With Week 4 arriving, here is our weekly look at the toughest start-sit decisions facing your fantasy football team. We will update following the release of the final injury report.
Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon vs. Cleveland Browns
Finally, the Bengals are making Joe Mixon the featured running back. After getting limited touches over the first two games, Mixon was unleashed vs. the Packers in Week 4. He carried the ball 18 times for 62 yards and had three catches for 39 yards. That was against a good Packers defense, and now, he’ll face a depleted Browns defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to running backs. Put Mixon in your starting lineup.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette vs. New York Jets
It isn’t always pretty, but Leonard Fournette is staying fantasy relevant in Jacksonville. His 3.5 yards per carry isn’t much to brag about, but the rookie has managed to reach the end zone in all three of his games. Look for that to continue against the Jets defense that’s tied for the third-most rushing scores allowed this season. Start Fournette in Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott vs. Los Angeles Rams
Dak Prescott look like a shell of himself over the first two weeks, but he responded with authority in Arizona last Monday. Prescott scored 24.8 fantasy points against the Cardinals thanks to two passing scores and one rushing. Now, he gets a Rams defense that got torched by Brian Hoyer in Week 3. Get Prescott into your starting lineup.
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson vs. Indianapolis Colts
After Chris Carson took the fantasy world by storm, he suffered his first dud in Week 3. Carson gained just 34 yards on 11 carries as the Seahawks were blitzed by the Titans. Don’t expect the Colts to build a lead on Seattle this week and force the Seahawks to abandon the run as Tennessee did. Carson should get a full workload against a depleted Colts team, so keep him in your starting lineup.
Miami Dolphins WR Devante Parker vs. New Orleans Saints
Jarvis Landry may be the top receiver in Miami, but Devante Parker is making a name for himself with 12 grabs for 161 yards and one score over two games. He now gets to face a New Orleans defense that’s featured one of the league’s worst secondaries in recent years. Don’t put too much stock into the Saints shutting down the Panthers last week, who were without Greg Olsen going in and lost Kelvin Benjamin during the game. Miami’s passing offense should torch the Saints, and Parker will be part of it. Keep him in your starting lineup.
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Baltimore Ravens
For whatever reason, the Steelers’ high-powered offense has yet to take off. Part of that is due to Ben Roethlisberger struggling to find his rhythm, though he has a respectable five touchdowns in three games, including one in last week’s overtime loss in Chicago. Now, he faces a Baltimore defense ranked 16th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Give Big Ben another chance and start him this week.
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Don’t let the Bengals’ 0-3 record fool you. While the offense has struggled, the run defense has been consistently stout through the first three games. They’re allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to running backs, and this week, they get Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict back from suspension. That’s bad news for a north-south runner like Isaiah Crowell, who should get stoned at the line of scrimmage often on Sunday. Keep him benched this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston vs. New York Giants
The Giants may be 0-3, but they’re consistently stifled opposing quarterbacks this season. They enter Week 4 allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston has just three scores and three interceptions through two games. Tampa Bay should win at home, but don’t expect Winston to have much success vs. this Giants defense. Keep him benched this week.
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah vs. Minnesota Vikings
Ameer Abdullah is off to a fast start this year after an injury-plagued 2016 season. Over the last two games, Abdullah has 133 yards on 31 carries to go with three grabs for 39 yards. He’s clearly surpassed Theo Riddick as the top back in Detroit, but now, he’ll face Minnesota’s No. 1 fantasy defense vs. running backs. Keep Abdullah on the bench this week.
Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeremy Maclin has enjoyed a nice start in his first year with the Ravens, scoring twice in his first two games. However, Maclin was held to just one catch for 8 yards in Baltimore’s Week 3 loss to Jacksonville in London. Now, Maclin and the Ravens face a Steelers defense allowing the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Keep Maclin on your bench this week.