Fantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Backup Jamal Williams Takes Spotlight

The depth of our Fantasy rosters is going to be tested this week with all the injuries we are dealing with. This should lead to some fun lineup decisions for many Fantasy managers. And by fun I mean painful for some of you.

Heading into Week 4, here are some of the major injuries we’re watching: Dalvin Cook (shoulder), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), David Montgomery (ankle), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), Michael Thomas (toe ), Chris Godwin (knee), Hunter Renfrow (concussion), Jarvis Landry (ankle), Dalton Schultz (knee) and Harrison Butker (ankle). Yes, even our kicks are not safe.

The good news is that some of those injuries have created opportunities for other players to step up, including Jamal Williams, Khalil Herbert, Alexander Mathison and Chris Olave, among others. We’ll talk about how good these players could be as Week 4 starting options below.

Most Fantasy managers would prefer the guys they drafted to be eligible to play and we’ll see how the injuries play out by Sunday. But make sure you have a plan for a replacement option if needed, and we’ve got you covered as always with our offerings.

We always talk about how the fun of being a Fantasy manager is just that — managing your team. And we’ll see how well you do in Week 4 if you’re missing key players due to injury and how you can replace them while still getting quality production from your lineup.

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Jamal Williams was already a productive fantasy option when D’Andre Swift was healthy. He showed that in Week 1 when he scored two touchdowns against the Eagles and had at least 12 total touches in each of the first two games of the season. Then came week 3.

Swift, already dealing with an ankle injury, left the Minnesota game with an injured shoulder. Williams finished with 20 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns, along with two catches for 20 yards on two targets against the Vikings, and now he’s poised for a big role in the next two games (at least) until Swift returns.

This Lions offense has been a standout game this year as Swift and Williams have combined for four games with at least 16 PPR points. And Williams should continue to perform well in Week 4 against Seattle.

The Seahawks have allowed a running back to score at least 11 PPR points in every game this season, with Javonte Williams, Jeff Wilson and Cordarrelle Patterson all gaining at least 100 yards in each game. Williams scored 21 PPR points in Week 1 and Patterson had 22 PPR points last week in Seattle.

I like Williams as a top 10 Fantasy running back in all formats this week. While Swift isn’t fun to watch on the sidelines, Williams could step in and help a lot of Fantasy managers, starting with a big performance against the Seahawks.

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Packers (vs. NE)

The Packers’ defense was embarrassed in Week 1 at Minnesota, but since then Green Bay has shut out Chicago and Tampa Bay, allowing a combined 22 points over that stretch. The Packers also had six sacks in those two games and three total turnovers. It should be another good performance for this defense against the Patriots with Brian Hoyer under center. Packers DST are #1 in my rankings this week.

  • Broncos (at LV)
  • Eagles (vs. JAC)
  • Colts (vs. TEN)

Ravens (vs. BUF)

The Ravens DST had a strong performance in Week 3 in New England, but this week will be much different against Buffalo. Against the Patriots, the Ravens had three sacks, three interceptions and recovered one fumble. Baltimore has an interception in every game, with six total, but slowing down Josh Allen will be tough. You should avoid Ravens DST in Week 4.

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