Fantasy football week four: Start’em and sit’em
Week three was a tough one for NFL quarterbacks. Tony Romo, Ben Rothlisberger, and Drew Brees all went down with injuries. Heading into week four, the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week four:
Start: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland
Oakland’s signal caller showed promise as a rookie, but he is seriously surpassing expectations in his second season at the helm of the offense. Carr has thrown for 726 yards and five touchdowns through three weeks. Those numbers would be excellent for any quarterback, let alone an inexperienced starter trapped on the perennial league punching bag that is the Raiders organization. Carr will face the winless Bears and their porous pass defense in week four.
Start: Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo
Williams surprised many in the first two weeks of the season, serving as a solid backup to stud running back LeSean McCoy. Last week was his coming out party as Williams gashed Miami for 126 rushing yards and a touchdown. The rookie has scored in each of his first three games of the season. Next week against the Giants, McCoy will most likely miss the game due to injury, which means Williams will have ample opportunity to put up big numbers.
Start: Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo
Williams’ teammate Taylor has also been a huge surprise this season. The former Raven’s backup has thrown seven touchdowns and amassed a quarterback rating of 116.1 through three weeks. Taylor has completed over 70 percent of his passing attempts in every game so far this season. He has a very favorable week four matchup against the Giants.
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Sit: Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis
It has been a rough couple weeks for the former All-Pro wide receiver. In his first year outside of Houston, Johnson is struggling to get open and to gain the confidence of quarterback Andrew Luck. Through three games, he has only seven receptions for 51 yards and no scores. It could be a slow adjustment to a new system, or it could just be age catching up to him, but Johnson’s production has seriously fallen off.
Sit: Zac Ertz, TE, Philadelphia
The Eagles’ former first round pick has failed to live up to expectations so far in his young career. This was supposed to be the season that long time starter Brent Celek was going to fade out of the starting role and Ertz was going to assert himself, but the production just has not been there. With only eight receptions and zero touchdowns so far this season, it may be time to label Ertz a bust. It definitely does not help that the Eagles only gain 285 yards per game (second worst in the league).
Sit: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota
The former Louisville star has underachieved so far this season. He is a decent decision maker and will not lose Minnesota any games, but at this point in his career, he is not a dangerous offensive player. Minnesota will rely heavily on the running game this week when they travel to Denver to take on the league’s best defense.
“Will Tyrod Taylor’s strong play continue all year? Will Andre Johnson get better or is this the end of a great career? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4