Man Up/ Step Aside Week 4 picks
What a crazy week it has been. Literally every channel you tune in to, newspaper you pickup, sports channel etc. all we keep hearing about is “boycott the NFL” , “Fire those sons of b*****s”, and other ridiculous acts such as fans canceling their Sunday Ticket subscriptions, and the classic burning of the jerseys and memorabilia. Several NFL players along with coaches and owners either unified, kneeled or stood for the anthem and that was the talk of the week. Regardless of your stance on the situation I fully understand the MFST peeps come to this site to get an escape from this crazy world we live in and it’s not an easy topic to bring up, but it can’t go ignored either.
Thursday night neither the Bears or Packers kneeled, instead they locked arms within their teams and unified for the anthem, and it was great. I just want to say as a proud American let’s not let this debate divide us and let’s get back to some foosball and beer! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 And hell no I’m not ever cancelling my Red Zone or Sunday Ticket.
Week 4 is off to a great start, and that also means a quarter of the season is just about gone. If I learned anything it’s that the NFL is on a record-setting pace to have just about every player on IR by week 8 after seeing that vicious hit on a defenseless Davante Adams. But just as I’ve been saying from week-to-week in the NFL it’s always next Man Up.
The Jay-train himself came into the season with several questions such as can he be an RB1, or sustain a heavy workload with his notable injury history–and after a solid performance in Week 2 he came into Week 3 and gave a subpar performance with 16 yards on 11 carries. Yuck! But listen fellows and fellas if you’ve got any concerns for Ajayi going into his hometown in London, England think again because this man is going to put on a show. All aboard the Jay Train choo choo.
Tyrod has become a pretty good streaming option for fantasy, and let me tell you as a player who has plenty of stock in Cam Newton, Jameis Winston to name a few in various leagues I’ve turned to Taylor to bail me out in weeks I couldn’t trust my other options. Even on the road Taylor should be a great play if you need a streaming option with the rushing ability he presents, and an even better daily play.
I’m not sure if Benjamin suits up here, but even if he does he’s not going to be at full health which can make this call tricky and interesting. Benjamin can suit up but be out on the field as a decoy–who knows either way but if you need a flex play Funchess is your man because he benefits greatly with an upgrade in targets if Benjamin misses in a showdown with New England.
Graham has been a disappointment so far. Fantasy players expected by now he would be a huge target for Wilson with the lack of pass catchers in Seattle, but outside of Gronk you’re pretty much streaming the position and yes hoping your tight end falls into the end zone. If the Colts are good at anything it’s actually run blocking, which could set up some interesting plays for the 6’7 Graham who should be a red zone monster on Sunday.
Last week I had Sammy Watkins as a Step Aside and boy was I wrong. My man Sammy made me eat crow and yeah I’m not having him on my bench this week. The matchup is perfect on the road in Dallas for Watkins and if he’s starting Sunday afternoon plug him in and enjoy those points. Dallas is still getting their secondary together, but after watching old man Larry who’s a legend yes, torch them for 149 yards, and Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas the week prior tells me that they can’t cover those top-tier guys. Watkins may not have reached the elite level just yet, but the talent is there and with Goff getting more comfortable Watkins is simply a Man Up.
Finally this could be the week that we see a Joe Mixon breakout game. He’s got the Browns and although they improved defensively this is the perfect game for him to earn that workhorse starting role. If you recently bought low on Mixon in a trade, picked him up on waiver or have been sitting on him all these weeks, now is the time to start him.
Snead should be owned in every league and if he was foolishly dropped by someone in your league go get him now. However for Week 3 I’m going to say hold your horses in rolling him out immediately–this is his first game back from serving his suspension. If you have the guts to start him I can’t blame you the potential is there, but I’d like to see how he performs first before I start plugging Snead into my lineup.
Not much to say here. If you own Big Ben you should have a second option because as we know by now, he is terrible in road situations, and I don’t give a damn if the Ravens got that a$$ smacked by Jacksonville last week I’m 100% avoiding Roethlisberger here.
If you drafted Reed well I don’t know what to tell you because the man has broken toes, a chest injury and is an injury away as always from being sidelined during a game, or not suiting up at all. We all know what a half-healthy Reed can do if he’s on the field, but on the road in Arrowhead on Monday night, unless you have Vernon Davis as a backup plan I’m not even thinking about starting Reed this week.
I want no part of this Eagles backfield, and if you think the season ending injury to Sproles is going to boost Blount’s productivity then think again. It’s not. Yes there’s always a chance he rushes for 30 yards on 20 carries and rolls into the end zone, but this offense wasn’t made for Blounts playing style so avoid this mess if possible.
D’Onta Foreman in my opinion is the back to own in Houston and hopefully you have him stashed. Unfortunately for Miller his time in Houston has not lived up to expectations , and don’t expect a turn around against Tennessee. The Titans are an excellent defensive team, plus the carries between Miller and Foreman are almost identical in this confusing backfield.
Garcon has surprisingly been good particularly in PPR leagues and it’s hard to take him out of your flex spot, but the 49ers are going into war against an Arizona Cardinals team who got decimated by the Cowboys on Monday Night. That’s not all–if you saw the game you would’ve seen that Dez Bryant didn’t get much work here and that’s because of one man, Patrick Peterson. That’s more than enough for me to consider starting Garçon this week.