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Fantasy: Start ‘em, Sit ‘em for Week 4

Some last-minute lineup advice for anyone in a pinch

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers
Can Sammy Watkins build on his first big game as a Ram?
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Is anyone else 0-3 and starting to panic? In my defense, that’s only the case for one of my teams. Unfortunately, it just so happens to be the league with other TST contributors. In the latest of a series of awful fantasy fortune, Lanny gave me one of the toughest losses I ever remember having. His Cardinals D/ST scored 2 points on Monday Night Football, giving him a 0.3 point margin of victory. This week I’ll be looking to start my playoff push against Sosa, because the guy giving you fantasy football advice couldn’t possibly start 0-4.


Start ‘em


Russell Wilson, SEA

You likely don’t have many better options anyway, but Wilson’s slow Septembers affected him in the first two weeks and seemingly disappeared last week. I suspect game-flow had a lot to do with his inflated numbers, but fantasy owners don’t care as long as it means production. I can’t imagine the Seahawks have to play catch-up against the Indianapolis Colts, but Wilson should have plenty of opportunities before they decide to stop airing it out.

Others receiving votes: Tyrod Taylor, Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins

Running Back

Dalvin Cook, MIN

Adrian Who? I’m kidding; that’s insane. But so is Cook, who has notched 71 touches in his first 3 games as a pro. A true workhorse, he is a locked-in fantasy commodity. And something to watch out for on Sunday: he is only 11,459 yards away from being the Vikings franchise leader in yards.

Others receiving votes: Todd Gurley, Chris Carson, Javorius Allen, Wendell Smallwood

Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins, LAR

Jared Goff has recognized the gift that has been given to him for his sophomore season. Watkins has caught all but one of his 14 targets and Goff has enjoyed a perfect passer rating when he decides to throw him the ball. Watkins is a top-ten talent at his position and he just had his breakout game. For those that took the chance on him while playing in a new system and a question mark for a quarterback, reap your rewards.

Others receiving votes: Chris Hogan, DeVante Parker, DeSean Jackson

Tight End

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ

If we’re being honest, the tight end position is a mess after the top few names. I recommend a name somewhere down the list after TE5 and that person is just as likely to score 3 as they are 13. ASJ is a logical dart throw. He is a former second-round pick who has fought off-the-field issues and came back from a 2-game suspension last week to lead the Jets in targets and receptions. He’s worth a shot because his ceiling hasn’t been determined yet and could very well become a weekly lock at the position.

Sit ‘em


Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

This season hasn’t been kind to Big Ben, and recent road games have been even less so. Having failed to have thrown at least two touchdowns in 7 of his last 8 road games, with the one exception being in Cleveland in the season opener. Up next is a rough divisional match-up in Baltimore. If you have to use him, temper your expectations.

Others receiving votes: Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Carson Palmer

Running Back

Lamar Miller, HOU

More of a gut-call if anything, I feel like the Texans are ready to let D’Onta Foreman loose. Not enough to consider starting Foreman yet, but enough to eat into Miller’s workload. Miller is averaging about 18 touches per game, which isn’t quite the level of neglect he got in Miami, but his 3.7 yards per carry is enough to raise eyebrows. It also doesn’t help when your head coach says your backup could handle a three-down workload.

Others receiving votes: Marshawn Lynch, Mark Ingram, Ameer Abdullah

Wide Receiver

Amari Cooper, OAK

I’ve picked Raiders at every position in the Sit ‘em segment. Why?

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Regroup and try again next week.

Others receiving votes: Doug Baldwin, T.Y. Hilton, Kelvin Benjamin

Tight End

Coby Fleener, NO

Like I said in the Start ‘em segment, picking tight ends after a select few becomes a crap shoot. My thinking here is that Fleener is statistically a top-10 tight end at the moment, but he is seeing less than 4 targets a game. Willie Snead’s 3-game suspension is now over, and I can see that cutting into what minimal volume Fleener has seen.