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Week 4 Start_Sit: Aftermath of Week 3 Upsets

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I was pretty accurate for my Week 3 Start_Sit, but obviously there were a few hiccups. A few that I got right were Will Fuller, Jimmy Garoppolo, Marshawn Lynch, Matthew Stafford, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. On the opposite side a few I got wrong were Kirk Cousins, Phillip Lindsay, Keelan Cole, and Chris Thompson. I rolled the dice on a big gamble in Week 3 to sit a mega star and it almost paid off, too.

My biggest gamble from the previous week in sitting David Johnson on the bench was very close to being a good take. In half point PPR leagues he finished as the RB20 (according to Fantasy Pros). His day was saved with a 21 yard catch for a touchdown. Going forward he might be more suited as a Flex player with that offense.

One big difference you’ll see is the change in the layout of this article. Typically, I wrote one Start_Sit per game, but that is gonna change. I am doing the articles per position now and I’ll have two or three players per position. The reason for this change is to make it easier for you, the readers, to read. Instead of scrolling to find the games you want, you can go to the positions to find the players.

Before I go ahead with our Week 4 Start_Sit we have to acknowledge that this is the start of bye weeks. The two teams on bye weeks are the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins.

Some notable fantasy players that aren’t playing this week are: Cam Newton, Alex Smith, Christian McCaffrey, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Devin Funchess, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Carolina D/ST.

Now, if you allow me to do so, I’d like to bestow upon you my Week 4 Start_Sit.

Week 4 Start_Sit

Start

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Rams

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Here me out alright, the Minnesota loss to the Bills was something many didn’t see coming. In Week 4, Minnesota gets the Los Angeles Rams and that will be an interesting game. You’re talking about two Top 10 offenses and defenses facing off. There are two big reasons why the Vikings have an edge in this game.


Those two key injuries leave Minnesota receivers, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, with juicy matchups. Not to mention with the Rams high scoring offense, this could lead to an aerial battle between these two teams.

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

10 wins in his last 11 games, undefeated, and atop of the AFC East. No I’m not talking about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I’m talking about Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins.

This New England defense is looking eerily similar to last season’s defense. New England has allowed 638 passing yards and six touchdowns over the last two games. This is a very enticing matchup for Miami’s QB who had 289 passing yards and three touchdowns in Week 3. He should have a solid performance against this struggling New England defense.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Atlanta Falcons

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Dalton threw for just over 350 yards, but he did have four interceptions. It doesn’t help that his best weapon and one of the best WR in the NFL, A.J. Green, left due to a groin injury in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they suffered another key loss to their defense and more specifically, their secondary. Safety, Ricardo Allen, is out for the season after tearing his achilles. Drew Brees just lit up that Falcons defense for 396 yards and five total touchdowns. Andy Dalton is looking like a viable Week 4 starting QB with Cam Newton and Alex Smith out on bye weeks.

Running Backs

Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys

It is finally over! The nearly five year streak of a RB not rushing for over 100 yards is over. Rookie, Kerryon Johnson, rushed for 101 yards on 16 attempts. His 16 attempts tied him with LeGarrette Blount, who only had 48 rushing yards.

Dallas allowed 113 rushing yards to Seattle in Week 3. 102 of the 113 rushing yards went to Seattle’s starting RB, Chris Carson. You should see Johnson’s carries increase and Blount’s carries decrease. Johnson showed he is the more productive back and Detroit would be foolish not to give him more work.

Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns vs Oakland Raiders

Hyde enters Week 4 as an RB1. He has three straight games with a touchdown and reached the endzone twice last week for a total of four touchdowns. One downside to starting him is his PPR limitation. Through the first three games he only has four receptions. Even with those four receptions, he has one less reception then the Browns premiere pass catching back, Duke Johnson Jr.. Do not leave Carlos Hyde on your bench especially with this matchup.

Wide Receivers

Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts

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Another week with Deshaun Watson, and Will Fuller was highly productive again. He racked up 101 yards and scored one touchdown on five catches. If you want to see additional information as to why I’m high on Fuller you should go read my Week 3 Start_Sit article.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants vs New Orleans Saints

Coming off his best game in 2018, he is looking to continue that against the Saints. With TE Evan Engram out, he will see an increase in targets. New Orleans has a bottom three defense against the pass. They’ve allowed 1,037 passing yards so far. The Saints will be keyed on Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, so Shepard is in line to see double-digit targets.

Tight Ends

Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A game against one of the worst defenses in the NFL could help light a fire for this Chicago offense. Their offense seems to be stuck in the sand these first three games. Burton has a lot of upside this week and you can feel safe with putting him in your lineups. Tampa Bay just allowed 119 receiving yards to the Pittsburgh TE’s on Monday night.

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

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Teammate Jack Doyle was absent on Sunday due to a hip injury and that did nothing for Ebron’s performance. Some may say Doyle’s absence hurt Ebron. Eric Ebron got 11 targets against the Eagles, but only caught five of them. With Jack Doyle out it is obvious that Ebron will see an increase in targets. He went from nine in the first two games to 11 in the third game. Ebron has a comfortable matchup this week against the Texans, who are allowing 25 points per game.

Defenses

Cleveland Browns, D/ST, vs Oakland Raiders

Cleveland leads the NFL in takeaways and personally I’m shocked. The Browns have five interceptions and six fumble recoveries for a total of 11 takeaways. Going into Week 4, they are headed into Oakland to face off against the Raiders. In the three games so far, Derek Carr has five interceptions to only two passing touchdowns. He is tied for the league lead in interception. This is a very underrated defense in Cleveland and an underrated Fantasy sleeper this week.

Seattle Seahawks, D/ST, vs Arizona Cardinals

A favorable matchup this week for Seattle makes them another fantasy sleeper this week. Arizona is going with their 2018 first round pick, Josh Rosen, and he is facing the new Seattle defense. They’re tied with Miami for the most interceptions in the league with seven. Seattle showed they were able to get after the QB in Week 3, too. Against Dallas, they sacked Dak Prescott five times. With Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner still on the field this defense will stay relevant in fantasy.

 

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Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans

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If you didn’t see his game against the Philadelphia Eagles, there was one play that stood out above them all. On the last play of the game, the Colts needed a 50 yard hail mary pass, but Luck wasn’t in to make that throw. This is very telling about his shoulder. He has failed to throw for over 180 yards the last two games, too. Indianapolis’s offense is looking stale lately and the lack of weapons is hurting his Fantasy value.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mariota is clearly still not 100% and if Blaine Gabbert didn’t get hurt, Mariota wouldn’t have played. Marcus is suffering from a ulnar nerve injury that is effecting the feeling in his hand. Gabbert suffered a concussion in Week 3 and if he’s unable to go, Marcus will be the starter. That is a less then ideal situation. He is facing the Eagles and is clearly still hurt. Mariota has yet to throw for over 104 yards or a touchdown this season.

Running Backs

Aaron Jones, Ty Montgomery, and Jamaal Williams, RB’s, Green Bay Packers vs Buffalo Bills

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Another RBBC (running back by committee) makes choosing one of these backs confusing for your Fantasy lineups. Jamaal Williams hasn’t done much in the first three games and Ty Montgomery is just a pass catching back. Jones was suspended the first couple games and he is going to have to fight for carries. The most realistic situation is the Packers go with the hot hand. This backfield is like going to the craps table and betting on black, red, and green then hoping for a winner.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings vs Los Angeles Rams

His first start of the 2018 season was nothing short of forgettable. Due to the large deficit, the Vikings were forced to throw. I’m not sure if Dalvin Cook, will be able to go due to his hamstring injury, plus this being a short week. Even if Cook isn’t able to go, I don’t like this matchup for Murray. He is going to have a difficult time running against this tough front seven.

If the Vikings fall behind, they aren’t afraid to abandon the run. Look back at the game against the Bills. They only had six total rushing attempts and two of those rushes were from Latavius Murray. He finished the game with two rushes for only one yard. Be aware of this tough matchup and look for alternate options.

Wide Receivers

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs Cincinnati Bengals

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Now the WR3 in Atlanta, Sanu is falling short this season. With failing to eclipse over 40 yards and five receptions so far, it makes it difficult for people to put him in their Fantasy lineups. The emergence of Alabama rookie Calvin Ridley has pushed Sanu down on the depth chart. Even with a positive matchup against a bottom defense, there isn’t much to love about Sanu. Those two prior points make it tough to start Sanu in any league, even in DFS.

Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets vs Jacksonville Jaguars

A disappointing start to the season and now a game against a top three defense makes Anderson a sit this week. It is apparent that QB Sam Darnold has a favorite receiver in Quincy Enunwa. Anderson caught his lone target in Week 1 for 41 yards and a touchdown. If you take that out then is season stats would be five catches and 49 receiving yards. Now with the Jets facing the Jaguars, he will be covered by Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, cementing his sit status.

Tight Ends

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Chargers

The injury to Jimmy Garoppolo is a tremendous loss for the 49ers. Not only does his injury have serious repercussions for the 49ers, but also for people’s Fantasy teams. It has a snowball effect on all of their players and the player it effects most is George Kittle. He is the main weapon for San Francisco and the highest owned 49ers player in Fantasy. You have to be nervous about his game against the Chargers, too. No TE has scored a touchdown against them yet. I know the TE position is scarce, but he is a risky option with a new QB and a difficult matchup.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Chicago Bears

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Don’t get caught up with his touchdown catch on Monday night. This was his first relevant game in Fantasy this season. O.J. Howard is the more valuable TE and you can tell based on the targets. Look at Monday night’s game against the Steelers. Howard out targeted Brate 8-to-4. I know some people will look at that touchdown and think he is a streaming option, but that isn’t the case.

Defenses

Denver Broncos, D/ST, vs Kansas City Chiefs

This is a matchup you don’t want at all. No defense has been able to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver had a difficult time stopping the Baltimore Ravens, but this the Chiefs. Kansas City is averaging 39 points per game this season. That statistic alone should send shivers down your spine.

Minnesota Vikings, D/ST, vs Los Angeles Rams

After a surprising loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Vikings have a short week game against the Rams. No defense has been been able to slow down the Rams offense. Los Angeles is averaging 34 points per game and that isn’t great for Fantasy defenses. Not to mention that the Vikings will be without their top defensive lineman, Everson Griffen, who is dealing with severe mental health problems. If you have the option to pickup a streaming defense, I would feel more comfortable with that decision.

Conlin Postma

Fantasy Football Writer at So Called Fantasy Experts
An aspiring Fantasy Football Analyst, a member of the #RavensFlock, and the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan you'll meet.

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