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Fantasy Football: Five Things to Watch in NFL Week 4

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

I can't remember a week with so many games I consider toss ups. That might be a good thing for fantasy. If you're looking for help deciding which players to start and sit this week, look at my Week 4 Fantasy Football rankings here. Here's a look at five things you should be looking at heading into Week 4.


1. Pay close attention to the Jets passing game and how well Zach Wilson plays with Garrett Wilson.


It looks like Zach Wilson will return to action, leaving Joe Flacco out of the loop. Flacco did a good job in support of Garrett Wilson. The rookie wideout should have a good day against the Steelers, who have allowed a wide receiver to eclipse 100 yards in every game so far, but that depends on how often the QB finds him.


2. Jaguars passing game could be put in check by the Eagles defenders.


It's good to see Jacksonville and Trevor Lawrence at 2-1 to start the season after a nightmare season last year with a college coach aimlessly steering the ship. Christian Kirk has been outstanding through the first three games. So good that I wouldn't advocate sitting him against a pretty tough Eagles D. They let Terry McLaurin catch six passes for 102 yards, but they haven't let a WR catch a TD in two straight games.


3. Justin Jefferson should get out of the slump in the Vikings' London game against the Saints.


Jefferson has had two bad games in a row, but he should do well as his quarterback has traditionally played well in each of his London games. Kirk Cousins has the reputation for not playing well in prime time, but that's not so for games in England. Jefferson should look a little more like his Week 1 version.


4. Play your skill players in these three matchups.


Dolphins at Bengals: You really want to sit Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle or Tua Tagovailoa? Joe Burrow, Ja'marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon will have to play well to get their season back on track. This game has one of the highest over/unders for the week. The one thing that could ruin the game is if Tua can't go due to his back or ankle injuries.


Bills at Ravens: Think Dolphins/Ravens from a couple weeks ago. This game has the highest total of the week, according to Vegas, and what's interesting to me is both teams are 2-1. Both have losses they probably think they shouldn't have, coincidentally both fell to the Dolphins. Neither will want to fall to 2-2 so expect all stops to be pulled.


Chiefs at Buccaneers: If Tom Brady doesn't put up a top-5 fantasy score in this game then he probably just won't be that type of player this season. He'll have Mike Evans back, and even Chris Godwin has an outside shot to play. For the Chiefs, JuJu Smith-Schuster is building decent chemistry with Patrick Mahomes.


5. Dameon Pierce should have a good outing against the Chargers.


The Texans are underdogs in this game but the implied score based on the total of 44 means Houston is expected to get into the end zone at least a couple of times. I'd be willing to guess Pierce builds on his impressive Week 3 and finds the end zone. Each games his carries have increased as has his rushing total.





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