Fourth fantasy football week Start ‘Em & Sit’ Em: Understudy Jamal Williams steps into the spotlight

The depth of Fantasy’s rosters is about to be tested this week with all the infections we’re dealing with. You should make some fun squad decisions for a lot of Fantasy directors. And by fun, I mean painful to some of you.

As Week 4 approaches, here are some of the key injuries to watch: Dalvin Cook (shoulder), Dandrey Swift (shoulder), David Montgomery (ankle), Amon Ra St. Brown (ankle), Michael Thomas (toe) and Chris Goodwin (hamstring) Hunter Renfrew (concussion), Jarvis Landry (ankle), Dalton Schultz (knee) and Harrison Boetker (ankle). Yes, even our cartons are not safe.

The good news is that some of these injuries have created opportunities for other players to advance, including Jamal Williams, Khalil Herbert, Alexander Mattison and Chris Olaf, among others. We’ll talk about how good these players are as starting options for Week 4 below.

Most fantasy managers prefer drafted players to be eligible to play, and we’ll see how the injuries play out before Sunday. But make sure you have a plan in place for a replacement option if needed, and we’ll have you covered as always with our suggestions.

We always talk about how fun it is to be a fictional manager – managing your own team. We’ll see how well you do in Week 4 if you lose key players to injury, and how you can replace them while still getting quality production in your squad.

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Jamal Williams was already a fruitful fantasy choice when D’Andre Swift was healthy. He showed that in his first week when he scored twice against the Eagles, he had at least 12 total touches in each of his first two games of the season. Then came the third week.

Swift, who was already dealing with an ankle injury, left the game in Minnesota with a shoulder injury. Williams finished with 20 holders for 87 yards and two touchdowns, along with two 20-yard pickups on two goals against the Vikings, and now he’s ready to make a prominent role in the next two games (at least) until Swift returns.

This Lions offense has been exceptional in running the ball this year, as Swift and Williams have combined in four games with at least 16 PPR points. And Williams should continue to do well in Week 4 against Seattle.

The Seahawks have allowed a run-in to score at least 11 PPR points in every game this season, with Javonte Williams, Jeff Wilson and Cordarrelle Patterson all collecting at least 100 yards per game. Williams scored 21 PPR points in the first week, and Patterson scored 22 points last week in Seattle.

I love Williams as a top 10 fantasy comeback in all forms this week. While it’s not fun to see Swift on the sidelines, Williams can step in and help a lot of Fantasy managers, starting with a big performance against the Seahawks.

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Beams (versus NE)

The Packers defense was awkward in its first week in Minnesota, but Green Bay has since closed Chicago and Tampa Bay, allowing a total of 22 points during that time. The Packers also had six bags in those two games and three total sales. This should be another good performance for this defense against the Patriots with Brian Hoyer under center. Packers DST took first place in my rankings this week.

  • Broncos (in LV)
  • Eagles (vs. Jack)
  • ponies (versus a tin)

Crows (versus BUF)

The Ravens DST had a solid Week 3 performance in New England, but this week will be a lot different than Buffalo’s. Against the Patriots, the Ravens had three sacks, three interceptions and recovered a bump. Baltimore has interceptions per game, with six total interceptions, but slowing Josh Allen will be tough. You should avoid DST crows in the fourth week.

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