The outcome of your Week 4 matchup can come down to a few tough decisions over who to put in your starting lineup. This list takes a look at who you should or should not take a risk on this week. A few notes for this week: 1. Let’s see if I get this one right finally… I really like the Jags defense vs the Jets. I had as much praise for the Ravens last week though, and that turned out horribly. Still, you can’t deny that they are doing something truly impressive down in Jacksonville. 2. Unless you have Dak Prescott in your starting lineup (which you should), you might consider sitting Dez Bryant. The connection with Dak just isn’t there yet, and although I think it will come, I don’t think this will be the week. 3. Doug Baldwin on Sunday Night will have two TDs. You heard it here first. With that said, here is your Start Em, Sit Em report for Week 4 of the NFL season.
Start Em: Carson Palmer vs SF
Although he lost last week and was sacked 6 times, Palmer had some impressive stats vs the Cowboys. His 325 yards and 2 TDs should not be minimized, especially against a defense that really stepped up in the 2nd half of that game. With that in mind, the 49ers don’t really have a competitive defense at all, especially compared to the Cowboys whom, let’s face it, have a pedestrian defense at best. Palmer is going to light up the Niners in Arizona, and if the Cards’ defense holds up, it’s not even going to be close.
Sit Em: Kirk Cousins vs KC
I’ll admit it. Cousins had a very impressive performance vs the Raiders and possibly pulled off the upset of the year thus far. Think about it though: how long until Cousins crumbles under pressure against the Chiefs at Arrowhead stadium? I don’t think it will take long, and although I believe Cousins is a better QB than he gets credit for, he doesn’t stand a chance vs KC.
Start Em: Jordan Howard vs GB
I have Howard as my 5th ranked RB tonight vs Green Bay, his first appearance in the Top 5 so far this season. The second year back seems to finally be picking up the pace after a very slow start to the season. The Bears always put up a fight vs the Packers, so I think this will be a good game. Jordan Howard will make it competitive throughout, and although the Bears will lose, you won’t with Howard in your lineup.
Sit Em: Todd Gurley vs DAL
Todd Gurley won’t run through Dallas’s defensive line if DeMarcus Lawrence has anything to say about it. I don’t think any O-Line wants to play against D-Law right now, and with the Cowboys strong LB core and their up and coming D-Line, Gurley will have no answer for the Boys in Blue. Also, don’t forget that the Cowboys had the top ranked rushing defense last year, and though they have a lot of new faces on that side of the ball, the spirit is still there. Don’t risk your record by starting Gurley this week in Dallas against Rod Marinelli’s defense.
Start Em: Doug Baldwin vs IND
If the Seahawks are planning on having a breakout game at any point, this would be the week. A key part in the Seahawks’ possible resurgence after they’re 1-2 start is going to have to be Doug Baldwin. As I said in the opening of this article, I think Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson’s favorite target is going to have two touchdowns vs Indianapolis this weekend, and although that might be a stretch, I feel that it is a real possibility. In all leagues, Baldwin is a must-start this week vs the Colts.
Sit Em: Amari Cooper vs DEN
Cooper is having the same problem he had most of last season. When the Raiders are clicking offensively, Cooper is getting double-covered, leaving Michael Crabtree wide open to catch multiple touchdowns from Derek Carr. However, when the Raiders are playing a good defense like the Broncos, Cooper fails even more at hauling in receptions, let alone touchdowns. I don’t know how much I trust the Raiders this week in mile-high in the first place, so for that reason, Cooper is a “Sit Em” for Week 4.
Start Em: Zach Ertz vs LAC
Hopefully this week will not be the same as it was last week for Tight Ends in fantasy. I’ve been pretty high on Zach Ertz all season, and against a porous defense like the Chargers, Carson Wentz’s top red-zone target is going to have a great game. I think Ertz is going to be a solid tight end for the entire season, but especially this week, he needs to be in your starting lineup.
Sit Em: Eric Ebron vs MIN
And the woes of Eric Ebron continue. Optimistic Lions fans will tell you that Ebron is on the verge of hitting his stride. I’ve thought that was the case for a while now, but Ebron has failed time and time again to show any signs of becoming the superstar so many people expected him to be coming out of the 2014 draft. Until he shows otherwise, Ebron is a low-grade tight end in fantasy who deserves no better than to be your backup on the bench.
Start Em: Matt Prater vs MIN
To me, Matt Prater has been the most exciting kicker of the season so far. He just earned NFC Special Teams player of the Month for all of his 50 yard kicks, and that talent of nailing them from near mid-field easily earns Prater a spot as my top “Start Em” at kicker this week. Expect another chance at a 50-yarder against a very intriguing Vikings defense.
Sit Em: Adam Vinatieri vs SEA
Unless the Seahawks really are that bad, the Colts aren’t going to put over 10 points on the board. That’s at most 4 points for Vinatieri. Also, he’s missed some normally easy kicks this year, and those were against pretty bad teams. The Seahawks aren’t bad. The Colts are. Sit Em.
Start Em: Jaguars vs NYJ
The Jags hung 44 on the Ravens last week and held them to only 7. The Ravens are a much better team than the Jets, and that should say something for this week. Now I’m not trying to rip on the Jets, but before their surprising win over the Dolphins last week, many people believed they could go 0-16. This “Start Em” is more about the young Jags talent than their struggling opponent, but still, they’re playing the Jets!
Sit Em: Texans vs TEN
Tennessee’s offense put on a show last week vs the Seahawks, and they arguably have a much better defense that the Texans. I think that Houston has a really good defense, but the problem that they’re going to have is that this is likely going to be a high scoring affair. Division game. Teams fighting for superiority in a now competitive AFC South. This is going to be a shootout. It’d be best to leave the Texans defense on your bench to recover.
That does it for my Week 4 tools to victory. Good luck this week, everyone!