Mike Evans and Keenan Allen are showing once again why wasting early draft picks on wide receivers is fool’s gold in fantasy football.

There’s just too many variables to producing consistent wide receivers in fantasy football, so it’s not out of the ordinary to see different receivers step up and have a big day. And for Allen, that means a ridiculous amount of targets in the first three weeks.

Meanwhile, Evans has shown the ability in the past to be the best fantasy wide receiver, so it will be interesting to see if he can keep it up for the duration of the season. Those two wide receivers are must-starts (especially Allen against Miami), so here’s the week 4 fantasy football wide receivers start ’em, sit ’em guide.

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Sterling Shepard vs. Washington Redskins

Don’t overthink this one. Daniel Jones should have no trouble repeating his performance from week 3 against a Washington defense that has been atrocious against wide receivers this season.

The Redskins are allowing 46 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, the worst mark in the NFL. And with Jones now starting, that should actually give Shepard more value, since Jones appears to be a better option than Eli Manning.

Shepard will likely avoid Josh Norman, so expect a big day for the New York wide receiver.

Mike Williams vs. Miami Dolphins

You’re already starting fellow wide receiver Allen, so why not go with Williams as well?

The Dolphins are terrible. They’re giving up the ninth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. They’re allowing the most yards per pass attempt to the opposition. And I’m pretty sure Miami has already given up for the season.

Williams has seen more targets in each game and now he draws a favorable matchup. Start as many players as you can for the Chargers against the Dolphins.

Christian Kirk vs. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle has been one of the better teams against the pass this season, but I’m not going to ignore Arizona’s desire to get the ball to Kirk.

Kirk has 12 targets in two of the last three games, with his other effort yielding eight targets. The main issue has been the lack of touchdowns, but that will happen if the targets continue to be at this level. Very rarely can you get that many targets out of anyone, so don’t worry much about the lack of scoring or lack of yardage.

Kirk should get your attention again in this tough week 4 matchup.


Tyrell Williams vs. Indianapolis Colts

I’m not a fan of touchdown-dependent anything in fantasy football.

So I’m taking the bait on Williams, who will be playing in back-to-back road games in different time zones for the Raiders. Williams has a touchdown in each of the first three games. That’s the good news.

However, his catches have gone down in each game, with a season-low of three targets in week 3 against a stingy Minnesota defense. The Colts bring an equally difficult defense against the pass, so I’m sitting Williams in week 4.

Calvin Ridley vs. Tennessee Titans

Ridley is not the easiest player to gauge. He started the season with 16 combined targets in the first two weeks. He also added a touchdown in each of those two weeks.

That’s the good news.

In week 3, though, Ridley was targeted just once. And now he faces a Titans defense that is a top-10 defense in allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

There’s something off about this Falcons offense again, so don’t depend on Ridley making much of a mark against the Titans.

John Brown vs. New England Patriots

Brown has seen his usage steadily decrease over the last three weeks.

After attracting 10 targets in the first week, he’s seen a combined 13 targets in the last two games. That’s not bad, but he’s not scoring touchdowns and he’s not racking up big yardage totals.

The Patriots have been ridiculous against the pass this season, allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers. That will likely continue in week 4 against a Bills offense that won’t have much luck moving the chains.

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