I had to sweat it out until Monday night, but Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin saved my fantasy football season last week. OK, that might be a touch dramatic. The rookie saved my season in one league. It's one of my lower dollar leagues, but I've won this league the last three years in a row. Don't be impressed. My point is that given I have dominated this league for years; starting 0-3 would be a big deal. But I basically had to start McLaurin last week and his output (6 rec., 70 yds., TD) gave me a narrow victory to save my season. So yes, he is part of my recommendations for the Week 4 start/sit advice at wide receiver.
I know McLaurin was a mid-week addition to the injury report and he is officially listed as "Questionable," but he's also expected to play. Assuming no setbacks, how can you not start him? He's scored a touchdown in each game so far. He has 257 receiving yards on the season and has posted no fewer than 62 in any game. It's not just touchdowns and yards either — he's a PPR weapon with at least five catches in each game.
It's also a great matchup. Unfortunately, he can't go against his own team, who has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. However, the Giants are right behind the Redskins in that distinction. I will be surprised if McLaurin doesn't have close to 20 fantasy points this week.
Start Sterling Shepard, Giants vs. Redskins
As mentioned above, the Redskins are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Giants are a little thin at the position, but Sterling Shepard exploded last week with seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also had 21 rushing yards on two carries.
With Saquon Barkley out, I expect the Giants to air it out. I would be surprised if Shepard doesn't see at least nine targets again this week. He's hopefully not your WR1 or even the first option for WR2, but he has huge upside as a WR3 this week. But he's not the only WR3 I like this week.
Start Mecole Hardman, Chiefs at Lions
Many will stay away from WR3, but in one of the league's high-powered offenses like Kansas City, a WR3 is still a valuable asset. I highlighted Hardman earlier this week as a DFS selection. Go back and read that piece. Hardman is literally the fastest person on the field.
Detroit meanwhile is able to keep tight ends in check, but is not very good at slowing down wide receivers. Hardman is unlikely to see as many targets as Sterling Shepard or Terry McLaurin, but I think he scores again this week.
But if Hardman is scoring, there is a good chance another Chiefs WR does not.
Sit Sammy Watkins, Chiefs at Lions
After a huge 3-TD day in week 1, Watkins has seen the spotlight shift to the other members of the "Legion of Zoom." This is what always happens with Watkins. Last season he scored in Week 3 and then was rather pedestrian until his Week 8 matchup with the Broncos. He had a monster day with eight catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He failed to score or record more than 65 yards the rest of the season. In 2017 with the Rams, he did nearly the same thing. He had two touchdowns and 106 yards in Week 3. After that, he failed to score for another five weeks and did not have a single 100-yard game.
As the Chiefs' top wide receiver, Watkins will likely draw Darius Slay, one of the few quality shutdown corners left in the NFL. That's another reason I like Watkins' fellow wideouts better than him. He might be worth a roll of the dice as say a flex play. As a WR1 or WR2 like I see him being ranked? No thank you.
The aforementioned Lions, of course, will be watching their divisional foes, the Vikings and Bears battle each other. And I would not take any of the wide receivers in that game. Which is why I would…
Sit Adam Thielen, Vikings at Bears
Thielen has kicked off his season with a solid start, including three total touchdowns in three weeks. But unlike most teams, Chicago has three quality CBs in Kyle Fuller, Buster Skrine, and Prince Amukamara. They also have a solid safety tandem in Eddie Jackson and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.
It's likely you don't have a better option and might have to start Thielen. Just keep your expectations in check. But there are other WR1s riding high I expect to come crashing down besides Thielen.
Sit Mike Evans, Buccaneers at Rams
Evans had a very quiet first two weeks. Some foolish owners were even thinking of dropping him. And then last week happened.
Those teetering on the edge obviously pulled back after Evans' monster game — 190 yards and three TDs on eight catches. But the Rams are no joke of a defense, especially at home. They have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to WRs so far this season.
Of course, the Buccaneers will likely have to pass to play catch-up with the Rams, so Evans could see a fair share of targets. Don't overreact and bench Evans for say DeVante Parker. But there's no way I am starting Evans as a WR1.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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