Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy

I will be here each week to give you my start/sit recommendations for the Sunday match-ups. The goal is to aid you in setting the best roster possible and to assist you with your tough decisions each week. Often the recommendations here will be weekly flex plays.

Each and every week this season, I will give you my “Start of the Week” along with two “Start” recommendations and two “Sit” recommendations at each skilled player position. So without further ado, let’s take the first step towards your Week 4 victory.

1. Start of the Week

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Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Suggesting one starts QB Tom Brady is likely not overly surprising. This is low hanging fruit, a softball lobbed up, and I cannot refuse knocking it out of the park. This is Brady’s return to New England. After starting his career with 285 games as a Patriot, Brady rolls into Foxborough for his 20th game as a Buc.

TB12 will be mega-motivated to beat his former team and former coach Bill Belichick. If given the chance, I’d like to think that Brady would love nothing more than to run the score up in a rather one-sided victory. The Patriots defense has been tough on quarterbacks this season, but facing a determined Tom Brady is not quite the same as containing Tua Tagovailoa, Zach Wilson and Jameis Winston.

Now to be clear, Brady doesn’t need any further motivation but the NFL All-Time Passing Record is sitting there on a silver platter for the GOAT as well. With 68 yards passing in this one, Brady will surpass Drew Brees’ mark of 80,358 yards that stands as the most ever in the regular season. Brady will add that to his long list of NFL records that already includes most TD passes (591), most wins as a starting quarterback (232), most Super Bowl titles (seven) and most conference championships (10).

This is the ultimate revenge game, with the all-time NFL passing record on the line, in a nationally televised game. It simply doesn’t get any better than that. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but start Tom Brady with the utmost confidence.

2. Quarterback

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Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy

Start

Matthew Stafford – Los Angles Rams

Matthew Stafford has looked awesome in his first three games with the Rams, throwing for nine touchdowns. He should continue to produce this week, as the Rams host the Cardinals in what should be a shootout. The over/under currently sits at 55, and the Arizona defense, although impressive in Week 1, can be can be had. Kirk Cousins had 25.6 points against them in Week 2, and I am a much bigger believer in Stafford and his weapon’s compared to Cousins and the Vikings.

Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles

I entered the season high on Jalen Hurts, and after 3 weeks I still am. Hurts has averaged over 23 fantasy points per game, and he faces a Chiefs defense this week that is second worst in the league to the QB position (25.2 PPG). Although it wasn’t pretty last week in Dallas, I am going to continue to start Hurts confidently.

Sit

Daniel Jones – New York Giants

Jones took a step back in fantasy last week in a loss to the Falcons, but he remains a top-10 quarterback for the season. I’d still prefer to sit Jones in Week 4 on the road in New Orleans. The Saints defense has been the strength of their team this season. New Orleans has been tough on all positions, but none more than the QB. In three weeks, the Saints have allowed on average 13.5 points to the opposing quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger has had a great career, one that will end with a trip to Canton, OH and a gold jacket. With that out of the way, Ben Roethlisberger looks washed. Last week, he averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and generated nothing downfield. The Steelers were without Diontae Johnson, and they lost JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool at points against the Bengals, which didn’t help Big Ben. Not only should Big Ben be a sit on the road in Green Bay this week, he should be dropped in all 1QB formats.

3. Running Backs

Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy
Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy

Start

Jonathan Taylor – Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor just isn’t giving his fantasy managers what they were anticipating this season. He enters Week 4 as the RB37, averaging a hair over 8 PPR points/game. There have been plenty of situations where I have preached patience this season, and this is absolutely another one. You are starting JT this week, and the reality is, barring injury, you are starting JT every week. This week is a get right game for Taylor against the Dolphins. The Dolphins on the season have given up 364 yards and 4 scores on the ground and another 157 yards and a score through the air to opposing RBs. The 34 points/game allowed is second worst in the league this season.

Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers

Opportunity, they say, can trump talent in fantasy football. Well, Chuba Hubbard, meet opportunity. Carolina will be without RB Christian McCaffrey Sunday, leaving Hubbard as their new No. 1 runner. He led Panthers’ backs in snaps and touches last week after CMC went down, making the rookie an attractive volume play against the Cowboys. The Cowboys have been much better against the run than anticipated, but allowed a big 22.5 points to Austin Ekeler. Chuba Hubbard is no Austin Ekeler, but he is a flex play in Week 4.

Sit

Damien Harris – New England Patriots

Damien Harris is coming off his worst line of the season, scoring 3.1 PPR points in a loss to the Saints. James White was lost to injury last week, and that typically would indicate a boost for Harris. I am not so sure that is the case this week against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs defense has allowed just 57.2 rushing yards per game this season. In addition, I expect Tampa to put up points early and often. Negative game script is bad for Damien Harris’s fantasy production.

Ty’Son Williams – Baltimore Ravens

I have been a fairly consistent Ty’Son Williams supporter through three weeks, and he has been a suggested start as result. Well, the start recommendations are taking at least one week off. It appears that the Ravens are going with a true committee moving forward. Williams did lead with 29 snaps, but he saw just five touches in a close game against the Lions. That usage is a concern, as is a matchup against the Broncos. Their defense has not allowed a touchdown in three games and the second-fewest points to opposing running backs this season.

4. Wide Receiver

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Start

Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns

Odell Beckham Jr. finally returned to action last week, and for the most part he looked good. OBJ played 52 snaps and led the Browns in targets, catches and receiving yards. He’s the No.1 option for Cleveland in the passing game when healthy. With Jarvis Landry out, its even more magnified. OBJ and the Browns have a very advantageous matchup to exploit this weekend. No team has given up more yards and touchdowns to receivers lined out wide after the first three weeks than the Minnesota Vikings. Week 4 is likely a top-12 week for OBJ, and as a result he is a must start.

Robert Woods – Las Angeles Rams

The fantasy community, it would appear, is concerned about the fantasy production from WR Robert Woods this season. In three games, Woods sits at WR47, averaging 10.4 points/game. I’m sticking with him this week against the Cardinals. Robert Woods is not going to continue to average 3.7 receptions, 37 yards, a .3 TD a game, and perhaps more importantly Cooper Kupp is not going to continue to average 8.3 receptions, 122 yards, a 1.7 TD a game either. Woods will be just fine and he is a start for me here.

Sit

Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens

Just when I start to buy in on the talent that Hollywood Brown can be, he dropped three passes that all had the potential of going for a touchdown last week against the Lions. Brown has always been tough to trust, and in Week 4 against a tough Broncos defense, I prefer to find help elsewhere. Denver has allowed an average of just 149.7 receiving yards per game to the WR position, only one catch of more than 41 yards.

Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals

Christian Kirk is coming off a strong game last week, posting seven catches for 104 yards against the Jaguars. The opponent this week will be much tougher as the Cardinals travel to face the Rams and Jalen Ramsey. Christian Kirk is a fantasy yo-yo, often following “up” weeks with “down” weeks, and he has historically struggled against the Rams, scoring less than seven points in three of his four meetings.

5. Tight End

Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy
Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 4 Fantasy

Start

Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots

The only narrative that I see being more entertaining this week than Tom Brady beating his former team on their homefield is doing it with Rob Gronkowski. I like a good revenge game, so clearly I am going to love this double revenge game. Tom Brady is my Start of the Week, and Rob Gronkowski should probably be the Co-Start of the Week. The matchup is bad on paper, as New England has surrendered the third-fewest points to tight ends in their last eight games. With all due respect to the Dolphins, Jets and Saints, the weapons the Buccanners bring to town is on an entirely different level. Tom Brady and Bruce Arians will want to get Gronkowski involved in a big way this week.

Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons

If you follow my stuff, you will be aware of the fact that I am a card-carrying member of the Kyle Pitts fan club. I will be the first to acknowledge that Pitts has not lived up to expectations, sitting at TE15. I have legit concern about Matt Ryan, but this week against Washington I do believe that Pitts can breakout. As good as the Washington front 7 is, this is a good matchup. Washington has allowed two tight ends (Jared Cook, Dawson Knox) to score 10-plus fantasy points in its first three games. Pitts will become the third and score his first TD of the season to boot.

Sit

Evan Engram – New York Giants

Evan Engram returned to action last week, and after his 2.1 point effort you likely didn’t notice he had come off IR. He did see six targets, but had just two catches and lost a fumble. Next on the schedule is a date with the Saints, who have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their last eight games dating back to last season. Unless you’re desperate, Engram should remain on your bench.

Gerald Everett – Seattle Seahawks

Gerald Everett is coming off a solid stat line, as he hauled in all five of his targets for 54 yards in Minnesota last week. I was high on Everett entering the season, and my admiration is fading mainly due to volume. He’s tied for 24th in snaps and 23rd in targets amongst tight ends, and this week’s matchup in San Francisco isn’t favorable. Over their last eight games dating back to 2020, the Niners have allowed three touchdowns and the second-fewest points to the position. Combine the presence of Will Dissly, and the Niners D, and I am sitting Gerald Everett this week.

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