Deciding who to start and who to sit can be painful in fantasy football.
While there are some players you’re likely never going to sit, we have a few players in mind who could have big weeks in fantasy in Week 4 of the NFL season.
We took a look at matchups, recent performances, and possible game-script to see who might be worth cracking your starting rotation this week. Consensus rankings are the combined average of ESPN, Fantasy Pros, and Yahoo’s weekly rankings.
Take a look below at who’s primed for a big week.
1. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
2018 stats so far: 32 catches, 338 yards, 1 touchdown
Week 4 opponent: at Los Angeles Rams
Consensus ranking: 11th among WRs
One thing to know: Thielen leads the Vikings in targets, catches, and yards, even over Stefon Diggs. The Rams may be without both starting cornerbacks, as Aqib Talib needs surgery on his ankle, and Marcus Peters is day-to-day. Even against the stout Rams defense, Thielen has the chance to score big, particularly for a Vikings team looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Bills.
2. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
2018 stats so far: 17 catches, 179 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Houston Texans
Consensus ranking: 14th among WRs
One thing to know: Hilton hasn’t lit it up the stats sheet this season, but he’s had double-digit targets in every game, giving him a solid floor. The Texans are 28th in pass defense this season and just gave up big games to Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. We like Hilton to have a nice outing at home in Week 4.
3. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
2018 stats so far: 6 carries, 42 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Buffalo Bills
Consensus ranking: 31st among RBs
One thing to know: We’re not expecting the Bills’ success to carry over from Week 3 when they eviscerated the Vikings. If the game gets out of hand, the Packers might turn to Aaron Jones, who is in his second game back from a suspension, to run the ball. He’s the Packers best runner, and Jamaal Williams never stood out in the first three weeks.
4. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
2018 stats so far: 17 catches, 194 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Consensus ranking: 19th among WRs
One thing to know: Robinson hasn’t broken out yet, but he is pacing the Bears in targets, catches, and yards. The Bears have struggled in the red zone, but the Buccaneers have given up some big fantasy outings this year. This week could be Robinson’s breakthrough.
5. James White, RB, New England Patriots
2018 stats so far: 13 carries, 14 catches, 191 total yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins
Consensus ranking: 25th among RBs
One thing to know: The struggling Patriots get the AFC-leading Dolphins at home this week in a game with serious implications. After a Week 3 loss, Brady specifically mentioned White as a player who makes plays that should be seeing more time. We’re betting Brady relies on one of his most trustworthy teammates in a big spot.
6. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
2018 stats so far: 20 catches, 257 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys
Consensus ranking: 20th among WRs
One thing to know: Tate leads the Lions in targets, catches, and yards, but has lost a few touchdowns to the other members of their impressive receiving corps. You can’t go wrong with any of Tate, Kenny Golladay, or Marvin Jones Jr., but Tate could do well against a Cowboys defense that gave up 77 yards and a touchdown to speedy Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett last week.
7. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
2018 stats so far: 15 catches, 249 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons
Consensus ranking: 37th among WRs
One thing to know: Boyd has been building throughout the season, exploding in Week 3 for 132 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons’ secondary is beaten up, so Boyd has a chance to keep things rolling this week.
8. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
2018 stats so far: 9 rushes, 41 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. New York Jets
Consensus ranking: 12th among RBs
One thing to know: Fournette looks good to go this week after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. The Jets just gave up 98 yards and 2 touchdowns to Carlos Hyde in Week 3.
9. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
2018 stats so far: 21 catches, 215 yards, 0 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Tennessee Titans
Consensus ranking: 3rd among TEs
One thing to know: Ertz has been the Eagles leading receiver so far, but has yet to find the end zone. That has to change eventually, right?
10. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
2018 stats so far: 48 carries, 175 yards, 3 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns
Consensus ranking: 15th among RBs
One thing to know: The Raiders are home for the first time since Week 1 when Lynch opened the season with a Beast Mode touchdown. He’s had two since then and remained a solid part of the Raiders offense. The Browns gave up 2 rushing touchdowns to the Jets last week.
11. Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
2018 stats so far: 60% completion, 716 passing yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs
Week 4 opponent: at Arizona Cardinals
Consensus ranking: 10th among QBs
One thing to know: Wilson doesn’t have much to work with on offense, but the Cardinals are a below-average pass defense that’s allowed solid performances to Alex Smith and Jared Goff. Plus, Wilson adds the potential to rush, too.
12. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
2018 stats so far: 14 catches, 152 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at New Orleans Saints
Consensus ranking: 31st among WRs
One thing to know: This game features lots of players you’re going to play, regardless — Alvin Kamara, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas — but Shepard has a chance to join in the fun. He’s coming off his best game of the young season in Week 3 (80 yards, 1 TD), and Evan Engram is out for the Giants, giving Beckham more opportunities. The Saints rank last in pass defense.
13. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
2018 stats so far: 11 catches, 159 yards, 3 TDs
Week 4 opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Consensus ranking: 38th among WRs
One thing to know: With only 11 catches, Williams is a bit big-play dependent, but his connection with Philip Rivers continues to improve each week. He won’t have touchdowns every week, but against a beaten-up 49ers secondary, he should still have a solid week.
14. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens
2018 stats so far: 12 catches, 222 yards, 2 TDs
Week 4 opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Consensus ranking: 25th among WRs
One thing to know: Brown’s catches and targets keep increasing each week. The Steelers defense has given up some big games to opposing wide receivers. Even if Brown doesn’t come down with a touchdown, he might have a safe floor — he had 86 yards last week.
15. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
2018 stats so far: 14 catches, 176 yards, 1 TD
Week 4 opponent: at Denver Broncos
Consensus ranking: 28th among WRs
One thing to know: Watkins’ production has picked up since a quiet Week 1. The Broncos’ pass defense has fallen off this season, and they’ve given up a few big receiving days to opposing wideouts.
Now, check out where every team stands heading into the quarter-mark of the season…
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.