QBs to Start in Week 4
Chargers’ Philip Rivers (vs. 49ers): Philip Rivers had his worst week this season, last week against the Los Angeles Rams. It was expected, as the Rams have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Rivers still had a modest 17 points. He currently is the seventh highest scoring QB this season. This week, he faces a San Francisco 49ers team who struggles stopping the pass, allowing the sixth most points to QBs.
Falcons’ Matt Ryan (vs. Bengals): The last two weeks have been a huge improvement for Matt Ryan, from his terrible Week 1 outing. Ryan has scored 70.9 points the last two weeks, putting him as the fourth highest scoring QB in fantasy this year. This week he’ll face a Cincinnati Bengals defense who’s weak in the secondary, allowing the seventh most points to opposing QBs.
Bengals’ Andy Dalton (vs. Falcons): On the other sideline opposite Ryan, is Andy Dalton. Dalton had a disappointing Week 3, throwing four interceptions against the Carolina Panthers. I’m not overly confident with Dalton, but there’s not many QBs with good match ups this week. This could be a nice bounce back week for Dalton, against a Falcons team who allows the fourth most points to QBs so far.
Under the Radar QBs
Giants’ Eli Manning (vs. Saints): Eli Manning makes the list as my second QB who was in the 2004 NFL Draft class (Rivers). It’s tough playing Manning in fantasy, as he can be very bad or very good. Those guys you usually avoid in season long leagues. This week I like Manning though, against the New Orleans Saints who’ve allowed the most points to opposing QBs this season.
Browns’ Baker Mayfield (vs. Raiders): I love Baker Mayfield this week. Mayfield can be a nice fill in QB for someone who might own Cam Newton, (bye week) or you might have fallen victim to the Jimmy Garoppolo injury. The rookie QB will get his first start against the Oakland Raiders, who seem to be missing a piece, especially in rushing the passer (wonder who could help their pass rush?).
QBs to Sit in Week 4
Vikings’ Kirk Cousins (vs. Rams): Kirk Cousins had a tough outing in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. Cousins couldn’t get anything going, turning the ball over three times against a weak Bills defense. This week he gets the stingy Rams defense, who allow the least amount of points to QBs this year. Even if Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are out of this game, this defense is phenomenal.
Raiders’ Derek Carr (vs. Browns): Derek Carr has not looked good at all this season. Carr has begun the year, throwing for two touchdowns and five interceptions through three weeks. That’s rough. It doesn’t get any better for him this week, against a tough Cleveland Browns defense who allows the second least amount of points to QBs.