Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Start/Sit: Week 4 vs. Chicago Bears
By Zack Patraw
Vikings to sit in Week 4:
Kirk Cousins – QB
Kirk Cousins is going to be up and down all year. What you’re going to have to do if you own him in fantasy football is find the right matchups that he can exploit. This is not the week to start him. We all know how good the Bears defense is, which makes Cousins an obvious sit candidate.
The passing game has yet to really get going, which is ok for the Minnesota Vikings because Cook has been such a force in the run game. But the Vikings should be able to utilize the quick pass game to keep Cousins just relevant enough to talk about starting him next week in fantasy football.
Stefon Diggs – WR
Though the stat sheet isn’t going to show it, Stefon Diggs has looked solid this year. When breaking down the tape, you can see that Diggs has not lost a step this year as some may assume by looking at the stats. He’s been getting good separation and still running the amazing routes he always has. But the production just hasn’t been there.
Diggs should see coverage from Kyle Fuller this week with Eddie Jackson over the top. That’s not a matchup you really want to pick on. If you can find another option to start, you may want to go that route.
Kyle Rudolph – TE
Kyle Rudolph has seen his production come to a screeching halt this year. He has a measly 20 yards on just four catches and has mustered up just six targets. He’s clearly a do not start candidate, and has become a must drop.
There are plenty of guys out there on the waiver wire that hold more value than Rudolph. You need to drop him and pick one of them up.
Irv Smith Jr. – TE
Irv Smith had his breakout week last week, catching all three of his targets for 60 yards, one of which was a big play on a play-action pass, which is something the Vikings need to do more of if they want to beat the Bears this week.
But we can’t rely on that and even though his breakout game is exciting, you can’t start him this week against this tough defense. Expect his value to climb higher and higher as he gets more opportunities, but this week is not the week to plug him into your lineups.
Bears to sit in Week 4:
Mitchell Trubisky – QB
Mitchell Trubisky is, let’s be honest, a below-average quarterback. He’s at his best when he’s on the run and throwing left. We hear it every game on every broadcast. He has a hard time making the big-time throw and his arm strength is worse than Cam Newton‘s.
He’s going to have a few fantasy football games where he puts up some big numbers, but this won’t be that week. He’s going against one of the best defenses in the league this week and taking a team that is thoroughly embarrassed from last year. This is a must sit game for Trubisky.
David Montgomery – RB
David Montgomery would be a start this week if he wasn’t taking on the Minnesota Vikings and the front line of their defense. He has looked really good a the few runs he’s had, but unfortunately, Matt Nagy has refused to use him as the three-down back he could be.
Don’t expect that to change this week, and don’t expect the running game to be very relevant as well. The Vikings are going to try to make the Bears beat them with Trubisky’s arm.
Tarik Cohen – RB
Tarik Cohen was a very exciting gadget weapon in the Bears offense last year. This year is a completely different story. He has barely been used in the run game, but what’s even more confusing is he hasn’t been used in the passing game hardly at all as well, which is what gave teams so many fits last year. As long as the offense keeps this up, Cohen’s value has hit rock bottom this year.
Trey Burton – TE
When Trey Burton came over from the Eagles last year, everyone was ready to crown him as a top-five tight end in the league. This year you have seen the true Burton. He’s a solid receiver but he’s not going to be a consistent fantasy producer for your team.
He has dealt with a groin injury this year which has held him back, but it’ll be more than just the groin that’s going to hold him back this week. Whether it’s Kearse, Barr, Kendricks, or Alexander covering him, he will be no match for this Vikings defense.