Week 4 is the last week before the dreaded bye weeks hit our fantasy teams. I feel that there are enough guys on the waiver wire worth streaming if you get into a pickle. There are a lot of timeshares that you could get lucky and pick a guy who ends up in the end zone.
There were plenty of upsets last week, so it made for an interesting fantasy week. Players like QB Case Keenum, WR Sterling Shepard and RB Chris Thompson were near the top of the scoring leaders in Week 3.
Will the backfield logjam in Washington, Seattle and Baltimore get straightened out this weekend?
Will the Jaguars bring their offense back from London or will that luggage item be lost against the Jets?
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- RB Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins) – I picked Thompson last week and he went off. RBs Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine are both still dealing with injuries. Thompson is the receiving-threat out of the backfield and QB Kirk Cousins loves to check down to RB and TE. They play the Chiefs, so the Redskins will need to find fast ways to score to keep up with KC.
- WR Willie Snead (New Orleans Saints) – QB Drew Brees needs all of his weapons and Snead is here to help him out. If you own WRs Ted Ginn Jr. or Brandon Coleman, it could be time to dump those guys in favor of Snead.
- RB Jamaal Charles (Denver Broncos) – I’ve kept my eye on Charles all preseason and thought he looked great. I was waiting for him to start taking carries away from RB C.J. Anderson. Well, it happened last week. Anderson is the kind of back that needs volume to get going, but Charles can succeed in short workload. I expect him to keep whittling away at Anderson’s share of the offense.
- QB Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) – Last Thursday night’s game between the Rams and Niners was one of the most entertaining TNF games in recent memory. RB Todd Gurley looked like a star and so did Goff. The better Gurley plays, the more the defense must respect him. Goff will start getting more open receivers. The Cowboys will have trouble against both Goff and Gurley.
- RB Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) – I put McCaffrey on last week’s list and he paid off. He did exactly what I thought he would, take some of the injured TE Greg Olsen’s workload. QB Cam Newton loves his tight end, but really he just loves a go-to check-down target. McCaffrey will be a fantasy starter from this point forward.
- Cincinnati Bengals Defense & Special Teams – The Bengals may have not started out the year strong, but they still have some studs on defense. Cleveland LT Joe Thomas can’t block the entire front-seven, so a few guys will be able to get through to QB DeShone Kizer. I have to give the Bengals defense a start in this game.
- WR J.J. Nelson (Arizona Cardinals) – Nelson was injured during last week’s game, but all signs point that he should play this week. The Niners gave up a ton of yards against the Rams last week, especially through the air. I expect Cardinals receivers to have good fantasy week.
- RB Theo Riddick (Detroit Lions) – The Vikings have been really bad against short passes so far this year. They’ve been eaten up by slot receivers, swing passes and other check-down targets. Lions TE Eric Ebron should be in for a nice game, but also expect Riddick to get into mix. He could be a nice flex option in 12+ team leagues.
- TE Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills) – The Bills are a run-first offense, but they also love them some tight end (that sounded wrong). Clay is one of QB Tyrod Taylor’s favorite targets this season. He already has two touchdowns and should be someone’s every-week TE starter.
- WR Devin Funchess (Carolina Panthers) – I added Funchess to this list last week thinking he could get the second-half of the Olsen-target split with McCaffrey. I didn’t know WR Kelvin Benjamin would go down with a knee injury in the game. Funchess has a lot of upside since the dude is big like a tight end, but moves like a receiver. Carolina’s offense should move through Newton, McCaffrey and Funchess this week against New England.
- RB Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) – The Seahawks have struggled this season, but they haven’t looked as bad as the Colts. Seattle’s backfield is still dealing with a variety of ailments and the running back that has looked the best so far is Chris Carson. Seattle should be playing with the lead for most of the game, so I expect a lot of running late in the game. He could get some garbage time fantasy points.
- RB Corey Clement (Philadelphia Eagles) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – RB Darren Sproles tore his ACL and broke his arm, so he will be gone for the season. The Eagles already have RBs LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood in the backfield, but Clement could take the Sproles role in the offense. He’s work an add just to see what the Eagles do with him. I’d even start him in deep leagues.
- RB Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers) – Gordon is dealing with a knee injury and it’s touch-and-go if he will play this weekend against the Eagles. I know Gordon said it’s fine, but a player will always downplay an injury. It’s a 4:05pm game, so if he is a late-scratch, you’re screwed. Also, I’d rather have RB Brandon Oliver than Gordon. He looked like the better back last week.
- TE Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints) – Most of Fleener’s fantasy points have came from his two touchdowns. As we all know, touchdowns are fluky. He isn’t getting the kind of consistent targets a tight end needs to be consistently great in fantasy.
- RBs Javorius Allen & Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens) – These guys are stuck in a platoon and RB Alex Collins is even getting some touches. He has looked better than both Allen and West this season. The backfield situation in Baltimore is too muddy for me. There are guys on the waiver wire with clear roles.
- Denver Broncos Defense & Special Teams – I would be fine with Denver against in nearly any other week of the season, but I’m not sure if they are a good fit against Oakland. Raiders QB Derek Carr hasn’t been giving up the ball. There are better options to stream in their place this week, like the Titans.
- WR Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams) – This one hurts. I thought Kupp would be a Julian Edelman-type receiver for the Rams. He has the skills to be, but Rams QB Jared Goff have been using his more explosive weapons, WRs Sammy Wakins and Robert Woods. I don’t blame him. Kupp will have a few good fantasy weeks this season, but his week-to-week fantasy value took a hit.
- WR Terrelle Pryor (Washington Redskins) – Skins QB Kirk Cousins is missing a WR playmaker. He has DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon last season. The addition of Pryor has been a failure. He can’t get space between him and his defender…and his hands aren’t elite. I just don’t like Pryor’s fantasy projections this season.
- QB Case Keenum (Minnesota Vikings) – Keenum has a career day against the Bucs. He had to make things happen since the running game wasn’t there. He was a trendy add this week, but he will not repeat last week’s numbers. I actually believe those numbers are an aberration. The Lions will force a couple turnovers.
- RB Adrian Peterson (New Orleans Saints) – I feel the need to keep Peterson on this list until his ownership drops below 50%. He is still owned in over 3/4 of all leagues! I don’t understand. He is a horrible fit for this offense. Peterson should forced a trade before the deadline, ’cause his career will die a slow death in the Big Easy.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.