Sneaky Starts: NFL Week 4 Streaming Options
Injuries starting to create holes in your lineup? Nick Raducanu lays out his favorite Week 4 streaming options to help fix the leaks.
Happy Week 4!
It may not seem like it since the season just started, but we’re almost a quarter of the way there in terms of starting the fantasy playoffs!
If you’re one of the lucky few who isn’t dealing with injuries and/or underperformance -- congrats! Go check out the rest of the great stuff we have on DrRoto.com. But if you’re like the 99.9% of the rest of us, you’re likely in need of a spot start (or more) this week. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of options, so let’s get to it and see if we can find some sneaky starts for Week 4.
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Week 4 Streamers
Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
I’m not sure the QB4 on the season counts as a streamer at this point, but it’s still Kirk Cousins so I’m going to go with it. Cousins has been on FIRE to start the season and almost has to be started unless you’re rolling with someone like Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen. His matchup against the Browns isn’t spectacular, but Cousins deserves to be in most lineups at this point.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team
Heinicke is a bit of a wildcard, but that’s kind of the point of a streamer, right? With Terry McLaurin balling out, Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic catching passes out of the backfield, and a juicy matchup against a horrendous Falcons defense...Heinicke is positioned for a strong Week 4.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
Between this column and my weekly FAAB column, I feel like I’ve written about Darnold a lot recently (because I have). But he’s playing the best ball of his career this season and doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down any time soon. While the Cowboys looked good against the Eagles this past week, they’re not exactly a top defense either. Keep rolling with Darnold if you need a QB streamer.
Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills
Doc wrote about Moss in his waiver column and made some great points about both his goal-line value and his prowess as a pass-catcher. Devin Singletary looms to make things annoying here, but Moss seems to have the hot hand in the Bills backfield and is definitely worth a start if you’re struggling at running back this week.
James Conner, Arizona Cardinals
We basically saw Conner’s ceiling game last week (11 carries for 43 yards and two rushing touchdowns), but there’s no reason to think he can’t find the end zone again this week. While the matchup against the Rams isn’t fantastic, the Cardinals are relying on Conner as their goal-line back.
Giovani Bernard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bernard is looking like Tom Brady’s new James White in Tampa Bay and is coming off a 10-target game last week. This is very much a PPR league play, but you could do a lot worse as Brady looks at getting revenge against his old team in Foxborough this weekend.
Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals
I feel like Kirk is flying under the radar because of the great season DeAndre Hopkins is off to and the emergence of Rondale Moore. But coming off an eight-target (seven reception) game for 104 yards, Kirk looks like a very solid play against a Rams secondary who gives up yards to secondary receivers like him.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
I don’t know if we can call Patrick sneaky anymore, but with K.J. Hamler going down, he’s going to see a lot of work in the Broncos' offense. While he still has to contend with Cortland Sutton and Noah Fant for targets (and a tough matchup against the Ravens), Patrick should have a five-target floor and shouldn’t have a tough time eclipsing 8-10 fantasy points in PPR leagues.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
While MVS is honestly one of my least favorite fantasy players because I almost always guess wrong (so beware!), he’s coming off a solid outing last week and has a great matchup against the Steelers this week. Again, buyer beware as he’s incredibly boom-or-bust, but after an offseason during which Aaron Rodgers gushed about him, there’s a chance Valdes-Scantling is finally turning the corner.
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Gesicki seemed destined for fantasy disappointment after a slow start to the season and the return of Will Fuller. But then Jacoby Brissett and his love of throwing to the tight end position entered the picture and brought Gesicki back to life with 12 targets last week. Was it a mirage? Maybe. Are there better streaming options at tight end? Not really. Fire him up!
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
Freiermuth’s usefulness will take a hit if Diontae Johnson returns this week, but we still haven’t seen definitive news on that. But even if Johnson plays, Ben Roethlisberger’s arm isn’t getting any stronger (read: tight end targets!), and Freiermuth seems to be earning his quarterback’s trust. He’s more of an option for deeper leagues, but he’s still an option worth looking at.
Alright, my friends. That’ll do it for this week.
As always, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter (@RadRoto) if you have any questions.
I wish you all the best of luck in Week 4, and I’ll see you back here next week to see if we can find some hidden gems for Week 5!