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Fantasy Start/Sit: Week 4

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By the time Tuesday rolls around, we will already be a quarter of the way through the 2019 fantasy season. This is a pivotal Week for not only NFL teams, but also you - the difference between records like 1-3 and 2-2 is staggering. Thus you need advice, and I’ll try my very best to provide you with some.


Start:

Yes, Detroit will likely be playing from behind. Yes, Johnson has struggled to the tune of 2.6 yards per carry this season. Don’t worry - he’ll be fine. With C.J. Anderson having been released, Kerryon is hogging all the snaps in the Lions backfield - playing against a Chiefs D who was just carved up by Ravens RB Mark Ingram. I’d bet on him improving his efficiency this weekend in a bounce-back performance.

Murray hasn’t had a “Daniel Dimes” type performance as the Cardinals starter yet, but this week against Seattle might be his best chance yet. Throwing the ball as much as any other passer in the league, Murray goes against a Seahawks D who loves to play with 3 LB’s - daring opponents to try and gain yardage through the air. Allowing over 400 yards to Andy Dalton in Week 1, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Murray come close to that prestigious mark this weekend - ultimately proving why he’s a must-play.

By now McLaurin should be locked in as an every-week starter, but for those still sleeping on the 3rd round rookie - don’t. The first player in NFL history to catch 5 or more passes and a touchdown in each of his first 3 games, McLaurin has looked dominant in a Washington uniform - even with Case Keenum struggling. If he can get even marginal QB play this weekend, expect McLaurin to continue his hot streak and feast on an abysmal Giants pass D. (Update: McLaurin injured his hamstring in Thursday’s practice and is considered questionable to play Sunday.)


Sit:

To put it bluntly, Michel has struggled this season. His lack of creativity has been a disappointing development, with teammates James White and Rex Burkhead faring better in limited action. I still expect Michel to get his carries this weekend, but against a stingy Bills D, he’s an extremely risky fantasy proposition.

I love Gardner Minshew (I mean c’mon, who doesn’t?). However, his great personal story is currently interfering with his fantasy relevance - because the truth is that he just can’t be trusted as a QB1. In both his starting games Minshew has thrown just over 200 yards and two touchdowns per - not exactly inspiring stats. On the road against a Broncos D who seems primed to finally get it going, he’s (sadly) a hard pass this weekend.

Corey Davis is a great football player. Corey Davis is also in a bad scheme with a marginal QB. I simply don’t have any faith in him producing - even with a favorable match-up against Atlanta.