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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 4: QB Sam Darnold

By Luis Tirado Jr.
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 4 fantasy football, it’s best to sit New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold as he won’t do much of anything against the tough defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The New York Jets are set to face the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 4 action. The Jets, coming off a devastating and embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns last week, are all of a sudden back to reality after their impressive Week 1 win over the Detroit Lions. Should fantasy football owners trust rookie quarterback Sam Darnold this week?

In the grand scheme of things, no. Darnold is coming off his worst game yet in his young career as his stats last week don’t exactly excite fantasy football owners to start him against a tough Jaguars defense.

Last week against the Browns, Darnold totaled 169 passing yards, 15 completions, and two interceptions. As a matter of fact, Darnold has yet to have a clean football game in which he doesn’t have a single turnover.

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It’s best to sit Darnold this week as he won’t do much of anything against the top-notch defense of the Jaguars. One can expect that he’ll once again commit a turnover or two and likely not pass as much as he did last week.

Against the Browns, Darnold threw 31 times, which is a bit lower than the 41 attempts he had in Week 2 but offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates would be wise to focus more on the Jets ground game. The Jets, in their only win of the season so far, did so in dominant fashion when they established and committed to the run.

Hopefully, Bates brings that back this week against the Jaguars to end their current two-game losing streak. If not and Bates once again puts pressure on Darnold to win thanks to more of a passing game, it won’t work. Either way, it’s not worth the risk of starting Darnold this week since he’ll either flop again or won’t do much under center with more of a focus on a rushing attack this time around.

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