Week 4 Start & Sit

Every week we bring you our suggested starts and sits for your fantasy football lineups. Everybody knows to start Aaron Rodgers, so we’ll do our best to refrain from stating the obvious plays. Our starts will feature some lower owned, off the radar, sleeper types week in and week out — and our sits will feature more popular players that we think will underperform. While this is useful when setting your weekly lineups in your season long leagues, this can also be a valuable tool if you’re playing daily fantasy sports (DFS) as well. Follow along as Eric Iannaccone, Kyle August, Shaun Crandall, Josh Brickner, and myself bring you all the best start/sits so you don’t have to stress over lineup decisions. We’ve even brought the IDP goodness with @FatAdamSchefter.

Featured Starts

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos:

The Broncos play the Raiders this week — a defense that has given up 252 passing yards per game (8th most in NFL) and has yet to intercept a pass. Siemian and the Broncos didn’t look good on the road last week against the Bills, but will play this game at home where they thrived in Week 1 and Week 2. Siemian shouldn’t have much trouble getting 250 passing yards and a couple scores.

– Eric Iannaccone

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals:

Last week fantasy owners finally got their wish as Mixon led the Bengals backfield with 21 touches in Green Bay. The yards per carry wasn’t stellar at just 3.4 but 101 total yards against a Packers team at home, I’ll take it. This week the Bengals are on the road again against the Browns who have given up TDs on the ground each of their last two weeks. I look for the game script to favor Cincinnati this week and for Mixon to continue to get the majority of the workload. Start him with confidence this week.

-Kyle August

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles:

Jeffery is looking to rebound after a tepid performance against the New York Giants. Alshon was able to snag 7 receptions and 90 yards, with a touchdown against the Chiefs, and it was thought Jeffery would be able to have another good game against an equally good defense. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I expect Jeffery to bounce back against a Chargers team that has given up 5 receptions to a receiver in each of the first three weeks of the season.

-Shaun Crandall

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets:

In his first game back from a two-game suspension, ASJ played in 76% of the Jets’ offensive snaps and caught five of his team-leading six targets for 31 yards. On a team desperate for playmakers on offense, ASJ’s role in the Jets passing game should only expand as he gets in the rhythm of the offense. While the Jaguars’ defense is formidable, they have allowed the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season. In the best physical and emotional shape of his career, ASJ might finally turn his tremendous upside into solid fantasy production. Start ASJ this Sunday and grab the front seat on the bandwagon before it fills up.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Cleveland Browns. This is a percentage play. The Bengals have looked terrible offensively in 2 of 3 games this season. Yes, I know they have a new offensive coordinator, but I’m still leaning towards a lost season for the Bengals and a loss on the road to the division rival Browns would solidify that. I see a few turnovers coming, making the Browns a strong play this week.

-John Di Bari

Staff Starts

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Buck Allen, Baltimore Ravens

Wide Receiver: Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars

Kyle August

Quarterback: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Wide Receiver: Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks

Tight End: Ryan Griffin, Houston Texans

D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Running Back: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Tight End: Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers

D/ST: Minnesota Vikings

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

Running Back: Joe Mixon Cincinnati Bengals

Wide Receiver: Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

D/ST: Cincinnati Bengals

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

Running Back: Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks

Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall, New York Giants

Tight End: Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals

IDP Starts

Defensive Line: DeForest Buckner, 49ers — In DT IDP leagues I think he will abuse the interior of the Arizona O-line. Start him.

Linebacker: Brandon Marshall, Broncos — Is he back to his old beastly IDP ways? It looks that way. Fire him up if you have not already, like me. Ha!

Defensive Back: Jamal Adams, Jets — I think this week against the run first Jags, Adams will come out and get you 20+ fantasy points.

Wildcard: Miles Killebrew, Safety, Lions. — Ride him this week as he establishes himself as an IDP force with Davis out.

– J.T. Maynard

Featured Sits

DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns:

Kizer has shown some good stuff so far this season and I’d definitely consider starting him some weeks. This is not one of those weeks. The Browns will play the Bengals this week, who have given up only 163 passing yards per game (4th least in the NFL). The Bengals played another rookie QB two weeks ago, Watson, who was able to have a good fantasy day but only because he ran for 67 yards and 1 TD — he only threw for 125 yards on 25 attempts. In Week 1, the Bengals also shut down Flacco and the Ravens (remember that awful game?). So the only QB to have a good game against them so far is Aaron Rodgers… Wouldn’t put any stock in Kizer doing the same this week.

– Eric Iannaccone

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders:

Outside of a week 1 TD, Beast Mode has not produced much for fantasy owners. Lynch has totaled only 139 rushing yards this season and without being a factor in the passing game, he’s proven to be a TD-reliant RB. We knew that this would be the case for Marshawn this season so I’m not bailing just yet, but for Week 4 there is no reason this man should be near your line up. This Broncos defense has given up a total of 116 yards and ZERO scores on the ground this season to the likes of Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliott, and LeSean McCoy. Enough said.

-Kyle August

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins:

Crowder was a favorite among many to continue his performance from last season. Unfortunately, that has not occurred thus far in 2017. He has yet to record a touchdown and has lost 2 fumbles on the season. I don’t expect him to attain a touchdown against Kansas City, who has only surrendered 2 touchdowns this season, with both coming from the Eagles wide receiving group. Crowder will need a touchdown to vault himself into a potential top 36 performance, but I don’t expect it to happen.

-Shaun Crandall

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers:

If you read the box score from the SD vs KC game, Hunter Henry’s name is nowhere to be found as he did not receive a single target. Can you believe some blowhard on this website suggested you start Henry last week?! (Sincere apologies everyone; he produced a goose egg for my squad as well.) Despite playing one more snap than teammate Antonio Gates, it was Gates who dominated the targets and production at the position for the Chargers in Week 3. A Week 4 matchup against Tampa Bay, who has allowed the third least fantasy points to TEs, will not turn around Henry’s fortune. He needs to ride the pine of your fantasy bench until he starts receiving consistent targets.

-Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams:

Carolina Panthers. This might be a cheap gimmie, but the Patriots, despite their defensive woes seem to be clicking on offense despite mounting injuries to their skill position players. The Panthers as a whole have been fairly disappointing as well, I’ll be looking elsewhere this week.

-John Di Bari

Staff Sits

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders

Wide Receiver: Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets

Tight End: Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints

D/ST: Carolina Panthers

Kyle August

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Tight End: Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens

D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

Running Back: Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins

Tight End: Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins

D/ST: Denver Broncos

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders

Wide Receiver: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

D/ST: Los Angeles Rams

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Running Back: Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions

Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens

Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

IDP Sits

Defensive Line: Ziggy Ansah, Lions

Linebacker: John Simon, Colts

Defensive Back: Derrick Kindred, Browns

– J.T. Maynard

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Originally published at dynastyfootballfactory.com on September 27, 2017.