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Fantasy Football, Week 4: Four Starts, Four Sits

Brandon Marshall among those who should be playing

NFL: New York Jets at New York Giants
Brandon Marshall
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After an extremely sleepy start to the season, the NFL awoke from it’s slumber in Week 3. The majority of the games were competitive and well played, which is great for casual viewers and fantasy junkies alike. Let’s hope that carries over into Week 4. Let’s also hope the Giants losing streak doesn’t.


Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ

Who would’ve thought a month ago that the TankJets would have a better record than the Gmen? They have another winnable game at home against the Jaguars, and with Matt Forte dealing with turf toe, Bilal Powell should get 20+ touches, and hope to justify his lofty 7-8 round ADP. As long as Forte sits, Powell is a rock solid RB2 play.

Joe Mixon, RB, CIN

The winless Bengals fired their OC after two weeks, and then almost stole one in Lambeau in Week 3. The offensive awakening had a lot to do with Mixon getting the majority of the RB touches over plodder Jeremy Hill. That trend should continue, especially in Cleveland where they should successfully control to ball with a lead. I didn’t draft Mixon anywhere at his round 3-4 ADP, but I scooped him off waivers from an impatient owner, and am gladly starting him as my RB2 this week.

Brandon Marshall, WR, NYG

This may be a homer stretch, but last week showed why we were all excited about the addition of BMarsh. Sterling hepard broke out, but Marshall appears finally be in sync with Eli Manning. His huge frame in the red zone will start paying dividends, and I think that starts as soon as this week in Tampa Bay.

Trevor Siemian, QB, DEN

Siemian has been productive two out of three games this year, and Buffalo proved to be a stingy D against the pass. Not so much Denver’s opponent this week in the Raiders, whose secondary made Kirk Cousins look like Joe Montana last week. At Mile High Stadium, I love Siemian to produce QB1 numbers in a potential shootout.


Matthew Stafford, QB, DET

The Vikings defense at home presents possibly the toughest challenge a QB faces all year. Unless your QB is named Brady or Rodgers, I’m looking elsewhere if they are traveling to Minnesota. Stafford has been good/not great this year, but I don’t see how he produces QB1 numbers this week.

Cam Newton, QB, CAR

He’s still recovering from shoulder surgery, and it’s clear he’s not yet healthy. Though the Patriots appear to have a terrible pass defense this year, you can’t trust Cam to have his bounce back game in Foxboro. He was dropped in one of my leagues which I think is premature, but you can’t start him until he shows glimpses of his 2015 self.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

Hilton finally went off last week, against the BROWNS. Playing at the Clink against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks is a whole different animal, and if I have other options, I’m probably using them. Hilton is no more than a flex play in this one.

Derrick Henry, RB, TEN

Just when everyone wanted to anoint Henry the Titans new starter, DeMarco Murray went off last week. As long as he is in the lineup, it’s hard the trust Henry, as his touch floor is low. Houston’s run defense has looked good, so starting Henry looks like a risky proposition, and you should have better flex options available this week.