Our Week 4 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 4 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Newton looked more like fig newton on Sunday night against the Steelers. This week he’ll take his show on the road against a hungry Ravens team that will be spirited by former-Panthers receiver Steve Smith Sr. The Ravens have done just enough on offense to win games, but it’s their superior defense that’s led the way. Newton might be replaced again by Derek Anderson if he’s under duress all game. I don’t expect him to escape with more than 15 fantasy points Sunday.
Foles is a top 5 fantasy football quarterback? Yes, that’s correct depending on the league settings. However, there’s a west coast trip to San Fran this week against a very angry and desperate opponent that is looking for Eagles’ blood. Foles took some hits last week, look no further than the legal cheap-shot taken after an apparent interception by the Redskins’ DE Chris Baker. I expect some big hits from the Niners and Foles to have some turnovers to boot. It’s a bye-week bonanza this week, but if you can afford to sit him I would.
Lamar has a whopping zero rushing touchdowns this year. However, with Knowshon now out of commission for a little while, it’ll be Lamar’s role to lose. The Dolphins have remained committed to the passing game, despite Tannehill’s recent regression. I expect this to be close game and while Miller is ripping off close to 6 yards per carry, I don’t see Miller splashing into the end zone yet. The bye-week poses challenges, so if you’ve got to do it do it.
The Trent “I average 3 yards per carry and proud” Richardson needs to be dropped. Not just sat, but straight up dropped from your fantasy team. Ahmad Bradshaw has easily won the starting role from him and is going to be fierce in the passing game too. If Indy gets up big then Richardson could provide value, but Richardson is merely a RB4 or RB5 on most teams and not worth even a flex look this week at home versus a struggling Titans squad.
Cobb was such a trendy pick in last year’s fantasy football draft, but he’s struggled to catch QB Aaron Rodgers’ eye much thus far. The Packers have had a slow start and it’s resulted in Cobb being mainly a touchdown threat. On the road, against a tough division rival in Chicago, could spell doom for Cobb. He’s a boom or bust candidate for me and I’m betting on bust despite what everyone is saying about the depleted Bears secondary. The Bears still get after it with Fuller anchoring the D.
It’s time to re-think starting anyone on Tampa Bay’s offense. Tampa has been atrocious. They simply don’t make enough plays and cannot extend drives long enough for anyone to be worth more than 10 points per game. VJax appeared disinterested and aloof against the Falcons and dropped a couple passes. He’s clearly the most talented receiving option, alongside Mike Evans, but does that translate to points? The answer is no and definitely not in Pittsburgh this weekend. Sit him.
Clay has been stuck in the clay dirt this season so far. Zero touchdowns and mediocre outings abound for this tight-end. The Raiders play well up the middle against tight-ends, they held Gronkowski in check most of last Sunday. If Miami got serious about running the football to open up the pass then Clay would have value. Until that happens, just let Clay sit on your bench.
Another tight end that cannot get of the zero number on touchdowns is Chandler. E.J. Manuel has been about as accurate as I have been at determining where the Minnesota Vikings are playing their games this season. Chandler is pure fodder until the Bills can generate more consistent offense. J.J. Watt will be creating more mayhem and another reason to sit Chandler Sunday.
New York Giants
The New York football Giants might be on your radar for starting as a replacement for your bye-week defense. With Kirk Cousins operating the Jay Gruden offense, think again boys and girls. The Redskins are going to need to outscore opponents and they’ll air it out again Thursday night. The Giants strength is their run defense, but are very suspect in the secondary. These division rivals are going to shoot it out like the wild west. Keep that G-men defense on the free agent market.