It was a rough week for my must starts in Week 3, which started badly with Rashaad Penny missing the Seahawks’ match up with a hamstring injury he picked up on Friday. None of the other must starts topped 9.5 fantasy points (John Brown), but all did at least score you 4.3 points (Randall Cobb) or more, so made a bigger contribution than the likes of Emmanuel Sanders (3.0 points), Calvin Ridley (1.6 points) and Chris Carson (4.0 points).
Putting that all behind us and looking ahead to Week 4, here are my must starts to help you win that crucial fantasy match-up.
WR Sterling Shepard, New York Giants vs Washington - 88.0% Owned
Shepard shook off the concussion that kept him out of Week 2 to haul in seven catches for 100 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs, posting 25.1 fantasy points. This week he faces a Washington defense that has given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers through three weeks. With Danny Dimes slinging the ball around, Shepard is a borderline WR1 this week.
WR Terry McLaurin, Washington @ New York Giants - 79.3% Owned
The secret is out on this third round rookie who is lighting up his rookie season for Washington. Week 3 saw McLaurin haul in another six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown and faces the league’s worst defense for allowing fantasy points to receivers in the Giants. There were some slight concerns about Case Keenum’s fitness early in the week, but with him expected to suit up. Scary Terry could have another day in Week 4.
TE Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals - 59.9% Owned
The Cardinals have been league’s worst fantasy defense against tight ends in 2019, allowing over 29 PPR points per game so far this season to the position. Dissly has 22 and 18.2 PPR points in his last two games from five to six targets so has been a go-to guy for Russell Wilson, who threw for over 400 yards in Week 3. Get on him while you can.
WR John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers - 80.2% Owned
Forget the poor stat line from Week 3 for Ross, the Bills defense is legit and Ross is going to bounce back this week against a Steelers defense that has allowed the third most passing yards through three weeks.
RB Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans vs Carolina Panthers - 55.8% Owned
Hyde has proven to be the back to own in Houston, with him out-touching Duke Johnson almost 2:1 through three weeks (41 to 23). Against a Panthers defense ranked 27th against the run in 2019, Hyde can provide a nice bit of upside in the flex spot for this week.
Bonus Start - RB Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints - 23.8% Owned
Pollard showed his worth in the Dallas offense as he proved to be a very valuable change of pace back against the Dolphins, turning 16 touches (3 receptions, 13 rushes) into 128 yards and a touchdown. Against a Saints defense ranked 30th against the rush, Pollard should again get his share of the touches and a chance to be a regular fantasy starter going forward.