Fantasy Football roster decisions? Let’s get right into CPGM Fantasy Football Start/Sit for Week 4.
Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 4
Start – Phillip Rivers vs Saints
After having a sub par fantasy performance in a plus matchup last week against the Indianapolis Colts ( 0 TDs), Rivers gets an even better matchup against the NFL doormats for opposing offenses, the New Orleans Saints. Start all your Chargers this week including the conductor Rivers who should have no problems picking apart a Saints defense who allows 32 points per game, 69.7 completion percentage, 299 passing yards per game and a 104.8 QB rating. Rivers has not thrown an interception all season and the Saints are 1 of 2 teams that have not intercepted a pass all season long. Even without his top two guys Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead who are out for the season with ACL injuries, Rivers is still a Top 5 fantasy QB play this week as he will get all his weapons involved in this matchup early and often.
- Kirk Cousins vs Browns
- Matthew Stafford vs Bears
- Trevor Siemian vs Buccaneers
Sit – Jameis Winston vs Broncos
My guy Famous Jameis Winston can look like one of the premiere quarterbacks in the league at times and then can look really bad in any given play, quarter, half or game. While his 4 interception game in Week 2 against the Cardinals wasn’t entirely on him as the Bucs couldn’t run the football, couldn’t play defense and were plagued with drops. He is the quarterback and he can’t have those meltdowns that have become a trend since his days at Florida State. After bouncing back statistically against the Rams defense last week throwing for 405 yards and 3 touchdowns on 58 passing attempts, look for Winston to transform into the bad Winston this week against the suffocating Broncos defense. The Broncos have shut down all three passing attacks they faced so far in the 2016 season due to applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks while shutting down opposing wide receivers in the secondary. The only chance the Bucs have in this game is to run the ball efficiently and personally I don’t see that happening.
Start – Jordan Howard vs Lions
Jordan Howard will be getting his first career start this weekend against an injury riddled Detroit Lions defense. Howard will see a heavy workload with the injuries to his backfield mates Jeremy Langford (out 4-6 weeks) and Kadeem Carey (questionable with a hamstring injury). This is a nice matchup to insert the big bruising back with surprisingly nice hands, playing against a Lions team who can’t stop anyone defensively. Howard has impressed so far this season with a 5.6 yards per carry in a limited capacity. I’m going out on a limb here and I believe Howard continues his small sample success, becomes the bell cow in Chicago and improves the Bears mark of having the least amount of rushing attempts this season and 30th most rushing yards. Head Coach John Fox’s identity is to run the football and play solid defense, something the Bears haven’t done much of this season. Howard will be the catalyst to their improvement and it starts this week.
- Melvin Gordon vs Saints
- Carlos Hyde vs Cowboys
- Theo Riddick/Dwayne Washington vs Bears
Sit – DeAngelo Williams vs Chiefs
The Juice is Loose! Word to the Juice himself Le’Veon Bell. Yes, DeAngelo Williams was productive up until last week’s debacle against the Philadelphia Eagles where the Steelers were blown out 34-3, but Mr. Bell is back. Bell missed the first 3 weeks of the season because of his off the field activities but now he is ready and in shape to take back his lead back duties. The Steelers offense should be 10 times better with Bell in the lineup which is no knock to the ageless one Williams who will be relegated to his customary back up role in Pittsburgh. Williams himself said that he understands his role will be diminished significantly going forward and he really just wants to win a Super Bowl. With the best back in football set to play in his first regular season game of the 2016 season, the Steelers chances of achieving that goal is now in sight. Williams will not be a complete afterthought as they will mix him in to spell Bell, but for fantasy purposes, you cannot rely on his services going forward unless Bell is forced to miss time. I suggest you stash Williams just in case but I wouldn’t start him.
Start – Jamison Crowder vs Browns
Guess who leads the NFL in red zone targets? The diminutive 5’8 playmaker Jamison Crowder leads the NFL with 8 red zone targets. Fantasy owners of Jordan Reed are wondering why Reed hasn’t broken out or even sniffed the end zone so far in the 2016 season? And why is QB Kirk Cousins targeting his smallest receiver in the red zone? I will tell you why, Crowder is a special talent who can make defenders miss on a simple screen pass and he can also get open in small windows. This week against the Cleveland Browns defense those tiny windows should become large windows with room to gain additional yardage in the open field. With so many names to start the season in the Redskins receiving corp, the dust has settled as Josh Doctson isn’t able to stay healthy and Pierre Garcon has become an afterthought. Cousins’ top three weapons in the offense are Reed, DeSean Jackson and Crowder. Crowder actually leads the team with 25 targets through 3 games and he will be a mainstay in this pass happy offense. Fantasy owners need to insert Crowder in their lineup as his floor should be around 6 catches for 60 yards with his ceiling being 100+ yards and a touchdown.
- Marvin Jones vs Bears
- Terrelle Pryor vs Redskins
- Travis Benjamin/Tyrell Williams vs Saints
- Colt Beasley vs 49ers
Sit – Victor Cruz/Sterling Shepard vs Vikings
There are a handful of receivers this week you will need to temper your expectations for including Brandon Marshall visit to the Legion of Boom, Mike Evans’ matchup versus the talented Broncos secondary and the Kelvin Benjamin face-off against the underrated Desmond Trufant. However, I cannot sit any of the above because all three will get a lot of targets and all are big body receivers who can save the day with a touchdown. So I’m going to New York and sitting Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard against the premier defense thus far in the 2016 season, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have had success shutting down opposing passing attacks and wide receivers as they have allowed only 1 touchdown all year to opposing wide receivers. A big reason the back end have been able to hold up is due to the immense pressure the Vikings have put on quarterbacks totaling an NFL best 15 sacks through 3 games. Keep all your Giants on the bench this week except Odell Beckham of course.
Start – Dennis Pitta vs Raiders
In 2016 Dennis Pitta has gone from, “Is he playing this season?” To a waiver wire addition… to now a must start. Joe Flacco’s BFF is back and is primed to be the comeback player of the year after missing almost two full seasons. Pitta currently leads the Ravens in receptions and yards and should continue his prowess against the hapless Oakland Raiders defense. The Raiders were horrific against opposing tight ends last year and isn’t much better this season allowing the 8th most fantasy points per game to the tight end position. Pitta should see a solid 8-10 targets in this contest with a high possibility to get his first touchdown of the season.
- Zach Miller vs Lions
- Coby Fleener vs Chargers
- Hunter Henry vs Saints
Sit – Jacob Tamme vs Panthers
Jacob Tamme has been a bit of a surprise this season for fantasy owners as Matt Ryan loves targeting his tight ends. The Falcons offense ranks number 1 in the league after 3 weeks due in large part to the opponents they have played; Buccaneers, Raiders and Saints. A tough 3 game stretch arises as they will face the Seahawks, Broncos and the Panthers this week. Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis will not let Tamme get off this week. Keep Tamme on your bench in Week 4.
Defense to stream
Washington Redskins vs Cleveland Browns
Hey! Redskins defense don’t let Terrelle Pryor get off and you should be able to dominate this game.