Making lineup decisions can be the most frustrating or most rewarding part of fantasy football. Here to help you make those decisions are our positional start ’em and sit ’em picks.
Fantasy decisions will only get more difficult from here on out, so let’s take a look at our Week 4 start/sit plays for the WR position.
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Which WRs Should You Start in Fantasy This Week?
Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas Raiders (at KC)
At this point, we don’t even know who will be starting at quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders. It could be veteran Brian Hoyer, or it could be rookie Aidan O’Connell. Either way, it will be a downgrade from the stability Jimmy Garoppolo provides as he works his way through the concussion protocol.
Regardless, Jakobi Meyers still isn’t being properly respected. He’s so much more talented than he gets credit for. After missing Week 2 with a concussion of his own, Meyers returned to catch seven of 12 targets for 85 yards. He’s now seen 22 targets across two games.
The usage for Meyers has been excellent, as he’s the clear second target in this passing game behind Davante Adams. This week, he couldn’t ask for a better situation.
No team has allowed more fantasy points to wide receivers through three weeks than the Los Angeles Chargers. A whopping 74.7% of their receiving yards allowed have gone to the WR position. Meyers is a strong WR3 — start him.
Gabe Davis, Buffalo Bills (vs. MIA)
Allow me to preface this by saying I am not a huge fan of Gabe Davis as a player, nor do I think his role is an important one in the Buffalo Bills’ offense. With that said, the game environment here couldn’t be better.
The Miami Dolphins have the best offense in football. They can no longer be denied. The Bills will have to throw to keep up with them, which isn’t exactly a stretch for this pass-first offense.
Davis has only seen 15 targets through three games, but he has scored twice. There’s a good chance Josh Allen will throw three touchdowns this week. Davis can certainly catch at least one. He is also liable to break off a big gain.
In what should be the highest-scoring game of the week, with a whole lot of offense, take a chance on Davis in Week 4 lineups.
Which WRs Should You Sit in Fantasy This Week?
Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
The way to beat the San Francisco 49ers defense is by throwing to wide receivers. Unfortunately, QB Josh Dobbs and the Arizona Cardinals are unlikely to be the team that succeeds in doing it.
Marquise Brown has topped 17 fantasy points in consecutive weeks, mostly because he’s managed to score twice. The volume has been great, with 17 targets over that span. However, he hasn’t been efficient, with just 115 yards on 11 receptions.
The Cardinals are coming off a major upset win over the Dallas Cowboys. Regression is about to hit them hard as they travel to San Francisco. Look for the Cardinals to have a ton of trouble moving the ball.
They will likely have to throw, which keeps Brown’s floor decent enough, but a touchdown, and thus a ceiling game, is unlikely. Say goodbye to “Hollywood” in Week 4 lineups if you can.
Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders (at PHI)
This one isn’t entirely matchup-based. Jahan Dotson is a sit ’em every week. The real question is whether fantasy managers should even keep him on rosters.
There was so much hype surrounding a Dotson breakout this summer. Fantasy managers were asking a lot for QB Sam Howell to support two fantasy-relevant WRs. As it turns out, he can’t.
It’s WR Terry McLaurin or bust for the Washington Commanders. So far, WR Curtis Samuel has been a better fantasy asset than Dotson. Now, he has to contend with a ferocious Philadelphia Eagles defense.
I don’t like his chances to suddenly go from a guy with 10 catches for 83 yards in three weeks to a guy capable of doing something similar in one game.
Admittedly, the Eagles have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to WRs. However, they’ve faced some really good wide receivers. McLaurin is no slouch, but it would be unfair to classify Dotson as anything more than a replacement-level talent at this point. He is not the guy to overcome a tough matchup.
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Should You Start Meyers or Jerry Jeudy?
This is a really interesting start/sit question. Why has Jerry Jeudy struggled this season? Is he just working his way back to 100 percent? Has Courtland Sutton established himself as Russell Wilson’s favorite target? Is Jeudy just not nearly as good as we thought?
Regardless of the reason, Jeudy has not been a fantasy starter through two games. He kind of got there on a 30+ yard reception in garbage time last week, but make no mistake about it, Jeudy did not have a quality fantasy effort.
Meanwhile, Meyers has been stellar. He scored 29.1 fantasy points in Week 1. After missing Week 2, he came back with another 15.5 fantasy points in Week 3 in a game where Davante Adams dropped 40.
At this point, Meyers has to be considered at least an every-week WR3. Even without Jimmy Garoppolo, we need to see it from Jeudy before we trust him in lineups. Meyers has earned that trust. The start/sit optimizer says Jeudy. I say go, Meyers.
Should You Start Dotson or Josh Palmer?
The start/sit optimizer says to start Dotson. I respectfully disagree. The Commanders have a tough matchup against the Eagles. Dotson has yet to hit double-digit fantasy points in a game and has seen his productivity decrease each week this season.
Josh Palmer did a whole lot of nothing the first two weeks but posted a very respectable 14.6 fantasy points in Week 3. Of course, it was largely due to a fluke touchdown reception on a tip drill. But it’s still been way better than Dotson.
Most importantly, Palmer is now set to serve as the Chargers WR2, playing in two-receiver sets, with Mike Williams done for the season.
At this point, I have far more confidence in Palmer than Dotson. I’m going to need to see it from Dotson before I put him back in lineups. At the very least, we know Palmer can provide a solid floor as the WR2 for Justin Herbert. Start Palmer.
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