Deciding who to start and who to sit can be painful in fantasy football.
While there are some players you’re likely never going to sit, we have a few players in mind who could have big weeks in fantasy in Week 4 of the NFL season.
We took a look at matchups, recent performances, and possible game-script to see who might be worth cracking your starting rotation this week. Consensus rankings are the combined average of ESPN, Fantasy Pros, and Yahoo’s weekly rankings.
Take a look below at who’s primed for a big week.
1. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
2018 stats so far: 32 catches, 338 yards, 1 touchdown
Week 4 opponent: at Los Angeles Rams
Consensus ranking: 11th among WRs
One thing to know: Thielen leads the Vikings in targets, catches, and yards, even over Stefon Diggs. The Rams may be without both starting cornerbacks, as Aqib Talib needs surgery on his ankle, and Marcus Peters is day-to-day. Even against the stout Rams defence, Thielen has the chance to score big, particularly for a Vikings team looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Bills.
2. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
2018 stats so far: 17 catches, 179 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Houston Texans
Consensus ranking: 14th among WRs
One thing to know: Hilton hasn’t lit it up the stats sheet this season, but he’s had double-digit targets in every game, giving him a solid floor. The Texans are 28th in pass defence this season and just gave up big games to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. We like Hilton to have a nice outing at home in Week 4.
3. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
2018 stats so far: 6 carries, 42 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Buffalo Bills
Consensus ranking: 31st among RBs
One thing to know: We’re not expecting the Bills’ success to carry over from Week 3 when they eviscerated the Vikings. If the game gets out of hand, the Packers might turn to Aaron Jones, who is in his second game back from a suspension, to run the ball. He’s the Packers best runner, and Jamaal Williams never stood out in the first three weeks.
4. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
2018 stats so far: 17 catches, 194 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Consensus ranking: 19th among WRs
One thing to know: Robinson hasn’t broken out yet, but he is pacing the Bears in targets, catches, and yards. The Bears have struggled in the red zone, but the Buccaneers have given up some big fantasy outings this year. This week could be Robinson’s breakthrough.
5. James White, RB, New England Patriots
2018 stats so far: 13 carries, 14 catches, 191 total yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins
Consensus ranking: 25th among RBs
One thing to know: The struggling Patriots get the AFC-leading Dolphins at home this week in a game with serious implications. After a Week 3 loss, Brady specifically mentioned White as a player who makes plays that should be seeing more time. We’re betting Brady relies on one of his most trustworthy teammates in a big spot.
6. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
2018 stats so far: 20 catches, 257 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys
Consensus ranking: 20th among WRs
One thing to know: Tate leads the Lions in targets, catches, and yards, but has lost a few touchdowns to the other members of their impressive receiving corps. You can’t go wrong with any of Tate, Kenny Golladay, or Marvin Jones Jr., but Tate could do well against a Cowboys defence that gave up 77 yards and a touchdown to speedy Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett last week.
7. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
2018 stats so far: 15 catches, 249 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons
Consensus ranking: 37th among WRs
One thing to know: Boyd has been building throughout the season, exploding in Week 3 for 132 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons’ secondary is beaten up, so Boyd has a chance to keep things rolling this week.
8. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
2018 stats so far: 9 rushes, 41 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. New York Jets
Consensus ranking: 12th among RBs
One thing to know: Fournette looks good to go this week after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. The Jets just gave up 98 yards and 2 touchdowns to Carlos Hyde in Week 3.
9. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
2018 stats so far: 21 catches, 215 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Tennessee Titans
Consensus ranking: 3rd among TEs
One thing to know: Ertz has been the Eagles leading receiver so far, but has yet to find the end zone. That has to change eventually, right?
10. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
2018 stats so far: 48 carries, 175 yards, 3 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns
Consensus ranking: 15th among RBs
One thing to know: The Raiders are home for the first time since Week 1 when Lynch opened the season with a Beast Mode touchdown. He’s had two since then and remained a solid part of the Raiders offence. The Browns gave up 2 rushing touchdowns to the Jets last week.
11. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
2018 stats so far: 60% completion, 716 passing yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs
Week 4 opponent: at Arizona Cardinals
Consensus ranking: 10th among QBs
One thing to know: Wilson doesn’t have much to work with on offence, but the Cardinals are a below-average pass defence that’s allowed solid performances to Alex Smith and Jared Goff. Plus, Wilson adds the potential to rush, too.
12. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
2018 stats so far: 14 catches, 152 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at New Orleans Saints
Consensus ranking: 31st among WRs
One thing to know: This game features lots of players you’re going to play, regardless – Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas – but Shepard has a chance to join in the fun. He’s coming off his best game of the young season in Week 3 (80 yards, 1 TD), and Evan Engram is out for the Giants, giving Beckham more opportunities. The Saints rank last in pass defence.
13. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
2018 stats so far: 11 catches, 159 yards, 3 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Consensus ranking: 38th among WRs
One thing to know: With only 11 catches, Williams is a bit big-play dependent, but his connection with Philip Rivers continues to improve each week. He won’t have touchdowns every week, but against a beaten-up 49ers secondary, he should still have a solid week.
14. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
2018 stats so far: 12 catches, 222 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Consensus ranking: 25th among WRs
One thing to know: Brown’s catches and targets keep increasing each week. The Steelers defence has given up some big games to opposing wide receivers. Even if Brown doesn’t come down with a touchdown, he might have a safe floor – he had 86 yards last week.
15. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
2018 stats so far: 14 catches, 176 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at Denver Broncos
Consensus ranking: 28th among WRs
One thing to know: Watkins’ production has picked up since a quiet Week 1. The Broncos’ pass defence has fallen off this season, and they have given up a few big receiving days to opposing wideouts.
Now, check out where every team stands heading into the quarter-mark of the season…
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.