Week 4 Starts/Sits – TNF & 6pm Sunday

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Without doubt, the biggest head scratcher of a fantasy football player is deciding who to start in their line-up each week. There is nothing worse than leaving a game on your bench and spending the entirety of the next week dwelling in hindsight.

Whether you’re in 1 league or 100 leagues, setting your line-ups is the most crucial part of your fantasy week and we’re here to let you know which players are in the best environments to boom and which are most likely destined to bust.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for tomorrow’s podcast where we dive into a full preview of the weekend games and make sure you head over to Twitter (@F10YFantasy) for “Start ‘em, sit ‘em, GIF ‘EM!”.

Spoiler alert: the entirety of TNF is a start ‘em. 

Thursday Night Football

Matchup: Denver Broncos @ New York Jets

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Start of the Game

Melvin Gordon III – Running Back – Denver Broncos

Good. Lord. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you 2020’s first Toilet Bowl. No players are of any consequence to your Fantasy team and if they are, you have problems. The Quarterbacks? Hopeless or helpless. The Wide Receivers? Out, Questionable, unknown or stuck with a subpar QB. The Offensive Lines? Depleted or dreadful. The Defensive Lines? Ditto. The Running Backs…? Barely standing but here we go. Melvin Gordon III is my start, if Mekhi Becton is healthy then Braxton Berrios is worth a look too but…Good Lord.

Other Notable Starts

Denver Broncos – N/A

New York Jets – Braxton Berrios – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

Noah Fant – Tight End – Denver Broncos

How about ‘all of the above’? No, let’s at least try some critical thinking here. Noah Fant is the premier pass catcher remaining on the Broncos that isn’t a rookie (see Jerry Jeudy). However, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles are not the answer and you can find a few Tight Ends on waivers this week who stand to catch more balls for more success than Fant.

I hasten to add, I could easily see this being a 60+ point slugfest but anyone who thinks that you can pinpoint who’ll be of Fantasy value here needs their head checking.

Other Notable Sits

Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy – Wide Receiver, KJ Hamler – Wide Receiver

New York Jets – Frank Gore – Running Back

Sunday Early Games

Matchup: Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Football Team

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Start of the Game

JK Dobbins – Running Back – Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore were a big disappointment on Monday Night Football as they fell in the much-mooted AFC Championship Game to the Chiefs. As they trailed for most of the game, the ground game was sacrificed but that changes this week with Baltimore travelling to Washington. The Football Team could be without Chase Young and gave up plenty on the ground to the Browns in Week 3. I expect Dobbins to get back on track.

Other Notable Starts

Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson – Quarterback

Washington Football Team – Terry McLaurin – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

Mark Andrews – Tight End – Baltimore Ravens

I was a huge fan of Andrews in 2019 and he got me to the playoffs in many-a-league but, so far this season, he’s not lived up to last year’s performance with back-to-back weeks in low single digits. This issue had further light shed on it when it was Nick Boyle who snagged a score for the Ravens on Monday night. Until we see otherwise, make him warm the bench.

Other Notable Sits

Baltimore Ravens – Marquise Brown – Wide Receiver

Washington Football Team – N/A

Matchup: Los Angeles Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaners

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Start of the Game

Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I came into the season very down on the Bucs-Brady 2020 Experience and, whilst I’m not fully believing in it as yet, this week provides Tampa with an ideal opportunity to get to 3-1. Evans snagged both of his Redzone targets for scores against an ailing Denver. With Chris Harris Jr now on IR, and the Bucs receivers themselves a bit banged up (Godwin, Miller and Watson all hurt), this has a big day for Evans written all over it.

Other Notable Starts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – N/A

Los Angeles Chargers – Austin Ekeler – Running Back

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Sit of the Game

Hunter Henry – Tight End – Los Angeles Chargers

A decent performance in Week 3 is one I can’t see being replicated in Tampa. Henry hasn’t been targeted in the Redzone in the last fortnight and whilst he’s catching a lot of balls thrown at him, the Tampa defense will have confidence oozing through them and I expect them to shut down Henry.

Other Notable Sits

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – N/A

Los Angeles Chargers – N/A

Matchup: Seattle Seahawks @ Miami Dolphins

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Start of the Game

Devante Parker – Wide Receiver – Miami Dolphins

We all know about what the Seahawks can do and what they’re almost certainly going to do to the Miami secondary, but let’s show some love for Devante Parker. He’s been targeted 17 times and caught 14 of those targets. Against a weakened Seattle secondary who already love giving up air yards, Parker is worth a look this week.

Other Notable Starts

Seattle Seahawks – Tyler Lockett – Wide Receiver, DK Metcalf – Wide Receiver

Miami Dolphins – Ryan Fitzpatrick – Quarterback

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Sit of the Game

Myles Gaskin – Running Back – Miami Dolphins

On the contrary, Seattle stuffs the run and Gaskin hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Even though he had 22 carries against Jacksonville and caught all five of his targets, he didn’t get in the endzone thanks to Jordan Howard’s goal line production.

Other Notable Sits

Seattle Seahawks – N/A

Miami Dolphins – N/A

Matchup: Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans

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Start of the Game

Justin Jefferson – Wide Receiver – Minnesota Vikings

We know you’re starting Dalvin Cook this week, his greatness is already established. So let’s overreact and say that Justin Jefferson will fill the hole left by Stefon Diggs after he dominated Malcolm Butler at the weekend. In the second edition of the Toilet Bowl (both teams 0-3), this is a must win game for both teams. No question about it. Expect a points-fest.

Other Notable Starts

Minnesota Vikings – Adam Thielen – Wide Receiver

Houston Texans – Will Fuller – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

Brandin Cooks – Wide Receiver – Houston Texans

I just can’t trust Cooks to produce. He’s regularly appearing on the injury report and hasn’t broken into double digits yet this season. Maybe he can get on track this week against the Vikings but, until he starts catching more balls and battling fewer injuries, I can’t advise playing him.

Other Notable Sits

Minnesota Vikings – DST

Houston Texans – DST

Matchup: New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions

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Start of the Game

Matt Stafford – Quarterback – Detroit Lions

The Saints have reverted back to the 2015/2016 vintage of just giving up huge chunk plays downfield on top of really stupid penalties. During this spell they played against a Stafford-led Lions who took them apart in a 28-13 win. After beating the Cardinals in Week 3, don’t be surprised to see the revival continue.

Other Notable Starts

New Orleans Saints – Alvin Kamara – Running Back

Detroit Lions – Kenny Golladay – Wide Receiver, TJ Hockenson – Tight End

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Sit of the Game

Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints

If Thomas isn’t good to go then I expect Jeff Okudah to focus on Sanders who –  whilst showing something against the Packers – has so far been a disappointment. Okudah and the Lions secondary looked rejuvenated against the Cardinals and I expect another run-heavy day from New Orleans.

Other Notable Sits

New Orleans Saints – Tre’Quan Smith – Wide Receiver

Detroit Lions – N/A

Matchup: Cleveland Browns @ Dallas Cowboys

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Start of the Game

Kareem Hunt – Running Back – Cleveland Browns

The Browns are above .500! All thanks to the best running back 1-2 punch in the NFL. It’s no surprise then that I’m going for the Browns to stick with the formula that’s worked so far and go after a weakened Cowboys defensive line on the ground. If you’ve got Hunt in a PPR league then this is an absolute must start.

Other Notable Starts

Cleveland Browns – N/A

Dallas Cowboys – Michael Gallup – Wide Receiver, Dalton Schultz – Tight End

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Sit of the Game

Baker Mayfield – Quarterback – Cleveland Browns

Through 3 weeks, Mayfield has shown us the different types of Mayfield we’ve seen in each of his first two seasons in the league. Inconsistency is a fantasy owner’s worst nightmare and when a player can’t succeed with receiving talents such as OBJ and Jarvis Landry, you start to wonder just how legitimate they can be.

Other Notable Sits

Cleveland Browns – Odell Beckham Jr – Wide Receiver, Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver, Austin Hooper – Tight End

Dallas Cowboys – N/A

Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals

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Start of the Game

James Robinson – Running Back – Jacksonville Jaguars

 I’m not sure if the Bengals are actually poor defending against the rush, but they’ve given up plenty on the ground through three weeks and, with Robinson having the hot hand, I expect him to have another big week for a Jags team that offered nothing outside of Robinson’s production against the Dolphins.

Other Notable Starts

Jacksonville Jaguars – N/A

Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow – Quarterback, Tyler Boyd – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

AJ Green – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals

I think Green is on his way out of Cincinnati, be it via mid-season trade to a surging contender or next off-season. He’s not getting the production that we’d have hoped this year with Tyler Boyd looking more and more like the WR1 and Tee Higgins having a big game last week with a pair of scores. Swerve Green for the foreseeable future.

Other Notable Sits

Jacksonville Jaguars – Gardner Minshew – Quarterback

Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Mixon – Running Back

Matchup: Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears

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Start of the Game

Mo Alie-Cox – Tight End – Indianapolis Colts

I love my man Mo. He followed up a triple digit receiving yards game with 50 yards and a score. Yes, they were against winless teams but I’m buying into this guy. The Bears love giving up scores to Tight Ends so far this year and it wouldn’t surprise me to see another big game from Big MAC.

Other Notable Starts

Indianapolis Colts – DST

Chicago Bears – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Jimmy Graham – Tight End – Chicago Bears

Yes I know he had his best game in years last Sunday, but remember it was against the Falcons. Y’know? The 99 win percentage winless Falcons? Any road, the Colts defense is for real and even if Nick Foles is now calling the shots, one productive game in two years does not a fantasy starter make.

Other Notable Sits

Indianapolis Colts – Jonathan Taylor – Running Back

Chicago Bears – Nick Foles – Quarterback, Allen Robinson II, Wide Receiver

Matchup: Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers

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Start of the Game

Kenyan Drake – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals

The Panthers looked a bit more rigid along the defensive live in Week 3 but still allowed Austin Ekeler over 100 scrimmage yards. The weeks prior? Leonard Fournette gashed them for triple digits on the ground and Josh Jacobs had a hat-trick. If DeAndre Hopkins isn’t 100% then look for Drake to have a huge role this Sunday.

Other Notable Starts

Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray – Quarterback, Andy Isabella – Wide Receiver

Carolina Panthers – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Mike Davis – Running Back – Carolina Panthers

The Cardinals, on the other hand, haven’t allowed triple digits on the ground to a back this year and if we were talking about Run CMC I’d feel a lot differently but this seems like such an obvious sit to me that I’m just going to leave it at that.

Other Notable Sits

Arizona Cardinals – N/A

Carolina Panthers – Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback

For the latest on each player’s start and sit status, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

Dave Moore

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