With week four in full swing, we look at the best fantasy starts and sits.
Andy Dalton, Bengals (vs Falcons)
With the Redskins and Panthers on bye, Dalton is a great spot start. He's scored at least 17.5 points in standard-scoring leagues all three weeks. The over/under on Bengals-Falcons is 51.5. The whole offense gets a bump in this one and it helps that all of Dalton's weapons will be ready to go.
Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs Bengals)
It's fair to say that this game should be a shootout. Matt Ryan was looking like the washed-up version of himself in week one. Since then, he's had two straight homes games and has been lighting it up. Ryan has averaged 41 points in the last two games. The Bengals defense has allowed eight combined touchdowns the last three weeks. Ryan will also benefit from injuries to key parts of his defense.
Case Keenum, Broncos (vs. KC)
It may not be pretty and Denver will be attempting to run often and play ball control. In order to stay in the game, they must throw if they want to counter Mahomes. Plus, the over-under is in the 50's.
Blake Bortles, Jaguars (vs Jets)
Bortles was a huge mess in week three against Tennessee scoring only eight Fantasy points after he had 40 points against the Patriots in week two. Bortles will likely revert to more of a game-manager with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) expected to play, and Bortles is only worth starting in two-quarterback leagues this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bucs (vs Bears)
Just don't do it. It can be tempting to play Fitzpatrick because of the historic three-game sample he's had. He's the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards in three games in a row. For the season, Fitzpatrick has video game stats with 1,230 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and four interceptions — incredible. However, he goes to Chicago this week. The Bears defense has had 14 sacks on the season and five interceptions as a unit. Oh, and Tampa Bay has a bye in week five. It's a bad setup for Fitzpatrick.
Running Back Starts
Kerryon Johnson Lions ( vs Cowboys)
Last week, Johnson ran for 101 yards on 16 carries in a Lions’ upset victory over the Patriots, making him the first Lion with 100 yards on the ground in a game since Thanksgiving Day 2012. There was no question that Johnson was the lead back as he led the Lions in snaps, carries, and yards. No Sean Lee for the Cowboys which means Johnson is an RB2 this week.
Matt Breida, 49ers (vs LAC)
The Chargers are not great against the run, and in particular, they struggle to stop running backs in the passing game. Breida will also get check-down love from C.J. Beathard. Please be sure to double check the injury report as he's listed as questionable.
Running Back Sits
Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry, Titans (vs PHI)
What a mess. This offense needs to be avoided for a while until Marcus Mariota is fully healthy. Only consider Dion Lewis in a points-per-reception league.
Lamar Miller, Texans (vs IND)
The Colts’ defense has really improved this season. The defensive front is playing way better than you think, and Miller simply hasn’t looked all that good this season. Miller has totaled only 176 yards on the ground with 98 of those coming in week one.
Wide Receiver Starts
Sterling Shepard, Giants (vs NO)
Remember the matchup Calvin Ridley had last week? Well, Shepard gets to face P.J. Williams this week and as an added bonus, the Saints are also down slot corner Patrick Robinson. He stood out against the Texans and it continues here without Evan Engram.
Mike Williams, Chargers (vs SF)
He’s becoming the TD beast he was drafted to be and should keep finding the end zone. Four touchdowns in three games, sounds like 1st round talent.
Wide Reciever Sits
Chris Hogan, Patriots (vs MIA)
There’s a chance he could see Xavien Howard. Josh Gordon will be active so that could take away even more chances for Hogan. Regardless he’s more of a lucky TD guy at the moment.
Jordy Nelson, Raiders (vs CLE)
Nelson torched the Miami Dolphins last week for 173 yards and a touchdown. Don't chase after last week's turn the clock performance. You will be highly disappointed if you do.
Tight End Starts
Tyler Eifert, Bengals (vs ATL)
The Falcons are depleted at safety, and Eifert is starting to see regular work. He can put up another strong game with a shot at a TD.
Eric Ebron, Colts (vs HOU)
Jack Doyle is still hurting and Ebron is a big body red zone threat. He should score a touchdown this week.
Tight End Sits
Jared Cook, Raiders (vs CLE)
The Browns defense is a strong unit and is strong against tight ends.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals (vs SEA)
Seals-Jones was able to get a lucky touchdown last week but don't expect that this week.