Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 4 as we have reached the first week of bye-weeks. While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 4 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:
Starts of The Week
QB: Eli Manning (vs NO): Last week against the Texans, Eli Manning was quietly, very good for fantasy purposes. Completing 25 of 29 passes for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns, he was accurate, efficient, and reliable. The New York Giants are going to have no choice but to air it out on Sunday in order to keep up with the Saints. Even if Eli makes a couple of errant throws for interceptions, he should still be a serviceable option if you are in need of an emergency starter for week 4.
RB: Giovani Bernard (at ATL): Giovani Bernard gets his second straight start with Joe Mixon sidelined once again this week with a knee injury. In his first start of the season last week, Bernard finished with 61 yards rushing and a TD as well as 5 catches (9 targets) for 25 yards. The important stat here the targets. The Falcons allowed 15 receptions to Alvin Kamara last week and are allowing the 3rd most points to opposing running backs this season. Bernard likely won’t reach the 15 catches mark, but look for Cincy to get him involved early and often in the passing game.
WR: Sterling Shepard (vs NO): As mentioned above, Eli Manning and the Giants offense will have to air it out in order to keep up with the high power Saints offense. With stand-out corner Marshon Lattimore covering Odell Beckham Jr. for most of the day this should lead to a large number of targets for Shepard. Also, Shepard is available in 31% of leagues for Yahoo Fantasy owners. If you are able to pick up Shepard ahead of this weeks match-up he could give your team a quick boost.
TE: Trey Burton (vs TB): Could this be Mitchell Trubisky’s breakout game? If there was a week for it, this matchup is it. The Tampa Bay Bucs defense has not been great and they are allowing the most points to opposing tight ends. This should be a good game for Trubisky and Burton to finally start to gell and open up the offense for the young QB.
DEF: Jacksonville (vs NYJ): Sam Darnold and the Jets offense exploded onto the scene week 1. Since then, however, they have come graciously back to earth. This talented Jacksonville defense should look to feast on the rookie QB. Sack-sonville should be able to get to Darnold frequently and cause a few turnovers.
Sits of the Week
QB: Russel Wilson (at ARI): After getting an early lead against the Dallas Cowboys last week, Russel Wilson turned into a game manager and let his running back Chris Carson take them to victory. While Josh Rosen is getting his first start, the Arizona offense is still going to struggle. Russel Wilson will likely turn into a game manager for the second week in a row against a surprisingly good Cardinal’s defense.
RB: Alex Collins (at PIT): Alex Collins is coming off of his best game of the season as he ran for 68-yards and a touchdown in week 3. I expect Collins to run into a wall this week in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense is ranked 5th against opposing running backs for fantasy points allowed (Yahoo). Collins should be kept bottled up in Pittsburgh and a running back with a better matchup should be used if possible.
WR: Alshon Jeffery (at TEN): Fortunately for the Eagles, WR Alshon Jeffery may make his return this week. He was cleared for contact early this week, however, there is no certainty that he will play. Even if Jeffery is fully cleared to make his return, the thought is that he will be on a snap count. Also, given the amount of use the TE’s have gotten in recent weeks for the Eagles, starting Jeffery is a risk.
TE: George Kittle (at LAC): Kittle got off to a good start this season and was an early waiver wire pick up for many. Unfortunately, QB Jimmy Garroppolo was lost for the season in week 3 with a torn ACL. Kittle will now be catching passes from backup QB CJ Bethard. That does not bode well for anyone in the 49ers offense. Adding to that, the Los Angeles Chargers are giving up the second least amount of fantasy points to tight ends.
DEF: Denver (vs KC): Patrick Mahomes is shocking the world at the moment. He is an early MVP favorite and that KC offense is rolling on all cylinders. Do not expect that to stop this week. The explosive Kansas City offense should continue slicing up defenses and Denver DEF should be benched in every league.