Week 4 fantasy start/sit advice and top matchups look

Offenses facing the Saints and Lions could be in line to feast this week, but Dan Schneier says beware some other guys.

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Week 4 fantasy start/sit advice and top matchups look

This week, like every week, we will look back at last week’s advice to see how we did. We hit big on Drew Brees and T.Y. Hilton as our top matchups at QB and WR while seeing a modest return on Melvin Gordon as our top RB matchup. We got the Redskins vs. Giants game wrong and that hurt us across the board (starting Eli Manning; benching Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson). We recovered by starting DeVante Parker and benching Justin Forsett. The call to start Eddie Lacy was a wash.

And now for Week 4

The best matchups

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers (vs. Saints)

I know — Rivers is the chalkiest of chalk picks for Week 4. At this point, almost any QB vs. the Saints qualifies for that statement. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put him to good use in your DFS cash game lineups. Rivers have five TDs and no interceptions this season, he’s completing nearly 70 percent of his passes, and he’s averaging 264.3 passing yards per game. Now he draws easily his best matchup of the season so far and he’s a great bet to add to those numbers.

Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Hunter Henry are not Danny Woodhead, Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates (the latter is expected to miss another game), but they don’t have to be. This Saints defense is on the verge of entering the “historically bad” stratosphere — a place they found themselves in last season. It’s not all their fault — the injury bug hasn’t been kind to them — but they simply didn’t have the salary cap to do much for this unit in the offseason. And now it shows.

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

  • Marcelo Mendez

    STD: Should I start riddick or washignton? I currently have Howard, Jamaal, and Mckinnon as my other RB options.

    • Dylan Lloyd

      Haha I have this same issue – I’m going with Washington, NYG run D is good this yr

  • Johnny

    “As you can tell from the chart above, Cox has lined up ALMOST exclusively at left cornerback this season.”

    How does the chart show he almost lines up on the left only? To me the chart says there is no need for almost but that he lines up there all day. These charts are unclear, as a PFF writer, attempting to teach us how to use the tool, implied that the high rating was in favor of the corner.

    • Dan Schneier

      @FREEdaMAN:disqus I can see now how that chart is misleading. It should read LCB and RCB. If you reference our WR/CB chart, you will find that Cox has played over 90 percent of his snaps on that side.