With Week 4 underway, teams are starting to develop their identity, and fantasy owners are starting to develop their go-to picks. The onslaught of early season injuries seem to have subsided, and the ability to predict who will be fantasy studs for the week seems a little easier than during Week 1. But, not everything that glitters is gold. What once was a sure thing, could easily be taken away (I’m talking to those Rob Gronkowski owners, like me, who are left without their top guy during the Patriots’ bye week). For those of us who don’t have the fortune of having Julio Jones on our squads, here are a few wideouts that you should start/sit for the week.
Start – AJ. Green: AJ Green and The Bengals have gotten off to a great start this season. Despite the inability of his quarterback, Andy Dalton, to muster up motivational speeches, Green has managed 335 yards and 3 TDs through the past few weeks. This Sunday, Cincinnati is scheduled to face the Kansas City Chiefs, whose defense has managed to give up touchdowns late in games. Look for Green to maintain his consistency as Dalton will continue to see out his top play maker.
Start – Randall Cobb: The Green Bay Packers always have weapons at the wide receiver position with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. James Jones was a standout in week 1. But, look for Randall Cobb to play an even bigger role as the offense takes on the 49ers this week. San Francisco is not expected to put on the dismal performance that they did last week against the Cardinals, but if Carson Palmer can tear their defense to shreds, expect Rodgers to do damage with Cobb as his main target.
Start – Brandon Marshall: Brandon Marshall has found a new lease at life with the Jets. The always-entertaining veteran receiver has become a fantasy stud through the last few weeks, scoring a touchdown in each of his games with New York. With Eric Decker questionable for this week’s game in London against Miami, Marshall will take on an even bigger role in spreading the field.
Sit – Anquan Boldin: The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of problems. Week 1, the team looked great with running back Carlos Hyde tearing it up, but then the team looked disturbingly bad last week. No matter how the 49ers are playing, they seem to be ignoring Boldin in the game. Boldin has 112 yards on 12 receptions throughout 3 games. Anquan isn’t targeted by quarterback Colin Kaepernick nearly enough for him to earn a starting position on a fantasy lineup.
Sit – Roddy White: Last week, the Falcons faced a maligned Dallas defense with virtually no pass rushers on the field. This week, the Falcons will face J.J. Watt, which means Matty Ice wont have that much time in the pocket to throw to his guys. Even when he does, everyone knows he’s going to Julio Jones. While Jones has had a phenomenal start to his season, Roddy White hasn’t made a catch since week 1. Even if White manages to have a breakout game against Houston, the performance would be more aligned as an exception to the rule rather than an ongoing occurrence for the future.
Sit – Jarvis Landry: Jarvis Landry isn’t nearly consistent enough to garner a starting spot this week. Playing against the much-improved Jets defense, Landry will have a hard time garnering yards and points in the game set to take place in London. The second-year receiver had a great game against the Jaguars in week 2, but then again, it’s the Jaguars. The Dolphins will most likely rely on its running game this week, which will leave Landry high and dry.