2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters article!

After two weeks of losing, I have righted the ship and snagged my first victory of the season. I had a difficult decision on what player to take; my opponent had D'Andre Swift and Dalvin Cook, but they are dealing with injuries, and I didn't want to wait for them to get healthy. I decided to take Lamar Jackson since he is on fire, averaging 34 fantasy points per game this season. 

Hope you guys were victorious in Week 3 and snagged a new player from your latest victim. But let's now look forward to Week 4 and add a new player to our collection.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 4 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

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Smith just had his first game throwing over 200 yards this season. Even with the low passing yards, Smith is averaging 17.8 fantasy points per game this week. He has been incredibly accurate this year! He has a 9.8 percent bad pass rate and a 141 completion percentage index, which is 41 percent higher than the league average. That is currently Smith's highest career in the completion percentage index. Smith has the perfect matchup to show off this recent progression and have a breakout week against the Lions.

The Lions allow 23.9 fantasy points, 280 yards, and 1.6 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks. The Lions' defense has struggled against mobile quarterbacks, allowing 112 yards so far to QBs. Smith has rushing ability but hasn't shown it off this season, so maybe he'll flash it in Week 4.

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions 

I hinted at it at the beginning of the article, but D'Andre Swift is dealing with an ankle injury that will keep him out for the next two weeks. Swift's injury makes Jamaal Williams the main guy for the consistently improving Lions' offense.

Williams has been great while splitting the workload with Swift this season. He is averaging 56 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the season's first three weeks. It also looks like Williams will be getting more of the receiving work since Craig Reynolds and Justin Jackson aren't passing-catching backs. Don't be surprised if Williams receives a huge receiving workload in Week 4 since Amon-Ra St. Brown will likely be out. Brown's slot work could be shifted over to the running backs.

Williams has a decent matchup against the Seahawks. They allow 25.4 fantasy points per game to running backs this season.

Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins

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The Dolphins' rushing offense has been nonexistent, which is weird considering Mike McDaniel comes for the Kyle Shanahan offense. Mostert has been on the field for half of the Dolphins' snaps and has an outstanding 70.8 positive run percentage. So eventually, Mostert will have a breakout game, which could happen in Week 4 since Tua Tagovailoa's playing status is in the air. If Tua is out, you can guarantee that the Dolphins will rely heavily on the running game against the Bengals.

The Bengals are a decent matchup for the Dolphins. The Bengals allow 19.2 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Wide Receivers 

Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts

Pierce has been getting a decent amount of the Colts' offensive snaps in the two games he has played. In Week 3, Pierce had a decent game with five targets, three receptions, and 61 yards. It's hard to precisely predict Pierce's workload in Week 4 because of his limited workload, but his average 12.4 yards-per-target shows that he can get down the field. The Colts' passing offense needs to open up and will have the perfect opportunity against the Titans.

The Titans allow 46.8 fantasy points, 204.6 yards, and two touchdowns per game to wide receivers.

Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

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Wilson has skyrocketed to be the Jets' number one wide receiver. Wilson is averaging 104.7 air yards per game, has 27.8 percent of the Jets' team air yards, and has a 22 percent target share. He is the only Jets' wide receiver to average over 15 fantasy points per game; now, Wilson is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game. Wilson is the building block for the Jets' offense and has a fantastic matchup against the Steelers.

The Steelers allow 41.4 fantasy points, 181 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to wide receivers.

Wilson does have some risk in Week 4 because it appears Zach Wilson will be the starter, and fantasy managers haven't seen their rapport, but Garrett Wilson's talent should continue to shine in Week 4.

Tight End

Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers

Tonyan's workload has increased weekly, with him being on the field for more than half of the Packers' snaps. Aaron Rodgers has been targeting Tonyan more with his increased snap count. In Week 3, Tonyan had a 15 percent increase in being targeted on route runs and now has a fantastic matchup against the Patriots.

The Patriots allow the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. They allow 18.4 fantasy points per game to tight ends. Plus, New England allows the most touchdowns to tight ends this season.

Tonyan is regaining his strength and his spot as the Packers' red zone threat, and Week 4 will be his first breakout game for vampires.

Flex

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears

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This is one of the few weeks I'll suggest starting a running back in the flex instead of a wide receiver. But most of the wide receivers available to vampires have tough matchups. I struggled to find two starting wide receivers this week. Since I don't trust Nico Collins, I've decided to take a chance on Khalil Herbert.

David Montgomery left Sunday's game against the Texans with a knee and an ankle injury. He is considered day-to-day, but it seems very unlikely Montgomery will be playing in Week 4.

Khalil Herbert had a massive breakout in Week 3 with 157 yards and two touchdowns, and Herbert has been the better back this year. In Week 1, Montgomery averaged 1.5 yards per attempt, and Herbert averaged five yards per attempt. In Week 2, Herbert averaged 9.5 yards per attempt, and Montgomery averaged 8.1 yards per attempt. 

Herbert can make his first claim towards being the Bears' full-time starter by having another colossal week against the Giants. They allow 23.6 fantasy points and 126.3 yards per game to running backs this season.

Defense/Special Teams

Green Bay Packers

The Packers are facing off against the Patriots in Week 4. The Patriots allow 10.6 fantasy points per game to defenses, and now that Mac Jones is out, their fantasy points allowed should be higher in Week 4. The Patriots offense has struggled to hold on to the ball, allowing eight turnovers this season. The Packers definitely should walk away with a turnover with Brian Hoyer under center.


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