue building chemistry with Jones against a Washington Redskins defense that has allowed eight touchdowns to WRs this season (most in the NFL).

Redskins’ Terry McLaurin (vs. Giants)

There aren’t many positives in the Redskins offense this season but rookie Terry McLaurin has been a diamond in the rough. McLaurin was Washington’s third-round pick this offseason and is showing that he might be the steal of the draft.

After another impressive performance on Monday night, the rookie wide receiver has become the only wide receiver in NFL history to begin his career with three games of five receptions and a touchdown. McLaurin should be able to extend his streak versus a Giants defense that has allowed 786 receiving yards to WRs (most in the NFL).

Panthers’ Curtis Samuel (vs. Texans)

While Cam Newton is nursing a foot injury, Kyle Allen will be the starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. One player who benefits with Allen under center is Curtis Samuel.

Samuel seemingly has a decent connection with Allen; with him combining for seven receptions, 125 yards, and two touchdowns in the two games they’ve played together. On Sunday, the speedy wideout should be able to stretch the field against a Houston Texans defense that has given up 50 receptions to WRs this year (second-most in the NFL).

Other WRs to Start: Bengals’ John Ross (vs. Steelers), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (vs. Eagles), Patriots’ Josh Gordon (vs. Bills)

WRs to Sit in Week 4

Nelson Agholor, Eagles


Bills’ John Brown (vs. Patriots)

The Buffalo Bills are one of the surprising 3-0 teams to begin the season but they will be tested against the New England Patriots in Week 4. For the Bills to make it a competitive game, they will need John Brown and others to make plays down the field.

Brown has been Josh Allen’s most reliable option this season with 18 receptions for 246 yards and a touchdown. The Bills’ number-one receiver will have a tough time scoring against a Patriots offense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a WR this season.

Eagles’ Nelson Agholor (vs. Packers)

This past Sunday, Nelson Agholor was a plausible option at wide receiver with DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery being out with injury. As a result of him starting, the Eagles pass-catcher caught eight receptions for 50 yards and two scores against the Detroit Lions.

Over the past two games, Agholor has 16 catches, 157 yards, and three touchdowns. Along with Jeffery likely making his return, Agholor will face the Green Bay Packers defense that’s allowed 22.9 fantasy points to WRs this season (least in the NFL).

Any Tennessee Titans WR (vs. Falcons)

This season was expected to be the year that Marcus Mariota would show he is the franchise quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. Instead, Mariota has struggled, causing his wide receivers to be irrelevant in fantasy football.

There may be a few weeks where the Titans receivers can be considered but this isn’t one of them. Tennessee will travel to take on the Atlanta Falcons, who have only surrendered 402 yards to WRs in the first three weeks (fourth-least in the NFL).

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