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Week 4 Matchups - Fantasy Football Game Breakdowns (Part 1)

Welcome to our Week 4 matchups analysis and starts/sits column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every matchup from every Sunday game to help you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. We'll also be updating this as injury reports come in so check back often.

This article will cover the early slate of games, beginning at 1 PM ET on Sunday. Click here to see our late game matchups analysis and our MNF matchups analysis (released on Saturdays).

Check back here each week to get advice for your toughest start/sit decisions and take a look at our consensus rankings each week. Find me on Twitter @ChrisMangano for more insight and help to your start/sit questions.

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Matchups Analysis - 1:00 PM ET Games

The early slate has a full load of eight games this week! Set those lineups in time by analyzing each matchup below to gain the best advantage.


Jets at Jaguars

Matchups We Love:


Matchups We Hate:

Sam Darnold (QB, NYJ)
After throwing two touchdowns in his NFL debut against the Lions, Darnold has just one over his last two games to go with four interceptions. Now he faces a Jaguars defense that is allowing less than 200 yards to quarterbacks and less than one touchdown per game. Darnold is an easy sit in all formats.

Quincy Enunwa (WR, NYJ), Robby Anderson (WR, NYJ)
Enunwa continues to pace the Jets receivers in targets by a wide margin with 29 and a 31% target share. Anderson, meanwhile, has just 10 targets. With outside corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, the Jaguars are allowing less than 12 catches per game to receivers. Enunwa may get enough run in the slot to salvage some value, but Anderson is a complete avoid. Still, owners should look for better options if possible.

Blake Bortles (QB, JAC)
A week after throwing for 376 yards and four touchdowns against the Patriots, Bortles came back down to earth with just 155 yards against the tough Titans defense. Now he faces another tough test against a Jets defense that is allowing just 229 yards and one touchdown per game to quarterbacks. Leonard Fournette seems more than likely to play as well which means the Jaguars should lean on the run game more. Bortles is nothing more than a low-end QB2 in this one.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE, JAC)
Seferian-Jenkins has 15 targets, decent by tight end standards, and is always a threat to score, but will be facing a Jets defense that is holding tight ends to just 22 yards per game. Only David Njoku has topped 30 yards against this defense. Seferian-Jenkins is nothing more than a desperation play at tight end this week.

Other Matchups:

Bilal Powell (RB, NYJ), Isiah Crowell (RB, NYJ)
For the season, Powell has played 49% of snaps and Crowell has played 45%. Crowell has out-carried Powell 38 to 31, but Powell has nine targets to Crowell's six. Essentially this is a timeshare in every aspect. The Jaguars are not an elite run defense, allowing 4.2 YPC and 115 yards per game on the ground, but good luck predicting who will get the share of that. Neither can be considered more than a low-end flex start at this point.

Leonard Fournette (RB, JAC)
Fournette finally looks ready to return, and many have probably forgotten how good he looked in Week 1. In just a quarter and a half he had all but two carries and had all three running back targets. Doug Marrone said all off-season he wanted Fournette to be a three-down back and that is what he was. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury has kept him out until now, so if you held on you will be rewarded. The Jets allow 3.9 YPC and 102 yards on the ground. Fournette is a locked-in RB1 this week.

Keelan Cole (WR, JAC), Dede Westbrook (WR, JAC)
Cole and Westbrook are the only Jacksonville receivers who have done anything thus far, as Cole has a 15/210/1 line and Westbrook a 13/158/1 line. The Jets have a good secondary but they are by no means a stay-away and both should have opportunity. Cole can be considered a WR3 while Westbrook is more of a flex play.


Dolphins at Patriots

Matchups We Love:

James White (RB, NE)
White played 52% of snaps last week with Rex Burkhead missing most of the game, and should continue to see plenty of snaps now that Burkhead is on IR. After having 17 targets the first two weeks White had only three last week but should be more involved against a Dolphins defense that is allowing almost eight catches and 67 yards per game to running backs. White is a solid flex start with upside.

Matchups We Hate:

Kenyan Drake (RB, MIA)
The good news is Drake is playing 67% of the team's snaps, the bad news is the Dolphins are on pace to run the fewest snaps in about 100 years. Drake has seen his carries drop each week (14, 11, 5) but does have four targets in each. The Patriots are not a tough matchup, giving up 4.7 YPC and 143 yards to running backs, but Drake is tough to trust in such a low-volume attack. He can't be considered more than an RB3/Flex play.

Mike Gesicki (TE, MIA)
Gesicki has only played 49% of snaps thus far, and has just five targets, and is impossible to trust against a Patriots defense that ranks 10th in points allowed to tight ends. They are allowing just three catches and 33 yards a game and have given up only one touchdown. Gesicki should be benched in all formats.

Phillip Dorsett (WR, NE), Chris Hogan (WR, NE), Josh Gordon (WR, NE)
Dorsett continues to lead all Patriots in targets but has just 18. Hogan, meanwhile, has only 13. New addition Gordon figures to be mixed in as well. While all these weapons are good for the Patriots, it is not good for fantasy. Plus the Dolphins secondary is one of the most improved units in the league, allowing less than 12 catches to receivers and just 170 yards per game. They've only allowed one receiver to find the end zone as well. With so many mouths to feed, and in a tough matchup, starting any Patriots receiver is a gamble at the moment.

Kenny Stills (WR, MIA), Albert Wilson (WR, MIA), Danny Amendola (WR, MIA), Jakeem Grant (WR, MIA), Devante Parker (WR, MIA)
The Patriots crowded receiving corps can't hold a candle to the Dolphins. In Week 3, the first game Parker has played, the target breakdowns were: Stills 5, Wilson 3, Amendola 3, Grant 3, Parker 3. Yuck! No receiver had more than three catches. Stills, Wilson and Grant were able to save their days with touchdowns, but expect Parker to play more than the 75% of snaps he had in Week 3. The Patriots are not a matchup to avoid, and they have given up six touchdowns to receivers. But none of these players can be considered more than flex starts. Stills offers the most upside, the rest are hard to trust at the moment.

Other Matchups:

Ryan Tannehill (QB, MIA)
Tannehill has not been putting up big yardage numbers, but he has two or more touchdowns in each game. Now he gets a Patriots defense that has given up seven touchdowns to quarterbacks. Tannehill is by no means a "safe" start, but he should put up QB2 numbers.

Tom Brady (QB, NE)
It's been a slow start for Brady, as he has yet to top 300 yards. He has a chance to end that streak against a Dolphins defense that is allowing 299 yards to passers. They've only given up two touchdowns through the air, but Brady is more than capable. He is a locked-in QB1.

Sony Michel (RB, NE)
With Rex Burkhead on IR, Michel should have the bulk of the early down work all to himself. Last week he played 48% of snaps as Burkhead missed most of the game with an injury, and he should play even more now. Michel was given 14 carries and three targets, and the team seems to be trying hard to get him involved. The Dolphins are not a great matchup, allowing just 3.3 YPC and just 89 yards on the ground, but there is tons of opportunity for a player who is going to get 15-20 touches in this offense. His breakout game may have to wait, but he should still be considered a low-end RB2 in this one.

Rob Gronkowski (TE, NE)
After a big seven catch, 153 yards, one score Week 1, Gronk has been very quiet with just six catches and 66 yards over the last two. Expect that to change this week against a Dolphins defense that is allowing five catches and 62 yards to tight ends, and now must deal with one of the game's best. Gronkowski is a locked-in TE1.


Eagles at Titans

Matchups We Love:

Nelson Agholor (WR, PHI)
Agholor had a quiet Week 3, catching only five passes for 59 yards on six targets. He should bounce back against the Titans, however, a team that is allowing the ninth most receptions to receivers and the sixth most yards. With the Eagles receiving corps in shambles, Agholor makes for a safe, high-volume WR2 play.

Matchups We Hate:

Carson Wentz (QB, PHI)
Wentz played his first NFL game since tearing his ACL in Week 14 last year and looked good but not great. It doesn't help that he's missing his number one outside receiver Alshon Jeffery, and his big-play threat Mike Wallace. Now he must contend with a Titans defense that is allowing just 231 yards and one touchdown per game. Wentz is still in the QB1 discussion but just barely.

Corey Clement (RB, PHI)
Getting the start in Week 3 Clement played just 55% of the team's snaps, but did see 16 carries and 4 targets. Unfortunately, he could not do much with them and will likely now go back to his secondary role behind lead back Jay Ajayi. Clement has value in the passing game with Sproles out, but little more, and is nothing more than a desperation flex play.

Zach Ertz (TE, PHI), Dallas Goedert (TE, PHI)
Ertz was targeted a team-high 10 times in Week 3 with Carson Wentz back under center, but saw fellow tight end Goedert catch a touchdown. Goedert saw six targets and had a bit of a breakout with six catches and 67 yards. This week, both will have to contend with a Titans defense that ranks first in points allowed to the position, giving up just 2.3 catches and 23 yards to tight ends. Ertz is still a TE1 based on volume, while Goedert is a risky start in this one.

Marcus Mariota (QB, TEN)
Mariota is dealing with nerve damage in his elbow that makes it hard to grip the ball, and he's yet to throw for more than 103 yards or a touchdown in his two games played. The matchup is not a complete avoid here as the Eagles are 15th versus quarterbacks, the issue is with the player. Until he gets closer to 100% he cannot be trusted in any lineup.

Dion Lewis (RB, TEN), Derrick Henry (RB, TEN)
Lewis and Henry continue to split work and snaps. Thus far Lewis has played 48% of snaps, has 39 carries and 12 targets. Henry has played 52% of snaps and has 46 carries, but just three targets. Neither are in a great spot here, as the Eagles run defense is elite, allowing just 3.4 YPC and 61.7 yards. With the offense struggling to even move the ball both have little value and owners should look elsewhere this week.

Corey Davis (WR, TEN)
Davis leads the team with 25 targets and 13 receptions but had just 2/34 in Week 3 with a less than 100% Marcus Mariota being forced to play. The Eagles are not a bad matchup for receivers, but with his offense and quarterback play, he just cannot be trusted at this point. He's best left on benches until things improve.

Jonnu Smith (TE, TEN)
Smith has now played 96% of snaps in Delanie Walker's absence but has just one catch for nine yards on two targets. The Eagles are allowing four catches and 53 yards per game to tight ends, but it's hard to trust Smith at this point. Unless you are extremely desperate he should be left on your bench.

Other Matchups:

Jay Ajayi (RB, PHI)
Ajayi has only had 22 carries in his two healthy games but has three touchdowns over that span. He gets a good matchup, however, against a Titans defense allowing 4.8 YPC and 113 yards per game. They have yet to give up a rushing touchdown, however, and without the necessary volume, Ajayi can't be considered more than a touchdown-dependent RB3 even in a plus matchup.


Texans at Colts

Matchups We Love:

Eric Ebron (TE, IND), Jack Doyle (TE, IND)
With Doyle out in Week 3, Ebron got all the opportunity he could handle...and did almost nothing. He played 88% of the snaps, led the team with 11 targets, but could only muster five catches for 33 yards. He dropped a would-be touchdown as well. Doyle still has yet to practice this week, so Ebron may get another chance. The matchup is great as the Texans are giving up the eighth most points to tight ends. If Doyle is out Ebron is a TE1, otherwise, both Doyle and Ebron are fringe top-12 plays.

Matchups We Hate:

Marlon Mack (RB, IND), Jordan Wilkins (RB, IND)
When Mack was active in Week 2, he played 30% of the snaps while Wilkins played 38%. After missing a week, Mack looks ready to play once again. The Texans hold running backs to just 3.7 YPC, but do allow 117 yards on the ground. Still, with both Mack and Wilkins active neither is easy to trust. Better to leave them on the bench and see if one can gain an edge in this backfield going forward.

Other Matchups:

Deshaun Watson (QB, HOU)
Things didn't look great for Watson last week, but fourth-quarter garbage time propelled him to a solid fantasy day. The Colts are a tough matchup, holding opposing quarterbacks to 260 yards and just one touchdown per game. But Watson offers solid production with his legs gaining at least 36 yards rushing in each game. Watson offers a safe floor, but may not have the ceiling his owners are used to in this one.

Lamar Miller (RB, HOU)
Miller continues to handle the bulk of the running back work for the Texans, with 73% of the teams carries and 91% of the running back targets. He gets a good matchup against a Colts defense that allows 4.1 YPC and 106 yards on the ground, while also allowing nine catches per game to running backs. Miller doesn't have a massive ceiling, but his volume and the matchup make him an easy RB2 start.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR, HOU), Will Fuller (WR, HOU)
Since Fuller returned in Week 2, Hopkins has 21 targets and Fuller has 20, but Fuller has more catches, yards, and touchdowns. The matchup is not great, the Colts are giving up less than nine catches and less than 100 yards to receivers, but Hopkins and Fuller are each must-starts at the position. Still, owners should temper expectations.

Andrew Luck (QB, IND)
Since throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, Luck has just 343 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games. He gets a Texans defense that is allowing just 230 yards a game but is giving up two touchdowns. With the struggles the Colts have running the ball Luck should have plenty of volume, but can't be considered more than fringe QB1.

T.Y. Hilton (WR, IND)
Hilton leads the Colts with 30 targets but has only caught half of them. The Texans only allow 12 catches and 132 yards to receivers but are giving up a touchdown per game to the position. Hilton will have the targets, but with Luck struggling, he can't be considered more than a high-end WR2.


Bills at Packers

Matchups We Love:

Aaron Rodgers (QB, GB)
Rodgers has at least 265 yards and a touchdown in every game thus far and gets a Bills defense that's allowing 270 yards to quarterbacks and more than two touchdowns a game. Rodgers is a weekly must start, and he has big-time upside in this one.

Randall Cobb (WR, GB)
The Bills are middle of the road against receivers, but the area they really struggle in is the middle of the field. Cobb should be able to exploit this. He is second on the team with 27 targets, and while all the receivers have good matchups, Cobb may come away with the best fantasy day.

Jimmy Graham (TE, GB)
Graham is third on the team with 19 targets and has 13 catches, but has yet to find the end zone. He may be kept from scoring again as the Bills allow six catches and 71 yards to the position, but have allowed just one score all year. Still, in a plus matchup, Graham is an easy TE1 play.

Matchups We Hate:

Kelvin Benjamin (WR, BUF)
In the two weeks with Josh Allen at quarterback, Benjamin has only eight targets and five catches. He does have a touchdown, but can't be counted on week to week. Despite this being a good matchup for receivers you should look elsewhere at the position.

Charles Clay (TE, BUF)
Clay has just six targets in two games with Josh Allen at quarterback and is barely on the TE2 radar. The matchup isn't bad, the Packers rank 18th in points allowed to the position, but Clay is nothing more than a desperation start.

Other Matchups:

Josh Allen (QB, BUF)
Allen led the Bills to a surprise upset over the Vikings in Week 3 and will look to do so again on the road in Green Bay. He has yet to throw for more than one touchdown in a game, however but gets a Packers defense that is allowing two touchdowns per game. Allen can't be considered more than a QB2 at this point, and a risky one at that.

LeSean McCoy (RB, BUF)
McCoy missed Week 3 with cracked ribs but looks on track to play. In the two games he played, McCoy had only 16 carries and five catches and will need a lot more volume to have fantasy relevance. The matchup is good, the Packers allow 4.7 YPC and 124 yards per game, but coming off the injury and less than 100%, owners should look for other options if possible.

Jamaal Williams (RB, GB), Aaron Jones (RB, GB), Ty Montgomery (RB, GB)
With Jones active for the first time in Week 3, the running back snaps were Williams 43%, Montgomery 29%, and Jones 25%. Jones led the team with six carries while Williams had five and Montgomery four. Jones did look the best of the three and could see an increase in playing time, but we'd like to see someone emerge before trusting any of these backs.

Davante Adams (WR, GB), Geronimo Allison (WR, GB)
Through three games Adams leads the Packers with 28 targets while Allison is fourth with 18. Adams has yet to top 88 yards and has less than 70 in his last two, but has scored in each. The Bills are allowing more than a touchdown a game to receivers, so Adams could certainly make it four in a row. Allison, meanwhile, has 60 or more yards in each game but has yet to top 80. The matchup is good, however, and he can be considered a WR3.


Lions at Cowboys 

Matchups We Love:

Ezekiel Elliott (RB, DAL)
Elliott has at least 15 carries in every game, but what has really helped his value is he has at least three catches too. Now he gets a Lions defense that ranks worst in both YPC (5.4) and YPG (149). They also give up over five catches a game and a touchdown a game to running backs. Elliott is an easy RB1 start and could finish the week as the overall RB1.

Matchups We Hate:

Kerryon Johnson (RB, DET), LeGarrette Blount (RB, DET), Theo Riddick (RB, DET)
Johnson became Detroit's first 100 yard rusher since 2013, going for 101 yards on 16 carries. While the stat-line looks great, he still only played 44% of snaps, while Blount played 36% and Riddick 29%. Now he gets a tough matchup against a Cowboys team allowing just 3.4 YPC and 98 yards on the ground. Perhaps Johnson has earned himself a larger snap role, but as of now all Lions backs are risky starts. Johnson has flex value as does Riddick in PPR formats. Blount should be benched.

Dak Prescott (QB, DAL)
Prescott has yet to throw for more than 170 yards or one touchdown in any game and carries little fantasy value. To make matters worse, the Lions are allowing just 179 yards to opposing quarterbacks. Prescott is unstartable in all formats.

Dallas WRs
Through three games, no Dallas receiver has more than 15 targets or 11 receptions. The Lions, meanwhile, are giving up less than seven catches and 100 yards per game to receivers. No Dallas receiver should be started.

Other Matchups:

Matthew Stafford (QB, DET)
After a Week 1 abomination, Stafford now has at five touchdowns over his last two games and 609 yards. The Cowboys are giving up just 210 yards and one score to opposing passers but will be without linebacker Sean Lee. This defense is not the same when Lee is absent and Stafford is good enough to take advantage. He may not have a huge ceiling in this one, but he is still in QB1 territory.

Marvin Jones (WR, DET), Kenny Golladay (WR, DET), Golden Tate (WR, DET)
Through three games Tate leads the Lions with 37 targets, while Golladay has 30 and Jones 23. The Cowboys are not a great matchup, allowing just eight catches, 109 yards, and less than one touchdown per game to receivers. With linebacker Sean Lee out Tate should have the most value and is a fringe WR1. Golladay and Jones meanwhile are in the WR2 discussion.


Buccaneers at Bears

Matchups We Love:

Allen Robinson (WR, CHI)
Robinson leads the Bears with 27 targets but has only 16 catches and 181 yards in the Bears small-ball offense. With rookie receiver Anthony Miller out with a shoulder injury, Robinson should see even more work, and gets a Buccaneers defense that is allowing 18 catches, almost 200 yards, and more than one touchdown per game to receivers. Robinson has plenty of upside in this one and is a safe WR2 start.

Trey Burton (TE, CHI)
Burton has not been involved like many had hoped to start the year, with just 10 catches on 16 targets and one touchdown through the Bears first three games. He is in a blow-up spot this week, however, as the Bucs are allowing over eight catches and 100 yards to tight ends. Burton is a solid TE1 start.

Matchups We Hate:

Peyton Barber (RB, TB)
The good news for Barber is he is playing 65% of the snaps and is handling the majority of the running back work. The bad news is he has turned 43 carries into just 124 yards and is being held back by the Bucs air attack. Now he has to face a Bears defense allowing just 3.4 YPC and 65 yards per game on the ground. Barber is completely touchdown-dependent at this point and should be benched in a tough matchup.

Other Matchups:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, TB)
For a half, it looked as though the magic for Fitzpatrick had ended, but then he threw three second-half touchdowns and almost brought the Bucs all the way back on Monday night. Fitzpatrick has now thrown for over 400 yards and at least three touchdowns in each of the first three games. The Bears are only allowing 253 yards to quarterbacks, but do give up over 2 touchdowns per game. Fitzpatrick remains a weekly must start.

Mike Evans (WR, TB), DeSean Jackson (WR, TB), Chris Godwin (WR, TB)
None of the Bucs receivers have a ton of targets, but yards and touchdowns have been plenty. Evans leads the group with 28 targets, while Godwin is second with 20 and Jackson has only 13. Each has at least two touchdowns, however. The Bears are giving up over 13 catches, 182 yards, and more than a touchdown per game to receivers, so at least one is likely to find the end zone again. Evans remains a weekly WR1, while Godwin is pushing for WR2 discussion. Jackson remains a high-upside WR3.

O.J. Howard (TE, TB), Cameron Brate (TE, TB)
Howard has played 70% of the snaps and has out-targeted Brate 14 to six on the year. Howard is coming off a big six catch, 72-yard game, and now has at least 50 yards in each game. Brate caught only three passes but hauled in a touchdown. The Bears are a middle of the road defense against tight ends, ranking 18th in points allowed. Howard is in a fringe TE1 while Brate is a solid TE2.

Mitch Trubisky (QB, CHI)
The offseason narrative of this years Bears team mirroring the success of the 2017 Rams under new head coach Matt Nagy have proved to be false thus far. Trubisky for what it's worth has yet to throw for more than 220 yards and has two games without a touchdown. He gets a soft matchup this week, however, as the Bucs are allowing 375 yards and more than two touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks. Still, Trubisky can't be considered more than a QB2 due to what he's shown thus far.

Jordan Howard (RB, CHI)
Howard is playing 69% of the Bears snaps and is averaging 17.7 carries and 3.3 receptions per game. Unfortunately, he is only averaging 3.4 YPC, and now must face a Bucs defense allowing just 3.6 YPC and 70 yards on the ground. Still, with the volume Howard gets he is a safe RB2, though he will need a touchdown to have much upside.

Taylor Gabriel (WR, CHI)
In Week 3 Gabriel played 74% of snaps and had a team-high nine targets. With Anthony Miller out, Gabriel should see just as much or more work, and gets a great matchup against a Bucs defense allowing the sixth-most points to receivers. Gabriel is an upside WR3 start.


Bengals at Falcons

Matchups We Love:

Andy Dalton (QB, CIN)
Dalton has had a great start to his 2018 season, throwing for at least two touchdowns in every game. Coming off a 352 yard, two touchdown game against the Panthers, he gets a Falcons defense allowing 282 yards and two touchdowns to quarterbacks. Dalton is a great streaming option this week and has QB1 upside.

Giovani Bernard (RB, CIN)
Playing for the injured Joe Mixon in Week 3, Bernard 88% of snaps, and handled every running back touch for the Bengals. He turned 12 carries into 61 yards, and nine targets into five catches, and now gets a Falcons run defense that has allowed over 12 catches to running backs. On top of that, they are giving up 5.2 YPC and over 112 yards per game. With Mixon set to miss another game, Bernard is a top-10 running back in all formats.

Matt Ryan (QB, CIN)
After a dismal Week 1 performance, Ryan has been on fire with 646 yards and seven touchdowns in the last two and is coming off a 374 yard, five touchdown performance. The Bengals should offer little resistance, as they are allowing over 280 yards and two touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. Ryan is a QB1 this week.

Tevin Coleman (RB, CIN)
In the two games without Devonta Freeman, Coleman has played 71% of the snaps and has at least 17 touches. He gets a Bengals defense that is allowing 4.4 YPC and 123 yards on the ground and just gave up 184 yards on the ground to Christian McCaffery. With Freeman out another week, Coleman is a high-end RB2 start.

Matchups We Hate:


Other Matchups:

A.J. Green (WR, CIN), Tyler Boyd (WR, CIN)
Through three games, Green leads the Bengals with 25 targets but Boyd is close behind with 21. Both have over 200 yards receiving. The Falcons are allowing more than 13 catches, and almost 150 yards, plus over a touchdown per game to opposing receivers. Green is a weekly WR1, while Boyd is an upside WR3.

Tyler Eifert (TE, CIN)
Eifert has now played over 60% of snaps in the last two games, and the team seems to be confident in his health. He led the team with eight targets in Week 3 and caught six passes for 74 yards. Now he gets a matchup with a Falcons team allowing five catches and 50 yards to tight ends, though none have found the end zone. Still, Eifert is becoming a must-start in the abyss that is the tight end position.

Julio Jones (WR, ATL), Calvin Ridley (WR, ATL), Mohamed Sanu (WR, ATL)
Jones continues to dominate the Falcons receivers in every category but touchdowns, and despite Ridley's breakout performance in Week 2, Jones is getting an incredible opportunity. The Bengals allow 14 catches, 150 yards, and one touchdown to receivers, and Jones is once again a solid WR1 play. Ridley and Sanu are riskier but Ridley has more upside.

Austin Hooper (TE, ATL)
The good news for Hooper is he is playing 85% of snaps. The bad news is he only has 13 targets. He does lead the team with three targets inside the 10, so he is always a threat to score. The Bengals are a great matchup for tight ends, allowing the fifth-most points. Giving up over seven catches and 70 yards Hooper should have chances. If he was seeing more volume he would be a sure-fire TE1. As it is he is a solid streaming option and a TE2 with touchdown upside.

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We continue our series covering the biggest risers and fallers of 2019 with the wide receiver position. I'll look at both 2018 and 2019 statistical outcomes from every player, contrast their performances, calculate differences in each category and come up with the most prominent names going forward. This past season, receivers didn't dominate in fantasy,... Read More

2020 Early Sleepers and Draft Targets: Running Back

It is going to be almost impossible to win your fantasy football league in 2020 without a strong set of running backs, even in today’s pass-happy NFL. While quarterbacks and wide receivers have gained importance in fantasy football in recent years, building your fantasy roster around your running back corps is still one of the... Read More

Top Rebound Candidates for 2020

Is it way too early to be thinking about fantasy football for the 2020 season? Yes. Are we going to do it anyway? You bet we are. While coaches, coordinators, players, and rookies will change some things, you're still going to be able to get an idea of where certain players are going to be... Read More