Fantasy Football Start ’em, Sit ’em for Week 4

*Keep in mind this article was written before week 3 was played. If there were any injuries then obviously that changes things*

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  • Start’em
    • Start of the Week: Andrew Luck: It’s been awhile since Luck had a solid week in fantasy. With a multitude of explosive targets to throw to, and a weak Jaguars defense, this game should give him the confidence he needs to get back on track.
    • Ben Roethlisberger: With two strong offenses and two relatively weak defenses, this game could end up in an offensive shootout and that means yards and touchdowns for both quarterbacks.
    • Sleeper?: Alex Smith: For the same reasoning as Rothlisberger, a top-tier quarterback is facing a weak defense. Smith doesn’t have the same weapons as Roethlisberger, but the defense he’s playing against is even worse.


    • Sit of the Week: Garoppolo/Brissett: Whoever is at the helm for the Patriots this week is going up against a team that blitzes like no other. It’ll either be Brissett’s second game, or a conservative Garoppolo who’ll likely be scared of getting hit after his week 2 injury.
    • Jameis Winston: Tough matchup for the Buccaneers this week as they go up against a Broncos defense that allows very few points to quarterbacks.
    • Be careful: Marcus Mariota: Mariota is going up against a very tough front 7 including JJ Watt and now-healthy Jadeveon Clowney. The run game likely won’t get much going and it’ll be up to Mariota’s ability to throw the ball downfield which could go very well, or very bad.

Running Backs

  • Start’em
    • Start of the week: Le’veon Bell: Bell is back and ready to prove haters wrong. Against a team that likes to blitz, the screen game will be key for the Steelers and especially for Bell owners in PPR leagues.     
    • C.J. Anderson: Anderson has been up to a much hotter start to this season than last year and that should continue this week against a weak Tampa Bay defense.
    • Sleeper?: De’Angelo Williams: Williams has been playing outstanding the past two weeks and even dating back to last season. It’d be hard to imagine that Bell takes EVERY carry in his debut. We might get to see Williams come in on goal line situations.
  • Sit’em
    • Sit of the week: Jeremy Hill: Hill’s been a bust so far this year, and against Ndamukong Suh the Bengals likely won’t run it up the middle. This will be another Giovani Bernard week.
    • Lesean McCoy: The Patriot’s defensive strategy is to take away what the other team does best. The Bills don’t necessarily pass or run well, but I’d call their rushing attack their relative strength. Don’t expect McCoy to get much going this week.
    • Be Careful: Charles Sims: People get a little too excited when a talented backup makes his start. In subbing in for Doug Martin, Sims has shown to be a good player, but not a workhorse that can carry the load for the team. It also doesn’t help that he’s playing a tough Broncos defense.

Wide Receivers

  • Start’em
    • Start of the week: AJ Green: Green has been great this season and a matchup with the Dolphins weak secondary and strong front 7 means Green should get plenty of looks downfield.
    • DeAndre Hopkins: Those skeptical of Osweiler’s ability to get Hopkins the ball have been proven wrong.
    • Sleeper?: Chris Hogan: This is a hit or miss. Hogan isn’t a top caliber player by any means, but he’s going up against his former team in a “revenge game” if you will. If he needs any extra motivation, he’ll have it this week.
  • Sit’em
    • Sit of the week: Mike Evans: Evans has been nowhere to be found for fantasy owners this year. If you’re waiting for him to go off this year, this isn’t the week, as he’ll be lining up against one of two Pro Bowl corners, with T.J. Ward lining up over the top of him.
    • Be careful : John Brown: With the Cardinals’ three star wide receivers, you never know which one of them is ready to go off. Historically it’s been Fitzgerald who’s dominated the Rams defense, which could hurt Brown’s production this week.
    • Be careful : Brandon Marshall: It’ll be interesting to see how the Jets use Marshall. One thing is sure and that’s that the Seahawks don’t give up many touchdowns to receivers.

Tight Ends

  • Start’em
    • Start of the week: Travis Kelce: Kelce has been quiet so far this season. But the Steelers defense is not what it once was and will be vulnerable in the middle with Jeremy Maclin dominating attention on the outside. Kelce could be in for a big one.
    • Sleeper?: Antonio Gates: Without Danny Woodhead in the lineup, it’ll likely be Gates that’ll catch most of the short range passes this week. In a PPR league this could generate some points.
  • Sit’em
    • Sit of the week: Martellus Bennett: Who knows how much Gronk will play this week? One thing is certain and that is that he’ll be in in redzone situations, taking away valuable opportunities for his teammate.
    • Be Careful: Rob Gronkowski: Though the Gronk will be back, expect a very conservative approach in his (hamstring’s) welcome back. Don’t be surprised if his snap count is limited and you continue to see Martellus Bennett out on the field.


  • Start’em
    • Start of the week: Chris Boswell: I’m expecting a shootout in Le’veon Bell’s return vs. Kansas City. Boswell should be able to hit some easy extra points and maybe a field goal or two.
    • Sleeper?: Josh Lambo: The Saints lackluster defense and the Charger’s mediocre offense could set Lambo up for multiple long field goals this week.
  • Sit’em
    • Sit of the week: Matt Bryant: I don’t see the Falcons scoring often in a matchup with the Panthers. Bryant likely won’t see much action this week.
    • Be Careful : Stephen Gostkowski: The Bills present a tough challenge to the Patriots who will either start a conservative Garoppolo or an inexperienced Brissett. I don’t like to count out the league’s best kicker, but there’s a better option available, consider your options.


  • Start’em
    • Start of the week: Texans: The Texans have one of the best front 7’s in the league and the Titans have a very limited passing attack. Expect a low scoring one here.
    • Bills: How do you confuse a young quarterback? Bring the blitz and make him think fast. Blitzing is about the only thing Rex and Rob Ryan do well, creating a good matchup for the Bills defense.
    • Sleeper?: Washington: The Redskins aren’t particularly known for their defense, but any team going against Cleveland is an attractive matchup. If you’re stuck with a bad matchup this week, then this is a good team to pick up from free agency.
  • Sit’em
    • Sit of the week: Jets: Russell Wilson is finally healthy and Darrelle Revis has taken two steps back this year. I don’t know how the Jets can account for Baldwin, Lockett, Kearse, and Jimmy Graham this week.
    • Chiefs: The Chiefs have a good defense, but they’re going up against the top scoring offense that is getting arguably the greatest fantasy player back this week. With Bell in the lineup, Pittsburgh’s offense presents a challenge to any defense.
    • Be careful: Rams: LA has proven to be a tough defensive team this year, but a matchup with divisional opponent and high scoring Cardinals should make owners nervous.

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