Fantasy Football Week 4: Start'em, Sit'em- Updated: Thursday, September 27th
Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).
As an example, Philip Rivers is listed below as a "start" for Week 4. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 47 with him as my starting quarterback.
That said, he may be a sit for your team.
In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Rivers, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Rivers.
So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).
Week 4 Fantasy Football QB Start'emQB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CHI)
While he threw three picks in the first half of the MNF loss, Fitzpatrick rallied the troops in the second half although the Bucs fell three points shy of a come-from-behind victory. In the process, he became the first quarterback in league history to throw for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games.
On the year, Fitzpatrick has thrown for a league-high 1,230 yards to go along with an 11-to-four TD-INT ratio. Only Patrick Mahomes, who broke Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in the first three games of the season, has more touchdowns than Fitzpatrick, who has scored the most fantasy points through Week 3.
Even though former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston is eligible to play following his three-game suspension, it makes sense for the team to continue with Fitzpatrick for at least one more week. Tampa has a bye next week and have a short week in Week 4 following their MNF matchup.
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Week 4 Fantasy Football RB Start'emRB - Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at ATL)
If Joe Mixon (knee) misses another game, Bernard would get his second consecutive start. There was a report from Jason La Canfora earlier in the week that Mixon could return this week, but that seems unlikely at this point.
Productive last December with an expanded role, Bernard had 507 yards from scrimmage, 24 receptions and two touchdowns over a five-game stretch over the final month of the 2017 season. With Mixon sidelined in Week 3, Bernard had 12 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown plus five catches for 25 yards. Gio especially has some PPR upside as no team has allowed more receptions to running backs than the Falcons (36) so far this season.
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WR - JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. BAL)
Taking a big step forward in his second season, Smith-Schuster has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in all three games this season and the streak extends to four games counting Week 17 last year. On the year, Smith-Schuster has 27 catches for 356 yards, both of which are third-most amongst wide receivers, and a touchdown on 38 targets.
Although the Ravens have been middle of the road in terms of limiting opposing fantasy wide receivers (17th), Smith-Schuster is a bonafide WR1 (top-12) fantasy option this week. Of course, he won't have 100-plus yards every week, but it's also likely that the lack of touchdown production reverses itself in the near future as well.
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Week 4 Fantasy Football TE Start'emTE - Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (vs. CLE)
Through three weeks, Cook has a total of 18 receptions for a TE-leading 260 yards on 22 targets. Scoring the fifth-most fantasy points amongst tight ends in standard-scoring formats, only Kansas City's Travis Kelce has more PPR points than Cook and only Philadelphia's Zach Ertz has more receptions than the Raider tight end.
Granted, Cook went off for 9/180 on 12 targets in Week 1, but he has four and five receptions, respectively, over the past two weeks. With the rash of injuries -- Delanie Walker, Greg Olsen and Evan Engram -- this season decimating an already-weak position, Cook has top-six upside this week.
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Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings:
- Week 4 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- Week 4 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- Week 4 Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- Week 4 Fantasy Football TE Rankings