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2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start-Sit

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Sammy Watkins or Pierre Garçon on your bench in week 3? These are just two players that were popularly left on benches for their owners to complain about on Twitter. They happened to be on my bench as well. Ouch!

Well, that is why I am here. To try and help you make the appropriate start and sit decisions so that you don’t have that type of frustration once the week is through. While I, on the other hand, continue to make terrible lineup decisions.

Oh well, it is the nature of the game, so, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start-Sit preview.

You can also use the Start-Sit tool and check out our Week 4 Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start-Sit

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Starts

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans

Now posting back to back Fantasy performances with 17 or more points, Watson came alive against the Patriots in Week 3. He torched the Patriots for 301 passing yards, two touchdowns, and added 41 yards on the ground.

Now he gets a Titans’ defense that allows the third-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Titans just got shredded by a struggling Seattle offense, allowing Russell Wilson to have his best game of the year, totaling 32 Fantasy points. Watson’s ability to run the ball makes for a safe floor against an exploitable defense that raises his ceiling. Watson is a perfect stream start for week 4.

Watson’s ability to run the ball makes for a safe floor against an exploitable defense that raises his ceiling. Watson is a perfect stream start for Week 4.

Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins vs New Orleans Saints

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Okay, I missed on this last week, recommending the Ajayi haters to slow down before doing something “rash” and benching him against the Jets. Boy was I wrong! Ajayi managed only 16 rushing yards on 11 carries. Well, before we act impulsively and deem Ajayi a bust, let’s see what he can do against a New Orleans’ defense that allows the third-most Fantasy points to

Now, before we act impulsively and deem Ajayi a bust, let’s see what he can do against a New Orleans’ defense that allows the third-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Ajayi had a good game in week two, and it appears as if injuries limited his production in week three… we hope. If healthy, Ajayi has a cake matchup and if he doesn’t provide for owners this week, then owners can start to push the panic button a little.

Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers

Chris Johnson has not run the ball great since David Johnson went down. However, he seems to be getting the majority of the work in Arizona.

The offensive line is makeshift, making holes hard to find for Chris Johnson to run through. Now up against the 49ers, a team that allows the sixth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs and is terrible at stopping the run, Chris Johnson and his mediocre offensive line have a great opportunity to establish the run. This makes Chris Johnson worthy of start consideration in Week 4.

Start of the Week: DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins vs New Orleans Saints

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Though the Dolphins’ offense looked abysmal in their loss against the Jets, Parker continues to produce. The “faster Alshon Jeffery” rewarded Fantasy owners again in Week 3, posting 76 yards and a touchdown.

Parker has been solid so far this year and appears to have a strong rapport with Jay Cutler. Now Parker goes up against the Saints who allow the seventh most points to opposing wide receivers, and have one of the worst, if not, the worst pass defense in the NFL, based on DVOA. Expect Parker to keep it going this week in a game script which likely involves Cutler slinging it early and often as the Dolphins try and play catch-up.

Expect Parker to keep it going this week in a game script which likely involves Cutler slinging it early and often as the Dolphins try and play catch-up.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Seferian-Jenkins was mediocre in his first game back from serving a suspension. He posted five receptions for 31 yards on six targets.

The good news is Seferian-Jenkins didn’t appear to be limited, and a little rust in his first game this season was expected. The Jets also won their game against the Dolphins and didn’t need to lean on the pass as much. I don’t expect that to be the case very much this season, so more opportunity is certainly in store for the Jets’ tight end.

The Jets go up against the Jaguars, a team with a strong defense. However, the weakness in the Jags’ defense appears to be tight ends, as they allow the third-most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. In a game in which the Jaguars limited the Ravens offense, the Ravens’ sole touchdown went to tight end, Benjamin Watson. Seferian-Jenkins is a streamable starter in a plus matchup in Week 4.

Honorable Mention: Jay Cutler vs NO; Jonathan Stewart vs NE; Sterling Shepard vs TB; Vance McDonald vs BAL

Sits

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens

Here we go again, a road game for Big Ben. As much as he struggles in away games, he now gets a strong Baltimore defense that allows the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Do not let the Blake Bortles stats from last week fool you. The Ravens were without some key defensive starters and Bortles just plays better “at home” in London. Big Ben has a tough match-up, on the road, against a division rival. Sit him with confidence.

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings

Back to back games with 80 or more total yards, owners are likely enjoying the overall yardage production out of Abdullah.

He hasn’t been the most effective runner through three games, only averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Now he faces arguably the best rushing defense in the NFL. The Vikings have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs, and are now tasked with stopping a below average Detroit rushing attack, which shouldn’t be a problem.

Find other arrangements and sit Abdullah on the virtual bench.

Sit of the Week: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos

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Another solid defense, if not the best defense in all of the NFL. The Broncos have now limited Ezekiel Elliott to eight rushing yards, Melvin Gordon to 54 yards on 18 attempts, and LeSean McCoy to 21 yards on 14 attempts. That is one heck of a run defense, manhandling three of the best backs in the NFL.

Now the Broncos go up against one of the best backs in the game over the past decade, Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was just held in check by the Redskins who have been terrible against the run so far this year. Lynch was only able to rush for 18 yards on six attempts.

In a matchup against the Broncos who allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs, Lynch is a must sit.

Jets Wide Receivers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Owners are probably loving the Jets receivers right now with Kearse having a monster Week 2 and Robby Anderson having a solid Week 3.

Don’t get too excited. The Jets aren’t a great team and now they go up against a Jaguars’ defense that gives up the second-fewest points to opposing wide receivers.

The Jaguars just aren’t an easy team to throw on. With one issue being having to decide which Jets receiver to start, and a then add the tough match-up, all Jets wide receivers are better left fonthe bench in Week 4.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Engram has been somewhat solid through the first three weeks, posting 40 or more receiving yards in each week. Now the Giants face the Buccaneers who allow the third fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Odell Beckham Jr. is back and looks healthy, plus Sterling Shepard looks to have established himself as the number two option in the passing game. With the competition for targets and a tough match-up, feel comfortable leaving Engram on the bench.

Honorable Mention: Matt Ryan vs BUF; Mike Gillislee vs CAR; Jeremy Maclin vs PIT; Austin Hooper vs BUF


Check out the rest of our 2017 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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