Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly Start and Sit advice column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start Sit.
The Running Back advice was a different story. Isiah Pacheco was the only running back I could hit on correctly. Kendre Miller didn't take advantage of his opportunity. Fantasy managers were happy with Jerome Ford, who scored twice despite some ugly stats that were projected.
Regarding Wide Receivers and Tight Ends, it was a mixed bag. Amari Cooper, George Pickens, and Zay Flowers were good calls. Starting Josh Reynolds and sitting Courtland Sutton were not. Hunter Henry came down to earth last week, which ruined the highlighted start at tight end. However, the other recommendations were spot on.
Let's get you in the win column with the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start Sit.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start Sit
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Start - C.J. Stroud, Houston Texans
C.J. Stroud has lived up to being drafted second overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. The former Buckeye has thrown two touchdowns in consecutive games. Combining a struggling run game with a horrible defense has forced Stroud to have 44, 47, and 30 pass attempts in the first three games. The volume is fantasy gold, and the Texans have the weapons on the outside with wide receivers Tank Dell and Nico Collins.
Stroud is excelling in this offense, which should play out in his Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have a troubling pass rush but have a weak secondary, which Stroud should take advantage of and be a QB1 for fantasy managers.
Sit - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys were upset by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. Part of the blame has to fall on Dak Prescott, who continues to struggle this season. Prescott threw an ugly interception as the Cowboys were trying to come back. That has to make you wonder what he saw there as an option.
This week, an opportunity for fantasy managers is to move away from Prescott, who has yet to throw for 300 yards in a game through three games. Week 4 has the New England Patriots coming to Dallas, which should concern Dak Prescott's fantasy managers. How Prescott is struggling will not get corrected against Coach Bill. Avoid Prescott in Week 4.
Start - Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos
Javonte Willaims continues to be eased into the Denver Broncos after suffering a torn ACL last season. His stats this season will not wow you, averaging under four yards per carry. However, Week 4 has the Broncos visiting the Chicago Bears team that looks dazed and confused. Fantasy managers will finally feel suitable for starting these players, as both defenses are atrocious.
Williams will ultimately reward his fantasy managers with a touchdown and maybe two scores.
Start - Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts
Zach Moss, one of the most popular waiver wire adds this season, continues to produce in the lethargic Indianapolis Colts offense. Moss finished as the Week 3 RB4 after turning 30 carries into 122 yards in the Colts' upset win against the Baltimore Ravens. He was also impressive in Week 3 when he produced 88 rushing yards on 18 attempts and scored against the Houston Texans.
Moss should continue his surprising production against the Los Angeles Rams this week, a middle-of-the-road run defense.
Other RBs to Start: Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers;
Sit - Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals came away with a much-needed victory Monday Night against the Los Angeles Rams so that Bengal Nation can calm down. Burrow played and didn't aggravate his calf injury, and we witnessed a Joe Mixon touchdown. His score salvaged an otherwise paltry fantasy day. Seeing Mixon in the end zone was great, but we will unlikely witness a score in consecutive weeks.
The Bengals head to Tennessee to take on the Titans, who just thumped by the Cleveland Browns. The Titans are strong versus the run to the tune of being a top-five unit against running games. The game plan will be to beat the Titans via the pass. The Titans are bottom five against the pass, allowing Joe Burrow and his elite wideout combo to have a get-right game and light up the scoreboard.
Look for Mixon to average less than his current 4.0 yards per carry on Sunday. Sit him.
Sit - Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings
Despite his Week 3 stat line, Mattison had plenty of speed bumps to consider. Alexander Mattison has ball security issues that the 0-3 Vikings can't afford to endure. He lacks big-play ability, so it's a challenge to be excited to insert Mattison in your fantasy lineups. Yes, the volume is there for now.
The Vikings acquired Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams, and we might see him make his Vikings debut this week. Even in a plus matchup versus the Carolina Panthers, gravitating to have Mattison on your bench seems like the wise move this week and maybe every week.
Other RBs to Avoid: Breece Hall, New York Jets
Start - Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Yes, it was a challenge to include a Denver Broncos player after that embarrassing loss last week to the Miami Dolphins. Admittedly, Sutton is quietly off to a good start to this season. Some of this can be attributed to missing Jerry Jeudy opposite him, but Sutton has been Russell Wilson's favorite target. Sutton has 17 catches on 23 targets for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
While it is hard not to chuckle when thinking of the Broncos now, fantasy managers should consider inserting Sutton in your Week 4 lineup—the Broncos head to Chicago to take on another struggling team, the Chicago Bears. In a game that no one wants to watch, both offenses should have successful production.
If either team struggles in this game, look for players and coaches to start losing their jobs.
Start - Tank Dell, Houston Texans
There were concerns about what Tank Dell would do with his smallish frame (5'8", 165 lbs). However, the rookie wideout has developed quite a chemistry with his rookie counterpart at quarterback, C.J. Stroud. Dell has scored in consecutive weeks and has 15 receptions on 21 targets, including a coming-out party in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Dell produced five receptions on seven targets for 145 yards and a score. Week 4 brings the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense into Houston, where their defensive backfield doesn't scare anyone. The Steelers pass rush will cause issues for Stroud, but the rookies will hook up on multiple receptions to vault Dell into the WR2 range for fantasy managers.
Sit - Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sitting Mike Evans after scoring a touchdown in each game this season? Yes, and the reason is simple: Marshon Lattimore. Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Bucs take on the New Orleans Saints, where we will see the intense rivalry between these two play out on Sunday. Lattimore and Evans have a long history, and Evans struggles in these matchups.
This week, we will see the same results: Evans and Lattimore fighting on each play and Evans disappointing his fantasy managers.
Sit - Garrett Wilson, New York Jets
The Aaron Rodgers season-ending injury was a buzzkill for Garrett Wilson's fantasy managers. Wilson was getting plenty of hype entering this season. He was going to catapult himself into one of the top fantasy wideouts in the league with Rodgers behind center. Unfortunately, Wilson is stuck with Zach Wilson, who struggled early in his career.
It is virtually impossible to sit Wilson, but tempering your expectations in his Week 4 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs is necessary. Fantasy managers need to pray that Wilson scores in garbage time because the Chiefs won't allow Wilson to be a factor in their Week 4 matchup.
Start - Luke Musgrave, Green Bay Packers
The rookie tight end continues to evolve into the Packers' game plan. Luke Musgrave has found a chemistry that will be displayed in the Thursday Night matchup against the Detroit Lions. Tight ends have feasted on the Lions' defense to 25 receptions for 263 yards for 10.52 yards per reception through three games.
Musgrave will continue his ascension and look to build upon his six catches on eight targets for 49 yards in Week 3 and assist fantasy managers in helping earn them the win for inserting the rookie tight end in their Week 4 lineups.
Other TEs to Start: Dalton Kinkadi, Buffalo Bills; Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers
Sit - David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
David Njoku was expected to launch into the top ten and maybe the top half of fantasy tight ends this season. The continuation of Deshaun Watson shaking the rust off and his penchant for throwing to the tight end position should have combined into a career season for Njoku.
However, through three games this season, Njoku has yet to surpass 50 yards receiving or catch a touchdown pass. We will unlikely see it against the Baltimore Ravens this week, who are challenging at tight end.