by Thomas Russo and Jason Li
Fantasy Football Week 4
Start ‘em, Sit ‘em.
Top 3 Starts at QB
Matthew Stafford Vs. Bears – The Chicago Bears’ secondary has been absolutely abysmal to start this season. Against a defense missing its starting corners, which has not intercepted anyone this year, and a Bears team which is winless through three weeks, 3 Touchdowns, 300 passing yards and 0 interceptions are certainly within reach for Stafford, who’s thrown for no less than 250 yards and 2 touchdowns each week.
Cam Newton Vs. Falcons – Cam may be coming off of a forgettable Week 3 with 3 interceptions to the Viking’s defense but the defending MVP should have a bounce back week this week. Coming up against an Atlanta defense that has struggled, benching him is almost a sin. By the way, the Falcons D has given up a MINIMUM of 31 points to opponents in games this season. We predict a healthy floor of 250 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 2 Touchdowns, with what could be an unbelieveable ceiling.
Drew Brees Vs. Chargers – The Saints offense finally kicked into gear on Monday Night in Atlanta, which means we can finally get back to trusting Drew Brees. Considering that the Charger defense is no better than Atlanta’s, this game could well turn into the shootout of the week, which means fantasy points galore. The FLOOR for Brees this week should be 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also, Philip Rivers going against that terrible Saints defense should put plenty of points up, too.
Top 3 Sits at QB
Jameis Winston Vs. Broncos – If we have learned anything in this young season, it is start a QB against the Broncos at your own risk. Denver has been the QB-killers this season, as the one defense besides Seattle that may be truly elite at all levels has held opposing QBs to less than 14 points per game through the first 3. Add in Winston’s incredible inconsistency, and this matchup is a recipe for disaster.
Eli Manning Vs. Vikings – Now, while we here at SITHS Fantasy Football love Eli to pieces and fully believe he’ll start putting up great stat lines this season, that will not be starting this week. Last year Manning threw for only 234 yards, 1 TD, and an abysmal 3 INTS against the Vikings. Also, remember, this team just held the defending MVP to 13 fantasy points and picked him off 3 times. Leave Eli on the bench this week.
Matt Ryan Vs. Panthers – Here is another matchup that seems destined for failure. The Panthers defense is allowing less than 14 fantasy points per game to QBs, and Ryan is averaging less than 13 points against the Panthers over their last three meetings in the dome. The numbers don’t lie. Matty Ice’s hot streak is gonna freeze over this week.
Top 3 Starts at RB
C.J. Anderson Vs. Buccaneers – Anderson has gotten off to an excellent start this season, with 3 total TDS over 3 weeks, with at least 70 yards in 2 out of 3 games. With the Broncos offense running on all cylinders in the passing game, there should be plenty of opportunities open for Anderson to make plays, and a struggling Tampa Bay defense should make his life that much easier.
Mark Ingram Vs. Chargers – Thus far, Mark Ingram has gotten off to a fairly slow start, but once the Saints offense finally got going last week in Atlanta, he finally found the end zone and put up a solid stat line. This week he faces a Chargers defense that has been powerless to stop the run. This means it’s time for an even bigger outing by Ingram.
Ezekiel Elliott Vs. 49ers – Elliott has had an excellent start to his rookie campaign, scoring at least double-digit points in is his first 3 games. He has been getting many carries, and with the best Offensive line in football, he’s a bet to go off on any given Sunday. Oh, and the 49ers just gave up 106 yards and 2 TDS to CHRISTINE MICHAEL.
Top 3 Sits at RB
Todd Gurley Vs. Cardinals – While you probably spent a 1st Round pick on Gurley, he has been a major disappointment. This is due to inconsistent QB play and not having legitimate threats through the air for the Rams. Until Gurley stops facing 8 man boxes every play, he’ll be more of a matchup-based starter. This is definitely not the matchup to play, as the Cardinals boast one of the best fronts in the league.
Christine Michael Vs. Jets – While The Awakening appears to have finally come true last week, Michael may likely go back to sleep this week. The Jets currently boast one of the Top 3 Run Defenses in the league, which is no Bueno for a Seahawks team with a porous Offensive Line. If nothing else, temper expectations this week.
Matt Forte Vs. Seahawks – Like Michael, Forte will see one of the best Run defenses in football. This game will likely be low scoring, as two of the league’s best defenses will square up. While Forte will get his opportunities, it’s unlikely he will find much room to run.
Top 3 starts at WR
Antonio Brown Vs. Chiefs – Antonio Brown has been a beast this year, to say the least. Brown averages around 100 receiving yards weekly and is a red zone threat. Brown on average gets 15 targets a game, which makes him a top start for PPR leagues. The Kansas City Chief’s was great last week against the Jets, but I doubt they can reproduce the same performance.
Dez Bryant Vs. 49ers – Although Dez Bryant has a hairline fracture in his knee, he is predicted to play against the 49ers. The 49ers defense has been quite lacking the past few weeks, allowing 40 points week 2 and 37 points week 4. We can almost guarantee Dez Bryant is going to expose San Francisco. We think he will get 100 receiving yards and a few TDs.
Julian Edelman Vs. Bills – Julian Edelman is predicted to start at QB, but according to NFL he is listed as a WR. This is good because most QBs get 15 or so points, and Edelman can run, throw, and catch. This makes him a triple threat. The Bills defense won’t know how to prepare for Edelman. Most top receivers do not reach 15 points a week. This makes Edelman a top start this week.
Top TE to Start
Dennis Pitta Vs. Raiders – Right now, Dennis Pitta is getting more targets than any respectable TE in football. Pitta is averaging at least 8 targets each game, while the Raiders are allowing an average of 10 points each game to tight ends, which is as good as it gets. Start Pitta and forget it.
Top TE to Sit
Martellus Bennett Vs. Bills – It’s time to seriously start considering dropping Bennett. Coming off of a quiet week, Bennett will continue to lose opportunities to the #ReturnofGronk. It also doesn’t help that the Bills defense has been tough against tight ends and it certainly doesn’t help that the Patriots don’t have a true QB to look to this week. Prepare for reaching Bennett’s basement.