Week 4 Fantasy: Start/Sit Special – Chiefs-Patriots

Due to two positive COVID-19 cases, including New England Patriots starting QB Cam Newton and Kansas City Chiefs reserve QB Jordan Ta’amu, the NFL has moved the Week 4 match-up between the Chiefs and Patriots to Monday night at 7:00 PM EST on CBS, airing just before kickoff of ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

For those wondering whether you should start or sit players from either teams, I have answers for your fantasy football line-up.

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For a preview of the game, check out fellow NZI writer Garrison Funk’s preview of the game. As for fantasy options regarding ESPN’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers game, check out Robbie MacGregor’s article.

Quarterbacks

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  • Patrick Mahomes: This will be a short and sweet answer. I don’t care if Mahomes is playing against the ’85 Bears, 2000 Ravens, the Steel Curtain, etc., start Patrick Mahomes. You spent too much draft capital to not start him. Don’t overthink this. Start all of the Chiefs’ skill players you drafted early.
  • Brian Hoyer: Due to Cam Newton’s placement on the reserve/COVID list, it’s Brian Hoyer getting the start this week instead of Jarrett Stidham. Remember when Patriots fans believed Jarrett Stidham would be their starting quarterback this season? Pepperidge Farms remembers. Silly Massholes. Anyway, don’t be dumb in starting Brian Hoyer. He has no fantasy value whatsoever.

Running Backs

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  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire: The Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire isn’t the best running back in the NFL. Bu,t there is no good reason for you to bench him. Even if the Chiefs play against an all-time defense, he was a first-round pick in many fantasy leagues this season. You don’t bench your first-round picks unless they suck. Start CEH.
  • James White: After missing the past two games due to a tragic death in the family, Patriots running back James White returned to practice this week, and is poised to play against the Chiefs. He’s a good flex option in PPR fantasy football leagues. Even if this game is a blowout, White should see many targets off of check-downs from Brian Hoyer. White is a worthy flex option.
  • Rex Burkhead: With James White poised to return for the Patriots this week, Rex Burkhead’s fantasy value takes a big hit. Bill Belichick loves to tinker with his running backs and play certain backs more in certain match-ups. But, with White back, Burkhead will lose those touches he received last week. I won’t confidently advocate for starting Burkhead. He could either put up double-digit points, or put up no points whatsoever.
  • Sony Michel: After posting 117 yards off of nine attempts last week, New England Patriots running back Sony Michel should be in line to get more carries this week, right? You’re not crazy for thinking that. The Chiefs have given up 5.3 yards per carry on the ground, and if you’re going to beat the Chiefs, an effective ground game is paramount to pulling off the upset. But, I can’t advocate starting Michel. The Chiefs score very quickly, and the Patriots would have to abandon the run game early if they fall behind by three scores.

Pass Catchers

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  • Tyreek Hill: The rule for Patrick Mahomes and Clyde Edwards-Helaire is applicable to Tyreek Hill. It doesn’t matter if he’s lined up against Deion Sanders or Darrelle Revis; you start Tyreek Hill, no matter what. You spent too much draft capital drafting him to bench him. You start him and live with the results.
  • Sammy Watkins: Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is unlikely to see much of the reigning defensive player of the year Stephon Gilmore; therefore, I absolutely advocate starting him in fantasy leagues as a flex option. He’s a beneficiary of playing with Patrick Mahomes.
  • Mecole Hardman: Chiefs second-year wide receiver Mecole Hardman had a nice game last week against the Baltimore Ravens, catching four of six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in a decisive victory for the Chiefs. However, I don’t advocate starting Hardman in any format until he finds more consistency. Before last week, he had three catches for 36 yards on the season. Don’t start Hardman in your fantasy football league.
  • Travis Kelce: I’ll say this for the last time: don’t ever bench your best players. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. You start him, no matter what.
  • Julian Edelman: The crafty slot receiver for the New England Patriots was shut down last week vs. the Las Vegas Raiders, only registering two catches for 23 yards. In spite of that, he is the only Patriots receiver I advocate starting. Start Julian Edelman, especially with Chiefs rookie corner L’Jarius Sneed placed on injured reserve this week.

Defenses

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  • Kansas City Chiefs: Absolutely. Anytime you play against a backup quarterback, a competent defense will feast on the opposing quarterback’s ineptitude.
  • New England Patriots: I’ll summarize this in a gif down below — and this answer goes for any defense playing against an elite offense like the Kansas City Chiefs.

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