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What to do with Darius Slayton, Golden Tate in Week 4 fantasy football

Will either of these wide receivers be of value to your lineups this week?

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium
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The Giants are coming off a rough Week 3 outing, in which they saw little offensive success against the San Francisco 49ers. No touchdowns were scored, as the Giants scored all of their points on field goals and lost 36-9. As one can imagine, this led to poor fantasy production for the entire offense. Can we expect better outcomes in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Rams? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

Fantasy Football analysis: Giants WRs Darius Slayton, Golden Tate

Darius Slayton started this season on fire as he topped 100 yards on six receptions and scored two touchdowns for 28.2 PPR points in Week 1. The flames have been extinguished since then, as Slayton managed only 6.3 PPR points in both Week 2 and Week 3. The Giants offense faced three tough defenses to start the season, and while the Rams aren’t the worst defense in the league, they will provide a slight reprieve for this weary clan. Things have been tough since Saquon Barkley’s season ended prematurely, as defenses haven’t been forced to stay as honest. The Giants will look to get back on track in Week 4 and ramp up offensive production. Slayton showed us his upside in Week 1, but his floor is that of a low end WR3/flex and he should be started as such.

Golden Tate provides some fantasy value on his volume alone. Barkley is no longer around to soak up short targets over the middle, and Tate is the most likely beneficiary of this development. He managed five receptions (the most on the team) on seven targets in a Week 3 disaster for the Giants. Tate’s floor is solid due to his high target volume, but his ceiling is low due to his average 8.3 yards per catch in a lackluster offense. He is no more than a low end flex play in deep leagues.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Darius Slayton as a WR3/flex.

Start Golden Tate as a flex in deep leagues only