Fantasy Football is like golf – it’s a love/hate game. Sometimes you really hate it more than you love it, but one way or another… it always brings you back. It’s the hobby you just can’t quit! Hopefully, through three weeks, you have been on the love side more than the hate. It’s a good feeling when your lineup decisions pay off in a big way and you steal the game you weren’t projected to win.
However, the beauty of this game is that it’s week-to-week and you get another shot to build momentum towards a playoff berth (and hopefully a championship). All I can say is just continue with your process and have trust that your decisions will pay off.
With that being said, let’s get to some of those important lineup decisions you might be wrestling with for Week 4. Below are three players (and a couple of bonus picks) that you should feel confident in and consider starting this week.
Tyler Lockett – WR, Seattle Seahawks (@ Detroit)
Geno Smith and the Seattle offense gets an appeasing matchup in the Motor City on Sunday afternoon. Lockett has been Smith’s go-to option in the passing game through the first three weeks and the speedster has delivered. He’s finished as a WR2 the past two games and now matches up against a Detroit secondary that has given up 34.3 pts/game to opposing wideouts so far in 2022. The Lions back seven has struggled to contain the opposing team’s WR2 outside of Week 1 against the Eagles; and have allowed at least one touchdown to WRs each week. I feel confident to roll out Lockett again in this matchup and would suggest to play as a high-ceiling flex.
Chris Olave – WR, New Orleans Saints (vsVikings-in London; 9:30a EST Kickoff)
First off, make sure you make this lineup switch well before Sunday morning. The Saints and Vikings travel across the pond to play their divisional playoffs foes (2017 NFC Divisional game. Stefon Diggs with a walk-off touchdown – one of the best games in NFL history). The rookie wideout has been a bright spot for the Saints’ offense thus far and has provided a nice ROI for New Orleans – who traded up to #11 this past April in the NFL Draft – to get him. Per PFF, Olave has a 2.25 Y/RR and has seen a whopping 26 targets the past two games. He squares up against a Vikings secondary that has been torched by opposing WRs the past two weeks (27.9 PPR points) and should still see plenty of targets despite the supposed “downgrade” at QB this week with Andy Dalton starting in place of Jameis Winston. Michael Thomas has already been ruled out and Jarvis Landry is banged up, leaving Olave as the only fully healthy WR this week. Don’t buy into the concern about Jameis Winston missing this game. Play Olave – why? Because he’s good.
David Njoku – TE, Cleveland Browns (@ Atlanta)
Njoku and the Browns are coming off an impressive home victory on a short week to their division rival, the Steelers. Njoku and the Browns passing offense were impressive and I think that only continues this week. Finally, after five long, painful years Njoku may finally have hit that ceiling we knew he had! A 9/89/1 line (on 10 targets) builds confidence in owners to see if he can do it again. Personally, I think you should give it another go. The Falcons defense has already been shredded by opposing TEs in the early stages of 2022. They allow the second most points and have shown an inability to cover any TE, no matter the talent level. Njoku presents a new level of matchup problems for the Falcons linebackers. Their isn’t someone in the corp that Atlanta can trust to run stride for stride with Njoku down the seams. If he’s still available scoop him up off your waiver wire and start him; or just start as this week’s TE1 outside of the established studs.
TJ Hockenson – TE, Detroit Lions (vs Seattle) – Seattle gives up the 9th most points to TEs and Detroit will be without playmakers DeAndre Swift and Amon-Ra St Brown. This is the week Hockenson finally has a great game in a great matchup.
Garrett Wilson/Elijah Moore – WRs, New York Jets (@ Pittsburgh) – Garrett Wilson has already shown what he can do. Moore has yet to really hit his stride but is still no slouch in terms of talent. The Pittsburgh defense has struggled against opposing WRs and this could be a good game for both.
Noah Brown/Michael Gallup – WRs, Dallas Cowboys (vs Washington) – The Commanders have been absolutely torched by opposing WRs through three weeks and allowed Devonta Smith a career game last week. Gallup will make his season debut this week, albeit on a pitch count most likely. Still, even with limited reps, maybe he can give you a 3/40/1 line in this matchup. I’d also trust Noah Brown for another week. He’s had double digits points through three games.
Gabe Davis – WR, Buffalo Bills (@ Baltimore) – Don’t overthink this. I understand Davis is banged up, but sounds like he will play and we’ve already seen the role he has when healthy. The Ravens are the number one matchup in all of fantasy football to opposing WRs and this Bills offense has a lot of firepower. If Davis plays, he should have some opportunities available to him.
**ADDITIONAL BONUS PLAY**(Feeling generous I guess because it’s Friday)
Treylon Burks – WR, Tennessee Titans (@ Indianapolis) – He hasn’t found success just yet the same way Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson have. But he’s seen his route participation increase each week and is fourth amongst rookies in Yards per Route Run. This isn’t the best matchup for the Titans but it appears Burks is rising as the number one option in the passing offense.