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Like Sho and Curt, I would like to apologize for my lack of content over the last month, as I have been busy covering the Paralympics from Rio De Janeiero, Brazil. But, now, lets get back at it with week 4’s Start Em’, Sit Em’.
For those who still don’t know how this works, legitimate fantasy options such as Steelers WR Antonio Brown, or returning Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski are obvious starts, and will not be outlined in our Start Em’, Sit Ems’. It’s all about the bubble players, such as the ones listed below.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears – Stafford has been one of the biggest fantasy surprises so far this season, as he currently ranks 3rd in the NFL in total fantasy points. Look for this success to continue in week 4 against the Lion’s NFC North rivals, as the Bears defence has been among the league’s this season, and is a trend that should continue.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints – Gordon has been nothing short of spectacular this season, making up for his pedestrian rookie year in 2015. He has been a staple in the “start” category all year, and week 4 against New Orleans is no exception. The Saints defence has been among the league’s worst, allowing more than 33 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Gordon is a must start this week and could continue to be all season long.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – The Colts will be playing the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, England this week, a team that Hilton has OWNED over the past 2 season, averaging 111.2 fantasy points per game in his last 5 contests against his AFC South rivals. Hilton also went off last week against the Chargers for 23.4 fantasy points, a trend that should continue across the pond in London.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions – The veteran led all fantasy TEs in points last week, scoring 2 TDs for 19.8 total points against the Cowboys. While the Bears offence has struggled all year long with both Cutler and Hoyer at QB, look for whoever starts (probably Hoyer) to find success hitting Miller against a Lions defence that has allowed the most fantasy points to TEs in the NFL this season (17.9).
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks vs. New York Jets – So far in 2016, Wilson has been unable to rekindle his old dominant magic from a season ago. Most of his disappointing stat lines can be blamed on a lingering ankle injury, which still appears to be bothering him. Until Wilson proves he is healthy, I would avoid starting him in any game, as Seattle’s passing game just isn’t the same without Wilson as a run threat, especially against the strong defence of the Jets.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Gore has been a surprise out of the Colts’ backfield over the past couple of weeks, and is hot coming into a week 4 matchup with the Jags, having rushed for a TD in back to back games. However, Gore has historically struggled against Jacksonville, and one of the only things the Jags have been able to do this season is shut down the run, allowing the 6th least fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Gore is not worth a start in the early game (9:30 a.m. from London) on Sunday.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – To say Marshall has disappointed as a fantasy WR so far this season is an understatement, as he is yet to score a TD and ranks 62nd overall among all fantasy receivers. Going up against Seattle and the Legion of Boom should not help him improve upon this fantasy production at all in week 4.
Martellus Bennett, TE, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills – The Bills have been great at shutting down opposing TEs so far in 2016, having allowed the second fewest fantasy points against the position so far. With ample opportunity in the first 3 weeks, Bennett failed to prove himself with superstar TE Rob Gronkowski sidelined. Gronk’s return last week was held to just a few snaps, and now this week he should see a lot more action, appearing (somewhat) healthy. Bennett’s days as a legitimate fantasy option at TE may be coming to an end with the return of Gronk.