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Week 4 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

We’re going into Week 4 of the 2016 season. Now it’s time to look at the matchups for this week. Each week I will be taking a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings and weekly waiver wire targets.

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Start ‘Em

Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington Redskins) vs. Cleveland Browns

I’ve been trying to hold off on thinking Cousins is a must-play every week, and his legitimate production has suggested I’ve been right. But, his fantasy numbers say I’m wrong. Aside from Week 1 Cousins has scored 18+ fantasy points each week. You can’t ask for much more. Going into Week 4 Cousins and the Redskins will be facing a Cleveland defense that is giving up an average of 17.7 fantasy points to opposing QBs. It may not be pretty, but Cousins is a decent play.

Ryan Tannehill (QB, Miami Dolphins) at Cincinnati Bengals

Much like Cousins, Tannehill hasn’t been particularly good in 2016. But, he’s amassed the fantasy points that satisfy fantasy owners. Through three games he’s averaging over 18 fantasy points per week. Going into Week 4 Tannehill and the Dolphins will be facing a Cincinnati defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks thus far in the season.

Dwayne Washington (RB, Detroit Lions) at Chicago Bears

Washington made an appearance in this week’s Waiver Wire Targets piece, and now he’s making an appearance here. He and Theo Riddick will be sharing the load for Detroit, and Washington has more upside as a more traditional back. Riddick will see use in the passing game and is a good joker player, but Washington will likely start to see more carries and goal line looks. His role is going to grow and the matchup is ideal in Week 4 as Detroit faces a weak Chicago defense. The Bears are giving up an average of 20 fantasy points to running backs so far this season.

Isaiah Crowell (RB, Cleveland Browns) at Washington Redskins

After a few years of waiting it out Crowell is now starting to emerge and a solid NFL back. The Browns will be facing a Washington defense that hasn’t been able to stop the run. The Redskins are giving up a whopping average of 24.3 fantasy points to RBs. That’s third worst thus far.

Jordan Howard (RB, Chicago Bears) vs. Detroit Lions

Howard will be getting the bulk of the carries for the Bears now that Jeremy Langford is out. Particularly this week when backfield mate Ka’Deem Carey is hobbled by injury. Howard will be facing a Detroit defense that has been porous against the run, and that could spell trouble as they face a running back with tackle breaking potential. He’s new to the scene, but he’s likely a good play in Week 4.

Will Fuller V (WR, Houston Texans) vs. Tennessee Titans

Fuller has had a very nice start to his rookie season. Through three games he’s pulled in 12 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown. We’ll call last week’s nightmare against the Patriots and anomaly. He should be able to snap back to form with a good performance against a weak Titans defense in Week 4.

Jamison Crowder (WR, Washington Redskins) vs. Cleveland Browns

Crowder is growing into his role in the slot very well in Washington. In three games he’s had 16 receptions and 2 TDs including a monster breakaway play in Week 3. This week he will be facing a Browns defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers. Cousins likes looking his way and this week could be another strong week. Play Crowder with confidence in Week 4.


Sit ‘Em

Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle Seattle) at New York Jets

Russell is hobbled and he’s not been so hot in the production category thus far this season. He’s not in the top 20 in terms of fantasy points from quarterbacks. Week 4 will be more tough sledding as he takes his sprained MCL up against a tough Jets defense. I would steer clear of Wilson this week.

Jerick McKinnon (RB, Minnesota Vikings) vs. New York Giants

The running back situation is a little murky in Minnesota with Adrian Peterson gone. Last week Asiata started, but McKinnon had more touches. I feel like McKinnon is the better option with more upside of the two, and her certainly has more big play ability. That said, Week 4 isn’t a good week to roll the dice with him against the Giants. The NYG defense is giving up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season and they’ve yet to allow more than 95 rushing yards in a game to all rushers. Avoid the Vikings RB situation in Week 4.

Victor Cruz (WR, New York Giants) at Minnesota Vikings

The word on the street is that “Victor Cruz is BACK!”. In the last two weeks he’s pulled at least 70 yards receiving each game. There will be great potential for production from him opposite OBJ all season, but Week 4 is not the week to lean on him. Cruz and the Giants will be up against a nasty Vikings pass defense that have been holding WRs to an average of 14 fantasy points per week. That’s 5th best in the league thus far. Steer clear of Cruz this week.




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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...