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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Wide Receivers Fantasy Football Week 4: Amari Cooper Hot Streak

Amari Cooper stays hot versus the Falcons as the WR Start of the Week.

Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp. Instead, I'll look at the players you have questions about who could exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.

Fabs Top 10 Wide Receivers
1. Cooper Kupp at 49ers (MNF)
2. Stefon Diggs at Ravens
3. Justin Jefferson at Saints (London)
4. Tyreek Hill at Bengals (TNF)
5. Ja’Marr Chase vs. Dolphins (TNF)
6. Davante Adams vs. Broncos
7. Michael Pittman Jr. vs. Titans
8. Jaylen Waddle at Bengals (TNF)
9. A.J. Brown vs. Jaguars
10. Deebo Samuel vs. Rams (MNF)

Complete positional rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | FLEX | K | DST


Week 4 Start ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Start of the Week

Amari Cooper at Falcons (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Cooper has been on some hot streak, posting 202 yards, two touchdowns and over 48 fantasy points in his last two games. He's also seen a bananas 36.2% target share in that time (no other Browns wideout has more than 6.9%). I'd keep Cooper active against the Falcons, who have allowed the sixth-most points to receivers lined out wide this season.

SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Cooper over 4.5 receptions (-133)

Start ‘Em

Drake London vs. Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Fantasy managers sure love London, averaging 17.1 points in his first three NFL games. I'd keep him in starting lineups this week too, as the Falcons host a Browns defense that's given up four touchdowns and the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers lined out wide in their first three games. Consider London a solid No. 2 wideout or flex starter.

SI Sportsbook Player Prop: London over 56.5 receiving yards (-125)

Chris Olave vs. Vikings (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network): Olave has been a real star in fantasy land the last two weeks, seeing 26 targets and scoring a combined 34.7 points. With Michael Thomas declared out this week, the rookie should see another week full of targets and opportunities to score. Even with Andy Dalton, not Jameis Winston under center, Olave is a solid flex starter.

Gabe Davis at Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Davis is coming off a 6.7-point effort against the Dolphins, but I still like him as a flex option this week when the Bills visit Baltimore. The defense has given up the most fantasy points to receivers lined out wide in their last eight games, including 14 touchdowns. Davis, who has run 91.7% of his routes out wide, should rebound. Just keeps tabs on his ankle injury.

Garrett Wilson at Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Wilson has emerged as a huge part of the Jets' offense in the last two weeks, seeing 24 targets while scoring 42 fantasy points. I'd start him against the Steelers, who have allowed the fourth-most points to slot receivers this season. Hopefully, the expected return of Zach Wilson doesn't hurt Garrett's target share, but at this point, he's a nice start 'em wideout.

SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Wilson over 47.5 receiving yards (-118)

More Starts
• Brandin Cooks vs. Chargers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• Tyler Lockett at Lions (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• DeVonta Smith vs. Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

DFS Bargains
• Garrett Wilson at Steelers ($5,400)
• Josh Reynolds vs. Seahawks ($4,600)
• Romeo Doubs vs. Patriots ($4,500)

Week 4 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

Sit of the Week

Allen Robinson at 49ers (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Robinson has been tough to trust, scoring fewer than five fantasy points in two of his first three games. He's also seen fewer than five targets in all of those contests, as Matthew Stafford continues to target Cooper Kupp and Tyler Higbee more often. The 49ers have given up the second-fewest points to wide receivers, so Robinson is a fade.

Sit ‘Em

DJ Moore vs. Cardinals (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): Moore put up an absolute stink bomb last week, scoring a mere 2.5 fantasy points. He's now caught three or fewer passes in three straight games, which has some folks concerned about his rapport with Baker Mayfield. Moreover, the remnants of Hurricane Ian could cause a potential weather mess in the Carolinas this weekend. Moore is a risky flex option.

SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Moore over 49.5 receiving yards (-125)

Adam Thielen at Saints (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network): Thielen had his best fantasy performance last week, scoring a touchdown and 18.1 points in a win over the Lions. He'll face a much tougher defense this week though, as the Saints have allowed the fewest fantasy points to receivers lined out wide in their last eight games. Consider Thielen a risky flex starter at best this weekend.

DeVante Parker at Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Parker went off last week, as he scored 20.6 fantasy points in a loss to the Ravens. However, their defense has been one of the worst against wideouts, and Jakobi Meyers was inactive. Even if Parker remains the top option this week, he'll be catching passes from backup Brian Hoyer and facing a far more formidable Packers defense at Lambeau Field.

Robert Woods at Colts (1 p.m. ET, Fox): I was wrong about Woods last week, as he produced 85 yards and 12.5 fantasy points against the Raiders. That might be his ceiling this week though, as the Titans face a Colts defense that's allowed just two touchdowns and the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Don't chase the points and keep Woods on the sidelines this week.

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More Sits
• JuJu Smith-Schuster at Buccaneers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
• Darnell Mooney at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Jerry Jeudy at Raiders (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS)

DFS Fades
• Terry McLaurin at Cowboys ($6,500)
• Jerry Jeudy at Raiders ($5,500)
• D.J. Moore vs. Cardinals ($5,300)

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