Each week, fantasy owners seem to have something new to deal with. Is it an injury to their No. 1 pick? A long wait to see if their wide receiver is going to be active? A matchup that looked great on paper but your player laid an egg? All of that has happened and now we are dealing with at least one postponed game due to COVID-19.
Fantasy owners need to start thinking of their contingency plans now that the NFL has said the Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee game will not be played during Week 4. How leagues will handle this remains to be seen as some teams will be impacted more than others, but the underlying principle of starting the best players you possibly can still applies.
START These Running Backs
Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
Fantasy owners drafting Drake thought they would get more than the 219 rushing yards and one touchdown that they have so far this season. He's barely involved in the passing game and he's either not being utilized as well as he was last year or not running as well. He should have had a big game in Week 3 and didn't. Week 4 is another opportunity against an opponent he can take advantage of in the Panthers. Drake is an RB2 this week with the chance to prove that he's worth his draft position for fantasy owners.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys
While Chubb owners are all clearly starting the running back that has given them four rushing touchdowns in the past two weeks, he should be considered in daily leagues as well. With Kareem Hunt popping up on the injury report on Wednesday with a groin issue, it could be a bigger workload for Chubb in Week 4. Typically a game script that requires the Browns to throw a lot would mean more Hunt and less Chubb. In fact, the running game could take such a backseat that Chubb would be an RB2 in the rankings. The Browns face the Cowboys this week and this has the potential to be one of those games where the Browns are trailing. If you are a Chubb owner, don't fret. He's a solid RB1.
SIT These Running Backs
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Did Fournette upset someone in the Bucs organization? In Week 2, he ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. It seemed this was the "breakout" game that he needed with his new team and he was set to take over the backfield. And yet, in Week 3, he had seven carries for 15 yards. The Bucs host the Chargers on Sunday, and while they did give up a big game to Mike Davis, the fact that Ronald Jones is still in the picture for Tampa Bay complicates things. Leave Fournette on the bench this week. He may have another 100-yard game or he may have another 15-yard game. It's too risky.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
Yes, Burkhead had a monster game in Week 3: 98 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. What are the odds he's going to repeat those numbers? In the first two games of the season, he had 79 yards from scrimmage and no touchdowns. Damien Harris has been removed from injured reserve and while he may not play in Week 4, he will have a role in the future. James White also will be active, taking Burkhead away from the passing game. Burkhead had a great Week 3, and props to you if you started him, but don't expect that in Week 4.
START These Wide Receivers
Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills
With Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards still banged up, Renfrow is the default No. 1 wide receiver for the Raiders. In Week 3, he had six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Opposing defenses have to decide if they are going to cover Renfrow or Darren Waller. The Patriots in Week 3 chose to shut down Waller, leaving Renfrow available to put up solid numbers. The Raiders face the Bills in Week 4, and he should have another decent outing. Consider him a low WR2/high WR3.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns
Finally in Week 3, Gallup gave fantasy owners what they were looking for: six receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. These aren't numbers that he is going to repeat each week, but it is a glimpse of what he can do in this offense. In Week 4, the Cowboys face the Browns, who have allowed at least one touchdown to a secondary receiver each week this season. While Gallup may not have quite the game he had in Week 3, the Cowboys are going to be throwing the ball and he should have a solid WR2 day.
SIT These Wide Receivers
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears
Parris Campbell was already out and now Michael Pittman Jr. joins him on injured reserve. The Colts are having a hard time finding a receiver to play opposite Hilton. What this does is make life easier for opposing defenses. Hilton is the guy that will be double-covered and his numbers this season have shown that. He has yet to have more than four receptions for 55 yards in a game. The Colts face the Bears and they will likely aim to take Hilton out of the game. He's likely going to be in starting lineups because the talent is too good to sit, but if possible, find another option.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers
Kirk has played in two games and totaled three receptions for 57 yards. He missed Week 3 with a groin injury, but was able to put in a limited practice on Wednesday. Unless fantasy owners are truly desperate, there is no way he should be in starting lineups for Week 4. He's not healthy, not a part of this offense and certainly not what fantasy owners expected on draft day. Andy Isabella, in the meantime, is taking advantage of Kirk's injury and lack of production.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.